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Surfers at Cox Bay on Vancouver Island

Over 25 thousand kilometres of Pacific coastline, from sandy beaches to dramatic cliffs, shapes British Columbia’s geography and way of life.  A rich ecosystem of fish and plant life, the Pacific Ocean is a source of sustenance and spirit for British Columbia. Explore BC’s Pacific Ocean and coast in the stories below.

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Whale Watching, Canada, United States

Plan Your Trip to Northern Vancouver Island

Northern Vancouver Island is a West Coast escape filled with big nature, incredible wildlife viewing, and rich Indigenous culture. Plan your...

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Indigenous Culture, Canada, United States

Unique Indigenous experiences in BC

Want to experience Indigenous culture in BC? Check out these local tour operators, including Takaya Tours and West Coast Expeditions.

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Sightseeing, Hiking, Canada, United States

Plan Your Trip to Haida Gwaii

Discover the best of this remote archipelago including Haida First Nation food and art.

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Winter Activities, Winter, Canada, United States

Top 5 Ways to Enjoy Winter in BC

Winter is the perfect time to explore BC, and you don’t need skis to do it.

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Surfing, Winter, Canada, United States

Shaped by Water: Surfing in Haida Gwaii

Haida surfer and carver Gwaliga Hart shares his connection to the tides and lands of Haida Gwaii.

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Fall, Canada, United States

5 Reasons to Visit the Southern Gulf Islands This Fall

Head to the Gulf Islands to enjoy a more relaxed way of life. Don't miss the local markets and artists' studios.

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Sea-to-Sky Highway Route

1 to 3 days / 163.13 km (101 mi)

This spectacular drive winds from Vancouver to Pemberton, just north of Whistler

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Parks & Wilderness Areas, Spring, Summer, Fall, Canada, United States

Top Ways to Experience BC’s Wild Landscapes

Explore BC from arid desert and lichen-draped rainforest to glaciated peaks and wide-open grassland.

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Whale Watching, Canada, United States

Plan Your Trip to Northern Vancouver Island

Northern Vancouver Island is a West Coast escape filled with big nature, incredible wildlife viewing, and rich Indigenous culture. Plan your...

Read the Article

Indigenous Culture, Canada, United States

Unique Indigenous experiences in BC

Want to experience Indigenous culture in BC? Check out these local tour operators, including Takaya Tours and West Coast Expeditions.

Read the Article

Sightseeing, Hiking, Canada, United States

Plan Your Trip to Haida Gwaii

Discover the best of this remote archipelago including Haida First Nation food and art.

Read the Article

Winter Activities, Winter, Canada, United States

Top 5 Ways to Enjoy Winter in BC

Winter is the perfect time to explore BC, and you don’t need skis to do it.

Read the Article

Surfing, Winter, Canada, United States

Shaped by Water: Surfing in Haida Gwaii

Haida surfer and carver Gwaliga Hart shares his connection to the tides and lands of Haida Gwaii.

Read the Article

Fall, Canada, United States

5 Reasons to Visit the Southern Gulf Islands This Fall

Head to the Gulf Islands to enjoy a more relaxed way of life. Don't miss the local markets and artists' studios.

Read the Article

Sea-to-Sky Highway Route

1 to 3 days / 163.13 km (101 mi)

This spectacular drive winds from Vancouver to Pemberton, just north of Whistler

Explore Road Trip

Parks & Wilderness Areas, Spring, Summer, Fall, Canada, United States

Top Ways to Experience BC’s Wild Landscapes

Explore BC from arid desert and lichen-draped rainforest to glaciated peaks and wide-open grassland.

Read the Article

Tofino | Johan Lolos

Respect the Ocean: Be CoastSmart

The Pacific Rim coastline of BC is breathtaking, but don’t let it take your breath away permanently. Understand the hazards of our wildly beautiful beaches and trails with these safety tips.

Become CoastSmart