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Journey to the water's edge

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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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Paddling, Camping, Whale Watching

Kayaking the Broken Group Islands

In Pacific Rim National Park, there is a kayaker’s paradise called the Broken Group Islands. It consists of over 100 scattered islands off the...

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Whale Watching

How to Go Whale Watching from Vancouver

Visiting Vancouver and want to see whales? You have options! Read about the companies and locations near Vancouver that offer whale watching...

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Coastal Circle Route

3 to 7 days / 563.84 km (350 mi)

Uncover the places where many of British Columbia's artists and artisans live, work and showcase their art.

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Hiking, Sightseeing

Plan Your Trip to Haida Gwaii

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

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Surfing

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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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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Boating, Sightseeing, Indigenous Culture, Parks & Wilderness Areas, Airlines

Desolation Sound

An all-inclusive and fully-guided cruise tour providing access to the cultures and landscapes of the West Coast.

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Nature & Wildlife, Storm Watching, Cabins & Cottages

Read This: 5 Cozy BC Retreats With Books To Match

Here are the best books to read while warming up on a winter holiday in BC.

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Paddling, Camping, Whale Watching

Kayaking the Broken Group Islands

In Pacific Rim National Park, there is a kayaker’s paradise called the Broken Group Islands. It consists of over 100 scattered islands off the...

Read the Article

Whale Watching

How to Go Whale Watching from Vancouver

Visiting Vancouver and want to see whales? You have options! Read about the companies and locations near Vancouver that offer whale watching...

Read the Article

Coastal Circle Route

3 to 7 days / 563.84 km (350 mi)

Uncover the places where many of British Columbia's artists and artisans live, work and showcase their art.

Explore Road Trip

Hiking, Sightseeing

Plan Your Trip to Haida Gwaii

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

Read the Article

Surfing

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

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

Boating, Sightseeing, Indigenous Culture, Parks & Wilderness Areas, Airlines

Desolation Sound

An all-inclusive and fully-guided cruise tour providing access to the cultures and landscapes of the West Coast.

Explore Road Trip

Nature & Wildlife, Storm Watching, Cabins & Cottages

Read This: 5 Cozy BC Retreats With Books To Match

Here are the best books to read while warming up on a winter holiday in BC.

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