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Surfers at Cox Bay on Vancouver Island

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Journey to the water's edge

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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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Sightseeing, Hiking

Plan Your Trip to Haida Gwaii

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

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Paddling, 4-6 Days, Summer

Kayaking the Broken Group Islands

Visit this kayaker’s paradise, consisting of more than 100 scattered islands off the west coast of Vancouver Island.

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Pacific Marine Circle Route

1 to 3 days / 289.08 km (180 mi)

This coast to coast journey on Vancouver Island offers panoramic views of the Juan de Fuca, Haro, and Georgia straits as well as the Saanich...

Explore Road Trip

Vancouver Island Road Trip: Victoria to Port Hardy

5 to 7 Days / 500 km (311 mi)

Relax and rejuvenate along this coastal road trip from Victoria to northern Vancouver Island, and explore nature and wildlife along the way.

Explore Road Trip

Fall

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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Sightseeing

BC’s Captivating Coastal Towns

Looking for a seaside holiday in a BC coastal town? Try surfing in Tofino, buying fish off the boat in Steveston, or viewing wildlife in Prince...

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Parks & Wilderness Areas, Wildlife Tours, Beaches & Lakes, Food, Drink & Wellness, Adventure & Outdoors

Busy L.A. Chef Discovers the British Columbia Effect

We invited Top Chef Brooke Williamson to escape her busy life to discover what we call the British Columbia Effect.

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Nature & Wildlife

Plan your trip to Tofino

Tofino, on the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island, is popular for sandy beaches, surfing, and hot springs.

Read the Article

Sightseeing, Hiking

Plan Your Trip to Haida Gwaii

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

Read the Article

Paddling, 4-6 Days, Summer

Kayaking the Broken Group Islands

Visit this kayaker’s paradise, consisting of more than 100 scattered islands off the west coast of Vancouver Island.

Read the Article

Pacific Marine Circle Route

1 to 3 days / 289.08 km (180 mi)

This coast to coast journey on Vancouver Island offers panoramic views of the Juan de Fuca, Haro, and Georgia straits as well as the Saanich...

Explore Road Trip

Vancouver Island Road Trip: Victoria to Port Hardy

5 to 7 Days / 500 km (311 mi)

Relax and rejuvenate along this coastal road trip from Victoria to northern Vancouver Island, and explore nature and wildlife along the way.

Explore Road Trip

Fall

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

Sightseeing

BC’s Captivating Coastal Towns

Looking for a seaside holiday in a BC coastal town? Try surfing in Tofino, buying fish off the boat in Steveston, or viewing wildlife in Prince...

Read the Article

Parks & Wilderness Areas, Wildlife Tours, Beaches & Lakes, Food, Drink & Wellness, Adventure & Outdoors

Busy L.A. Chef Discovers the British Columbia Effect

We invited Top Chef Brooke Williamson to escape her busy life to discover what we call the British Columbia Effect.

Read the Article

Nature & Wildlife

Plan your trip to Tofino

Tofino, on the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island, is popular for sandy beaches, surfing, and hot springs.

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