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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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Camping, Whale Watching, Paddling, Summer

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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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.

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Whale Watching

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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Beaches & Lakes

Stewards of the Sea: Protecting the Ocean Around Vancouver Island Through Responsible Travel

Ocean conservation is vital to life and travel on Vancouver Island.

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Surfing, Winter

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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Whale Watching, Beaches & Lakes, Surfing, Paddling, Spring, Summer, Fall, Ferries

Experience the Soothing Effect of BC's Coast

Let BC’s diverse coastal landscapes buff away at life’s tensions and put your body, mind, and spirit at ease.

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Dining & Culinary Tours, Fishing

Crabbing on the West Coast of BC

Blogger Lindsay Anderson shares her tips on how to go crabbing on the west coast of British Columbia.

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Witness the Wonder of the Island's Rugged North

Journey to Northern Vancouver Island to meet the people and places that make it so spectacular, including Nimmo Bay Resort, Telegraph Cove Resort,...

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Camping, Whale Watching, Paddling, Summer

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

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

Whale Watching

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

Beaches & Lakes

Stewards of the Sea: Protecting the Ocean Around Vancouver Island Through Responsible Travel

Ocean conservation is vital to life and travel on Vancouver Island.

Read the Article

Surfing, Winter

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

Whale Watching, Beaches & Lakes, Surfing, Paddling, Spring, Summer, Fall, Ferries

Experience the Soothing Effect of BC's Coast

Let BC’s diverse coastal landscapes buff away at life’s tensions and put your body, mind, and spirit at ease.

Read the Article

Dining & Culinary Tours, Fishing

Crabbing on the West Coast of BC

Blogger Lindsay Anderson shares her tips on how to go crabbing on the west coast of British Columbia.

Read the Article

Witness the Wonder of the Island's Rugged North

Journey to Northern Vancouver Island to meet the people and places that make it so spectacular, including Nimmo Bay Resort, Telegraph Cove Resort,...

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