Ocean

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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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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Accommodation

Stay Cosy in These Oceanfront Getaways

Looking to unplug for a weekend? Here are five oceanfront getaways on Vancouver Island, including Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort, Beach Acres...

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Boating, Ferries

Cruising the Inside Passage

Cruising the spectacularly scenic Inside Passage is one of the best ways to explore BC's coastline. Get inspiration from our blogger's recent trip...

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Vancouver to Tofino

1 to 3 days / 300 km (186 mi)

Find adventure and renewal on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

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Food, Drink & Wellness, Indigenous Culture, Camping, Parks & Wilderness Areas, Wildlife Tours

Discover British Columbia through the eyes of Top Chef Brooke Williamson

Experience nature's healing power in BC. A custom itinerary inspired by Top Chef Brooke Williamson’s transformative visit.

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Beaches & Lakes

Local Secrets: Where to Find BC’s Best Beaches

With miles of coastline, British Columbia has plenty of spectacular beaches. Here are five that may surprise you, including Savary Island and...

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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...

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Nature & Wildlife

Telegraph Cove Resort on BC's Vancouver Island

Gordie Graham, owner of Telegraph Cove Resort on British Columbia's Vancouver Island, discusses the labour of love that is his resort.

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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,...

Read the Article

Accommodation

Stay Cosy in These Oceanfront Getaways

Looking to unplug for a weekend? Here are five oceanfront getaways on Vancouver Island, including Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort, Beach Acres...

Read the Article

Boating, Ferries

Cruising the Inside Passage

Cruising the spectacularly scenic Inside Passage is one of the best ways to explore BC's coastline. Get inspiration from our blogger's recent trip...

Read the Article

Vancouver to Tofino

1 to 3 days / 300 km (186 mi)

Find adventure and renewal on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

Explore Road Trip

Food, Drink & Wellness, Indigenous Culture, Camping, Parks & Wilderness Areas, Wildlife Tours

Discover British Columbia through the eyes of Top Chef Brooke Williamson

Experience nature's healing power in BC. A custom itinerary inspired by Top Chef Brooke Williamson’s transformative visit.

Read the Article

Beaches & Lakes

Local Secrets: Where to Find BC’s Best Beaches

With miles of coastline, British Columbia has plenty of spectacular beaches. Here are five that may surprise you, including Savary Island and...

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

Nature & Wildlife

Telegraph Cove Resort on BC's Vancouver Island

Gordie Graham, owner of Telegraph Cove Resort on British Columbia's Vancouver Island, discusses the labour of love that is his resort.

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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.

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