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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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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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Boating, Ferries, Canada, United States

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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Boating, Paddling, Summer, Canada, United States

No Boat? No Problem: 5 Ways to Get on the Water in BC

From boat charters to floating lodges, it's easy to experience British Columbia's waterways.

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Nature & Wildlife, Storm Watching, Winter, Canada, United States

Storm Watching on the West Coast of Vancouver Island

It's an amazing spectacle when Mother Nature combines rain, fierce winds, and the Pacific Ocean.

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Biking, Boating, Hiking, Canada, United States

Plan your trip to The Sunshine Coast

Come soak up the serenity of the Sunshine Coast.

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BC Ferries Route

3 to 7 days / 1109.41 km (689 mi)

Travel from Vancouver to Port Hardy by car and ferry. Explore seaside communities, world-renowned gardens, and underground caves.

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Beaches & Lakes, Surfing, Canada, United States

A Surfer's Road Trip to Haida Gwaii

Follow our Instagrammer of the week, photographer @kylervos, who is sharing photos from his Haida Gwaii surf road trip.

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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

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

Boating, Ferries, Canada, United States

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

Boating, Paddling, Summer, Canada, United States

No Boat? No Problem: 5 Ways to Get on the Water in BC

From boat charters to floating lodges, it's easy to experience British Columbia's waterways.

Read the Article

Nature & Wildlife, Storm Watching, Winter, Canada, United States

Storm Watching on the West Coast of Vancouver Island

It's an amazing spectacle when Mother Nature combines rain, fierce winds, and the Pacific Ocean.

Read the Article

Biking, Boating, Hiking, Canada, United States

Plan your trip to The Sunshine Coast

Come soak up the serenity of the Sunshine Coast.

Read the Article

BC Ferries Route

3 to 7 days / 1109.41 km (689 mi)

Travel from Vancouver to Port Hardy by car and ferry. Explore seaside communities, world-renowned gardens, and underground caves.

Explore Road Trip

Beaches & Lakes, Surfing, Canada, United States

A Surfer's Road Trip to Haida Gwaii

Follow our Instagrammer of the week, photographer @kylervos, who is sharing photos from his Haida Gwaii surf road trip.

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

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