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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.

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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1-3 Days, 4-6 Days, Fall

11 BC Coastal Towns to Visit This Fall

Find a coastal town to visit in BC this fall and enjoy Indigenous culture, lush rainforests, long stretches of shoreline, and tasty West Coast...

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Biking, Boating, Hiking

Plan your trip to The Sunshine Coast

Come soak up the serenity of the Sunshine Coast.

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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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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.

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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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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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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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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.

Learn More

1-3 Days, 4-6 Days, Fall

11 BC Coastal Towns to Visit This Fall

Find a coastal town to visit in BC this fall and enjoy Indigenous culture, lush rainforests, long stretches of shoreline, and tasty West Coast...

Read the Article

Biking, Boating, Hiking

Plan your trip to The Sunshine Coast

Come soak up the serenity of the Sunshine Coast.

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

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

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

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

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

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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