Explore the Water

Water, water everywhere, and so many ways to experience it. Blessed with 3,340km (2,137 miles) of coastline, 9,396 lakes and an intricate tracery of major and minor river systems, Vancouver Island is a world-class destination for fresh and saltwater aquatic adventure.

On the Water

Factor in the neighbouring southern and northern Gulf Islands along with the web of islands in the Discovery Passage and north towards the Queen Charlotte Strait, and it’s for good reason that the Island is renowned as a maritime playground like few others. Dip in a toe, wade or swim in lakes and offshore from wave-caressed beachfronts. Suppliers based close to the action can provide a full range of rental equipment. Experienced teachers offer in-depth instruction in all manner of water sports. And skilled guides lead expeditions that range from a few hours to a week or longer. No matter your age, skill or fitness level, everyone is invited to jump in and make a happy splash. 

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Jamie’s Whaling Station

Tofino, Ucluelet • Pacific Rim
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Jamie Bray, the original and current owner, pioneered the art of the whale watching industry on Vancouver Island. Since 1982 the company has grown to encompass the original Whaling Wharf- our Jamie’s Adventure Station in Tofino, and in 2000 established the harbour-front hub of Jamie’s Adventure Station in Ucluelet. But Jamie’s is more than just whales – we’re your ticket to the real west coast- fostering partnerships with many local operators to offer a range of adventure options for all ages and interests, making us a one-stop resource for whale watching, bear watching, tours to Hot Springs Cove and Meares Island, kayaking, scenic flights, hiking, sunset cruises and more!

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Jamie Bray, the original and current owner, pioneered the art of the whale watching industry on Vancouver Island. Since 1982 the company has grown to encompass the original Whaling Wharf-…
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Discover Comox Valley

Comox, Courtenay, Cumberland • North Central Island
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Perched on the eastern edge of Vancouver Island, the Comox Valley is more than just a location, it’s a lifestyle.

The rolling mountains, rushing rivers, pristine lakes and lush rainforest of the Comox Valley create an outdoor lover’s paradise where it really is possible to enjoy the best of all seasons in a single day. You can be knee deep in an alpine wonderland, then within half an hour be dusting the snow off your boots on a golf course. Locals and visitors both soon discover that in the Comox Valley, outdoor adventure doesn’t take the winter off!

The perfect complement this four-season wonderland is a thriving and sophisticated cultural scene highlighted by more than 50 annual festivals and events celebrating everything from music and wildlife to chocolate and great beer. The Comox Valley boasts four museums, a fascinating heritage driving tour, a dynamic music and theatre scene and numerous art galleries.

In between festivities, dine on delicious local seafood, artisan breads and cheeses, wild mushrooms and berries and pasture raised meats in venues ranging from ocean-side dining rooms to funky neighbourhood bistros.

With direct, daily flights from Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver, the Comox Valley Airport (YQQ) is your convenient gateway to the vibrant Comox Valley and the wild west coast.

The Comox Valley is where farm fields meet fine cuisine, where heart-pounding pursuits meet relaxation and where vibrant culture meets the salt of the earth – this is where dreams are realized.”

Visit the communities of Courtenay, Comox and Cumberland and discover the possibilities in the Comox Valley. Fly direct via WestJet from Alberta to the Comox Valley Airport.

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Perched on the eastern edge of Vancouver Island, the Comox Valley is more than just a location, it’s a lifestyle. The rolling mountains, rushing rivers, pristine lakes and lush rainforest…
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Live to Surf

1180 Pacific Rim Highway • Tofino • Pacific Rim
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The Original Tofino Surf Shop. Family Owned & Operated for 30 Years. Sales Rental Lessons. Fun for Everyone!

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The Original Tofino Surf Shop. Family Owned & Operated for 30 Years. Sales Rental Lessons. Fun for Everyone!
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Tourism Tofino

Tofino • Pacific Rim
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Tofino is remarkable any time of year. Summer days are full of fishing and exploring; Autumn is a photographer and foodie paradise. Winter affords you a front-row seat to the edge of the world during powerful storms. And Tofino rejuvenates in Spring; celebrating the return of the grey whales, shorebirds, black bears, and the renewed vibrancy of the rainforest. Come create your own reality here. Come be awed by the force of nature in Tofino.

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Strathcona Park Lodge & Outdoor Education Centre

Campbell River • North Central Island
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Spread through the forest and along the shore of Upper Campbell Lake the accommodation options at Strathcona Park Lodge are eclectic, varied and perfectly poised for exploring our property, Strathcona Provincial Park and central Vancouver Island.

Couples, individuals and families will find what they need at Strathcona Park Lodge. Our comfortable hotel-style rooms and fully contained cottages, are great for small and large groups. Waterfront cottages are ideal for families and friends, while smaller secluded cottages are perfect for a romantic weekend. Most rooms have a lake view and most cottages are waterfront. Almost every room has a deck, the perfect spot to watch the sun set across Upper Campbell Lake and behind snowcapped peaks.

We also have a chalet at Mount Washington Alpine Resort that sleeps up to 24 people in two units.

Because of our unique construction history we have a wide range of rooms to accommodate a variety of budgets and needs. All rooms are inviting and comfortable. There are no TVs or telephones within the rooms. Refer to our Amenities page to find out more.

Cottages are available year round. Hotel-style accommodation is available from March until November, when our dining room is open

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Spread through the forest and along the shore of Upper Campbell Lake the accommodation options at Strathcona Park Lodge are eclectic, varied and perfectly poised for exploring our property, Strathcona…
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West Coast Expeditions

Kyuquot • Courtenay • North Central Island
1-800-665-3040 • 1-250-338-2511
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Experience the joy and wonder of a personalized sea kayaking adventure rich in marine biology, Aboriginal culture, and space to explore. Join us on Spring Island in remote Kyuquot on Vancouver Island for superb kayaking, enchanting old-growth forests, and diverse wildlife. Ocean kayak with sea otters while eagles soar overhead. Savour fully-catered outings from our base camp, multi-day expeditions, or family-focused adventures. Have a uniquely flexible, fun, and refreshing vacation! We’re celebrating over 40 years of connecting small groups with the west coast, including over 25 years by sea kayak.

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Long Beach Lodge Resort

1441 Pacific Rim Highway • Tofino • Pacific Rim
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Tofino’s Luxury Adventure Resort… Luxury oceanfront resort on the expansive sandy beach of Cox Bay; relaxed inspirational West Coast setting & award winning architecture. Iconic Great Room with oceanview dining room & lounge. Two types of accommodation: beachfront Lodge rooms or self-contained, 2 bedroom Rainforest Cottages. Pet friendly accommodation available. The Surf Club is our adventure centre offering on-site surf /sup lessons & rentals, Marine Adventures on our new heated charter vessel, and luxurious post-adventure spa-like facilities.

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Long Beach Lodge Resort is set amongst the native coastal vegetation and takes full advantage of the expansive sandy beach and the open ocean with wild west coast surf… in fact it is one of the few Tofino hotels that can claim such a spectacular locale. Come view Tofino’s biggest waves from the comfort and warmth  of our Great Room and partake in some of our award-winning cuisine!

The Resort is for the traveller who prefers first-class service in a relaxed, informal setting. Choose accommodation in the beach front Lodge (41 rooms), most rooms with spectacular ocean views, gas fireplaces, double soaker tubs & balconies. Or retreat to a tranquil, 2 bedroom Rainforest Cottage (20 Cottage) with full kichen, living room, fireplace and outdoor patio hot tub. Our cottages are ideal for families, two couples or extended stays.The warm and welcoming interiors utilize natural colours, fabrics and textures. Each of the guest rooms include luxurious bathroom amenities, bathrobes, cozy duvets, and waterproof rain jackets and umbrellas.

The Great Room

The Lodge is home to the Great Room which is a central focus of this Tofino Resort – not only home to our restaurant and lounge, but a gathering place for guests with its massive granite fireplace and post and beam construction. Sink into an overstuffed chair, put your feet up, and gaze out to the crashing surf and lighthouse beyond.

The Surf Club & Marine Adventures 

The Surf Club Centre is our adventure booking centre… come chat with us and let us know what you are after. We are happy to customize your experience whether it be a private on-site surf lesson or a marine adventure on our brand new charter vessel which seats 12 guests in comfort, has a heated cabin, full washroom facilities and for the exclusive use of Lodge guests. Come explore our pristine marine environment with our captain and in-house naturalist­—incredible opportunities for wildlife viewing and photography.

Long Beach Lodge is the only Tofino hotel or resort that offers an on-site surf school with full equipment rentals, luxurious apres surf facilities including showers, change rooms, lockers, hot tub & sauna, and Marine Adventure charter service. The Surf Club is a one-of-a-kind facility and a first in Canada that will set a new standard for the surfing world. This spa-like facility is open during the day to all visitors to the Tofino area who wish to experience the professional, customized surf instruction of  the Resort’s Surf Club. During the evening Resort guests have exclusive access to the facilities.

The Surf Club Centre also provides stand up paddleboard (SUP) lessons and equipment rentals, and  houses a gift shop and cappuccino bar with outdoor patio seating.

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Tofino’s Luxury Adventure Resort… Luxury oceanfront resort on the expansive sandy beach of Cox Bay; relaxed inspirational West Coast setting & award winning architecture. Iconic Great Room with oceanview dining room…
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Clayoquot Ventures Tofino Fishing

Not only is Clayoquot Ventures Tofino Fishing the #1 Rated Tour on TripAdvisor, we continue to be the trusted and proven industry leader for Sport fishing in Tofino.  Our experienced guide team have spent countless hours on the water, our fleet of vessels are equipped with top of the line gear and electronics, and our commitment to meeting our guests’ expectations continues to be our top priority. We strive to provide safe, productive and fun fishing excursions for all experience levels and group sizes.  Clayoquot Ventures Tofino Fishing primarily focuses on Salmon and Halibut offshore excursions, however we also specialize […]
Tofino • Pacific Rim
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Gabriola Golf and Country Club

The Gabriola Golf Clubs beautiful and challenging 9 hole course is carved through hills surrounding picturesque Hoggan Lake. It boasts 18 tee boxes with 9 undulating fairways and greens, with surprising variety between the front and back nine, giving a full 18 hole feel. Bring your A game to test this par 71, 5800 yard track. The club includes a driving range, power and pull carts, a licensed clubhouse and dining room available for parties and tournaments. With our temperate Gulf Island climate our course is open year round, weather permitting.
825 South Road • Gabriola Island • The Gulf Islands
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Grey Wolf Expeditions

Unique kayak adventures featuring whale watching and multi-day kayak tours.
Black Creek •
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UB Diving

From your first breath underwater to a life long diving career, U.B. Diving is your one stop SCUBA shop that caters to all of your diving needs.
2440 F Cliffe Ave • Courtenay • North Central Island
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Quatse River Regional Park and Campground

62 tenting or RV sites situated within a richly forested regional park. All sites near  river, firewood, washrooms and host. Power, water, sani-dump, free showers, coin laundry, WIFI, firewood, wheelchair accessible, leashed pets welcome. Next to the Quatse Salmon Stewarship Centre. All proceeds fund salmon conservation on Northern Vancouver Island.
Port Hardy • North Island
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Salt Spring Adventure Co.

Explore Salt Spring Island and the surrounding Gulf Islands on our professionally guided Kayak Day Tours or Multi-Day Kayak Expeditions. Or let someone else do all the work and enjoy our Whale Watching & Marine Wildlife Tours! We also offer paddle board rentals, mountain bike rentals and private mobile yoga for private classes at your location. The Salt Spring Adventure Co is a dynamic and multi-faceted Adventure Company, we are less about making a living and more about living the dream! We put all our energy into making our programs as fulfilling and rewarding as possible, you will be assured […]
The Gulf Islands
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Pacific Pro Dive & Marine Adventures

Premier diving experiences plus whale watching and more!
Courtenay • North Central Island
1 877 800 3483
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Paddlers Inn

Explore beyond the end of the road. Hop aboard our MOT certified vessel and get ready for the experience of a lifetime as we explore the Broughton Archipelago. Wake up in the comfort of a hand-crafted float-house or sea-side cabin, listening to the heartbeat of nature. Explore secluded shorelines by kayak, charter-boat or on foot, alone or in the company of your hosts. Kayaking, fabulous food, forest trails, lake-fun, rejuvenating massage and wildlife, wildlife, wildlife await you.
Simoom Sound • Broughton Archipelago • North Island
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Nakwakto Rapids Tours

White water like nowhere else on Earth! Guided by storytellers and a seasoned skipper, visit fascinating traditional waters and listen to ancient tales on a native cultural tour in rugged and beautiful coastal wilderness.
Port Hardy • North Island
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Coast Mountain Expeditions

Experience the wild coast, salt wind and island time on a kayak journey in BC’s outer Discovery Islands. Our well-organized trips include skills & safety instruction, quality equipment, expert guides, kayak lodge accommodation, and garden-fresh homemade meals. Enjoy friendly local knowledge on affordable wilderness adventures in a spectacular natural environment! Since 1987.
Quadra Island • North Central Island
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Pedder Bay RV Resort & Marina

Fully serviced RV Resort & Marina • Ocean View & pull-through sites • 30 & 50 amp power, cable, Wi-Fi • Boat rentals & fishing gear • Coffee House • 3 lane boat launch • Kayak and bicycle rentals
Victoria • South Island
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Comox Harbour Charters

See the beautiful Comox Valley from our 40′ charter boat.  We offer many packages to let you experience the natural splendour of our beaches, estuaries, islands, and the Salish Sea.  Choose from one of our popular scheduled trips or rent the whole boat for your special group.  The boat and crew are Transport Canada certified for 12 passengers and can support fishing, kayaking, diving, dining  and sightseeing adventures. We regularly schedule 3 hour Eco, Scenic and Oyster Farm Tours or 2 hour lunch cruises and sell individual tickets. Inquire about our overnight and weekend lodge packages.
Comox •
(250) 218-9146
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West Coast Water Sports

If you’re in the Comox Valley and want a fun and exciting way to spend the day, then come out to West Coast Water Sports located on Comox Lake. We offer a wide selection of water sport activities including canoe, kayak and paddle-board rentals. We also offer private and group paddle-board lessons. Starting this upcoming Summer we will be premiering our outdoor treasure hunt which will consists of an on land children’s hunt, as well as a on water hunt directed for adults. Whatever you want on the water, West Coast Water Sports has you covered.
Cumberland • North Central Island
1-250-465-9378 (WEST)
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Alert Bay Cabins

All our 14 cabins are built for privacy, include a kitchen and provide a truly west coast ambiance with breathtaking ocean view. When you check into Alert Bay Resort you can relax on your private patio, watch the eagles and listen to the whales in the distance or take a kayak out and explore the coast; you never know what you may see! Only steps from your cabin is one of Alert Bay’s most historic nature trails, where you can walk the the famous boardwalk and experience the mystical surroundings.
Alert Bay • North Island
1.877.974.5457 • 250.974.5457
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Tourism Campbell River & Region

Welcome to the North Central Island -a spectacular region so full of outdoor recreational adventures that the hardest decision you’ll have to make is what activity to enjoy next. World renowned fishing, whale watching, canoeing, kayaking, rafting, deep sea diving, surfing, caving, golfing, hiking, mountain biking, and skiing – challenge yourself a little or a lot.  Campbell River & Region has an irresistible lure to visitors from around the world in search of great outdoor experiences, tranquil beauty, spectacular scenery, and traditional First Nations heritage and culture.
Campbell River & Region • North Central Island
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Majestic Ocean Kayaking

Ucluelet, BC Vancouver Island, there are hundreds of islands to explore by kayak, with white sandy beaches and temperate rainforests.  In the Broken Group Islands, paddle through clear sparkling waters and in Clayoquot Sound, photograph the abundant wildlife.  Tours include transportation, gourmet meals, certified guides, quality equipment and safety lessons.   It’s an experience of a lifetime to visit this area; a  Unesco Biosphere Reserve and Pacific Rim National Park.
1167 Helen Road • Ucluelet • Pacific Rim
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Comox By The Sea

The Town of Comox is located in the centre of a rich agricultural area rimmed by the pacific ocean, majestic mountains and Comox Harbour. Our pedestrian friendly shopping & restaurant area also boast excellent recreational opportunities and comprehensive professional and community services. Our moderate climate enhances all the reasons Comox has become a prime destination. Amenities located within our downtown include boutique shopping, the Comox Centre Mall, a 9-hole golf course, Comox Recreation Centre, tennis courts, library, museum and archives, art gallery, diverse restaurants, a pub and coffee shops, professional offices, and three marinas for commercial, sports fishing boats, and
# 101 – 3607 Small Road • Cumberland • North Central Island
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Discovery Islands Lodge

Discover friendly accommodation and kayak adventures at our oceanfront B&B Inn close to Quadra Island lakes, forest trails and BC’s best kayaking! Guided marine park daytrips, kayak camping, skills instruction, local knowledge, kayak and canoe rentals. We offer affordable, comfortable, and memorable experiences in BC’s amazing natural environment. Since 1987.
Quadra Island • North Central Island
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WestCoast Wild Adventures Ltd.

Eco-educational Adventure Zipline – Zip 6 lines (2 hours) in Ha’uukmin Tribal Park, Tla-o-qui-aht traditional territory.  Experience ancient growth rain forest and a narrow sculptured canyon carved deep by rushing clear water. Flight Seeing – an Eagle eyes view of the big picture. River Kayaking – monumental wilderness “Grab the Adventure, keep the Memories”
Port Alberni, Tofino, Ucluelet • Pacific Rim
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Alberni Valley Tourism

A steam engine train, coastal wineries, and an ancient rainforest—just a few reasons to visit the Alberni Valley. Located in the center of the Island, the Alberni Valley is filled with natural and historic wonders to discover. You can take a 1929 steam engine train from downtown to a coastal winery. Or explore the quiet paths of an 800-year old rainforest. Port Alberni also features 30 restaurants, a fudge shop, hiking, and an affordable day-cruise down the inlet.
Port Alberni • Pacific Rim
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Canadian Princess Resort

Located in Ucluelet on Vancouver Island’s west coast, Canadian Princess Resort offers a variety of accommodations: stay on the permanently moored 235’ ship or in traditional shoreside rooms. Savour the thrill of guided fishing trips targeting salmon, halibut and bottom fish and whale watching adventures through the Broken Group Islands.
Ucluelet • Pacific Rim
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Wildcoast Adventures

What is the most peaceful non-intrusive way to see killer whales in the wild? Wildcoast’s Orca Camp kayaking trips! This no road access camp is located beside the famous Robson Bight killer whale sanctuary on Vancouver Island and nestled in a rainforest of ancient cedars next to a flowing glacial stream. Enjoy abundant wildlife, kayaking, hiking, spacious safari tents, and evening campfires. Each day, delicious gourmet meals focused on local ingredients are served up in the camp’s heated communal tent. An unforgettable adventure!
Quadra Island • North Central Island
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Brown’s Bay Resort

Nestled in the Salmon Capital of the world known as Campbell River, Brown’s Bay Resort is just a short 5km drive off hwy 19.  This unspoiled resort includes new Rental Cabins, an oceanfront RV Park, full service Marina with fuel barge, tackle shop, restaurant and launch facilities. Please visit us at brownsbayresort.com for more information and reservation details.
Campbell River • North Central Island
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Get West Adventure Cruises

Explore Vancouver Island’s “Wild West” coast aboard the MV Uchuck III, a 136-foot passenger and freight vessel. See whales, sea otters and other marine wildlife while cruising and dropping off freight at maritime villages, logging camps and resorts along the route. Summer day cruises to Friendly Cove include time for exploring the beach and tidal pools, a visit to the Nootka Light House and shoreline trail walks. This is a national historic site. Spend a few days exploring Nootka Sound, Kyuquot Sound and Esperanza Inlet. Trips include accommodations in maritime villages. Kayak wet launches and hiker drop-offs available at select locations along scheduled […]
Gold River • North Central Island
1 (877) 824-8253
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Quarterdeck Inn & Marina Resort

Let us package your experience of a Lifetime! Sport fishing • Deluxe facilities 40 oceanview rooms• Full service marina Shower & laundry • Complete marine store Pub & restaurant • Liquor Store
Port Hardy • North Island
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Jamie’s Rainforest Inn

Jamie’s Rainforest Inn sits on 4 acres of old growth rainforest, with trails to private waterfront bird sanctuary on Tofino Inlet. Short drive to town and only 10-minute walk to Chesterman Beach. Restaurant and lounge serving breakfast, lunch
1258 Pacific Rim Highway • Tofino • Pacific Rim
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Whiskey Landing Lodge

Located on the historic waterfront in the heart of Ucluelet, BC, the Whiskey Landing Lodge design, using native cedar, post and beam construction, rock and glass is a tribute to the local culture and West Coast’s natural beauty. The 15 beautiful suites offer an ideal base for your adventure – fishing charters, whale and wildlife tours, hiking, kayaking and surfing, or simply relaxing in this pristine environment. Guest rooms at Whiskey Landing Lodge, featuring studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites, include modern stainless kitchen, jetted soaker tub, fireplace and water views. Comfortable sofa sleepers allow for expanded occupancy with family and […]
1645 Cedar Road • Ucluelet • Pacific Rim
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Telegraph Cove Marina & RV Park

Enjoy waterfront suites with full kitchens overlooking the cove at Dockside 29, or stay at our 48 fully serviced RV sites with ocean and cove views. Our Marina is equipped with power and potable water. WIFI, Onsite Restaurants & Gallery
Telegraph Cove • North Island
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Salt Spring Visitor Centre

Salt Spring Island is truly a nature lovers’ paradise!  With spectacular coastal and pastoral scenery and the moderate climate, a variety of activities can be comfortably pursued all months of the year.  From leisurely walks along pristine beaches to challenging uphill hikes, the vistas, flora and fauna are always inspiring. Surrounded by miles of the mainly sheltered waterways of the Pacific Ocean, this Gulf Island archipelago offers countless opportunities to explore the marine world.  Sailing, diving, kayaking, fishing charters and motorized boat excursions, the offerings on Salt Spring are numerous and varied.
Ganges • The Gulf Islands
250.537.5252 • 1.866.216.2936
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Tourism Cowichan

Taste what Cowichan is all about! Our 17 wineries, most of which are within 30 minutes of each other, produce classic reds, whites and sparkling wines. Cowichan’s climate and setting provide one of the best locales for growing Pinot grapes, and the resulting wines are gaining great respect on the world stage. Fruit wines, blackberry port-style wines, ciders, vodkas and brandies round out the list of delectable libations unique to the Cowichan Region.
Cobble Hill, Cowichan Bay, Duncan, Ladysmith, Lake Cowichan • Cowichan
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Relic Surf Shop

Relic is Ucluelet’s forward thinking Surf Shop and Surf School. • Knowledgeable Friendly Staff • Huge Retail Shop (over 2000sqft of shop) • Large Quality Rental Fleet • Great Prices, Deals and Sales • Experienced Surf School • Come see why people return year after year to Relic!!
Ucluelet • Pacific Rim