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Boating on Vancouver Island

On Vancouver Island, exceptional boating is rarely more than a few minutes away. Take a pleasure craft or sailboat to explore the hidden harbours of Port Hardy in the north, the quiet coves of Victoria in the south, the Broken Group islands near Bamfield on the west, or the Salish Sea on the east. With 3,340 km (2,137 miles) of coastline, there’s a nautical experience for everyone.

Freshwater and saltwater options are everywhere: explore the inner harbour of Victoria in a water taxi, pilot a cabin cruiser through the Salish Sea, white water raft down the Nimpkish River, or choose your own adventure with convenient spaces to launch or moor wherever works best for you. With over 9,000 lakes and 3,340 km of coastline, finding a space to spend an afternoon canoeing, kayaking, boating, or sailing is much easier than choosing one. No matter what draws you to the water, you’ll find it here.

The mineral springs of Hot Springs Cove in Maquinna Provincial Park are accessible by water taxi, helicopter, or floatplane, but boating is arguably the most memorable. Launch from Tofino or Ucluelet and enjoy the 90-minute cruise, watching for whales, seals, otters, eagles, or bears before soaking in the geothermally heated waters hidden in this island oasis.

Freshwater Boating

Explore the freshwater playgrounds of Sprout Lake or Lake Cowichan. Rent a lakefront property and take advantage of private multi-mooring found along many of the Island’s most popular lakes, including the ones just listed above.

Explore The Shoreline

Charter a cruise or set sail in your own boat from Comox, Buckley Bay, or Campbell River to explore the fjords, vistas, and wildlife of Desolation Sound Marine Provincial Park. On a summer Saturday night, launch from Brentwood Bay for Tod Inlet. Drop anchor, get comfortable and watch the spectacular fireworks at Butchart Gardens. Moorage is available on Salt Spring Island, Pender Island, and Galiano Island, as well as in private marinas in the Cowichan region, providing easy access to services, dining, shopping, and nightlife in these welcoming communities.

Black Ball Ferry Line

430 Belleville Street Victoria BC, V8V 1W9 • South Island
250-386-2202

Black Ball Ferry Line operates the M.V. Coho passenger and vehicle ferry linking Victoria, B.C. on Vancouver Island with Port Angeles, WA on the scenic Olympic Peninsula. During the 90 minute crossing, enjoy the ship’s many amenities including the cafeteria, gift shop, duty free store, comfortable interior lounges, solarium and…

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Nootka Marine Adventures operates three resorts on Vancouver Island’s West Coast. A variety of activities and custom packages are available ranging from: chartered salmon, halibut, and tuna fishing, historic and wildlife tours, ocean kayaking, and more. Guests may take advantage of boat rentals, fuel sales, moorage, marina services, launch ramp,…

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Perched above the Strait of Juan de Fuca, with views of the Pacific Ocean and Olympic Mountains, the resort offers an unparalleled experience to its guests. Newly-added fire pits in the tropical-inspired terrace add an element of casual luxury as visitors are encouraged to enjoy a glass of wine or…

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TOFINO'S LUXURY ADVENTURE RESORT! Come experience the natural beauty, exceptional amenities & handcrafted cuisine at Long Beach Lodge Resort. The 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…

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Ocean Ecoventures

1721 Cowichan Bay Road, Cowichan Bay, BC V0R 1N0 • Central Island, Cowichan, South Island
(250) 748-3800

Ocean Ecoventures Whale Watching was established in 2003 and has been creating life long memories ever since. We offer a very unique experience compared to other companies that operate in this area. Our central, quaint location offers a relaxing experience and, more importantly, being central allows us to access many…

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Adventure Seekers and Nature Lovers, Ocean Outfitters is the perfect place to kick off all of your Tofino activities! We're a carbon neutral adventure business that cares about science and education. Our programs are not only a ton of fun, but they also encourage stewardship. Join us for whale and…

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V2V Vacations

470 Belleville Street, Steamship Terminal, Victoria, BC V8V 1W9 • Gulf Islands, South Island
1-855-554-4679

We welcome you aboard the V2V Family. Together we will create memorable experiences through an inspiring connection of people, places and moments. V2V is a premium cruise service connecting downtown Vancouver and downtown Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. V2V provides a uniquely beautiful, comfortable and convenient journey for travelers seeking a…

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We are your one stop for adventure in Tofino and Ucluelet. Operating since 1982, we are the original Whale Tour company and offer whale watching, bear watching and Hot Springs Cove tours aboard high speed open zodiac-style vessels or larger, covered cruiser vessels. Offering several departures, seven days a week,…

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Sea Wolf Adventures

24 Boardwalk, Telegraph Cove, BC V0N 3J0 • North Island Region
250-902-9653

Departing from Telegraph Cove, combine cultural discoveries with world-class wildlife viewing on a zodiac adventure into the heart of First Nations’ territory of the Kwakwaka’wakw: Vancouver Island North. Share our love of the local landscape and learn more about our 13000+ year old history! Our adventure begins in Alert Bay…

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Sooke Harbour Resort & Marina is the perfect year-round getaway, located oceanfront on Sooke Harbour. Just a short 35-minute drive from downtown Victoria, Sooke is a wonderful vacation destination with an abundance of outdoor adventures to suit the needs of many. Fishing, kilometres of scenic coastal hikes, whale watching, beautiful…

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Eagle Wing Tours is Victoria, BC's 1st multiple award winning whale watching tour company. We’ve achieved this in part through our support for 1% For the Planet, $2 Wildlife Fee & for being Canada’s first 100% carbon neutral whale watching company.When you ride with us you are guaranteed to…

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Kingfisher Oceanside Resort and Spa

4330 Island Highway South, Courtenay, BC V9N 9R9 • North Central Island
1-800-663-7929 or 250-338-1323

Nestled in a coastal forest on the eastern shore of Vancouver Island, the Kingfisher Oceanside Resort and Spa offers breathtaking ocean and mountain views. Pamper yourself in our luxury Pacific Mist Spa where our spa therapies focus on the rich ingredients of the sea – leaving you feeling completely relaxed…

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Prince of Whales Whale Watching has been sharing premiere whale-watching & marine-wildlife experiences with guests from around the world for more than 20 years! With locations in both Victoria & Vancouver, we offer a wide variety of marine wildlife experiences that range from three hours long to a half-day. We…

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Town of Ladysmith

33 Roberts Street, Ladysmith BC V9G 1A2 • Cowichan

Small Town, Big Fun Whatever you decide to do in Ladysmith, you are sure to have big fun in this small town! Ignite your sense of adventure with our seaside and hillside trails, a marine playground for paddlers, and beach park. Ignite your sense of history with the…

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K’awat’si Tours

8600 Granville St. • North Island Region
250-230-3574

Eco Tours & Aboriginal Cultural Experiences Experience the wild beauty of British Columbia’s coastal rainforests through the eyes of your First Nations guide as they share their culture, history and traditions. Get out on the water to view wildlife, roam remote beaches, or listen to stories and learn how to weave…

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Tourism Nanaimo

2450 Northfield Road Nanaimo, BC V9S0B2 • Central Island

#ExploreNanaimo, the place to find natural wonders, festivals, culinary joys and so much more. Visit our historic sites, experience authentic farm-to-table cuisine and craft beer, hike our world class trails and stay in the heart of Vancouver Island with affordable and comfortable accommodations. Nanaimo is your access point to the…

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Comox By The Sea

PO Box 1624, RPO Stn A Comox, BC V9M 8A2 • North Central Island
1.855.400.2882

Comox is a vibrant seaside community located on the east coast of Vancouver Island. With access to rivers, mountains and the ocean, the area is a nature lover’s paradise. Visitors to downtown Comox are delighted with the natural beauty and wide array of shopping, amenities and services – all…

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Lady Rose Marine Services

5425 Argyle Street Port Alberni, BC V9Y 1T6 • Pacific Rim
250-723-8313

Cruise spectacular Barkley Sound on our stout packet freighter the M.V. Frances Barkley. Join us for the day to Bamfield, as we carry mail, cargo and passengers down the Alberni Inlet. Or sail to Ucluelet and discover the Broken Group Islands. Sechart Lodge is the closest accommodations to the Broken…

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Island Tides Outdoor Lodge

109 Maquinna Ave Zeballos B.C V0P 2A0 • North Island Region

Enjoy the incredible scenery, marine and wildlife that abounds in the waters surrounding the historic Nootka Island, with Black Bears feeding on the beach, Sea Otters frolicking in the Kelp beds and Humpback Whales feeding in the waters of Esperanza Inlet. A real west coast adventure

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