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An incredible destination surrounded by the Pacific Ocean on all sides, Vancouver Island is the ocean. The ocean inspires our everyday. Regardless of why you choose to visit Vancouver Island, you pass through the ocean to get here. On the ferry, you travel across the water. On a plane, you get to witness the awe-inspiring view of the Pacific from above. Here on Vancouver Island, we live and breathe the ocean.

On Vancouver Island, we’re committed to ocean-friendly practices and supporting Ocean Friendly businesses. But what exactly is ‘Ocean Friendly’? It’s simple. It’s supporting businesses and nonprofits across the island who execute business practices that support a clean and healthy coastal ecosystem. Businesses who are Ocean Friendly are champions on eliminating single-use plastics, and work tirelessly to support and clean our oceanfront across island. Discover more on why being Ocean Friendly is such an incredibly important part of our community here on Vancouver Island.

Watch our documentary on the stewards of the sea, below.

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How to Pack Ocean Friendly

For all the incredible visitors that Vancouver Island receives each and every year, we wanted to share a fun guide on how you can pack ocean-friendly. We hope that you consider this key list of Ocean Friendly alternatives to single-use plastic before your trip to explore Vancouver Island.

Here’s what to bring:

What to avoid purchasing:

When you arrive on Vancouver Island, consider avoiding the items on this list to keep your shopping Ocean Friendly.


Why do people love beaches so much? Fresh air, open spaces and the naturally soothing white noise of crashing surf come to mind. All of these qualities are undermined by a trash-covered stretch of sand, and on Vancouver Island we are dedicated to keeping our beaches as pristine as we can. One way to stay ahead of the floating trash that is deposited on our shores, is to volunteer for a beach clean-up session, either on your own or with an organization like Surfrider Foundation. “Leave it better than you found it” is a great rule in all areas of life, and even more so on the beach.

 How to have a beach clean up:

We’ll never be able to clean our way out of the plastics pollution crisis. However, the data we collect during beach cleans is the first step towards tackling this issue at the source. By analyzing debris and tracking data, we can identify the roots of plastic pollution and advocate for systemic change. Use the Marine Debris Tracker App to log your data under the Surfrider Foundation Canada profile, so Surfrider can make cleanups obsolete through their programs and campaigns

To learn more about the Pacific Rim Surfrider Ocean Friendly program, visit their site where they share tips on reusable products during COVID-19, beach clean ups, and more practical tips for a mindful trip.