The Pacific Northwest coast is dotted with many islands, straights and narrows. Vancouver island is separated from the BC coast by several Straits: Juan de Fuca Straight, Haro Straight and the Straight of Georgia on the south lsland, Johnson Straight on the central lsland, and Queen Charlotte Straight on the north lsland. These are the Coastal Shores.
The waters between the mainland coast and the lsland are dotted with numerous islands, large & small. Among the incredible narrows found here, is Seymour Narrows, just north of Campbell River, where Ripple Rock was blasted to ensure safer passage of vessels.
The wild & wet lands of B.C.’s west coast are covered in ancient forests of giant trees, where some of the world’s tallest trees still flourish. It’s a beautiful place… a place of waterfalls and hidden lakes, a place of mists and moss covered trees – a place of wonder.The west coast is speckled with many small islands, bays, inlets, hot springs and native villages. Its large rivers travel from the mountains to the sea, fed by coastal rains. The west coast is carved by many inlets whose bordering mountains soar from sea to sky.
Pacific storms that pound the west coast throughout the year and even more so in winter, are laden with moisture that must be released in order to rise up & over the coastal mountains. The west coast, or as we call it “the wet coast”, truly is a rain forest. The Coastal Shores are simply amazing.
The islands dotting the Pacific Northwest coast of B.C. have their own unique histories, legends, and stories. From ghost towns to old logging camps, they are just waiting to be explored and rediscovered by visitors & locals, alike!
Vancouver Island has an enviable array of spectacular beaches for you to enjoy. Tourists flock to our renowned beaches, such as the west coast’s Long Beach near Tofino, and the surfing beaches of the southwest coast. The northern beaches, are a challenge to access, but then that is why they are so phenomenal!
l have explored many of these remote spots, to often find that I’m the only one there…. See for yourself, just how beautiful these areas are! Stand on any of these beaches, and look out to sea – you’ll view an astonishing range of sea life: whales, otters, seals, and so much more.
There are many mountain trails on the coast, that can take you up into the high country. Any one of these exhilarating trail hikes could be considered a journey of a lifetime!