Premier Listings for Beachcombing

Relax and contemplate life as you follow snail tracks along the sandy beaches of Vancouver Island and chase cheeky crabs into rocky crevices. Search through seaweed and barnacled driftwood and hunt amongst stranded tree trunks for those precious little treasures the sea so generously yields at every ebb of the tide. Mussels, periwinkles, clams and hermit crabs, they’re all there – you just have to find them! Rich tidal pools, a shoreline full of life, and fantastic geological features attract visitors to Botanical Beach, northwest of Victoria, one of the most amazing places on the entire BC West Coast, particularly at low tide. You can spend days walking the sandy beaches along Long Beach, between Ucluelet and Tofino, and the beaches on the east coast of Vancouver Island offer fabulous expanses of firm white sand that stretch for miles at low tide.

Treasure Spots:
The best known and most visited of the 3 regions of Pacific Rim National Park is Long Beach, famous for the long sandy beaches of Schooner Cove and Wickaninnish and Florencia Bays, stretching between the two villages of Tofino and Ucluelet.

Juan de Fuca Provincial Park offers scenic beauty, spectacular hiking, marine and wildlife viewing, and roaring surf along the Pacific coastline of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Without a doubt, Sidney Spit Marine Park boasts the finest beaches of all parks in the Victoria region of Vancouver Island. One of the main attractions of the park is the famous sandbar, the Sidney Spit .

Today, Pender Islands, with a balmy sub-Mediterranean climate, seven parks and over 20 clearly marked public beach accesses, these friendly rural islands are fabulous for family vacations, romantic escapes, seminars and retreats.

The warm ocean water and sandy beach makes Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park a family camping favourite. At low tide, almost a kilometre of sandy flats are exposed, perfect for beachcombing. When the tide rolls in over the sun-baked sand, the warmed water is unbeatable for swimming.

Located on Hornby Island, the 95-hectare Tribune Bay Provincial Park is known for its beautiful white sandy beach and unusual rocky shoreline formations.

While anytime is ideal for dipping your toes in the ocean, the broad safe sandy beach at Miracle Beach Provincial Park is perfect for sandcastle building or studying the marine life of tidal pools.

Rebecca Spit Provincial Park – sandy beaches line both sides of the narrow spit at sheltered Drew Harbour, backed by open uplands interspersed with stands of mostly second-growth trees, shrubs and grasses.

Treasure Tips:

  • Available year-round
  • Low tide is best – check newspapers for low tide times
  • Collecting is prohibited in parks
  • Protect the fragile ecosystems and their tiny inhabitants
  • Replace organisms and rocks as you found them
  • Beachcombing Tours available

Premier Listings

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Outer Island Guest Farm
4785 DePape Road Hornby Island BC V0R 1Z0 Phone: 250-335-2379Fax: 250-335-0606Visit Website

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A Retreat to Remember. Outer Island Guest Farm is an Agri-Villa set on 14 acres of farmland on Hornby Island, offering warm hospitality and a taste of country living. The beautiful ranch-style homestead, with swimming pool, tennis court, and orchard, provides a tranquil atmosphere to relax, rejuvenate and see agricultural living first-hand. Self-catering or B&B accommodations available. Specializing in all-inclusive retreat packages.

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Mills Landing Cottages & Charters
295 Boardwalk PO Box 98 Bamfield BC V0R 1B0 Phone: 250-728-2300Toll Free: 1-877-728-2301Visit Website

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Mills Landing is a private oceanfront cottage resort located on the edge of Barkley Sound. Our cedar cottages are fully self-contained and very comfortable. Mills Landing offers accommodation, moorage, fishing charters, whale watching, nature adventures, and marine tours of the Broken Group Islands near Bamfield. Perfect for anglers wanting access to the best fishing on Vancouver Island, and for those looking to get away from it all.

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Florencia Bay Hideaway
2450 Pacific Rim Highway P.O Box 1027 Ucluelet BC V0R 3A0 Phone: 250-726-8228Visit Website

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Private cabins bordering Pacific Rim National Park! From your doorstep, walk through the rainforest on the Willowbrae Trail to the beautiful open ocean sandy beaches and rolling surf of Florencia Bay and Halfmoon Bay. Featuring post and beam fir log construction with cedar log accents and knotty pine and cedar interiors. Enjoy private decks with hot tubs, full kitchen/dining, old-fashioned clawfoot soaker tubs, BBQs, satellite TV, and many extras.

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Pacific Sands Beach Resort
1421 Pacific Rim Highway Box 237 Tofino BC V0R 2Z0 Phone: 250-725-3322Fax: 250-725-3155Toll Free: 1-800-565-2322Visit Website

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Located beachfront on spectacular Cox Bay on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Pacific Sands Beach Resort sits on the edge of Pacific Rim National Park, a short scenic drive from Long Beach as well as the charming, seaside village of Tofino – famous for local culture and artisans.

Blessed with over 40 acres and 1,000 feet of sandy beach, and built on family, romance and fun, guests have revered and returned to Pacific Sands for decades. From s’mores and board-games around the gazebo, to surfing adventures and boardwalk strolls to Pettinger Point, it’s a hotbed of history and memories.

Breathe in the intoxicating ocean air as you relax on your private deck. Enjoy home-cooked meals from your fully-equipped kitchen or venture out to a variety of restaurants for local flavours. Renowned for year round activities, explore summer fishing, whale watching and golf, winter storm watching, and all season beachcombing.

From wise, old-growth forests and the relentless melody of pounding surf, to make-yourself-at-home resort services and hospitality, experience Pacific Sands Tofino accommodations – the perfect convergence of land, sea and simple pleasures.

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Heriot Bay Inn & Marina
West Road & Heriot Bay Road Box 100 Heriot Bay Quadra Island BC V0P 1H0 Phone: 250-285-3322Fax: 250-285-2708Toll Free: 1-888-605-4545Visit Website

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The Heriot Bay Inn is Quadra Island’s adventure resort. Adventure: Kayak, whale or grizzly watch. Dine: Casual seaside fare in Herons, HBI Pub with live music Fridays. Stay: accommodations range from hotel rooms to ocean-view housekeeping cottages. Also onsite: marina, RV & tent campsites with full service hook-ups, wireless internet.

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Wickaninnish Inn
Osprey Lane at Chesterman Beach PO Box 250 Tofino BC V0R 2Z0 Phone: 250-725-3100Fax: 250-725-3129Toll Free: 1-800-333-4604Visit Website

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The Wickaninnish Inn is an enchanting and critically acclaimed landmark offering rustic elegance on nature’s edge. From remote fishing to sunset beach walks, your luxurious custom getaway is our priority, and no trip to BC would be complete without experiencing this remarkable Tofino destination. The Wickaninnish Inn offers accommodation with direct beach access, 75 deluxe rooms, and panoramic ocean or beach views from every guest room.

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Beach Acres Resort
#25 – 1051 Resort Drive Parksville BC V9P 2E4 Phone: 250-248-3424Fax: 250-248-6145Toll Free: 1-800-663-7309Visit Website

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It’s all in the name, Beach Acres Resort … miles of warm sandy beach, ocean and mountain views, acres of lush forest, and a range of resort accommodations to delight your family and friends. Our family-friendly, beachfront accommodations offer private self-contained cottages, spacious townhouses – all with two bedrooms, fully equipped kitchens and fireplaces – and majestic ocean views from every window.

Situated on 23 acres of forested property bordered by Rathtrevor Beach’s sandy seashore, we offer the perfect mix of relaxation, adventure, waterfront, forest, and private accommodation … the perfect place for a relaxing vacation retreat or romantic Vancouver Island getaway. The perfect “kid-free” getaway awaits in a cozy little cottage … right on the beach.

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Pearl Point Beach House
6448 South Island Highway Courtenay BC Mailing Address: Box 129 Union Bay BC V0R 3B0 Phone: 250-335-9048Fax: 250-335-9068Toll Free: 1-866-335-9048Visit Website

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Pearl Point Beach House is situated on 5.5 acres of the most beautiful property in the Comox Valley. With 1,600 feet of walk-on waterfront and a stunning 180-degree view of Baynes Sound, Pearl Point Beach House offers spectacular views from every room. Sleeps 4 to 6 people. Walking trails, beachcombing, clam digging, and famous Fanny Bay oysters.

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Terrace Beach Resort
Box 96 1002 Peninsula Road Ucluelet BC V0R 3A0 Phone: 250-726-2901Fax: 250-726-2900Toll Free: 1-866-726-2901Visit Website

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Jason Priestley and family invite you to visit our secluded beachfront cabins in Ucluelet, nestled between the two main sections of Pacific Rim National Park – the Broken Group Islands to the south and Long Beach and Tofino to the north. Pet friendly Terrace Beach Resort connects to The Wild Pacific Trail. Outdoor hot tubs on the decks of several units.

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Cedarwood Inn & Suites
9522 Lochside Drive Sidney BC V8L 1N8 Phone: 250-656-5551Fax: 250-656-1551Toll Free: 1-877-656-5551Visit Website

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Set among award-winning gardens in a quiet, residential area of Sidney-By-The-Sea, The Cedarwood provides waterfront accommodation with a difference. We are close to the world-renowned Butchart Gardens and within walking distance to the San Juan Islands ferries. Enjoy spectacular views of the ocean, Olympic Mountains and Mount Baker. Just five blocks away, there are restaurants, cafés, banks, shops and grocery stores.

Cedarwood also boasts the unique Lasqueti Island Cottages, located on the Sidney property. These four log cabins were the original units at The Cedarwood in Sidney in 1949! Guests will enjoy the patina of naturally aged wood interiors and the views across our raised gardens to the ocean. The cottages have two TVs, an updated bathroom, fully-equipped kitchen, and one bedroom featuring a king-sized bed, with a queen-sized sofa bed in the living room.

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Black Rock Oceanfront Resort
PO Box 310 596 Marine Drive Ucluelet BC V0R 3A0 Phone: 250-726-4800Fax: 250-726-2430Toll Free: 1-877-762-5011Visit Website

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Escape to Vancouver Island for a family vacation, romantic getaway, or special event. Contact our spectacular Ucluelet resort for reservations, hotel information, event planning, or booking one of our exciting Vancouver Island getaway packages. Reserve your family vacation or weekend getaway online, and you’re on your way to creating magical memories of Vancouver Island, or call our friendly hospitality team to book your dream vacation.

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Poets Cove Resort & Spa
9801 Spalding Road Pender Islands BC V0N 2M3 Phone: 250-629-2100Toll Free: 1-888-512-7638Visit Website

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Poets Cove Resort & Spa is the premier luxury resort on the Gulf Islands, hidden away in a secluded bay on Pender Island, offering 15 cottages, 9 villas, and a lodge with 22 rooms looking west toward ocean sunsets. Amenities include a stunning ballroom, an elegant restaurant, world-class spa, heated pools, and a Marina.

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Cabins at Terrace Beach
1090 Peninsula Road P.O. Box 315 Ucluelet BC V0R 3A0 Phone: 250-726-2101Toll Free: 1-866-438-4373Visit Website

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Enjoy a private beachfront cabin nestled in the clutches of a Pacific Rim rainforest, on the edge of the Wild Pacific Trail, where rugged shoreline meets the ferocious Pacific Ocean. Nature is everywhere, from huge expanses of sandy beaches, to intricate marine life in tidepools and giant cedars, hemlocks, and spruces. Located in Ucluelet at Terrace Beach, The Cabins is pet friendly.

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Majestic Ocean Bed & Breakfast
1183 Helen Road P.O. Box 287 Ucluelet BC V0R 3A0 Phone: 250-726-2868Fax: 250-726-2860Toll Free: 1-800-889-7644Visit Website

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Majestic Ocean Bed & Breakfast in Ucluelet offers rooms with private entrances, private bath, heated hardwood floors, comfortable queen sized beds, 8-person hot tub with waterfront view, and beach access. Minutes from the Wild Pacific Trail, Long Beach, Tofino, Pacific Rim National Park, and the Broken Group Islands. Majestic Ocean Kayaking offers world-class guided kayaking tours.

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