Premier Listings for Beachcombing

Relax and contemplate life as you follow snail tracks along sandy beaches 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 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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Black Rock Oceanfront Resort
PO Box 310 596 Marine Drive Ucluelet BC V0R 3A0 Home Phone: 250-726-4800Work Fax: 250-726-2430Work Phone: 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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Long Beach Lodge Resort
1441 Pacific Rim Highway PO Box 897 Tofino BC V0R 2Z0 Home Phone: 250-725-2442Home Fax: 250-725-2402Work Phone: 1-877-844-7873Visit Website

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Long Beach Lodge Resort offers oceanfront accommodations situated right on the expansive sandy Cox Bay beach, just 7km south of Tofino on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Experience the natural beauty, wild Pacific surf, exceptional amenities and handcrafted cuisine at our luxurious beachfront resort. Choose between our oceanfront Lodge (41 Lodge rooms) or our 20 fully-equipped 2-bedroom Rainforest Cottages with private outdoor hot tubs. Our relaxed and inspirational west coast setting offers a perfect escape from your everyday responsibilities. Come view Tofino’s biggest waves from the comfort of our iconic Great Room. Our on-site Surf Club Adventure Centre offers exciting services to resort guests and visitors to Tofino.

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Pearl Point Beach House
6448 South Island Highway Courtenay BC Mailing Address: Box 129 Union Bay BC V0R 3B0 Home Phone: 250-335-9048Home Fax: 250-335-9068Work Phone: 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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Heriot Bay Inn & Marina
West Road & Heriot Bay Road Box 100 Heriot Bay Quadra Island BC V0P 1H0 Home Phone: 250-285-3322Home Fax: 250-285-2708Work Phone: 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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Poets Cove Resort & Spa
9801 Spalding Road Pender Islands BC V0N 2M3 Home Phone: 250-629-2100Work Phone: 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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Pacific Playgrounds International
9082 Clarkson Avenue Black Creek BC V9J 1B3 Home Phone: 250-337-5600Home Fax: 250-337-5979Work Phone: 1-877-239-5600Visit Website

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The Pacific Playgrounds Resort, RV Park, Campground and Marina is located at Saratoga Beach, midway between Campbell River and the Comox Valley, nestled in the trees along the bank of the peaceful Oyster River just as it flows into the Georgia Strait. This truly beautiful setting offers fresh air, clear water and acres of park for your enjoyment. Year-round RV Park, Cabin and Marina facilities second to none at your gateway to Vancouver Island recreation. Enjoy golf, world-class skiing, hiking, biking, camping, and fishing.

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Reef Point Cottages
Box 537 1012 Peninsula Road Ucluelet BC V0R 3A0 Home Phone: 250-726-4425Home Fax: 250-726-4429Work Phone: 1-877-726-4425Visit Website

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The charming and cozy Reef Point Cottages are located in Ucluelet on the west coast of Vancouver Island offering an exciting, intimate and self-indulging experience for those who want to explore British Columbia’s most spectacular and natural landscape. Our accommodations include view and waterfront cottages with various sizes from studio to two bedrooms.

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Majestic Ocean Bed & Breakfast
1183 Helen Road P.O. Box 287 Ucluelet BC V0R 3A0 Home Phone: 250-726-2868Home Fax: 250-726-2860Work Phone: 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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Big Beach Lodge
536 Marine Drive Ucluelet BC V0R 3A0 Home Phone: 403-861-9944Visit Website

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Nestled into the ancient rain forests on Vancouver Island, Big Beach Lodge in Ucluelet is an unforgettable retreat. Whether walking on the Pacific Rim Trail (right outside the front door) or whale watching from the front porch, our luxury accommodation is an unspoiled retreat in the wilds of British Columbia. The 4500-square foot custom-built oceanfront luxury accommodation offers 4 bedrooms and a loft.

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Black Creek Bed and Breakfast
2474 Oakes Road Black Creek BC V9J 1J1 Home Phone: 250-337-8082Visit Website

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Nestled between the Ocean and the Mountains in the scenic Comox Valley, halfway between Courtenay and Campbell River, the rural setting of Black Creek B&B offers privacy to unwind just 2km from beautiful sandy Saratoga Beach, just over a minute from Saratoga Golf Course, and close to world-class skiing at Mount Washington – the closest off-mountain lodging at just a 20-minute drive away.

We offer luxury accommodation at affordable prices in two separate suites, catering to couples, family or groups. The Luxury Suite sleeps up to two people, and our Deluxe Suite sleeps up to four people. The suites are in separate parts of the house, which makes for a comfortable and peaceful stay in this beautifully quiet and serene setting.

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A Snug Harbour Inn
460 Marine Drive Ucluelet BC V0R 3A0 Home Phone: 250-726-2686Work Fax: 250-726-2685Work Phone: 1-888-936 5222Visit Website

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A Snug Harbour Inn is located in the small fishing village of Ucluelet, just south of Tofino on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Our luxury oceanfront bed & breakfast is nestled on a cliff overlooking the rugged Pacific coast, surrounded by old-growth forest. We offer privacy and elegance to adults – the perfect romantic retreat.

All rooms in the main building have private decks, ocean views, fireplaces, jetted tubs, lavish robes and heated bathroom floors. The is a large hot tub on the deck, and a stairway leads down to our private beach. Whale watching, kayaking and storm watching packages are available.

Ideally situated on the Wild Pacific Trail, A Snug Harbour Inn is also conveniently close to the Pacific Rim National Park and Long Beach, where you will find numerous hiking trails, secluded coves, many forms of wildlife and miles of beaches to explore.

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Sidney Waterfront Inn & Suites
9775 First Street Sidney BC V8L 3E1 Home Phone: 250-656-1131Home Fax: 250-656-9396Work Phone: 1-888-656-1131Visit Website

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The Sidney Waterfront Inn & Suites in charming Sidney by the Sea is conveniently located at the foot of Beacon Avenue, 20 minutes from Victoria, close to Butchart Gardens, BC Ferries (Vancouver), and Victoria International Airport, and only two blocks from the Anacortes Ferry (Washington). Ten Deluxe accommodations and 26 Standard rooms and Suites. Superb ocean views from your balcony, only feet from the ocean. Spa, Waterfront Restaurant, Liquor store, Whale Watching, and Kayak and Diving Adventures are all available on site.

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Eagle Nook Resort
Vernon Bay Barkley Sound BC Mailing Address: 4715 Gertrude Street Port Alberni BC V9Y 6K4 Home Phone: 604-357-3361Work Phone: 1-800-760-2777Visit Website

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On the rugged West Coast of Vancouver Island, nestled among magnificent mountains and old-growth forests, Eagle Nook Resort is the ultimate saltwater fishing destination. Eagle Nook is perfectly situated to offer world-class salmon and halibut fishing charters on fully-equipped Grady White boats with experienced guides who are sure to have you limit out while experiencing the trip of a lifetime.

Our remote location in Barkley Sound is accessible only by boat or floatplane; choose your method of transportation and our friendly, professional staff will take care of the rest. We also have packages for those individuals who wish to bring their own boat; moor in our marina, enjoy Resort accommodation and meals, and self guided fishing during the day.

Between luxurious ocean-view accommodations and relaxed fine dining, world-class salmon and halibut fishing, and full access to Resort amenities like kayaks, paddleboards, 17 miles of hiking trails, and even a hot tub, we cover all the details, right down to filleting and vacuum packing your catch. Eagle Nook Resort is sure to be a place you return to time and time again.

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Florencia Bay Hideaway
2450 Pacific Rim Highway P.O Box 1027 Ucluelet BC V0R 3A0 Home 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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Beach Acres Resort
#25 – 1051 Resort Drive Parksville BC V9P 2E4 Home Phone: 250-248-3424Work Fax: 250-248-6145Work Phone: 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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Terrace Beach Resort
Box 96 1002 Peninsula Road Ucluelet BC V0R 3A0 Home Phone: 250-726-2901Home Fax: 250-726-2900Work Phone: 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 Home Phone: 250-656-5551Work Fax: 250-656-1551Work Phone: 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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Cabins at Terrace Beach
1090 Peninsula Road P.O. Box 315 Ucluelet BC V0R 3A0 Home Phone: 250-726-2101Work Phone: 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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Mills Landing Cottages & Charters
295 Boardwalk PO Box 98 Bamfield BC V0R 1B0 Home Phone: 250-728-2300Work Phone: 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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Pacific Sands Beach Resort
1421 Pacific Rim Highway Box 237 Tofino BC V0R 2Z0 Home Phone: 250-725-3322Home Fax: 250-725-3155Work Phone: 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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Natural Elements Vacation Rentals
P.O. Box 1063 Ucluelet BC V0R 3A0 Home Phone: 250-726-3646Home Fax: 250-726-3644Work Phone: 1-866-985-9378Visit Website

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Natural Elements Vacation Rentals offers professional property management services, luxurious vacation rentals, and beachfront accommodations in Tofino and Ucluelet. Featuring one of a kind West Coast vacation homes, cottages, condos and villas on the Pacific Rim of Vancouver Island. Enjoy Pacific Ocean views, amazing sunsets, and watch Humpbacks, Gray Whales, pounding surf, shore birds, and Bald Eagles from your living area.

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Wickaninnish Inn
Osprey Lane at Chesterman Beach PO Box 250 Tofino BC V0R 2Z0 Home Phone: 250-725-3100Work Fax: 250-725-3129Work Phone: 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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Outer Island Guest Farm
4785 DePape Road Hornby Island BC V0R 1Z0 Home Phone: 250-335-2379Home Fax: 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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