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Top 10 beaches on Vancouver Island

Pacific Rim

Chesterman Beach
Locals living in near by Tofino and tourists alike know Chesterman’s as the Pacific Rim’s favourite beach and one of the regions most meaningful locations. Read More…

Long Beach
Long beach is officially 16 km (10 miles) long with both hard and soft sand and is the longest sandy beach on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Read More…

Cox Bay
Cox Bay or “Surf Beach” is one of the area’s most popular surf breaks as well as a common tourists location. A small parking lot and short walk give easy access to the bay. Read More…

Florencia Bay
Nicknamed Flo by locals and another popular place for surfing and paddle boarding, Florencia Bay is surrounded by cliffs giving the beach its spectacular backdrop. Read More…

Wickaninnish Beach
Wickaninnish Beach is officially the southern part of the 16km (10 mile) Long Beach, however it is marked on maps and signs as Wickaninnish. Read More…

Central Island

Rathtrevor Beach
Rathtrevor is a great place to visit at any time of the year. Since the beach extends for close to a kilometre, when the tide rolls in over the sunbaked sand, the naturally warmed water is unbeatable for swimming, snorkeling and shallow water activities. Read More…

Parksville Beach
Parksville Beach is a popular location for many in the Central Island area. There are volleyball nets up just off the beach and a kid’s park area with plenty of parking. Read More…

North Central

Saratoga Beach
Located about halfway between Campbell River and Courtenay, Saratoga Beach is considered by many to be the ultimate stretch of shimmering sand on the sheltered east coast of Vancouver Island. Read More…

Kye Bay
Kye Bay offers beautiful sandy beaches and many shallow tidal pools perfect for the kids. If you plan it just right and when the tide is coming in, the water is in incredibly warm as it passes over the hot sand.

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Honorable Mentions

China Beach
China Beach is another choice for an alternative west coast beach for those not making the trip to the Pacific Rim. The fine sand beach makes a great place to build sand castles, relax on or do some beach combing at low tide. Read More…

Qualicum Beach
About 7 minutes north of Parksville Beach, Qualicum Beach has its sandy area uncovered at low tide. If you’re coming in from the water you’ll have a great view of Mt Arrowsmith , Hornby and Denman Islands are to the north and Lasquitti and Texada islands are to the east with the mainland and Coastal Mountains beyond. Read More…

Pachena Bay
One the entry points to the West Coast trail, Pachena Bay is a secluded and quiet beach that will get much less traffic than most beaches on Vancouver Island. Read More…

Mystic Beach
If you want to get a taste of Vancouver Island’s wild West Coast, but don’t have the time to make the trip to the Pacific Rim, head west past Sooke to Mystic Beach in the Juan de Fuca Provincial Park. Read More…