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Campfire Collective Mar 9th, 2018

Top Boating Destinations in BC

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Where to go Boating in BC

BC’s coastline is rich with natural wonder. When imagining Canada, most people picture snow-capped mountains, acres of forestry, and clear waters. Here are our top picks for the best places to boat in British Columbia.


Late Winter Reflections on Lake Okanagan, British Columbia.

This beautiful, hidden lake spans over 110 kilometres and features some of the clearest waters in BC! Picturesque views, isolated beaches, and the elusive mystery of Ogopogo make this a top destination for BC boaters.

Cities bordering the lake include Vernon in the north, Penticton in the south, and Kelowna. As well as the municipalities of Lake Country (north of Kelowna), West Kelowna (west of Kelowna), and Peachland (south of West Kelowna). Not to mention Summerland (north-west of Penticton).


Islands, lake and mountains at Atlin Lake, British Columbia.

Atlin Lake is a lake in northwestern British Columbia. It is the province’s largest natural lake, covering 300 sq mi (780 km2). The northern tip of the lake is in the Yukon, as is Little Atlin Lake.

However, most of the lake lies within the Atlin District of British Columbia. It’s believed that Atlin Lake is the source of the Yukon River, although it is drained via the short Atlin River into Tagish Lake.



Yachts docked in the Princess Louisa Inlet Harbour, British Columbia.

Princess Louisa Inlet on the British Columbia Coast is 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) in length and lies at the north east end of Jervis Inlet.

Riddled with waterfalls, massive fjords, and intricate waterways, the Princess Louisa Inlet is a must-boat destination in BC. It is located at the Northeast end of the Jervis inlet. This historic waterway has enough scenery to fill a month’s worth of exploring!


Islands, lake and mountains at Destination Sound, British Columbia.

Desolation Sound is a deep water sound at the northern end of the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia. Flanked by Cortes Island and West Redonda Island, its spectacular fjords, mountains and wildlife make it a global boating and sea kayaking destination.

A beautiful family destination, Desolation Sound boasts over 60 kilometres of coastline on the Northern end of BC’s Sunshine Coast. Don’t miss out on warm summer waters (ideal for swimming), and the best saltwater cruising in BC!


Aerial view of Gulf Islands, British Columbia.

Last but not least, the Gulf Islands in the Strait of Georgia (also known as the Salish Sea or the Gulf of Georgia),

Located between Vancouver Island and the mainland of British Columbia, the Gulf Islands are a popular coastal destination. They lie in the heart of the Salish Sea.

With hundreds of tiny islands to explore, don’t be surprised if you see the casual sunbathing sea lion or breaching orca on your getaway!

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