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Best Community Waterfronts – Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Best Community Waterfronts

Waterfronts Worth Visiting on Vancouver Island

“These community waterfronts are ideal for sightseeing, beachcombing, picnicking, marine activity and wildlife watching.”  

Spectacular, far reaching, awe inspiring, breath-taking, beautiful, serene, peaceful are just some of the words we use when describing the best community waterfronts and their sightseeing pathways located throughout Vancouver Island, British Columbia Canada.

Where is Vancouver Island?

Vancouver Island, BC, Canada located on the westcoast of Canada is best accessed by BC Ferries and by air. Once on the island it is recommended to take a road trip and explore some of our amazing community waterfront pathways. All excel in scenery!

The island is 460 kilometres (290 mi) long. It is home to some very small towns like Gold River, Tofino, and some larger cities. The largest of them all being Victoria, BC (Capital City of British Columbia) and Nanaimo, BC (mid island hub).

Vancouver Island’s Community Waterfronts

Growing up on Vancouver Island we have watched as communities grow and expand. Some communities have decided to develop some very impressive waterfront walkways and pathways. These community waterfronts are ideal for sightseeing, beachcombing, picnicking, marine activity and wildlife watching.

Below we posted some videos and photos of our Top 3 Best Community Waterfronts on Vancouver Island. These are, in our opinion, the 3 must see waterfronts for those who visit the island.

Campbell River, BC, Canada


The Sea Walk is a fully paved 6 kilometre (3.4 mile) pathway following along the shores of the Discovery Passage. The community waterfront pathway connects to various parks, and is decorated with numerous chainsaw carvings, First Nation Art, sightseeing benches and picnic tables. There are endless kilometres of accessible sandy and rocky beaches. Time your visit with low tide and you will never forget this walkway and beach. It is that beautiful. And the views? Well you are going to have to come and see for yourself.

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Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada


The Qualicum Beach waterfront walkway is a 4 kilometre paved and boardwalk walkway following the shoreline on the east coast of Vancouver Island. The Community waterfront is well developed with services like motels, outdoor patio, information centre, ice cream shop, and restaurants. This walkway is very popular with visitors and locals because of the scenery, services and the beautiful sandy beach. At low tides the sandy beach reveals itself in all its glory and people start arriving in numbers staking out their own little piece of paradise.

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Ucluelet, BC, Canada

Community Waterfronts

The Wild Pacific Trail is a wilderness waterfront pathway exploring the coastal forests, cliffs and rocky waterfronts on the west coast of Vancouver Island. The 8+ kilometre pathway is an ideal walking route for introducing oneself to nature here on the west coast.

The route is separated into sections. The Lighthouse Loop (2.6 km loop), Big Beach to Rocky Bluffs (5 km one-way) and the Ancient Cedars Trail (1 km loop). Along the community waterfront are some lookouts and sightseeing benches for spotting whales, eagles and more. Highlights on the pathway are the 1915 Amphitrite Lighthouse, Big Beach and Cedars Trail. There are various access points along the pathway.

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