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Top 150 Boating Destinations in BC

Top 150 Boating Destinations in BC

Top 150 Boating Destinations in BC


Boating BC Association has identified 150 of the most scenic and picturesque boating locations that the province has to offer.  Ranging from lakes and rivers on Vancouver Island to Northern BC and the Southern Interior, the destinations listed encompass every region in the province and are only a snapshot of the thousands of lakes and rivers in beautiful British Columbia. 

Adams Lake

Alert Bay, Cormorant Island

April Point, Quadra Island

Atlin Lake

Azure Lake

Babine Lake, Granisle


Barkley Sound, Effingham Island

Bedwell Harbour, Pender Island

Bella Bella

Bennett Bay, Mayne Island

Bickley Bay, East Thurlow Island

Bishop Bay Hot Springs

Blackfish Sound, Hansen Island

Blind Channel, West Thurlow Island

Bridge Lake

Buccaneer Bay, Thormanby Island

Burke Channel, Bella Coola

Bute Inlet

Cape Caution, Hakai Recreation Area

Charlotte Lake

Chatham Sound, Price Rupert

Checleset Bay, Bunsby Islands

Chilko Lake

Chilliwack Lake

Christina Lake

Clearwater Lake

Coal Harbour, Vancouver

Columbia Lake

Cow Bay, Prince Rupert

Cowichan Bay

Cultus Lake

Cumshewa Inlet, Haida Gwaii

Deep Cove, North Vancouver

Deka Lake

Discovery Passage

Douglas Channel, Kitimat

East Redonda Island

Echo Bay, Gilford Island

Echo Island, Harrison Lake

Eena Lake, Prince George

English Bay, Vancouver

Esperanza Inlet, Nuchatlitz

False Creek, Vancouver

Ferguson Lake, Prince George

Finlayson Channel, Klemtu

Francois Lake, Burns Lake

Fraser River

Ganges Harbour, Salt Spring Island

Garden Bay, Pender Harbour

Glenthorne Passage, Prevost Island

Goletas Channel

Grace Harbour, Desolation Sound

Grassy Island, Kyuquot

Green Lake

Gwaii Haanas National Park, Haida Gwaii

Handfield Bay, Quadra Island

Hariot Bay, Quadra Island

Harrison River

Hartley Bay, Kitimat

Heelboom Bay, Meares Island

Hemming Bay, East Thurlow Island

Hobson Lake

Horsefly Lake

Horse Lake

Horton Bay, Mayne Island

Hot Springs Cove

Howard Lake

Indian Arm

Irish Bay, Samuel Island

Jennis Bay

Johnstone Strait

Kalamalka Lake

Kanish Bay, Quadra Island

Kinbasket Lake

Kootenay Lake

Kyuoquot Sound

Lagoon Cove, Broughton Archipelago

Lake Revelstoke

Lillooet Lake

Long Island, Harrison Lake

Lyall Harbour, Saturna Island

Mabel Lake

Mahood Lake

Mara Lake

Masset Inlet, Haida Gwaii

Masset Sound, Haida Gwaii

Miners Bay, Mayne Island

Montague Harbour, Galiano Island

Murtle Lake

Naden Harbour, Haida Gwaii

Nechako Reservoir

Nicola Lake

Nimpo Lake

Okanagan Lake

Okeover Arm, Desolation Sound

Osoyoos Lake

Pedder Bay, Metchosin

Pender Harbour, Pender Island

Pitt Lake

Plumper Cove, Keats Island

Portland Canal, Prince Rupert

Prideauz Haven, Desolation Sound

Princess Cove, Wallace Island

Princess Louisa Inlet, Sunshine Coast

Princess Royal Channel

Quatsino Sound

Quesnel Lake

Rainbow Falls, Harrison Lake

Refuge Cove

Rennell Sound, Haida Gwaii

Rivers Inlet

Royal Cove, Portland Island

Saltery Bay

Scott Cove, Gilford Island

Secret Cove, Sunshine Coast

Seymour Narrows, Quadra Island

Shawl Bay, Gregory Island

Sheridan Lake

Shoal Bay, East Thurlow Island

Shuswap Lake

Shuswap River

Silva Bay, Gabriola Island

Skaha Lake

Skidegate Inlet, Haida Gwaii

Slocan Lake

Snug Cove, Bowen Island

Squirrel Cove, Cortes Island

Stuart Island

Stuart Lake, Fort St. James

Sturt Bay, Texada Island

Swan Lake, Dawson's Creek

Taseko Lake

Telegraph Harbour, Thetis Island

Tenedos bay, Desolation Sound

Thlayoko Lake

Thompson River

Thulin Passage

Toba Inlet, Powell River

Tod Inlet, Brentwood Bay

Trembleur Lake

Upper Arrow Lake

Van Anda Cove, Texada Island

Vedder River

Wells Passage, Dickson Island

West Redonda Island

Whitesail Lake

Windermere Lake

Winter Cove, Saturna Island

Wood Lake

With an astounding 27,000 kilometers of coastlines and thousands of lakes and rivers across the province, British Columbia is one of the best boating destinations not only in Canada, but around the world.  The complete media release is available for download here.

 February 26, 2023