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Gear Ideas for the ultimate beach day on Vancouver Island

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Last ModifiedJuly 3, 2024

beach gear for spending time on Vancouver Island sandy beaches

Beach Gear Ideas: games, shade, comfort and fun on the water

Group of people enjoying spring day at Willows Beach in the Victoria area


Vancouver Island boasts some of the most breathtaking beaches in the world, offering a perfect blend of relaxation and adventure. Whether you’re planning a day trip or an extended stay, having the right gear can elevate your beach experience. Below is a comprehensive list of items to ensure you have a fun, comfortable, and memorable beach day on Vancouver Island.

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Beach Games

Enjoy some fun beach games with these ideas. Start with a lively game of Spikeball or paddle smash. If you prefer a slower pace, play chess or checkers with your family on the sand. For a refreshing twist, stand in the water and toss the ball with the water-skipping Wave Glider.

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Competitive Spikeball Game Set: Experience the thrill of using this Spikeball game set with your friends and family when you ...
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Meet our Chess and Checker Beach Game Towel – the ultimate beach game! Featuring a chess and checker board, water-resistant p...
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As seen on Shark Tank, the fusion of Pickleball & Roundnet, PaddleSmash offers the ultimate outdoor games experience: An ...
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The unique Waterglide technology allows the Wave Glider balls to skip, bounce, and float on the water effortlessly. Perfect f...


While the sun is wonderful, there are times when you might want to take a break from its rays. Consider one of these top beach shade options. The high-quality, unique cotton weave beach shade provides excellent airflow. Or, choose a classic beach sun tent for reliable protection.

Thanks to the innovative cotton weave, our UPF 50+ rating is achieved naturally - without chemical additives - unlike other s...
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This beach tent offers a spacious interior that comfortably accommodates 3-4 people. The 37" extended front porch creates ext...

Fun on the water

Now it’s time to have some fun on the water! Whether you’re looking for a full-face snorkel mask with fins, boogie boards, paddle boards, loungers, or a wooden skimboard, we’ve got some great suggestions for you below.

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Snorkel set with adjustable fins, tempered glass lens mask, dry top silicone snorkel, and travel gear bag, it's the ultimate ...
BPS New Zealand ‘Koru’ Skimboards with Colored EVA Grip Pad and High Gloss Clear Coat | Wooden Skim Board with Grip Pad for K...
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THE MOST COMFORTABLE BREATHING EXPERIENCE- Breathe naturally through your nose and mouth. The new breathing system provides t...
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This Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board is made with the golden ratio, 11"6 x 35" x 6". With a wider deck and wider nose, it ca...
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With stylish design and bright colours, this bodyboard allows you to enjoy an exciting surfing experience in the ocean, river...
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Sunrio river floats for adults heavy duty is made of anti-punctured, BPA-free & non-phthalate PVC fabrics that are waterp...


Stay comfortable on the beach with one of these seating options or a giant beach blanket. Warm up or change effortlessly with a convenient surf poncho.

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This beach chair has a tilting design, which can help you relax your back and legs, avoid hunching, and support good posture....
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OCOOPA Beach Blanket Sand Proof Oversized XXL 10'X9', Soft and Durable Material, Sand Free Waterproof Water Resistant, Light ...
surf poncho
Microfiber Surf Poncho Changing Robe is your personal changing room, perfect for changing without flash, making changing in a...
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Folding Recliner Beach Chairs for Adults, Lightweight Backpacking Low Seat Camping Chairs with Cup Holder, Carry Bag for Beac...


A few essentials for the beach include sunscreen and water. Keep your food cool and transport all your gear from the car to the perfect spot effortlessly.

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The Hopper Flip 8 has ColdCell Insulation, a closed-cell foam that offers superior cold-holding to ordinary soft coolers, wit...
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Collapsible Folding Wagon, Heavy Duty Beach Wagon with All-Terrain Wheels, Foldable Utility Wagon Cart for the beach, camping...
Water resistant (80 minutes) with broad spectrum SPF 45 protection. This Neutrogena ultra sheer body mist sunscreen spray pro...
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This collapsible water bottle is made of medical grade BPA-free silica gel and non-toxic, odorless material. Made from 100% m...
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Portable Water Bottle - Stay refreshed anywhere. Our 500 milliliter collapsible water bottle is a portable, stylish companion...
YETI Rambler
Complete with all the features you expect from a Rambler: 18/8 stainless steel, double-wall vacuum insulation, and a No Sweat...
Luxury Penthouse
Luxury Penthouse Downtown Nanaimo provides accommodation with sea vie...
Ocean Wilderness Inn
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Ocean Wilderness Inn is an oceanfront B&B on the South West Coast...
Sunset view from the Prestige Oceanfront Resort, with the sun casting a warm hue over the marina and distant hills, seen from the hotel's balcony lined with classic railings
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The Prestige Oceanfront Resort offers luxurious accommodations with s...
Dashwood Manor Seaside Bed and Breakfast
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Overlooking Juan de Fuca Strait and Washington State’s Olympic Mounta...
Pluvio restaurant and rooms
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1 km from Big Beach, Pluvio restaurant and rooms offers accommodation...
Days Inn by Wyndham Victoria
Situated along Victoria’s Inner Harbour, this hotel features a season...
Canadian Princess Lodge and Marina
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A beautiful historic 46-room lodge and 250 ft marina. It is located o...
Sookepoint Ocean resort with balcony overlooking juan de fuca in East Sooke
Like no resort you've experienced before - Oceanside Luxury Vacation ...
Hotel Grand Pacific
Featuring an indoor pool and hot tub, this Victoria hotel is just 3 m...
Days Inn by Wyndham Victoria Airport Sidney
Located 7 minutes from the Victoria International Airport, this prope...


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With these essential items, you’re all set for an incredible beach day on Vancouver Island. From exploring the waters on a boogie board to enjoying beach games and relaxing under a sunshade, each piece of gear enhances your beach experience. So pack up your beach wagon, grab your snorkel and fins, and head to the beautiful shores of Vancouver Island for a day filled with fun, adventure, and relaxation. We hope you find these links helpful.

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