The British Columbia Ocean Boating Tourism Association is a registered not-for-profit society governed by a Board of Directors that represents the interests of communities and businesses that participate in the marine tourism industry. We are supported by Destination British Columbia under its Tourism Sector Development program.

Our Vision

By 2020, British Columbia’s coast will be recognized domestically and internationally as a world-class boating destination, with a brand that is associated with safe boating, experiences of wild places, warm hospitality, plus a physical product and service quality that surpasses the expectations of visitors.

Our Mandate

Our core mandate is to collaboratively market BC’s coastal regions as a marine tourism destination. In addition, we will play a role in developing the marine tourism product, improving the visitor experience and advocating for the marine tourism industry.

Our Service Principles

We have two fundamental obligations.

The first is to serve the boating public. In addition to providing boaters with a vivid and compelling view of boating in BC’s coastal waters, we have obligations to provide visitors with reliable information that enhances boating safety and makes it easy to plan a voyage to our destination. That is why we show every hosting marina at no cost, offer trip ideas and provide links to weather, charts, marine traffic and environmentally benign boating.

Our second fundamental obligation is serve the many businesses that make up the marine tourism sector. Our intention is to offer affordable promotional opportunities under a collaborative brand. As we grow, we will use this site as an industry forum for business-to-business communication, marine tourism information and standards of excellence that provide visitors with the experience of a lifetime.

Our Board

Our Board of Directors has the combined skills required to build a marine tourism marketing organization.

David Mailloux (President) Nanaimo Port Authority
(Vacant)
Geoff Millar (Treasurer) Economic Development (retired)
Lillian Hunt Aboriginal Tourism BC
Tom Irwin Marina Construction

Main image at top of page: The Columbia III noses into a low angle waterfall in Tribune Channel for guests to take pictures while on a photo-tour in the Broughton Archipelago