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Your guide to fun times and adventure!

A supplement to the Campbell River Mirror


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Grown, Fruit Wines & Meads

Take a Break From The Grape and TasTe The diFFerence Fresh LocaL inGredienTs make.

COASTAL BLACK From dry and crisp to bold and intense, our hand-

crafted wines are a unique island taste. Our beautiful vineyard has over 120 acres of cultivated blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, and honey, harvested right here on the island. We’re especially proud to be the largest cultivated blackberry farm in all of Canada!

Book a tour to visit our winery and taste the wine in person, or look for us at your local retailer and pick up a bottle or two.

This project is supported by the BC Government’s Buy Local Program; delivered by the Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC with funding from the BC Ministry of Agriculture. Coastal Black is grateful for the support of the Wine Island Vintner’s Association, the North Vancouver Island Chefs’ Association and Comox Valley Farmer’s Institute.

Campbell River Visitor Centre 1235 Shoppers Row (Tyee Plaza) Direct: 250-286-6901 ext 5 info@visitorcentre.ca www.visitorcentre.ca Tourism Campbell River & Region Enterprise Centre – 900 Alder Street Direct: 250.830.0411 ext 6 info@campbellriver.travel www.campbellriver.travel Campbell River Economic Development Enterprise Centre – 900 Alder Street Direct: 250.830.0411 ext 4 invest@rivercorp.ca www.rivercorp.ca

2186 Endall Road, Black Creek, BC 250-337-8325 | coastalblack.ca

RIVERCORP What’ s there to do in Campbell River? Everything! Tourism Campbell River and Region and the Campbell River Visitor Centre are waiting to help you plan your visit. They have great information on what’s happening in Campbell River. They know how to get you special deals on amazing things to do. They can even provide you with information about other destinations (though you will want to see everything Campbell River has to offer first). Contact Tourism Campbell River and Region and the Campbell River Visitor Centre for all your travel needs.


Paradise You Can Afford.

Campbell River

1211 Cypress Street | Downtown behind the Fire Hall ~ Plenty of parking | 250-287-2000 1-800-563-7322 | www.coastrealty.com THINGS TO DO IN CAMPBELL RIVER & AREA | MAY, 2013 |

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FERRY SCHEDULE Quadra Island & Cortes Island

Quadra Island Ferry

DAILY SCHEDULE Distance 2.9 km Crossing time approximately 10 min.

LEAVES QUATHIASKI COVE LEAVES CAMPBELL RIVER 6:15 am 3:05 pm 6:40 am 3:30 pm ■ 7:05 am ◆ 4:00 pm ■ 7:30 am 4:30 pm 8:00 am 5:00 pm 8:30 am 5:25 pm *9:00 am 5:50 pm 9:30 am 6:15 pm 10:00 am 7:00 pm ◆10:30 am 7:30 pm 11:00 am 8:00 pm 11:30 am 8:30 pm 12:00 noon 9:00 pm 12:30 am 9:30 pm 1:00 pm 10:00 pm 1:30 pm 10:30 pm 2:30 pm ●11:30 pm 2:00 pm ●11:00 pm * 9:00 am sailing from Quadra is a popular commuter crossing and has the potential to overload. ● Fridays and Saturdays only. ■ Daily except Sundays. ◆ Tuesday sailings will be replaced by a Dangerous Cargo Sailing. No passengers.

Cortes Island Ferry

DAILY SCHEDULE Distance 9.9 km Crossing time approximately 45 min.

Ship’s crew collect fares. Cash or Travellers Cheques only please.

LEAVES WHALETOWN ■ 7:50 am ◆ 1:50 pm

9:50 am 11:50 am

LEAVES HERIOT BAY ■ 9:05 am

3:50 pm ◆11:05 am 5:50 pm 1:05 pm

3:05 pm 5:05 pm 6:45 pm

■ Daily except Sundays.

◆ Tuesday sailings will be replaced by a Dangerous Cargo Sailing. No passengers.

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A&W Restaurant .......................................... 21 Aboriginal Journeys .....................................5 A&W Restaurant..................................................................... 29 Anchor ..................................................... 13 AboriginalInn Journeys................................................................... 5 Banners ..................................... 11 AdventureRestaurant Hobby Craft............................................................ 20 Best Western ................................................. 11 Anchor Inn & Suites. ............................................................... 21 Brown's Bay Resort ......................................2 Banners Restaurant................................................................ 20 Canadian .............................................. 26 BC Salmon Tire Farmers Association.............................................. 23 Coast Discovery Inn .................................... 18 Campbell River Art Gallery....................................................... 24 Coast Realty Campbell River ...................................................3 Salmon Festival Society.................................. 10 Art Coastal Winery ...................................9 Malt in the CampbellBlack River Shoreline Arts Society....................................... 5 Coho Books 23 Gallery Campbell River................................................. Whale Watching.............................................. 12 making Comfort Zone Foods at the Pier ............. 12 offers Canadian Tire. ......................................................................... 29 Comfort Zone Foods in Willow Point ... 28 Char’s Art & Gift Studio............................................................. 5 art camps & Corilair FlightsExpeditions ............................................. 26Lodge........... 27 Coast Mountain & Discovery Islands new exhibits CR Art Gallery ..............................................10 Coast Realty Group................................................................... 3 CR Electric Wheels ....................................30 Coastal Black Winery................................................................ 7 Annual CR Pet Centre.............................................. 24 Coho Books............................................................................ 13 CR Salmon Festival ..................................... 13 Salmon Comfort Zone Foods................................................................ 10 CR Veterinary Hospital ............................. 27 Festival stars Corilair.................................................................................... 19 Whale CR Whale Watching & Adventure Tours....8 heritage Discovery Fishing Pier............................................................. 10 Watching Design House ............................................... 12 Discovery Launch Water Taxi.................................................... 11 logger sports Discovery Marine Safaris .......................... 35 Discovery Marine Safaris Ltd................................................... 35 Discovery Launch Water Taxi...................14 Dogwood Pet Mart.................................................................... 7 Dogwood Pet Mart..................................... 27 Fountain Tire........................................................................... 15 Winery Eagle Eye Adventures ...............................20 Friendship Inn Motel............................................................... 11 boasts Fountain Tire ............................................... 28 wood-fi red Java Shack Espresso Bar & Cafe............................................. 16 Great Canadian Oil........................................5 pizza Maritime Heritage Centre. . ....................................................... 22 Harry McDonald Fishing ............................ 18 Merle Norman Costmetics & Day Spa..................................... 32 Maxima 1 Hour Photo Lab ......................... 14 Mid Island Cruiser Boat Rentals................................................ 9 Oh Miracle Beach Mini Golf ............................ 24 Mid IslandatFishing Charters. .................................................... 18 Canada, Museum Campbell River .........................8 Museum at Campbell River..................................................... 26 OK Tire ........................................................... 12 July 1st is Mystic Earth Creations............................................................ 15 Outdoor Addictions ................................... 25 going to be fun OK Tire.................................................................................... 20 Painter's Lodge/April Point Resort & Spa ...2 Pacific Playgrounds International. ............................................ 23 Rainbow's End Golf Course ..................... 34 12 There's geocaching gold in Campbell River's hills Popsey’s Log Cabin Restaurant. . .............................................. 28 Ridgerider .................................................... 32 15 Our seniors know how to live it up Quadra Island Golf. . ................................................................ 15 Riptide Pub ................................................... 19 23 Discovery Marine Safaris delivers great escapes Rainbow’s End Golf........................................... Course & Club House............................... 13water is the place to be Riverfront Motel 14 24 Under Ridgerider................................................................................. 6 28 Chainsaws buzz, chips fly... this ain't work, it's fun Roberts Lake Resort ................................... 31 29 First30 Nations art showcased at Wei Wai Kum House Riptide Mountain Marine Pub,Chocolate Grill, CateringFactory & Liquor........ Store.................... Rocky 11 34 Challenging golf on the Salmon River Rivercorp.................................................................................. 2 Royal Coachman Neighbourhood Pub ....7 Riverfront Motel. ...................................................................... 33 Saratoga Speedway .................................... 31 Robert’s Lake Resort............................................................... 17 Scotties Delivery Service ........................... 4 Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. ......................................... 26 Sequoia Springs Golf Club ..........................6 We Serendipity In The Garden ........................ 19 Royal Coachman Neighbourhood Pub..................................... 24 Pickup & Shelter Distillery ....................................7 SaratogaBay Beach Golf Club......................................................... 4 Deliver Shoppers DrugGolf Mart ................................... 15 Sequoia Springs Club........................................................ 7 to you! Storey Creek Golf Course ...........................6 Serendipity in the Garden....................................................... 28 • Fully stocked Golf Shop Restaurants, Strathcona Recreation Centre .. 23 Storey CreekGardens Golf Club............................................................ 28 Beverages • Driving Range Open May 11th Strathcona Park Lodge ..............................10 Strathcona Gardens Recreation Complex................................. 18 & more - Lessons • Memberships • Golf check out Stubbs Island Whale Watching .............. 35 *some Strathcona Park Lodge & Outdoor Education Centre................ 14 restrictions our website!! apply Thunderbird RV Park .................................. 21 Stubbs Island Whale Watching................................................ 35 Aff ordable Golf in the Valley Or order by phone! Tyee Marine .................................................. 36 The Willows Neighbourhood Pub.............................................. 12 Everyone Always welcome Wei Wai Kum House of Treasures .......... 29 Thunderbird RV Park & Campground. ....................................... 11 Under New Management - Come Say Hi Willows Pub ................................................. 24 Tyee Marine. ............................................................................ 36 Hours 10am - 11pm 7 days a week 2084 Saratoga Rd., Black Creek Woofy's Foods .................................... 27 www.scottiesdelivery.com VancouverPet Island Regional Library............................................. 5 250-337-2208 golfsaratogabeach.com Work ................................................. 22 Wei WaiWorld Kum House of Treasures............................................. 25

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“The River” welcomes you to nature’s playground Campbell River, Vancouver Island’s gateway to nature’s playground, continues to enjoy its fame as the “Salmon Capital of the World” and it also lays claim to a treasure trove of summer vacation possibilities.

is Discovery Pier where anglers, young and old, can try their luck or just enjoy an ice cream cone.

Our welcoming community, our mountains, lakes and rivers and our oceanfront draw thousands of vacationing travellers from around the province, the continent and the globe.

Campbell River also offers many miles of walking trails along the oceanfront and through our protected forests. Most of these trails and pathways are wheelchair accessible.

Visitors quickly appreciate that finding something new and exciting to do is a given. The challenge is deciding what to do first. Again this summer, the Campbell River Mirror is pleased to offer its comprehensive “Things To Do” supplement to help our visitors take full advantage of ongoing activities and special events throughout the summer months. As you will discover in this guide, there are some amazing holiday options available right inside our city limits. The community is particularly proud of its widely acclaimed Museum at Campbell River,

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the Maritime Heritage Centre, the Art Gallery with its summer programs for youngsters and the Tidemark Theatre that offers a Youth Theatre Arts program. Our Pier Street Farmers’ Market, Spirit Square concerts and Canada Day celebrations draw thousands of visitors and locals. Another popular city landmark

Awaken All of Your Senses with Beautiful , Affordable

Campbell River Shoreline Arts Society presents

TRANSFORMATIONS ON THE SHORE 17th Annual

CHAINSAW CARVING COMPETITION June 26 - 30, 2013 Frank James Park - Willow Point, Campbell River www.crshorelinearts.ca

5 Days of Magic! You won’t believe what can be done with a chainsaw!

“Things to Do” details the many attractions just outside our city including our numerous provincial parks, campgrounds and beaches (salty and fresh). It also details opportunities for saltwater and freshwater anglers, wildlife watchers, kayakers, alpine hikers ... even rock climbers.

Monday - Friday 10am-8pm Saturday 10am - 5pm Sunday - Closed 1240 Shoppers Row, Campbell River 250-287-3655 • campbellriver@virl.bc.ca

A Spectacular Adventure Awaits!

ass • Hand Blown Gl s ing int Pa l na igi • Or res • Metal Sculptu r Indoor & Outdoo Crafted • Artistic Wood r & Necklace Holde Earring Cabinets

Tues. 10-8 • Fri. 10-6 • Sat. 10-5 or by appointment

chars art & gift studio

654 Alexander Drive, Campbell River 250-923-8093

www.charsartstudio.com

Whale & Grizzly Bear Watching Wildlife & Adventure Tours

Guaranteed Sightings! See website for details.

Rated #1 on TripAdvisor

Campbell River 250-850-1101

located in the Discovery Harbour Marina (G Dock)

www.aboriginaljourneys.com

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Explore the Broughton Archipelago with Stubbs Island Whale Watching A

t Telegraph Cove on the edge of the Broughton Archipelago the Stubbs Island Whale Watching team delivers wildlife adventures that will live in your memory for years.The crew at Stubbs Island has set very high standards when it comes to delivering adventure on the water while observing the highest standards of ethical whale watching in British Columbia. These waters are acknowledged as the most accessible and predictable location to see Killer Whales as well as Humpbacks. Minke and

Grey whales are spotted at times. You will also see other marine mammals such as Pacific White Sided Dolphins, porpoises (Harbour and Dalls), Stellar Sea Lions and Harbour Seals.

vessel “Lukwa” and a new 12-metre vessel. Both vessels are equipped with washrooms. The onboard hydrophone allows you to listen to the sound of a whale. It is truly unforgettable.

Tours are available from mid-May to mid-October. During high season from mid-July to mid-August there are three departures daily. These 3.5 hour tours depart from the boardwalk of historic Telegraph Cove.This season Stubbs Island vessels will include the 18-metre, 49-passenger aluminum

These tours are also great for bird lovers. Bald Eagles, Harlequin Ducks, Great Blue Herons, Pigeon Guillermots, Rhinoceros Auklets, Red-necked Pharlaropes and Black Oystercatchers can be seen all year round. For more information go to: www. stubbs-island.com.

Vancouver Island's best selection of: • Western Boots

(for men, women & kids)

• Western Apparel • Moccasins & Mukluks • Belts • Buckles • Hats • Souvenirs • Puzzles

A Western Store and So Much More 920 Island Hwy, Campbell River • 250-286-3554 • Historic Pier Street

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Sequoia Springs... a beautiful walk in the park

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umourist Mark Twain famously dismissed golf as “a good walk spoiled.” Pity he did not live long enough to experience Sequoia Springs Golf Course which many visitors describe as “a memorable stroll through a beautiful park.” Very close to the downtown, this handsomely landscaped course offers a challenge for golfers with low handicaps and a pleasant outing for everyone else. It features lush undulating fairways and tall trees, shrubs and flowers plus interesting waterways and bunkers. The greens are reputed to be the best on Vancouver Island. The popular Sandtrap Lounge seats 180-plus. There are two balconies overlooking ponds and a sunny garden patio that provide perfect spots to relax. The new clubhouse with its southern feel also hosts meetings and events in four large banquet rooms and its corporate boardroom. An exquisite stone wedding chapel built in the 1900s style and complete wedding packages are a truly unique offering at Sequoia. Sequoia Springs Golf Course is located at 700 Petersen Road mere minutes from downtown Campbell River. For more information about the course and its amenities go to: www.sequoiasprings.com or give the pro shop a call at 250-2874979.

We are pet lovers just like you!

Play the Garden Course!

Your furry friends are always welcome in our store. We offer exceptional customer service each and every time.

DOGWOOD PET MART

“Campbell River’s Favourite Pet Food and Supply Store” Free delivery to Campbell River Area & Quadra Island Ferry

Locally Owned for 29 Years

~OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK~ 2ND & DOGWOOD, CAMPBELL RIVER 250-287-7405

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Award winning fruit winery ... from gourmet picnic to weddings Picture this – an award winning fruit winery on 600 sprawling acres with towering Mount Washington as a backdrop. Coastal Black Winery, a family-run estate on the northern edge of the Comox Valley, merits a big tick on the 2013 tourist bucket list. Owner Abel O’Brennan says: “With three years of wine sales and several domestic and international awards under our belt we are constantly developing and improving our wine style with greater insight as time passes by. “As well, the experiences that we offer at the winery have also grown in leaps and bounds since opening including a wood-fired, brick pizza oven and an open “barn” style event space where we can accommodate groups of up to 350 for weddings and special events.”

week from noon to 5 p.m.“The pizza oven will be open from the May long weekend until the end of September this year. And, we are looking into doing “dinner and a movie” theme nights this year with a large screen set up outside,” the owner says. Sept. 15th, the winery will again host the North Island’s Gourmet Picnic, a culinary showcase of some of Vancouver Island’s finest chefs, vintners and producers. Tickets go on sale June 1st at North Island College and through the winery. O’Brennan is proud that all winery operations strive to meet organic practices and the preservation of the land, air and waterways is top of mind.For more information go to: www. coastalblack.ca.

In fact, the winery has become so well known as the ideal venue to tie the knot that it is booked solid for weddings this year and is now booking for the 2014 matrimonial season.This winery is all about home grown. Blackberries are grown on 80 acres making it the largest cultivated blackberry farm in all of Canada. All pollination at the vineyard is thanks to its own bees that provide the wines and meads with a unique blackberry and honey signature. O’Brennan says the winery is releasing a miniature, 375ml Sparkling Wine this spring. The tasting room is open to everyone without having to pre-book, seven days a

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Grown, Fruit Wines & Meads

Take a Break From The Grape and TasTe The diFFerence Fresh LocaL inGredienTs make. From dry and crisp to bold and intense, our handcrafted wines are a unique island taste. Our beautiful vineyard has over 120 acres of cultivated blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, and honey, harvested right here on the island. We’re especially proud to be the largest cultivated blackberry farm in all of Canada! Book a tour to visit our winery and taste the wine in person, or look for us at your local retailer and pick up a bottle or two.

This project is supported by the BC Government’s Buy Local Program; delivered by the Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC with funding from the BC Ministry of Agriculture. Coastal Black is grateful for the support of the Wine Island Vintner’s Association, the North Vancouver Island Chefs’ Association and Comox Valley Farmer’s Institute.

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2186 Endall Road, Black Creek, BC 250-337-8325 | coastalblack.ca


Haig-Brown Heritage House celebrates history on the riverbank Haig-Brown Heritage House was built in 1923 and was the home of Roderick Haig-Brown, an avid fly-fisher, pioneering conservationist, acclaimed author and magistrate. Today, on the banks of the Campbell River, it is a shrine for fly fishers and a tranquil trip down memory lane for the rest of us. This historic family home was where HaigBrown put pen to paper and influenced fisheries biologists, ecologists and countless others interested in the evolving relationship between people and nature. In winter, the House provides temporary accommodation for a Writer In Residence, through a program operated by the Campbell River Museum.  During the summer months, the Haig-Brown House offers unique bed and breakfast accommodation featuring three bedrooms for up to seven guests. The murmur of the river can be heard from the rooms overlooking the peaceful grounds. Inside the former family home, thousands of books line the walls of the study in which many of the writer’s famous works were penned. The beautiful gardens and grounds are available on a rental basis for weddings, receptions or photograph sessions. Guests can even sip tea and play croquet. For more information go to: www.haig-brown.bc.ca.

250-923-5111 or 250-830-7659 www.midisleboats.com

Cruise Beautiful Desolation Sound ~ enjoy warm waters for swimming & viewing the varied sa life: whales, dolphins, sea lions, etc.

Campbell River, BC - Boat and Equipment Rentals

Fellowship - 32’ Bayliner - 3288 “The Queen of our Fleet” • • • • •

most popular cruising yacht 2 private staterooms head with shower fully equipped galley twin diesel powered engines - 270hp

Excellent for Family or a Group Captain, fuel and condiments supplied for day trips up to 8 hours. Tranquility - 24’ Fibreform DreamLady - 31’ Uniflite - Sedan 4 people - weekender or longer

Fishing/Cruising

sleeps 6 - family or group - twin diesel power

Group Cruising

Call for booking 250-830-7659 250-923-5111 after 6pm

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Boatless? Head for Discovery Pier Don’t have a boat? There’s still a sure fire way to discover why Campbell River is Canada’s salmon fishing capital and that’s by packing up the family – and your rod and reel – and taking a stroll on Discovery Pier. This award winning wheelchair accessible pier was built in 1987 and was Canada’s first salt water fishing pier. Located next to the Government Wharf downtown, it extends 150 feet from the shore, is 600 feet long and provides great access to high quality recreational fishing. Don’t worry about keeping the kids occupied. They’ll have their hands full snagging the world’s most delicious top-heavy ice cream cone while you keep an eye on the harbour seals poised to snatch the first fish you get on your line.

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Open 24 hours a day, the pier is fully lit and has built-in rod holders, bait stands, nets, fish cleaning tables, covered areas, picnic tables and benches. The concession is open from 7 a.m. to dusk, May through October and provides rod and tackle rentals, licenses and great snacks.

DISCOVERY FISHING PIER

Celebrating 26 Years

Willow Point’s Hidden Gem! Scrumptious soups, sandwiches, breads, meat pies, quiche, pizzas & salads, decadent desserts plus cappuccino & lattes

Food Artisans hard at work. ~ Open 7 Days a Week ~ Phone the Zone 250-923-3973

Ask us about catering your event or wedding.

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Stroll along the boardwalk, fish for the BIG ONE, indulge in a famous BIG ICE CREAM or just come for a bite to eat. • • • •

English Style Fish & Chips Wraps Fresh Fruit Frozen Yogurt Hot & Cold Beverages

TAKE OUT ORDERS CALL 250-286-6199 ~ Campbell River ~

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Join us for the 46th Annual

Salmon FeStival and logging SportS Competition august 9, 10, 11 nunn’s Creek park

• The largest logging sports competition in Canada. • Amateur and professional seafood cooking competition and tasting • Beer gardens and live musical entertainment • Kids’ Zone and more! crsalmonfestival.com


A great escape where city meets sea Whether they are from Campbell River, Qualicum, Nanaimo, Duncan, Alberta, USA or Europe guests at Thunderbird RV Park find quality camping facilities in beautiful surroundings. Thunderbird RV is a holiday escape where visitors can relax, yet enjoy all the amenities of home . Take comfort in being just minutes away from the convenience of Campbell River’s shops and city services. At the park itself guests can stroll along the estuary side of the Tyee Spit and experience the beauty and quiet pleasure of watching ducks, herons, swans and geese who make their home amongst the reeds and banks of the Campbell River estuary.

Thunderbird RV Park, owned and operated by the Campbell River Indian Band, has been providing year round accommodation for more than 30 years. It features 77 fully-service 30 and 50 AMP RV sites with cable and Wi-Fi and 15 un-serviced tent sites that suit every camping need. More than 75 per cent of visitors to Thunderbird RV Park last summer were return guests. That statistic alone tells you just about everything you need to know about this recreation jewel on Campbell River’s waterfront. Sandra Malone, Manager of the park for 21 years, is delighted that local residents in increasing numbers are using the park as a getaway. “A number of local business owners and seniors who feel they need to stay close to home are using our park as their getaway by the sea.”

Guests may choose to fish for salmon in the Tyee Fishing Pool on the ocean side of the Spit or watch the Tyee Club members fish the pool in their classic row boats. Or, you can simply kick back and unwind take in the beauty of watching bald eagles soar over head or a pod of killer whales pass through the Discovery Passage.

Malone says Thunderbird RV Park is also popular with Vancouver Islanders who want to escape in their recreation vehicles, but are finding ferry fares and fuel costs are keeping them grounded closer to home.

CRUISE SHIPS AT YOUR FRONT DOOR RIVER ESTUARY AT YOUR BACK DOOR Providing water transportation to the inside passage and inlets. 32 ft. covered boats with seating for 12 passengers.

FULL SERVICE • Electric, Water, Sewer, Cable TV

• Eco and scenic tours year round • Working tours starting at $90/pp • Cortes Island as low as $30/pp • Kayak Transportation

• Washrooms c/w Showers

Coast Discovery Marina, Campbell River

www.discoverylaunch.com

• Laundromat

250-287-7577

• Wireless Internet

Friendship Inn

MOTEL & RV PARK

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Beautiful Park-Like Setting Store & Service Station Next Door Kitchenettes Available Playground Area for Children

“Your Home Away From Home” 3900 N. Island Highway, Campbell River Ph: 250-287-9591 • Fax: 250-287-2090

• Boat Launch (10 Min. Walk)

2660 Spit Road, Campbell River, B.C. V9W 6E3 Email: thunderbirdrvpark@shawbiz.ca www.thunderbirdrvpark.com

(250) 286-3344 Fax (250) 286-0998

• Firepits • Licensed Restaurant • Fishing Charters • Wildlife & Whale Watching Tours • 5 Minutes from Town

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Campbell River Whale Watching where lifestyle meets conservation When it comes to whale watching in Discovery Passage and Johnstone Strait the crew at Campbell River Whale Watching and Adventure Tours are keen to share their love of BC’s wildlife and its environment. Back in 1996, “Hurricane Jack” Springer ran the first Zodiac tour boat to operate in these waters. He trained two excellent tour guides, Jen Furst (Lady Hawk) and Aaron Webber (Fly Guy) and the trio dreamed that one day “we would take all the things we loved about being a tour operator and start up a whale watching company of our own, focusing on the guest rather than the dollar.” In 2008 the dream came true and Campbell River Whale Watching has become the “go to” outfit for whale and grizzly watching. “We do this because we love the lifestyle and we care about the animals we encounter and we love to share our knowledge and understanding of the environment with the hundreds of incredible guests each year,” Hurricane Jack says. The tours operate from April 1 to October 30 using three very quick and quiet washroom-equipped Zodiacs plus a covered vessel with washroom. University educated naturalists are there to enhance your appreciation of the wildlife you will see. The company caters to small groups of up to 12. A generous lunch, snacks as well as hot and cold beverages are included. For more information go to: www.campbellriverwhalewatching.com.

Relax over lunch or dinner on our sun-drenched patio, and try one of our delicious meals everyone’s talking about

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Saywards’ Rainbow’s End... golf with a slice of nature Rainbow’s End Golf Course in the scenic Sayward Valley is dubbed by locals as “the toughest little course on the Island.” However, its owners John and Janet Rainbow say playing their executive nine-hole course is a snap ... if you can manage to miss the abundant firs, maple and cedar trees, the grazing elk and the picturesque Salmon River which borders two holes. At the Rainbow’s End Clubhouse, John and Janet offer refreshments and the standard cart and club rentals. They are pleased to organize tournaments and special corporate events. The course plays about 1,300 yards in total with seven par threes and two par fours ranging between 96 and 212 yards. Many visitors opt to double up and play 18. Janet says visiting pros from larger Island courses have given the course high marks for design. Rainbow’s End is easy to find – drive north on Highway 19 for about 63 kilometres and turn right on Rainbow Road which is just half a kilometre before the main Sayward turnoff. For more information go to: www.golfsayward.ca.

The Course

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• Toughest 9 Hole Executive Course on Vancouver Island • Great Course for Couples! • Open 8am to 7pm Daily • Clubhouse Open 9am - 6pm Daily

The golf course is a 9 hole executive that weaves through beautiful wooded areas beside the pristine Salmon River. The course is a unique flavour of natural beauty with traditional logging history. The majority of holes are par 3 with 2 par 4 holes. The owners are constantly adding new landscape features so you never know what you will get to enjoy during each round of golf.

• $14 for 9 Holes (HST incl.) • $25.50 for 18 Holes (Taxes incl.) • Our Course is Never Muddy • Snacks Available 1608 Rainbow, Sayward 250-282-3222 • www.golfsayward.ca THINGS TO DO IN CAMPBELL RIVER & AREA | MAY, 2013 |

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Nature and adventure blend at Strathcona Park Lodge Strathcona Park Lodge, on the shores of Upper Campbell Lake, is Vancouver Island’s leading centre for outdoor education and wilderness tourism. The Lodge’s talented instructors lead international guests and local day trippers on popular, beginnerfriendly adventures including the ziplines, high ropes and rock climbing. Professional guides and instructors can privately teach you to roll a kayak or safely lead you on a hike to a mountain summit at your pace. The Lodge offers a variety of accommodation for international and local guests including lakefront cottages and hotel-style rooms. It also has a full service restaurant, Myrna’s, for lunch and dinner and a family style buffet in the Whale Room for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A visit to Strathcona Park Lodge is not complete without getting onto Upper Campbell Lake in a boat. The Lodge has more than 80 different kinds of crafts – canoes, kayaks, sail boats and motor boats for exploring the lake and nearby waterways. Destinations vary from a protected paddle inside local bays, a short trip to Treasure Island or longer day trips for whitewater or lake canoeing.

The Lodge offers world-class multi-day expeditions from the glacier carved peaks of Strathcona Provincial Park to the Pacific Ocean swells of Nootka Island with its abundant sea life. Wilderness Youth Leadership Development (WYLD) summer camps for teens 12 to 17 are based out of the Lodge’s lakeside location. Campers explore hiking trails, lakes, inlets, beaches, islands and mountains of Vancouver Island by foot, sea kayak and canoe. Since 1959, Strathcona Park Lodge has earned an international reputation as a retreat where adventure and stewardship blend as one. For more information go to: www.strathcona. bc.ca.

strathcona.bc.ca

250.286.3122

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Did you say beach? Have we got beaches Sun bathers, tide pool explorers, whale spotters, picnickers, even mutts on leashes, all agree when it comes to shoreline the Campbell River area is a beach bonanza. Let’s start right in the city at Dick Murphy Park on the Tyee Spit. This spot is hugely popular in summer with its adjacent RV park, kiddies’ play ground and picnic tables. The rocky beach looks across Discovery Passage to Quadra and is a wildlife spotter’s dream. This park is very user friendly with washrooms and paved paths that make it wheelchair accessible.

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Heading south of the city centre the next stop is Rotary Beach Park, an ideal rest area featuring picnic tables, washrooms and a superb isolated rock pool.Just across from Rona Hardware at Willow Point is Ken Forde Park. The beach here is a favourite of locals who build beach fires and enjoy evening picnics. Another 15 minutes south is Stories Beach, an excellent day beach with great swimming and windsurfing.Next is Oyster Bay with rock and sandy shores, trails, washrooms and lots of picnic spots.A visit to Saratoga Beach, 20 km south of Campbell River, is a must. The shallow waters gently lap at sandy beaches for well over a mile. This is a perfect swimming spot for children.

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A down to earth library keeps up with the times In our evolving online universe of e-books and apps for everything, we sometimes forget that the library just around the corner is keeping pace with new ways of reading and communicating. That’s certainly true of the Campbell River Branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL), 1240 Shoppers Row, which offers a wide variety of reading material, DVDs, CDs and downloadable music for all ages and is a quiet haven to sit and read the newspaper or a magazine. For elementary and high school students, VIRL offers a variety of online homework help databases. VIRL also offers access to our catalogue with VIRL Mobile by downloading the VIRL mobile app on an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or Android device. Borrow and keep track of your library needs in the palm of your hand. This summer the kids will enjoy the “Up, Up and Away” Summer Reading Club program. Sign your kids up for reading logs, great prizes and weekly programs. The library offers a Summer Reading Club for independent readers and a Read to Me Club for preschoolers as well as an online Teen Reading Club. All programs are free and registration begins the last week in June.  Phone the Campbell River Library at 250-287-3655 for more information.

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Moonlight and marshmallows... camping here is awesome! Bursts of moonlight bouncing off a rippling lake, campfire sparks rising on the heat like miniature fireworks, kids turning marshmallows into flaming balls of sugar – summer camping is great just about anywhere. Here it’s awesome. In the lake dotted hills west of Campbell River there are more campgrounds than you can explore in a lifetime. A good place to start is Elk Falls Provincial Park where a thundering waterfall, an extensive network of forest trails and the nearby Quinsam salmon hatchery make it one of the best campground accommodations in the Salmon Capital of the World. Just two kms from downtown it provides quiet riverside camping. After a morning fishing, pack a picnic lunch and take a cool stroll to the Elk Falls day-use area and wander through the only significant stand of old-growth Douglas fir north of MacMillan Provincial Park. Other more remote camp grounds that should be high on your list of options include Loveland Bay and Morton Lake. For more information of the area campgrounds, and to reserve a spot well ahead of time, go to: www.env.gov. bc.ca/bcparks a n d follow the “find a park” prompts at the right hand top of the home page.

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Join the GPS gold rush in Campbell River’s hills Geocaching enthusiasts from around the globe are fully charged about the treasure hunting potential of the mid-Island region. Within a 10 km radius of Campbell River there are more than 300 caches. Wander outside the city limits and the cache count jumps quickly into the thousands. More than four millon adventure loving social networkers worldwide – armed with a GPS or GPS-enabled mobile device – have joined the world’s fastest growing outdoor, recreational craze. The word geocaching refers to “geo” for geography and to “caching” for the process of hiding a cache. The word cache also applies in hiking/camping circles as a hiding place for concealing and preserving provisions. You can go online and register to be a geocacher for free. The protocols are simple: If you take something from a cache you discover, leave something of equal or greater value in its place; write about your find in the cache logbook and log your experience at www.geocaching. com. There is hardly a trail or park in the Campbell River region that does not have several caches waiting to be discovered.

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BC Hydro adjusts Hart Dam trails with you in mind Locals and visitors to Campbell River gravitate to the trails around the Hart Dam Generation Station. The refurbishing of the power house is a massive project stretching ahead five years. That means changes to the existing trails designed to keep hikers safe and still allow them to enjoy the picturesque canyon views. The Station View Trail (an extension of the Canyon View Trail) will be in place this summer and then in the fall the section of the Canyon View Trail along the river by the generating station will be closed off for up to five years.

Once the project is complete the Station View Trail will be decommissioned and the Canyon View Trail will be re-established back along or near the river. River access from Hydro’s property will also then be re-established.  BC Hydro will allow trail access through the John Hart property during the construction period but the trail has been modified in order to maintain the broader Canyon View Trail loop. This plan has been well received by the community. There will be isolated closures to the trail during construction and those closures will be communicated proactively.

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Local paddlers club promotes kayaking

Kayaking is the most popular marine activity in this region and the appeal of kayaking is obvious. It’s relatively easy to learn, it’s affordable and it’s a great family activity. It is also an environmentally friendly sport. Locally, a great resource for visitors is the Campbell River Paddlers Association. Visit www.crpaddlers.com and follow the link into their blog. Campbell River Paddlers provide a club for recreational sea kayakers who love the adventure of paddling on the rivers, lakes, and oceans, and exploring the coastline. It offers regular scheduled paddles throughout the spring and summer, with the majority of paddles taking place on Wednesday evenings. Day trips, overnight trips, and skill sessions are also occasionally scheduled. A day on the ocean offers so much – the serenity of inlets and fjords, the enchantment of seal pups and otters splashing at your side, the breathtaking sights and sounds of a passing pod of Killer Whales. Tour options range from lessons and equipment rentals to multiday tours and wildlife viewing excursions. For more information on these operations pick up a brochure at the Visitor Centre across from Shoppers Row downtown. Ocean kayaking comes with a warning: Strong tides in Discovery Passage and Seymour Narrows can overwhelm even the most seasoned kayaker. Make sure you acquire the relevant local knowledge about tides and currents before venturing into these waters and carry all the necessary safety and survival gear. The options for fresh water kayaking are too numerous to list here. Lakes, small and large, abound in the immediate vicinity and many have great camp grounds and launch ramps. The local fishing and tackle shops have great back country logging road maps that make finding these jewels a snap.

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Nuyumbalees people preserve their rich First Nations heritage Since its inception, the Nuyumbalees Society at the Cape Mudge Village on Quadra Island has been committed to the care and preservation of its potlatch treasures and to the revitalization of the Kwakwaka’wakw language. No visit to this region is complete without an immersion in this rich First Nations heritage at the Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre where visitors gain insight into the beliefs and practices of the Kwakwaka’wakw people. Nuyumbalees means, “the beginning.” The Nuyumbalees Society was founded in 1975 by hereditary and elected chiefs of the Kwa’ Kwa’ Ka’ Wa’Kw people to facilitate the return of their potlatch treasures and regalia (Kikasuw). Since its inception, the Nuyumbalees Society has been committed to the care and preservation of the potlatch collection and to the revitalization of the Kwakwaka’wakw language. Today, visitors can enjoy the treasures of the sacred potlatch collection. Major renovations have been undertaken to maintain the standards for climate control and humidity control, proper lighting for the preservation and protection of the artifacts, purchase of new display cases, and other structural renovations.There are several petroglyphs outside the Cultural Centre and on the waterfront near the Ah-Wah-Qwa-Dzas (a place to relax and tell stories) across the street. The Kwik Kwik Gillas (House of Eagles) Cultural Education Centre located next to the Cultural Centre is being developed to include a library, a workspace for artists and dance performances.

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Take it easy or push your limits on scores of local hiking trails The Campbell River region has more hiking trails than you can shake a walking stick at. Here’s a sample that runs the gamut from easy to extreme.

bridge, winds through the forest along sheltered Menzies Bay and up rock bluffs leading to some scenic view points of Seymour Narrows and Maud Island. The trail ends at the power lines that extend over Seymour Narrows, the site of the infamous Ripple Rock and the Ripple Rock explosion of 1958. This trail, 19 km north of Campbell River, is not recommended for small children.

Some easy hikes include: Lady Falls (1 km) – This easy 20 minute round trip walk to the falls is just past the Buttle Lake Campground on Highway 28. At the end of the path is a viewing platform directly across from the falls that receives some mist from the falls. Lower Myra Falls (1 km) – Beautiful cascading waterfalls are the reward at the end of this short hike. You can walk/ climb up and down the falls and swim in some of the calmer pools. Travel Highway 28 and take Westmin Road south to the Lower Myra Falls parking lot.

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Elk River Trail (about 5 hours) – The trail is essentially an old elk path that has been cleared over the years to the gravel flats at Landslide Lake and upper river flats. A couple river crossings are on sturdy bridges. Beware there have been numerous bear sightings in the area. Take Highway 28 to Gold River. From the bridge at Buttle Narrows, drive about 23 km. You will find a sign to Elk River Trail just before Drum Lakes.

Bedwell Lake Trail (about 4 hours) – Located in Strathcona Provincial Park this day-use trail has an elevation gain of 600 metres. It ascends through a steep forested valley with some stairs and bridge crossings. At the top is a subalpine area with two lakes. Beware of the presence of black bears in this area. Access the trailhead from the south end of Buttle Lake.

King’s Peak (15 kms) – This is a daylong hike with an elevation gain of 1800 meters. It features some fantastic views from the top, steeps, stairs and switchbacks, waterfalls, stream crossing, rock cairns, some scrambles on some scree/rocks and up a gully. Take Highway 28 to Gold River. Just past Lady Falls Picnic site, you will notice a sign on the left a sign for King’s Peak.

Quinsam River Trail (2 kms) – The trail starts at the playground area in the Elk Falls campground and follows the Quinsam River upstream. The Quinsam Salmon Hatchery is approximately 2 km from the campground.

Crest Mountain Trail (10 kms) – This physically demanding and well marked trail is steep with an elevation change of 1300 metres, but the views of Kings Peak and Elkhorn Mountain make it well worth the effort. To get to the trailhead follow Highway 28 to Gold River. About 20 minutes past Buttle Lake campground you will see the signs for Crest Mountain. Ripple Rock (8 kms) – The trail starts off in a field, crosses over a suspension

Finally, an extreme hike: Kusam Klimb Bills Trail (23 km, 8 hours) – This is a difficult trail with some rope assisted steeps, cliffs, old growth forest and possibility of year-round snow so be alert to hazards. Black bears have been sighted in the area. The trail starts and finishes at Heritage Hall, located on Sayward Road (75km north of Campbell River). For more information go to: www.campbellrivertourism.com.

The Maritime Heritage Centre, located adjacent to the fishing pier, showcases the restored seine boat BCP45, featured on the $5 bill from 1972–1986 and now a National Heritage Site of Canada. Walk her decks, explore her cabins and learn about her long history. View the eclectic collection of marine artifacts. Ask about meeting rooms and hall rentals for your next event. A fun museum featuring guided tours on the BCP45. OPEN ALL YEAR ADMISSION $5.00 621 Island Highway, Campbell River • 250-286-3161 Website: www.bcp45.org

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Practice the art of marketeering at our farmers’ market and fair That buzz you hear down on Pier Street every summer Sunday? It’s the hundreds of busy bees swarming over the Pier Street Farmers’ Market and Art Fair. Between May 5 and September 29 from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. every Sunday the market and fair are the epicentre of community activity surrounded by Fisherman’s Wharf, Discovery Fishing Pier and the Maritime Heritage Centre. The market, celebrating its 11th anniversary this summer, started as an initiative of the Pier Street Association and quickly became a popular community affair. Special event weekends have even attracted as many as 4,000 visitors. Market Manager Jim Creighton says: “Considered as having the most spectacular location of all of the BC’s farmers markets, ours provides a great variety of locally-grown produce, lots of locally-prepared food and pastries and the best choice of arts and crafts on Vancouver Island.” “Many thanks to our great farmers who pack their trucks every week to serve their customers,” Jim says. “How about creating a vegetable garden in your yard or on your balcony?  We’ll be offering lots of information and instruction.  You’ll love it.”  After the initial launch the Pier Street Association received a grant from Community Futures that allowed the association to invest in a mobile music stage and sound system. Now live music adds to the ambience. Jim is always looking for volunteers. If you want to be part of the fun email him at market@pierstreet. com. For more information go to: www.pierstreet. com and follow the links.

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Local seniors create hive of activity To say Campbell River’s Seniors’ Centre is a hive of activity would not do it justice. On a quiet Monday there will be more than 50 folks chatting, reading, playing pool, bridge and cribbage. On a busy Friday that number climbs to more than 150.

The centre is open five days a week, Monday through Friday 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. except on Tuesdays when it stays open until 4 p.m. For more information on the centre’s activities go to: www.crseniors.com.

Administrator Maureen Afonso says the welcome mat is always out for anyone who wants to enjoy the camaraderie, the nutritious lunches and non-stop activities. From yoga classes in the morning to professional dance instruction in the afternoon, the centre always hopping. This wonderful community asset started in 2009 when a few forward-thinking seniors met at a local coffee shop and recognized the need for a seniors’ centre. They shared the vision of a gathering place in Campbell River that was specifically for seniors. By 2010 with the help of then-mayor Charlie Cornfield and the benevolence of Allan Edie, owner of The Campbell River Common, the newly formed seniors’ society acquired a 6,000-square-foot store front home and membership rose dramatically to more than 700.

All roads lead to the fishing capital Campbell River, “the Salmon Capital of the World”, has earned its place at the top of the list of salmon fishing destinations. All five species of Pacific Salmon pass through the waters between Campbell River and the Mainland as they return to spawn in their native rivers. Campbell River is also the jumping off point for great West Coast open ocean fishing with Nootka Sound northwest of Gold River providing some of the best Chinook and Coho fishing on the entire coast of British Columbia. Campbell River is also proud to be the base of operations for many of the finest fishing guides in BC. For a full list of fishing guides drop into the Visitor Centre across from Shoppers Row and pick up a guide booklet. Or you can search on line by going to www.rivercorp.ca/visitor-centre/fishing and following the prompts.

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Traditionalist will want to check out the Tyee Club of BC located on Spit Road. It began in 1924 with a group of anglers who returned to Campbell River each year in pursuit of the elusive Tyee, a coastal Indian word meaning “the chief ,” a Chinook salmon, 30 pounds or larger.

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Tyee pool. The rower will slip the boat into the currents and eddies while keeping a basic plug or spoon beating in the current. If a fish is boated and weighs 30 pounds or more, the catch is recorded and the angler becomes a member of the Tyee Club. Now that’s bragging rights.

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Strathcona’s peaks beckon climbers The stairway to rock climbers’ paradise starts at Strathcona Park west of Campbell River. For beginners seeking that first toe hold to seasoned veterans pushing their limits, the park offers topography that ranges from inviting to downright scary. The Crest Creek Crags, the Elkhorn, Colonel Foster and the Golden Hinde (the island’s highest peak at 2,200 metres) challenge those looking for new lines to the top. The main access to Strathcona Park is via Highway 28. The main access route to Forbidden Plateau from Courtenay and Campbell River is via the Paradise Meadows Trailhead at Mount Washington. Day users of Strathcona will be interested in two areas: Buttle Lake and the hiking opportunities afforded by Forbidden Plateau. Crest Creek Cragg is a favourite destination. The local climbing community maintains the climbing routes on a regular basis. Routes include some expert climbs for the daring and some easy routes for the beginner. The Crest Creek climbing area is located near Crest Lake and Crest Creek on Hwy 28 (to Gold River). There are19 crags with names like Black Crag, Pipeline Bluff, Narcissus Wall and Skid Row. Gravel roads and short hiking trails from the parking lot lead climbers to the crags. Combine the crags and there are over 100 different climbing routes. There are staging areas near the crags. Some of the trails are better maintained than others. Watch for exposed tree roots and loose rocks. Pit toilets, picnic tables and benches are located on site. There is a trail and crag identification map also in the parking lot.

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Our maritime and First Nations history alive and well at Campbell River museum The Museum at Campbell River, on the old Island Highway, is a living, breathing, hands-on journey back into the rich history of this region, a celebration of First Nations heritage and pioneer ingenuity. The museum collection comprises ethnographic, historic, archaeological and archival material of the northern Vancouver Island from Oyster River east to Desolation Sound

and north to Rivers Inlet, including offshore islands; west to Gold River and beyond to the outer coast at Estevan Point and north to the tip of Vancouver Island. In 2012 the museum hired a new executive director, David Leverton, who says: “This facility is one of the best iconic regional museum attractions in all British Columbia. The people involved in creating the exhibits have done an amazing job. It is magical what they’ve done ... thinking outside the box. It wasn’t about static displays it was about interconnectivity. There’s a lot more going on inside this space than meets the eye. I’ve always been hugely inspired by this museum.”

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Leverton comes to the museum after an extensive career as a senior executive and consultant with a number of public facilities including First Nations cultural and heritage centres, a maritime museum and major science centres including the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre in Vancouver and Telus World of Science in Edmonton. He has worked BC and Alberta, in the Yukon, Alaska and New Zealand. One thing visitors don’t want to miss out on this summer is an opportunity to get out and explore local waters and the magical Discovery Islands. With the Museum, you can cruise the ocean and learn about coastal history. The Museum partners with Discovery Marine Safaris, a local wildlife tour operator. They have modern aluminum boats equipped with toilets, that are designed to provide optimal viewing. A Museum historic interpreter points out places of interest and answers any questions. For more information go to: www.crmuseum.ca.


Gritty artists make the wood chips fly Chainsaws buzzing, wood chips flying – that sounds like work. Not at Willow Point this summer. This is the sound of gritty artists transforming logs into art works and it is an enormously popular event with locals and visitors. From June 26 to June 30 the Campbell River Shoreline Arts Society presents the 17thth annual “Transformations On The Shore” Chainsaw Carving Competition. This

five-day event brings novice, amateur, semi-professional and professional carvers to the shoreline of Willow Point where they transform cedar and fir logs into works of art. As many as 30 carvers will sculpt and shape their logs using chainsaws, mauls, knives, chisels and various custom tools until a new creation is released from the heart of the wood. The finished sculptures are displayed in various parks and sponsors’ premises for everyone to enjoy year round.

One of the favourite features of the event is the one hour “QuickCarve” on Saturday, June 29th at 1 p.m. These quickcarvings are placed in a silent auction for public bidding. Spectators can also purchase a raffle ticket and win a carving as well as many other terrific prizes. © R. Treadwell

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Oh Canada … July 1st is going to be fun On Canada Day Campbell River pulls out all the stops … particularly where the children are concerned. It all starts with “The Nite B4”, a salmon barbeque and an evening of family entertainment at Spirit Square across from Shoppers Row. Bright and early July 1st Quality Foods and the city’s volunteer firefighters host a pancake breakfast at Frank James Park from 8 a.m. until 11. At 9 a.m. at Discovery Pier youngsters 12 and under cast off in the Huck Finn Derby. This fun event is sponsored by the Elks Lodge #373 and the Salmon Festival Association. All  contestants must be accompanied by an adult, have their own fishing gear and wear an approved life jacket while on the docks. Prizes are awarded to the youthful participants in each category for the biggest, smallest, prettiest, ugliest, fattest, skinniest and oddest catch. A parallel Small Fry Derby is open to participants up to three years old and offers the challenge of snagging something in the fish pond to win cool prizes. Prizes are also awarded for the best costume if the participant wishes to dress up. Other events include: The “Salmon City Jam” Skateboard Competition at Willow Point Park (11 a.m. to 3) with prizes in the Shredder, Novice and Pro classifications; the Quality Food’s KidsFest at the Campbell River Community Centre (11 to 3 p.m.); the Canada Day Birthday Cake at Frank James Park at noon and a Senior’s Honour Tea at the Museum at Campbell River (1 to 2:30 p.m.) Of course the highlight of the day will be the Salmon Fest Parade sponsored by the Campbell River Rotary and Salmon Festival Association. The parade starts at 4 p.m. and winds its way around the city core. Trophies and prizes are awarded from Ostler Park stage at 6:30 p.m.

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• Experience for yourself why Storey Creek is truly “a course in nature”. 250-923-3673 / 1-866-923-3674 300 McGimpsey Rd. just off of Hwy 19A. www.storeycreek.bc.ca


Get set to boogie at Spirit Square Spirit Square, Campbell River’s entertainment focal point, has some hot acts lined up this summer. One of highlights will be the Tyee Plaza Charity Jazz and Blues event Saturday July 23rd at 7 p.m. featuring David Gogo and his fabulous blues band. This Nanaimo boy has taken his own brand of electric blues world-wide, sharing stages with B.B. King and Johnny Winter. He has been crowned Western Canada’s Entertainer of the Year three times and is also winner of Canada’s Maple Blues Award.  As well “The Sweet Lowdown” will be in concert on Thursday evening August 29th at 7 p.m. The Victoria-based acoustic roots trio is drawn together by mutual passion for old-time groove, hard driving bluegrass, sweet harmonies and wellwrought songs. The trio – Amanda Blied on  guitar, Shanti Bremer on banjo and Miriam Sonstenes on fiddle – blends original song-writing with old time roots music to create a sound that is unique and timeless. By the early spring of 2011 the trio had garnered quite a local following and won the Monday Magazine M-Award for Favorite Roots/World Music Group. Their debut album was nominated for 2012 Album of the Year by the Vancouver Island Music Awards. Besides its summer schedule of free live entertainment, it’s a place for community groups to present themselves, and sometimes just a place to relax.

The square was dedicated as “a legacy of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Crown Colony of British Columbia” with funding contributions from the province, the City of Campbell River and the Island Coastal Economic Trust.

Across from Shoppers Row, Spirit Square was constructed in 2009 so that Campbell River could take its place in the Cross-Canada Olympic torch relay celebrations.

For events and bookings, please go to the website at: www.spiritsquare.ca.

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46th Salmon Festival … where loggers rule Campbell River is synonymous with big salmon and bigger loggers and the Annual Salmon Festival, Aug. 9 through 11, will have both in abundance. This year, as in years past, the centrepiece of the festival will be the Logger Sports featuring two World Championship events and seven Canadian Championships along with  more than 30 Open, Intermediate, Novice, Ladies, Youth and Teen events.  International and local loggers will be competing for a $34,590 prize package at  this World Class Loggers Sports Competition. Friday evening will feature a special competition “The Best In The Bush, a relay competition for local teams of four competing in four events – axe throwing, power saw bucking, choker racing and double hand saw bucking.  For eight consecutive years Logger Sports has been the  largest  competition of its kind in Canada  and is now ranked fourth in North America. For more information go to: www. crsalmonfestival. com. In keeping with the name, Salmon Festival, a highlight will be the  sixth annual Seafood Cook-Off  on Friday. It will feature an Oyster Cooking Contest which is tasted and judged by the public. Saturday and Sunday there will be various seafood competitions and demon-

strations. There will also be a food booth with salmon and oyster burgers to tantalize your taste buds. For details go to: http://www.crsalmonfestival.com/seafood%20comp.htm. At the children’s area, youngsters can enjoy a wide variety of  free rides and events.  At the other end of the spectrum, seniors can try their hand at cribbage at the Eagles Hall on Saturday and Sunday.  The main events all happen at Nunns Creek Park across the street from Walmart. Daily admission is $5. Children two years and under are free.  

On the Waterfront Amazing Food & Good Times! Marine Pub, Grill, Catering & Liquor Store

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Pedal power prevails... mellow and mind blowing The Campbell River region with its superb terrain is blessed with numerous mountain biking trails that range from easy family tracks to difficult back country trails that will challenge the toughest rider. Close to the city the Pump House Trail is located between Iron River Road and the Campbell River and features easily accessible, well-marked single-track trails. Get onto Highway 28 and turn onto the Duncan Bay Main and cross the Campbell River. You’ll find one trailhead just south of the intersection of Duncan Bay and Iron River Road and another located west of Duncan Bay Road on Iron Bay Road. The Snowden Demonstration Forest west of Campbell River and north of Highway 28 near Loveland Bay Provincial Park offers more than 30kms of trails suited to all levels of expertise and includes the Frog Lake and Lost Lake trail systems. Trails are usually two to eight kms and frequently intertwine. Some of the easier routes

follow old rail beds that have been rehabilitated as recreational trails. Beginners should check out the Beaver Lodge Lands near the North Island College campus. Old rail grades, logging roads and hiking tracks make for an enjoyable tour through tall trees. Mount Washington offers two high-speed lifts that are equipped to carry you and your bike safely to the top of the mountain and its 37 kms of trails that cater to all levels of expertise with dirt jumps, wooden stunts and old-school single tracks. Drop into the Visitors’ Centre at the Tyee Plaza beside Spirit Square and pick up some trail maps.

The trout are jumpin’ in them thar hills Just outside the borders of the “Salmon Capital of the World” there are countless lakes and streams teaming with fish.

before they are large enough to be caught. It is not unusual to catch four to six pound trout in any number of lakes on a consistent basis.

The abundance of freshwater steelhead, salmon and trout in our rivers attracts increasing numbers of flyfishers annually. You only have to count the vehicles parked along Highway 28 bordering the Campbell River on the outskirts of the city to appreciate that the legacy of our very own world famous flyfisher Roderick Haig-Brown is alive and well.

If you don’t have a boat and want to try lake fishing from the shore then Echo Lake is a great destination. It is only 15 minutes from the city along Highway 28. The lake is stocked each spring with about 1,000 catchable rainbow making it a great fishing opportunity for beginners and kids.

Beginning in April, the lakes in the Campbell River area become active. The trout fishery in these readily accessible lakes continues to be healthy because no less than a dozen of them are stocked regularly with cutthroat and rainbow trout. These fry are released into the various systems in the spring when they are five to 10 centimetres long and take about a year to grow

There is an abundance of local knowledge to be shared over the counter at Campbell River’s tackle shops. There is also a large supply of wet and dry flies and lures for the casting and trolling crowd. Don’t forget to pick up a fresh water licence and a detailed back country map to guide you to your new favourite fishing hole.

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Discovery Passage Boat Rodeo This event started with very humble beginnings four years ago and has grown each year. This free event will take place in the waters adjacent to the Robert Ostler Foreshore Park in Downtown Campbell River. This year you will enjoy: A sanctioned bathtub race event, kayak demonstrations, blind dingy races, a Search & Rescue demonstration using a helicopter and rescue vessel, an onshore model boat exhibit and demonstration, a rope tying demonstration, the Build, Bail and Paddle Event in which participants have to build the vessel and then paddle it through a course, static displays at the government docks, the RCMP’s patrol vessel, two fish packers, the coastal passenger landing craft MV Aurora Explorer.

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Pier Street “Historic Mile” is the city’s time machine Yes folks, time travel is possible in Campbell River. During the summer Pier Street, the birthplace of Campbell River, is alive with locals and visitors soaking up the historic ambience and enjoying activities along this “historic mile.” From the Maritime Heritage Centre and Discovery Fishing Pier to the tip of Ostler Park, this area is what Campbell River is all about. Located along the downtown waterfront of Discovery Passage, it offers a fun, hustle bustle atmosphere, especially in summer months. Back in the day, this was the city’s main street and home to the 1901 Willows Hotel, the Courthouse, Police Station and Jail. The first commercial wharf in Campbell River was located along Pier Street and Union Steamships stopped there to load and unload freight and passengers. The first barbershop, the first general store, and the first café were also located along this stretch.

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For several years members of the Pier Street Association have been working to improve the appearance of Pier Street. It is lovely to wander along the street on a warm, breezy day, enjoying the charming ambiance of marine murals, chainsaw carvings, flower barrels, and carefully placed bundles of driftwood pilings.

There’s nothing like a cool dip on a sunny day When the mercury soars and it’s time to the Campbell River region is splash ready with many options ... indoor, outdoor, fresh and salty. The city’s outdoor pool is centrally located in Centennial Park at 4th Avenue and Alder Street and is open during the months of June through August. The facility features a heated outdoor pool and wading pool, family and handicapped change rooms. Beginner and advanced swim lessons are provided including Sea Turtle, Salamander, and Swim Kids Levels 1-10. Schedules are available at the pool, the

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Sportsplex and the Community Centre. Phone 250923-7911 for more information. Great, safe lake swimming is as close as McIver Lake just a few kilometres west of the city off Highway 28. McIvor’s wonderful setting and sandy beaches attract hundreds of locals and visitors throughout the summer. Other great swimming lakes include Morton Lake, Buttle Lake, Loveland Bay on Lower Campbell Lake and Brewster Lake. For those seeking a bracing dip in the ocean there are several choices including Stories Beach and Saratoga Beach just south of the city.


May to December is full of Things To Do May to October (Sundays) – Pier Street Farmers Market

August 8th to September 11th – Inspiration ~ Art Gallery Exhibition Jeremy Fokkens uses photography to give visitors a glimpse into the lives and environments of the people of Nepal and Bangladesh. For more information please call the Art Gallery at 250-287-2261.

Check out their website at www.pierstreet.com. May 25th – May Days ~ Quadra Island A non-commercial family event at Rebecca Spit. June 1st – Relay for Life A non-competitive, 12 to 24 hour fundraising event. To sign up, just go to www.relaybc.ca and click on “Campbell River” in the drop-down menu. June 8th – Ocean’s Day 2013 Contact the Maritime Heritage Centre for more information 250-286-3161. June 8th – Teddy Bear Picnic Enjoy an afternoon of free fun from 1-3 p.m. at Willow Point Park.

September 1st – Annual Show ‘N Shine The North Island Cruisers present their annual Show ‘N Shine in the Tyee Plaza and along Shoppers Row. 8 – 2 p.m. Fun for the whole family. September 15th – Terry Fox Run

June 13th - July 26th - Embroidered Spaces ~ Art Gallery Exhibition Amanda McCavour illustrates the passing of time through embroidery. For more information please call the Art Gallery at 250-287-2261.

Sept 19th to Oct 26th North Island College Fine Arts Faculty Show This exhibition is a collection of work from the Fine Arts Faculty of North Island College. For more information please call the Art Gallery at 250-287-2261.

June 15th – Wine Festival Sponsored by Daybreak Rotary. For more information please contact Mark Eikeland 250-287-0373 or email mark@netfinance.ca.

September 21st – Frogger Run Relay This 15 km run or relay starts at Spirit Square, goes through the Beaver Lodge Lands back to Spirit Square.

June 16th – Annual Pancake Breakfast The Rotary Club invites everyone to celebrate Dad’s Day at the Campbell River Community Centre, 401 – 11th Avenue from 8 - Noon. Tickets are available: $6 - Adults and $3 for children. All proceeds will go to Rotary Projects. June 22 & 23 – Annual Garden & Art Tour Offers participants an opportunity to visit up to 12 private gardens in the Campbell River area. Tickets, at $15 per person, include garden descriptions and a map. They’re available at Campbell River Art Gallery. For more information contact us at 250-287-2261 or email us at admin@crartgallery.ca. July 1st – CANADA DAY! Over a dozen satellite events happening through this beautiful Oceanside City. For more information check out the websites: www.crsalmonfestival.com and www.campbellriver.ca.

August 8th – September 11th – Around Home ~ Art Gallery Exhibition This exhibition is a collection of nature-based ceramics along with found objects shaped by nature. For more information please call the Art Gallery at 250-287-2261.

October 25th to 27th – Fall Home Expo The Annual Fall Home Expo will be held at the Sportsplex. Admission is free. Come and check out all the great booths: Friday 6 p.m. - 9 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. November – Annual Toy & Craft Sale This Campbell River Tradition is held at the Sportsplex. Something for everyone of your Christmas list. December 1, 8 & 15 – Pier Street Christmas Market The Market will be moving indoors to bring Campbell River the annual Pier Street Christmas market. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Maritime Heritage Centre. December 1st – Annual Winterfest Parade Join Santa, Rudolph, Frosty and Grinch for the 9th Annual Winterfest Parade. 
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Discovery Marine Safaris escapes are worthy of National Geographic Discovery Marine Safaris’ great escapes into the West Coast wilderness are like being in a National Geographic movie only better ... this is the real thing. Campbell River’s premier marine adventure tour operator is passionate about showing their guests the extraordinary beauty of an area that is breath-taking, awe inspiring and teaming with marine wildlife.Discovery Marine Safaris’ covered vessels depart daily from Campbell River, the gateway to Vancouver Island’s unique wildlife sightings. Watch giant killer whales breach high out of the water; follow playful dolphins and swift porpoise; or observe majestic grizzly bears hunt for salmon. With easy access to the world’s largest accessible concentration of orcas (killer whales), Discovery Marine Safaris offers a unique whale watching experience. Guests travel in comfort and enjoy heated cabins with an onboard washroom and spacious viewing decks where they can take awesome pictures. This tour operator respects the pristine coastal environment and its wildlife. Has a 1,000 pound grizzly ever crossed your path? Discovery Marine Safaris will take you to the mainland to experience these majestic animals up close and personal. Watch these beautiful bears in their natural habitat, chasing and catching big salmon to fatten up for hibernation. These bears are not fenced in. This is not a movie. This is the real thing and you’re right there to witness it!

Visitor Centre helps focus your adventure There’s no better holiday investment than a little time budgeted for an orientation visit to the Campbell River Visitor Centre. Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Campbell River in Tyee Plaza across from Shoppers Row, the Centre is a one-stop source of information on an extensive range of local and regional vacation and recreation venues and activities.

Visitor Centre Manager Rhonda Harper and her team focus on providing information for not just the Campbell River region but all of Vancouver Island and the rest of the province. The office is a wireless hotspot and there is a computer station available if you didn’t bring yours with you. “We have access to the most current information and you’ll want to stop in for any last minute specials from local tour operators like whale watching,

bear watching, river rafting, snorkelling with the salmon or accommodations,” Rhonda says. The centre also has a small souvenir shop where you can pick up Canada, BC and local souvenirs to bring home with you. Items range from caps, t-shirts, mugs, books, maps, to gifts for the kids.  Rhonda’s friendly and knowledgeable staff will take the extra step to help you make your vacation in Campbell River a great one.

Rover says Campbell River is fetching The Canine Bill of Rights was written here. Yes folks, in Campbell River we believe that mutts deserve a holiday too.

We know there is nothing that makes a visiting pet happier than a chance to shed its leash and romp at will and in this region there are several options for travelling dogs to do just that. One of the best is the Oyster River Park Trail, an easy hike for owners and a leash-free zone for dogs. The trail – locals call it the “pub-to-pub trail” – meanders along the oceanfront from Fishermen’s Pub to Salmon Point Pub. It is one of the best places in the area to bird watch or explore the rocky beach. Closer to Campbell River there are a few leash-free options including a fenced park at College Drive which is accessible off Dogwood Street. There is also a fenced area at the Sportsplex off South Alder Street in Willow Point. Just be mindful of ball groups that use the same area. There are many parks in the city, equipped with doggie-bag dispensers, where your mutt is most welcome as long as it remains leashed. One of the canine favourites is Dick Murphy Park on Spit Road where the Campbell River spills into Discovery Passage.

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