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Here, on the traditional territory of the We Wai Kai and Wei Wai Kum people, there are no borders between city and nature. Campbell River is a place deeply embedded in the wild, where eagles soar over the streets, bears roam the surrounding forests and whales breach in plain view. It’s where artisans and brewers perfect their craft with views of the towering Coastal Mountain ranges in sight. It’s where visitors sip coffee on the Discovery
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Passage shores before hiking to the crest of colossal waterfalls. It’s where residents are more than just the people. Yet, the city also has its modern comforts. Charming hotels, seaside restaurants and a thriving culture all make this slice of Vancouver Island more than an outpost. Visitors are often surprised to find a city so nestled in nature can also have a delightfully
urban appeal. Hyperlocal restaurants incorporate the freshest ingredients from the area while the flourishing local craft scene is inspired and perfected by industrious craftspeople. A trip to this temperate coastal city is an enriching and inspiring experience unparalleled on Vancouver Island. Campbell River is a destination nestled in nature, welcome to the wild.
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EXPLORE THE TOWN
One walk through the waterside downtown of the city and you will understand why Campbell River is both a cultural and natural hub. A craft brewery, delicious restaurants featuring globally inspired cuisine, a thriving theatre and boutiques and galleries are just a few of downtown’s most popular attractions. Here, you’ll also find the city’s tourist information hub, the Visitor Information Centre on Shoppers Row. Stop in for advice on how to get the most out of your trip to Campbell River.
Nowhere is Campbell River’s urban-to-ocean connection more visible than the famed shops and attractions of Pier Street. Nestled right on the water, this historic centre is often referred to as “The Soul of Campbell River.”
Shops, markets and a marina are the centre’s main draw. Summer months are especially buzzing, with a fruitful farmers market that draws and rewards both locals and visitors. When the blooming flowers and farmers market subsides during the winter, a memorable Christmas market pops up to bring in the holiday season.
One of the community’s oldest neighbourhoods, this historical area is located where the road forks for highways to Gold River and Port Hardy, offering easy access to riverside trails. Running parallel to the mouth of the Campbell River, Campbellton was once a port for the fishing and forestry industries, and is now home to classic cafés and diners, and is known for hosting the annual Salmon Festival and Logger Sports.
Located at the southern end of town, Willow Point stretches along Highway 19A and is home to the annual Transformations on the Shore carving festival. Featuring locally owned bakeries and funky coffee shops, this newer neighbourhood has grown in recent years and is a popular destination for families looking for easily accessible beaches and shopping.
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MEET OUR NEIGHBOURS
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With a population of less than 400, tiny Sayward is remote but infinitely rewarding for eco-minded travellers. Originally named H’Kusam by the Indigenous people and set on the picturesque shores of Northern Vancouver Island, this harbour town is embedded in nature. Rich caving experiences are a popular visitor activity, while kayaking and hiking are equally immersive in the outdoors. Whales, eagles and bears frequent this outpost and share the woods and waters with this town’s small population.
In Gold River, the Peppercorn Trail begins at the Gold River Bridge and traverses above the canyon of the town's namesake river. Watch whitewater paddlers challenge the rapids and fishermen cast their lines for steelhead and salmon.
Home of the Mowachaht Nation, with a population of 1,300, is just as beautiful below ground as it is above it. The Upana Caves near Gold River are revered by explorers and scientists alike. These spectacular caves serve as the home to the BC Speleological Federation for the scientific study of natural caves.
Traditionally home to the Ehattesaht people, this tiny nook on Vancouver Island was transformed in the 1920’s by a gold rush turning into a hot-spot for miners and the adventure-minded. While the gold is now gone, the historic buildings remind all visitors of the village’s Frontier days. What’s left is a charming and sparsely-populated town that is a haven for kayakers, explorers and sportfishers. Cafés and Bed and Breakfasts offer modern-day amenities in a historic and wild side of Vancouver Island.
Tahsis, Nootka Sound, AND Kyuquot Sound
Ecotourism is the specialty of Tahsis, where the best of British Columbia can be accessed. Caves, forests, diving locations and fishing spots are all frequented by guests and residents. Nestled in the beautiful Nootka Sound and situated within the traditional territory of the Mowachaht Nation, this area is rich in over 2,000 years of history.
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Quadra, Cortes, AND The Discovery Islands
Pristine and full of distinct nature, these islands are an explorer’s dream. The archipelago is famous across the world, even being named by National Geographic as one of “Canada’s Places of a Lifetime.” Kayaking is the most popular activity in the waters around the islands and camping is a favourite amongst visitors. The islands aren’t very populated, but the few local residents are known for their warmth and friendliness.
This small community south of Campbell River is renowned for its campgrounds and resorts. The downtown is charming and tiny, while Salmon Point Resort and Pacific Playgrounds are the go-to spots on the River. Visitors blend right in with the locals during the summer months by flocking to the numerous swimming spots at this cozy slice of Vancouver Island.
Just 20 kms from Campbell River, this historic town is an agricultural hub. Farms produce much of the area’s best crops and livestock. Families find these farms especially interesting when visited as part of an interactive tour. Black Creek is also known for its several wineries that take advantage of the moderate Vancouver Island climate.
Strathcona Provincial Park
This 2,500 square kilometre, the oldest BC Park on Vancouver Island, is a paradise for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Strathcona beckons hikers, paddlers, fishermen, climbers, and backcountry skiers. Here, one will seek and find adventure amongst its mountain valleys lush with ancient forests, its craggy peaks and waterfalls flowing into sparkling lakes, and its alpine meadows dappled in wildflowers.
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Beautifully Wild LANDMARKS AND ATTRACTIONS
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With snow-capped mountains, rushing rivers, spectacular waterfalls, ocean vistas and roaming wildlife, a visit to Campbell River is a quintessentially Canadian experience. At any point in the area, a view of glorious nature can be seen. Take in the breathtaking sight of Elk Falls from a massive suspension bridge or look out to the snowy horizon on a winter hike through Strathcona Park.
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The wild is everywhere around Campbell River and the sights are spectacular. With breaching whales on the Discovery Passage, eagles soaring towards their nests in the forests or sea lions perched upright on the shoreline’s rocks, you’ll be just one of the many enjoying the beautiful natural surroundings on this wild part of Vancouver Island.
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ELK FALLS PROVINCIAL PARK
Prepare to have your breath taken away. There are few suspension bridges in the world as stunning as the one that stretches across Campbell River and above the spectacular Elk Falls.
Walking the suspension bridge has been an essential Vancouver Island experience since it was opened to the public in Spring of 2015. It’s in this spot that the true natural powers of the Campbell River can be felt, heard, seen and never forgotten. While you’re there, visit the John Hart Interpretive Centre to learn more about the history and progress of the hydro dam project.
Experience living history and culture first hand at Canada’s first saltwater fishing pier. Discovery Pier juts out 150 feet from the shore, and is an easy-to-access spot for memorable recreational fishing. There’s never a bad time to fish, so the Pier is open twenty-four hours a day, is wheelchair accessible and is fully lit.
Bring a rod, your fishing license and enjoy one of the city's most iconic places.
Museum at Campbell River
The Museum preserves all the special threads that help make the city’s unique fabric. One visit to the Museum brings alive the rich traditions and heritage of this fascinating region and its people. Learn about the living history of the Indigenous people or explore the area’s rich connection to the salmon industry. In one trip alone, guests can be immersed in First Nations stories, learn about the history of the infamous Tyee Pool, and marvel at the evolution of early logging equipment. Campbell River’s history is intensely tied to the land and allows visitors to hear and feel the past and the present.
Maritime Heritage Centre AND Discovery Aquarium
Showcasing the rich heritage of Campbell River’s maritime past and present, this special centre is entering its twentieth year. Located on the Georgia Strait, this facility famously houses the BCP45 salmon fishing boat that once graced the back of the Canadian five dollar bill. Visitors young and old get to see the city’s fishing history up close at this Campbell River staple.
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A region meant to be spent outdoors in all seasons. These are the top places to step into the wild. Discovery Passage
Marine mammals are just as much residents and visitors to Campbell River as the people that populate the communities. The Discovery Passage is frequented by Pacific White Sided Dolphins, Dahl’s porpoise, seals, Steller Sea Lions, and resident and transient whales. Humpbacks and Orcas put on dazzling shows in the waters that can sometimes be seen from the shoreline, but more consistently by boat with one of our many quality whale watching tour operators. Bearing witness to the biodiversity in Discovery Passage is a breathtaking experience.
Quinsam Fish Hatchery
In operation since 1974, this hatchery is an essential experience to understand the city’s long-standing roots in the salmon industry. One of Canada’s largest salmon rearing facilities, the Quinsam Salmon Hatchery allows visitors to observe returning salmon from the end of July to mid-November and juvenile salmon year-round. The facility and surrounding river and streams present remarkable views of salmon in their natural habitat and the opportunity to observe the processes of a successful, effective hatchery.
Ripple Rock Trail
This popular hiking trail overlooks the site of the famous 1958 Ripple Rock blast, which was the largest non-nuclear explosion in the world at the time. While the detonation was dangerous, the trail is the opposite. At 4 kms long, this moderate trail provides scenic viewpoints overlooking Menzies Bay and the Seymour Narrows. A favourite of locals, historians and residents, this trail is one of the must-do-hikes on Vancouver Island.
This paved lane running alongside the shoreline offers flat and convenient access to spectacular views of the Discovery Passage and Quadra Island. Walkers, bikers and strollers are common on the pathway that runs along the beachfront and winds to iconic local hubs like the 50th Parallel marker, Rotary Beach Park, and cafés. A highlight for photographers is Big Rock, a massive, painted rock with many legends to its origin, sitting in the chilly waters reaching towards the path.
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Adventure Awaits OUTDOOR RECREATION
BEACHES AND PARKS There are no words great enough to describe the beauty of the waters, mountains and forests that surround the city. Let these Instagram images, shared by residents and visitors, show you the nature that’s at the fingertips of everyone in Campbell River.
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GOLFING Golf can be a different experience wherever you play, and the Campbell River region is no exception. Here, golfers share a deep connection to nature and the environment while on the green. Wildlife viewing is a common occurrence on our courses, with deer and birds being spotted regularly.
Golf facilities are renowned by golf professionals and beginners alike, for offering an exceptional experience no matter your skill level. Golfers can enjoy the captivating, natural splendour and mild climate of our region, and can round out their itinerary with activities such as whale watching, kayaking, skiing and hiking.
Campbell River Golf & Country Club Completely redesigned in 2017/2018, this is more than a stunning course embedded in nature. Beyond the gorgeous eighteen holes is a brand-new driving range, pro shop with a golf simulator and a state-of-the-art clubhouse. COURSE MAP AVAILABLE AT: www.crgolf.ca
Storey Creek Golf Club Ranked the #1 Public Golf Course in British Columbia by the BC PGA, these eighteen holes are some of Canada’s finest. An astounding course with lush greens, water features, mountain views and affordable costs. COURSE MAP AVAILABLE AT: www.storeycreek.bc.ca
Quadra Island Golf Club The newest golfing facility on Canada’s West Coast, this course offers a golfing experience focused on incorporating the best of the island nature. Ocean and mountains are seemingly touchable from the tees while the soothing silence of the forest accompanies your backswing. COURSE MAP AVAILABLE AT: www.quadragolf.com PHOTOS (TOP TO BOTTOM): STOREY CREEK GOLF CLUB,CAMPBELL RIVER GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB, STOREY CREEK GOLF CLUB, QUADRA ISLAND GOLF
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HIKING AND TRAILS
Lofty mountain peaks, valleys of towering trees and windswept coastlines await your discovery in Campbell River. Whether it’s a simple walk on a paved coastal path, or a day’s long excursion through Strathcona Provincial Park, the wild is waiting. These eight scenic hikes are never disappointing.
Canyon View TraiL | Along the Campbell River
A 6 km loop bordering the Campbell River featuring an 80 foot walkway over the water. The trail is well marked and passes through forests alongside the rushing rapids of the river. A journey in the fall includes views of spawning salmon.
Ripple Rock Trail | Off of NORTH Island Highway MODERATE
One of the most famous hikes on all of Vancouver Island. Winding through the land where the largest non-nuclear explosion in the world happened decades ago, watch ships pass by at the summit overlooking powerful Seymour Narrows.
Rotary Seawalk | Downtown Campbell River
6 kms of paved pathways along the waterfront of Campbell River. Passing beaches and famous Big Rock, this trail is an iconic and easy walk for all ages and all fitness levels. Keep an eye out for whales and dolphins offshore, (and a raccoon just off the path!)
A short and casual hike through the forest that culminates in the magnificent view of Elk Falls. The final glorious portion of the hike is across the photogenic suspension bridge that reaches over its powerful waters.
At just under 16 kms, a lengthy hike with absolute pristine nature and magnificent mountain views. Peaceful and relatively flat, this trail is a favourite amongst snowshoers and cross country skiers but is equally magical in the summer.
Elk Falls Provincial Park | Off of Gold River Highway
Kwai Lake and Forbidden Plateau | Strathcona Provincial Park
Lower Myra Falls | Strathcona Provincial Park
Short and beautiful, this trail is designed to take hikers to breathtaking views of cascading waterfalls. Many visitors make it a day trip during the summer and swim in the calmer pools directly off of the trail.
Paradise Meadows Loop | Strathcona Provincial Park
A 4.2 km hike that navigates through lush meadows. This loop is best traversed in the warmer months when blooming flowers and bright violets add color to the trail side. EASY
Tyee Spit | Downtown Campbell River EASY
Paved path that begins at Dick Murphy Park and carries to the Tyee Spit. The easy path is an excellent place to view birds, and the passing ships and wildlife of the Discovery Passage. Featuring several benches, a walk can easily be paused for a moment of peaceful reflection.
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CAMPING AND RV PARKS
There is no better way to connect with the wild than to sleep in it. Nestled within the forests surrounding the city are some of Canada’s top campgrounds. Many offer modern amenities, and all of them offer complete immersion into nature. Imagine hearing the unmistakable call of eagles in the morning after a comfortable night’s rest at one of these campgrounds.
Thunderbird RV Park “The best kept secret in Campbell River are the new cottages at this RV park. Immaculate, nicely set up and situated right on the estuary of Campbell River.“
Salmon Point Resort RV Park and Campground
“Very pleasant staff, grounds well kept, and on top of that a fantastic view. Lots to do at resort and surrounding area. Good restaurant and marina Will return again love this place!”
Browns Bay Resort “Wow what a setting! Stayed here for two nights in a yurt and wish we had booked for longer. Yurts are incredible and have everything plus more that you could need.”
Elk Falls Provincial Park “Beautifully maintained campsite, with many sites on the river. If I were a camper, I'd come here.”
Miracle Beach Provincial Park
“Miracle Beach lives up to its name! A provincial park in the old style. Lots of space at sites, trees and privacy. The beach is in easy access from the campground, even with small children and is a glorious place to be while away an afternoon.”
Morton Lake Provincial Park
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BIKING With soaring mountains to descend, ample backwoods trails through black bear filled forests and easy paved paths along the shore, there’s no shortage of biking options in Campbell River. The 100 kms of single track that’s ready to ride at the Snowden Demonstration Forest speaks to the community-wide commitment to cycling, while the 6 km Seawalk paved path proves that an afternoon of pedaling is accessible to all. Here are just some of the top recommendations for a day of biking in Campbell River.
Beaver Pond Trail to Norma’s Loop | Beaverlodge Lands
These multi-directional, multi-purpose trails provide a scenic meander through the rainforest in Beaver Lodge. Running past a Beaver Pond, adjacent to old growth trees, and then on the banks above a beautiful creek, these trails are great for recharging your batteries and connecting with nature. The trails are double-track in width and have a nice dirt surface, making them great for kids, family and riders of all abilities.
RAIL TRAIL | Beaverlodge Lands
The Rail Trail is a multi-directional trail that provides a nice leisurely spin for cyclists of all ages and abilities. The trail has a gravel surface and is the width of a single lane logging road. This trail provides great access to other trails in Beaver Lodge that are primarily beginner or intermediate in difficulty level. EASY
Upper and Lower Lost Frog | Snowden Demonstration Forest
This trail provides a great singletrack loop through the forest. The trail meanders through the beautiful coastal rainforest and includes bridge crossings over scenic streams. The trail is 6.4 kms in length and is a nice loop on its own or combined with the Lost Lake loop. EASY
Grilled Cheese and Ham Sandwich to Red Devil | Snowden Demonstration Forest
Classic intermediate trails, Grilled Cheese, Ham Sandwich and Red Devil are fun all mountain trails. Singletrack peppered with rock outcrops, slabs, and fast, flowy sections treat riders to both technical challenges and sections that will leave you grinning ear to ear. These three trails total 2 kms in length and are often ridden with a loop of Lost Frog or Mudhoney Pass.
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Hugging a ridgeline in the rainforest, this fun, flowy trail makes for a great ride in either direction. The trail is primarily intermediate, but does offer a few small optional rock slab features to challenge the more technically inclined rider. The trail is 5.3 kms in length and can be ridden as an out and back from Campbell River or to connect with other trails in the Pumphouse and Snowden.
Lower Deliverance to Stickman | Snowden Demonstration Forest
Flowy singletrack and great views of John Hart Lake make these two trails a winning combination. A total of 3 kms in length, these trails are a great start or end to a longer loop in the Pumphouse Trails or Snowden. The trails are fun ridden in either direction, and when ridden east back toward the Pumphouse, provide a fast decent.
SCOTTY's | Snowden Demonstration Forest
For cross-country or all mountain riders looking for a technical trail that has it all, Scotty’s is a must-ride. This 3.0 km trail begins with singletrack that winds its way up through the woods to a lookout with spectacular views of Lost Lake. The trail then meanders its way through the woods over a series of technical rock features, fast punchy climbs, and steep descents.
This downhill oriented singletrack includes loam, rock slabs, and twists and turns. Although the average descent time on this trails is only seven minutes, it is a great trail to incorporate into a longer route in Snowden and is often ridden in conjunction with other technical descent trails including Three Pigs, Box Lunch or Taz, which all feature similar rock slabs and steep rooty sections.
These trails begin in a subalpine meadow, with beautiful views over the surrounding valleys. The trails are primarily steep and technical descents interspersed with intermediate level singletrack sections that wind through the meadows and woods. The trail Starts with a steep access road climb, and the descent is approximately 7 kms in length.
Wiley’s Woods | Snowden Demonstration Forest
Woodsman’s Wilderness Trails route | Menzies Mountain
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MOUNTAIN LIFE Just twenty minutes south of Campbell River, the Strathcona Parkway winds upwards climbing nearly a kilometre in elevation to the village located at Mount Washington Alpine Resort. The quaint village offers restaurants, a gift shop, and groceries. The larger of the two ski hills and hosting four-season operations, Mount Washington operates five chair lifts and four Magic Carpets that reach across the mountain and stretch over the back, accessing 1,200 acres of pristine terrain. Mount Washington regularly boasts the deepest accumulation of snow in Canada, with an average annual snowfall of 11 metres. With all that spectacular snow, parts of the Alpine Village are open to pedestrian traffic only, creating a charming place to stay and play.
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West of the downhill ski area is Raven Lodge, the base for the resort’s cross country ski and snowshoe trails that host international competitions and training grounds for Winter Olympic teams. Looping through the rolling plateau of Paradise Meadows, these trails are a beautiful place to absorb warmth from the winter sun. Beyond the resort’s maintained trails, anyone is free to wander into the park on snowshoes and skis. In fact, it’s the easiest access to ski touring and snowshoeing on the Island, with good objectives for day trips like the summit of Mount Brooks, or its low slung sister, Elma. Longer expeditions also depart from here to climb Mount Albert Edward, or make a high traverse deeper into the mountains. When the snow melts, the mountain and resort community transform into a major destination for
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hikers, alpine enthusiasts, and mountain bikers. An extensive network of hiking trails make their way across the plateau and cut deep into Strathcona Provincial Park. Up on the hill, both mountain bikers and hikers benefit from two chair lifts that run all summer, by-passing the long grunt to the top. While you’re out there, keep your eyes open for one of Canada’s rarest animals since a colony of the endangered Vancouver Island marmot calls this area home. While Mount Cain isn’t open during the summer months, it still makes for a great hiking destination. Located in the heart of the North Island, two hours northwest of Campbell River, this resort offers a unique mountain experience. Run by a non-profit society on weekends and holidays, Mount Cain is known for its legendary hospitality and rustic charm.
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Sitting high on a south facing slope, it offers two T-bars and a rope tow. There’s also a restaurant, equipment rentals, and lessons. For those seeking a taste of the mountains, Campbell River offers ample access to incredible alpine experiences. When staying to play, it’s a good idea to reserve a cabin, a chalet or a hostel at the base of Mount Cain well before the snow flies—but parking lot camping is always an option. At Mount Washington, accommodation is plentiful with its sprawling chalets, condos, and townhouses—there are even hostel-style options. Wherever you choose to lay your head, book early because I’m not alone in my hunger for mountain life. AN ESSAY BY RYAN STUART PHOTOS BY KYLE HANSEN
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Majestic and Awe Inspiring WILDLIFE WATCHING
Campbell River’s residents are more than just the people. Iconic Canadian wildlife roams the land, seas and skies around the city. It’s entirely possible, that on a lucky day, you could spot a breaching whale, a bear devouring salmon or a pair of bald eagles soaring above. Consider this your wildlife watching checklist.
These special mammals can be spotted cruising and playing in the waters off the shores of the city. Spottings are unpredictable, but are often had on a boat in the summer months.
The most awe-inspiring encounters with these majestic mammals is on a guided boat tour. During the warmer months, explore our waters for orcas, humpbacks, and perhaps even a minke whale.
North of town on the rocky and wild coasts of the Discovery Passage is where you can most often spot sea lions lounging. These mammals like to stay on shore, away from the hunting pods of Orcas.
Where there’s a harbour, there’s often a seal. These creatures can sometimes be spotted from the shore on the Seawalk, for your best chances, jump on a boat.
With ample food in the area and an abundance of trees for shelter, over 250 species of birds call Campbell River home. A variety of species can often be found in the most wooded areas while the waters of the Georgia Straight serve as prime locations for birds of prey.
If you can see a treetop in Campbell River, look to the top of it. The areas famous bald Eagles have no limits to their range and can often be spotted by simply looking to the sky.
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WILDLIFE TOUR OPERATORS
Campbell River Whale Watching | Discovery Marine Safaris | Eagle Eye Adventures 50 North Adventures | Nootka Marine Adventures | Stubbs Island Whale Watching Visit campbellriver.travel/wildlife for a full list and contact information of our local marine tour operators
While these creatures have a small population around the city, they can occasionally be spotted along the Seawalk or Spit Road. If you’re lucky, they’ll playfully turn on their back for you.
Fondly referred to as locals themselves, deer can be easily found throughout the region, in both forests and neighbourhoods. This timid animal can be easily spotted, but tread lightly as to not scare them away.
Less commonly seen, the Roosevelt elk call Campbell River home and is the largest of the four surviving subspecies of elk in North America.
We’re lucky to share our city with bears and cougars. While it can be amazing to see these animals in the wild, they can be incredibly dangerous. Please exercise caution when hiking or camping in areas home to these animals and respect their space and environment. It is safest to see these animals while out on a wildlife tour. Visit adventuresmart.ca for more information.
This reclusive animal is not one you want to see or seek. They’re in the wilderness, but best left unseen.
While it’s common to spot these animals in the wilderness surrounding the city, it’s best to do so with a guide. The city’s many operators offer the only safe way to view these amazing residents.
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Experience the Elements WATER RECREATION
The Campbell River
BEST TIME: Late July–October
Catching salmon is an essential fishing experience in the area and this river features up to five different species of the fish. At 4 km, this is the spot for Chinook, Chum, Coho, Sockeye and Pink.
BEST TIME: NOVEMBER – MARCH
A tributary of Campbell River, this breakoff has a smaller and more intimate setting for catching salmon. Remote-feeling, but still close to the city, the Quinsam is both scenic and convenient.
BEST TIME: JANUARY – APRIL
A south-of-the-city spot full of Pinks, Coho and Chinook. Sea run cutthroat also frequent this river in the spring and fall. Popular amongst experts and beginners.
BEST TIME: July – SEPTEMBER
One of the most famous fisheries in all of Canada and the perfect place to catch Chinook before they enter Campbell River. It’s row boats only at this historic spot that delivers incredible memories.
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DiscoverY Pier and Lighthouse BEST TIME: MAY – AUGUST
Chinook salmon frequent this passage all year, and Coho are best mid-July through August. The lucky angler may even catch the odd halibut or ling cod.
BEST TIME: July–October
Launch a boat from the marina at Brown’s Bay and fish for all 5 species of Salmon during the summer months. Gorgeous views of Quadra Island and peaceful waters make this spot one of the most relaxing fishing places on the island.
BEST TIME: AUGUST–October
Fish from the shore for Pinks and Coho just steps away from Downtown Campbell River. Incredibly close to the city but still full of fish, this public beach is a sneaky good spot.
BEST TIME: YEAR ROUND
Nestled off of the Gold River Highway, this lake is stocked with trout year round. Just a short drive from Campbell River, it offers a still freshwater lake for those who want to try their hand at catching something other than salmon. PHOTOS (TOP TO BOTTOM): CAMPBELL RIVER COASTAL WILDERNESS ADVENTURES, @T_HANN, @KRYSTALDESIREE, @CINNAMONGIRL818, PETER AMEND
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DIVING While there is much to be seen on land, there’s a whole new layer to Campbell River underwater. Anywhere salmon, whales and seals swim, you can too. It’s a different world in the cold waters of the region. A world where there is plentiful sea life and much to be explored. Marine life is so healthy here due to the large tidal exchanges, so be sure to check with a local dive shop for advice and details. Here are the top places to explore the underwater ecosystems surrounding Campbell River.
Steep Island Steep is one of the most unique diving sites in British Columbia. Cascading walls down to over 100’ (30M) with a large wall of tube worms. The kelp greenling fish here are so tame that they will follow divers around the dive site. This is just one example of why British Columbia waters have been rated as the top temperate diving in the world.
Copper Cliffs Cliffs drop to over 100’ below the surface of Discovery Passage. This site has been written about in dozens of scuba magazines around the world due to the dramatic drops, massive boulders and colourful soft sponges and corals. Here you will also see huge lingcod and rockfish, and the occasional wolf eel or giant Pacific octopus.
HMCS Columbia Scuttled in 1996 as an artificial reef, the former 366’ long Navel Destroyer Escort HMCS Columbia now lies on the bottom of Maude Bay, attracting a wide array of interesting marine life that now call her home. Her decks are adorned with brittle starfish and swimming scallops, while inside you might catch a glimpse of the large cabezon that call this ship home.
Argonaut Wharf A very popular shore diving site with local divers, the pilings of this coal loading facility are encrusted with barnacles and huge plumose anemones from the bottom at 65’ all the way back to the surface. At night you are almost guaranteed to see more than one giant Pacific octopus. These nocturnal hunters are often sighted perched on a piling waiting for an unsuspecting crab to happen by.
Whiskey Point One of the most well known shore diving sites in British Columbia, fields upon fields of small strawberry anemones cover the floor of this dive site. Any exposed rock that isn’t covered in bright red has one of a plethora of other soft coral or sponge. Make sure to check the currents and only dive at slack tide as this site is quite close to the Quadra Island ferry terminal.
Snorkelling with the SalmoN
The Campbell River is the ideal location to get up close and personal with the salmon for a river adventure. Prime snorkelling season begins in August. PHOTOS BY EIKO JONES
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PADDLING Imagine yourself floating on water, surrounded by snowcapped mountains with only the noise of bird calls and the gentle sound of water brushing up on the shores. That's paddling in the Campbell River Region. With quiet, secluded and calm lakes and a temperate climate, there are few better places in North America for paddling. Here
is all you need for an unforgettable day walking on water. From the Discovery Islands archipelago, to the Sayward Canoe Route, Campbell River is the starting point to discover spectacular salt and fresh water paddling. A mix of beaches, coves, and rocky headlands offer countless places best seen from the seat of a kayak or canoe.
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If you don't have one of your own, there are businesses throughout the region who rent equipment seasonally.
A life vest
This is the law.
A sense of the weather
Check ahead! Temperatures and winds can shift quickly in the area.
Practice your stance in shallow water before you venture deeper.
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The right clothing
Paddling is exercise. Be careful not to overdress and overheat.
Waterproof camera packaging
You’ll want your camera on board. Pack it in a plastic bag.
Even if temperatures are cool, you can still get burned on a sunny day.
Find a calm lake. Our saltwater shores are for experts only.
OCEAN BOATING Picture this: The afternoon sun dances across the harbour as fishing boats, yachts and afternoon cruisers buzz about making their way to and from the Discovery Passage. It’s a typical summer day in Campbell River with people flocking to the cool waters enjoying an afternoon of activity. After a visit to the Pier Street Farmers’ Market, you will be stocked with plenty of fresh produce, local bison, and the catch of the day. Then, with a gentle breeze at your back, set sail on a cruising boat for some time to enjoy the ocean and rivers in and around Campbell River. The spray of saltwater will glisten on the water as it skims across the bow, while you bob in the waves of passing motorboats. For those looking for boating adventures within the region, Campbell River is the gateway to Desolation Sound and the Discovery Islands. Whether it’s a cruise over to Gorge Harbour on Cortes Island (14 NM) for a legendary west coast dinner, a sunset cruise through Shark Spit (14 NM), or an afternoon of sightseeing and prawning at the Twin Islands (13.5 NM), the area offers something for every interest and itinerary. For adventure seekers, a cruise to Teakerne Arm Provincial Marine Park on West Redonda Island (27 NM) is a must for hiking, swimming, and enjoying the
spray of Cassel Falls, which dramatically tumbles 30 metres down the rocks forming a pool at the base of the towering granite cliff. A short hike to stretch the old sea legs leads to Cassel Lake, which offers a refreshing freshwater swim. Once there, boaters can enjoy sunbathing on the rocks and—for the adrenaline seeking—the rock outcrops offer the perfect platform for springing off into the warm water below. Those looking to spend the night can either stern tie alongside the steep shoreline adjacent to the dock at the trailhead for Cassel Lake, tuck into one of the nearby coves, or anchor at the head of the inlet. From Teakerne Arm, boaters can choose from many of the destinations within Desolation Sound, or carry on and circumnavigate Cortes Island, spending the night at Squirrel Cove, Cortes Bay, or Manson’s Landing. This region is truly a boater’s paradise. Whether you’re cruising to one of the many destination restaurants to feast on local seafood or finding the perfect swimming hole, beachcombing on a remote island, prawning, fishing, or hiking from your anchorage, or simply taking in the view of the setting sun, Campbell River, the Discovery Islands, and Desolation Sound offer endless opportunity to explore and adventure by sea. PHOTO BY: SHAWN BISHOP
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Amazing Bird's-Eye Views AIR ACTIVITIES
The beauty of Campbell River can be witnessed from all angles, whether from its magnificent underwater views on a dive or sweeping vistas at the pinnacle of a hike. To really grasp and understand the region’s sheer scale, wildness and magnificence, see it from above. The area is home to several flightseeing operators who will provide a breathtaking aerial tour on this gorgeous slice of Vancouver Island.
49 North Helicopters Breathtaking views of the city, the Discovery Passage and the expansive forests and mountains surrounding them. Flights can be scaled from just a short lift over Campbell River to a sensational journey to nearby glaciers.
Air Nootka Seaplane adventures that cover the entirety of Vancouver Island. This service prides itself on being able to reach the most remote locations in BC for hiking, fishing or just simply sightseeing.
Corilair Charters See Vancouver Island year round from a seat in one of this provider’s float planes. Corilair’s most popular and visitor-thrilling service is the Historic Mail Flight, which was voted as one of the top 5 Canadian outdoor adventures by CTV.
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With five species of salmon swimming through our waters annually, this wonderful region is famously known as the “Salmon Capital of the World” and easily identified as a sport fishing mecca. Inspired by the Indigenous people who have fished for Tyee here historically, the Tyee Club of British Columbia founded in 1925 to celebrate, honour and protect the conservation of the species. Membership in the Tyee Club is open to anyone willing to test their skill at sport fishing. Following a strict set of rules, one can earn the coveted title when a catch of thirty pounds (or heavier) is successfully caught and recorded from a classic row boat.
The word 'Tyee' is derived from the Nuu-chah-nulth language, meaning a chief, a king, or champion.
Salmon Festival Logger’s Sports
The signature of the annual Salmon Festival is a logging skills competition that captures the attention of the entire island. For over fifty years, competitors have competed in events like wood splitting, tree climbing, log rolling and even axe throwing. One of the top five largest logging events in North America, Logger’s Days are spectatorfriendly and incorporate the essence of Campbell River; a city intertwined with its natural surroundings.
First Nations Carving AND Art
No object symbolizes the history and Kwakwaka'wakw people’s connection to the land more than a gorgeous carving. The legends and iconography of Vancouver Island’s first people is evident in carvings of creatures such as the Thunderbird, Raven and Eagle. Carvings are embedded in the community and can be viewed on display at the Campbell River Museum, and at several high quality galleries in the area.
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Between drastic seasonal changes, captivating First Nations traditions, and an ever-growing events calendar, there is always an opportunity to have a unique experience in the area. These SIX local traditions are just the beginning. An events calendar can be found at www.campbellriver.travel
Holiday Truck Parade
The city’s annual holiday parade is unlike anything in Canada. Local residents and businesses wrap their trucks with Christmas lights and parade down the coastal stretch of highway when night falls, ending in the heart of the city. This historic event features cement trucks, boats, utility vehicles and even perfectly decorated school buses. Starlit shopping in the city centre following the parade bring the community’s holiday spirit to life.
Live Music at Spirit Square
Located directly in the heart of Campbell River, Spirit Square is a social hub for residents and visitors alike. With mountains visible in the distance and neighbouring shops, restaurants and accommodation, the square is the meeting of the city’s natural and urban scenes in the heart of the Cultural District. During the summer months, musicians play free shows in the sunshine, drawing people together for relaxing and invigorating community events.
Transformations on the Shore
With rich history of carving engrained in the traditional territory, this annual summer event produces massive wooden pieces that have decorated the town for decades. Started in 1997, “Transformations on the Shore” allows visitors and residents to watch novice and professional chainsaw carvers create majestic sculptures out of wood. When the festival is complete, the creations are placed in scenic spots around town for all to enjoy.
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Live Like A Local ART, CULTURE AND CUISINE
ARTS AND CULTURE Connect with local artists and immerse yourself in the multicultural history that helps to influence the region’s art scene. Heritage and art often go hand in hand and much of the region’s art is a reflection of elements of the past with an entrepreneurial and innovative twist. The art here uses many different forms of media including glass, ceramic, wood, shells, soapstone, plaster, and traditional metals such as copper. Some artists practice the crafts of their cultural heritage, such as jewelry making found at Awatin Aboriginal Art Gallery, while others are using their talents and imaginations to explore new avenues. From masks and pottery to custom guitars, there is something for every person to connect with. Campbell River embraces its art community and proudly displays both purchased and donated
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artwork for culture seeking visitors to explore and appreciate. Innovative approaches to public art are beginning to appear all over the city. Water utility boxes, traffic boxes, generators, crosswalks, and murals display our contemporary artists. The aim of the city is to make the urban environment comparable to an outdoor gallery. Chainsaw sculptures—a unique legacy of our community— are produced and integrated into the city as a part of the Shoreline Arts Festival. Coast-inspired driftwood sculptures created by local artist Alex Witcombe can be found throughout Campbell River and the region. With locations kept a mystery from the public, “hunting” for the latest Drifted Creation is a popular activity for local and visiting families.
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Spirit Square is alive with popular music and theatre programming, activating the central core of our city all summer long. The Campbell River Art Gallery, adjacent to Spirit Square, brings the work of national and international artists into the gallery throughout the year, linking many of its exhibitions to local educational opportunities for youth. Take in a live show at the Tidemark Theatre, an iconic venue for local performing arts. Experience diverse musical performances, visual arts and media arts at one the most prominent buildings downtown - as depicted by its bright pink exterior. Other theatre groups such as the Shoreline Musical Theatre Society and Rivercity Players add to the rich and diverse local arts scene. Local First Nations traditions are a classic example of ‘living history,’ the slogan made popular by the Museum at Campbell River. One visit to the Museum
brings alive the rich traditions and heritage of this fascinating region and its people. Located on the Tyee Spit, the Carving Shed of Master Carver, Bill Henderson, along with his nephew, Junior, demonstrates that graphic and carving traditions will leave a profound and lasting impression on its visitors. Quadra Island makes for an intriguing journey to witness many artists’ studios. The Annual Studio Tour is held each year in early June, featuring artists from both Quadra and Cortes Islands. Discover the fascinating treasures of the Kwakwaka’wakw people at the Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre, known for its potlatch collection and totem poles.
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DINING AND CUISINE With an abundance of local food producers, farmers and fishermen, there are many ways to enjoy local cuisine and small scale beverage producers in Campbell River.
Seafood is a summer favourite for visitors and locals alike. Enjoy fresh seafood while watching the boats come and go with the catch of the day.
South of town along Highway 19A is Shelter Point Distillery, where spirits like whisky and vodka are distilled using only a single grain - barley - to create their unique flavours. Shelter Point’s spirits are distilled in small batches right here on the idyllic shores of Vancouver Island.
Relax on the Quay West Kitchen patio, located adjacent to Robert Ostler Park in the heart of downtown. This busy hotspot is well known for its hearty meals and yummy seasonal cocktails.
Campbell River's newest community space, Beach Fire Brewing & Nosh House brings craft beer and innovative cuisine to the city; offering a relaxed, open environment to meet old and new friends. For those golfing at the new Campbell River Golf & Country Club, enjoy Beach Fire brews on tap with delicious culinary eats at the Sandtrap Restaurant & Lounge. Located down on the docks at Campbell River's Government Wharf, the family-owned Crabby Bob's
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For a unique dining experience following a successful day on the water, a number of restaurants offer a “hook and cook” culinary experience. Bring in your fresh catch, and let local chefs prepare it with all the fixings, served familystyle for a group. Many hotels in Campbell River offer exceptional dining experiences as well, including the oceanside Anchor Inn and the Coast Discovery Inn. Located just north of town Brown’s Bay Resort is known for its delicious all-you-can-eat crab on special nights throughout the summer months.
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SHOPPING A visit to Campbell River is enhanced by the stress-free and low key shopping opportunities. Connect with locals and discover a rare gem with many unique stores in all locations of the community. As a city of approximately 36,000 people, Campbell River offers a diverse retail experience with malls home to national chain stores, as well as unique shops and boutiques that you won’t be able to find elsewhere. When exploring the historical areas of the downtown core, you will find yourself doing more than just window shopping. Hours can be spent browsing the many character shops along Pier Street, turning pages at bookstores, or visiting one of the many enchanting specialty gift shops along Shoppers Row.
From the beginning of May through September, be sure to visit the Pier Street Farmers’ Market and Arts Fair every Sunday. Located in front of the Maritime Heritage Centre, the market is filled with fresh locally farmed products, fabulous food vendors, and a wealth of talented artists and crafters proudly selling their wares. A short ferry ride lands you over at Quathiaski Cove on Quadra Island. There you’ll find the main commercial and residential hub complete with an eclectic collection of cafés, colourful shops, art galleries, and much more. From books to whole foods, to liquor and marine supplies, there’s a lot of shopping to be had on Quadra Island.
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A must-see for visitors wanting to delve into the history of our region is the Museum at Campbell River. The highlight for many is experiencing the story of Siwidi, where you sit in a darkened theatre and listen to Chief Bob Joseph tell a story of undersea adventure as you watch the intricately carved masks light up. The museum is family-friendly, with hands-on elements to keep kids of all ages thoroughly engaged. Take a seat in the vintage Van Isle Theatre and watch the eighteen minute documentary on the history of the Ripple Rock explosion. It is the world’s largest non-nuclear explosion that took place in the Seymour Narrows, removing the worst navigational hazard on the west coast of North America. The Museum offers year-round programming, including historic boat tours in summer months. Learn a little
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more about the region’s history, while taking in endless breathtaking scenery and a gourmet lunch. Haig-Brown Heritage House is the historic riverfront home of Roderick and Ann Haig-Brown. Both important people in Campbell River’s history for their respective contributions to the community, Roderick is also a designated Person of National Historic Significance. Their modest farmhouse now spends its summers as a bed and breakfast, and its winters housing a Writer-In-Residence. The property is open to the public, where you can sit at a picnic table near the vegetable garden and listen to the river flowing by, as the famous author and conservationist once did. There is also a festival every year on World Rivers Day, where you can enter the study that contains over 4000 books and learn about this remarkable family.
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FAMILY HOT SPOTS A Vancouver Island road trip is an essential Canadian family experience. When stopping in Campbell River, there’s enough kid-friendly activities to stay for an extended amount of time. Play two types of golf in one day: disc and mini. Or splash around at the state-of-the-art Sportsplex. With all ages museums, plentiful beaches and restaurants ready for the whole family, Campbell River is your Vancouver Island destination for kids and adults.
7 Family Hotspots in Campbell River Cooper’s Hawk Disc Golf
Beyond the typical hiking, biking, fishing and golfing that is encouraged on any visit to the area, a round of disc golf at Cooper’s Hawk Disc Golf Course is an essential experience. Eighteen holes embedded in the finest nature of Vancouver Island help both beginners and experts connect with the wild, while playing an increasingly popular sport. Even better, the course is free.
Miracle Beach Mini Golf
A fifteen minute drive south from Campbell River is where you can find the seasonal Miracle Beach Mini Golf Course. After playing the course, treat yourself to coffee or ice cream from their popular concession.
From Monster Truck rides to Go-Kart rentals, this popular Vancouver Island speedway is fun for the whole family.
Sportsplex Splash Park
Located in Willow Point, the Campbell River Sportsplex is one of the biggest summer hot-spots for families. The Splash Park is divided into sections suitable for babies, young kids, and even teenagers. Featuring a fire hydrant/hose element, as well as the fishing pole and whale tail, these items were chosen to highlight Campbell River’s marine heritage.
A favourite for local and visiting families, McIvor Lake has long been a destination on sunny summer days. With a variety of beaches and boat launches to choose from, all ages can find their ideal spot to spend an afternoon.
Discovery Passage Aquarium
The Discovery Passage Aquarium offers fun and unique hands-on educational experiences for people of all ages. Come to see, touch and feel the incredible local marine species and habitats and discover the diverse marine life of Discovery Passage and Islands. HEADER PHOTO: JENN DYKSTRA | PHOTOS (TOP TO BOTTOM): @KEENBEER, MIRACLE BEACH MINI GOLF, @VETERANWARHORSE, ROTARY CLUB OF CAMPBELL RIVER, @BRENDAN_MCMARTIN, DISCOVERY PASSAGE AQUARIUM
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Community Events JANUARY TO MARCH Annual Polar Bear Swim at Saratoga Beach www.whatsondigest.com Words on the Water Campbell River Writer's Festival www.wordsonthewater.ca
Held at the Campbell River's Maritime Heritage Centre
APRIL TO JUNE Sundays Pier Street Farmers' Market www.pierstreet.ca/farmers-market
May through September
Quadra Island Studio Tour www.quadraislandarts.com
Ocean's Day at the Aquarium www.discoverypassageaquarium.ca
Royal Lepage Campbell River Salmon Derby www.crsalmonderby.com
Seafest Oyster Festival on Cortes Island www.ourcortes.com
Transformations on the Shore Carving Contest www.crshorelinearts.ca
Race the River Dragon Boat Festival www.racetheriver.ca
Kusam Klimb in Sayward Wild and Rugged Race on Mount H’Kusam www.kusamklimb.com
Campbell River Salmon Festival www.crsalmonfestival.com
North Island Cruisers Show n’ Shine www.nicruisers.ca
Snowden Trail Challenge Mountain Biking Event for All Ages www.snowdentrailchallenge.com
Fall Festival at Haig-Brown House www.haig-brown.bc.ca /fall-festival-haig-brown-house
OCTOBER TO JANUARY Pumpkinfest www.spiritsquare.ca
Christmas Markets www.pierstreet.ca/christmas-markets/
Toy & Craft Show and Sale www.campbellriver.travel/events
Pier Street Christmas Market www.pierstreet.ca/christmas-markets
Starlight Shopping & Big Truck Parade www.downtowncampbellriver.com /starlight-shopping-and-big-truck-parade Festival of Trees www.crmuseum.ca
Winter Wonderland at Painter’s Lodge www.painterslodge.com
JULY TO SEPTEMBER Sundays Pier Street Farmers' Market www.pierstreet.ca/farmers-market
May through September
Canada Day Celebrations www.crcanadaday.com
The Campbell River Mirror Charity Jazz & Blues Weekend www.spiritsquare.ca
Wings N' Wheels Collector Car and Aircraft Show www.copanational.org/events/
River City Arts Festival www.rivercityartsfest.com
CR Live Streets www.downtowncampbellriver.com /cr-live-streets
ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF EVENTS AND INFORMATION Spirit Square Concerts and Events www.spiritsquare.ca Exhibits & Historic Boat Tours at the Museum at Campbell River www.crmuseum.ca TIDEMARK THEATRE www.tidemarktheatre.com www.campbellriver.travel /EVENTS
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Accommodations Your Home Away From Home
Campbell River’s accommodation selection is as diverse as the wildlife that roams the area. High-end resorts with hot tubs overlooking the ocean are joined by modernized hotels, motels, quaint bed and breakfasts and historic wilderness lodges.
Above Tide Motel “Cute, clean, comfortable and affordable with a great view.”
Big Rock Motel “The owners of the Big Rock offer excellent customer service and it's obvious they take a great pride in running a wonderful motel.”
Coast Discovery Inn “Would for sure book again when back for business! Great location close to anything you would need in the area.”
Dolphins Resort “Hot tub on the deck was perfect to see shooting stars and boat traffic.”
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Anchor Inn and Suites “The staff at this hotel are super friendly and helpful! The views from the rooms/decks are amazing.”
Campbell River Lodge By the Riverside “The staff at this hotel are super friendly and helpful! The views from the rooms/decks are amazing.”
Comfort Inn and Suites “The service we received from the evening and morning front desk agents as well as the cleanliness of the room were flawless.”
Edgewater Motel “This motel is a jewel.”
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Heron's Landing and Oceanside Hotel “It felt more like a quaint English home than a hotel. In fact, the only thing we liked better than our ocean view room was the super friendly staff.”
Oyster Bay Resort
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Mae Mae / Riverfront Motel “The river is right below the motel and fishermen were taking a haul right off the motel steps.”
Painter's Lodge and Fishing Resort
“Coming from Alberta, a view of the ocean was important to us. These chalets delivered.”
Passage View Motel
“The view is beautiful - we even saw humpback whales, seals, and eagles during our stay here!”
Strathcona Park Lodge
“The views were spectacular, saw many cruise ships pass by during the evening, other water crafts and even a distant view of an orca.”
Town Centre Inn
“Great covered porch to sit on and enjoy a craft beer after a day of hiking and exploring in and around BC's first Provincial Park.”
Vista Del Mar
“Staff are excellent on all fronts - reception, housekeeping. free breakfast at Ricky's was a bonus and a short, easy, pleasant walk.”
“Quiet, clean, comfortable ... and very affordable! This was a welcome gem in our quest for a budget-friendly stay.”
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Plan Your Journey GETTING HERE BY LAND, SEA OR SKY
Located in the geographic heart of Vancouver Island on the traditional territory of the We Wai Kai and Wei Wai Kum people, Campbell River and region includes the City of Campbell River on the east coast, the Discovery Islands, and vast tracts of wilderness that stretch west through Strathcona Provincial Park to Gold River, Tahsis, and Zeballos on the west coast. Campbell River sits approximately 265 km north of BC’s provincial capital, Victoria, and 238 km south of Port Hardy at the northwestern end of Vancouver Island. The island itself rests offshore from the southwest coast of Canada, north of Washington State, and across the Salish Sea from Vancouver, BC.
Campbell River Airport (YBL) is the natural choice for adventurers wanting to pursue a favourite pastime within an hour of landing in the region. The airport’s friendly, casual atmosphere is complemented by excellent service and technical support that reflects the character of the city it serves. YBL has regular daily scheduled service by Pacific Coastal Airlines and Central Mountain Air. Featuring a 6,500 foot runway, YBL is home to an array of aviation and aerospace companies that service the entire Pacific coast corridor, as well as a Canada Customs authorized airport of entry (AOE) and exit for privately operated and small chartered aircraft. Float plane and helicopter services are available yearround at the Campbell River Tyee Spit and the Campbell River Airport. Seasonal float plane service is available to Campbell River from Powell River, Vancouver, and the Seattle area. PHOTO BY: JENN DYKSTRA
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The Comox Valley Airport (YQQ) is forty minutes south of Campbell River with daily flights to Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver.
Travelling north along the smooth four-lane Highway 19 is a breeze. With a speed limit of 120 kmh, it takes ninety minutes to drive from Nanaimo’s ferry terminals, or add another two hours if you’re traveling north along the Trans-Canada Highway from Victoria. Those who prefer a leisurely route through friendly coastal communities can detour from the fast lane at Parksville, and enjoy the scenic Oceanside Route along Highway 19A. Regularly scheduled trips north and south through Campbell River and its regions via daily bus service connect with ferry terminals and major Vancouver Island centres, and several car rental and charter bus agencies are located in Campbell River, as is reliable taxi service.
Most visitors travel to Vancouver Island by one of the main ferry routes. BC Ferries offers daily vehicle and foot passenger sailings from two mainland terminals south and north of Vancouver at Tsawwassen and Horseshoe Bay. Those heading directly to Campbell River can book passage to one of Nanaimo’s two ferry terminals: Departure Bay and Duke Point. Private boats and yachts are warmly welcomed at our local marinas. These full-service refuges for nautical visitors offer a range of service options. Access to refueling is easily accessible through Discovery Harbour Fuel Sales in the heart of Campbell River.
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Discovery Fishing Pier
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Robert V. Ostler Park
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Rebecca Spit Marine Provincial Park
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Rob ron Rd.
SOUTH TO NANAIMO & VICTORIA
WEST TO GOLD RIVER & TAHSIS ELK FALLS PROV. PARK
STRAIT OF GEORGIA
Ferry to Cortes Island
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