summer and early fall when the salmon return to spawn. Home to about 33,000 people, Campbell River offers visitors a wide range of accommodation and dining opportunities. Downtown, find shops, art galleries, theatre and the 4km Rotary Beach Seawalk. Just south of downtown, the Museum at Campbell River highlights the region’s Aboriginal heritage and its fishing and forestry past. Haig Brown House, the former home of nature conservationist Roderick Haig Brown, is an interesting historical stop featuring displays, seminars and courses. From downtown Campbell River, take a 10-minute BC Ferry trip to Quadra Island, another prime destina-
tion for saltwater fishing, kayaking, hiking and diving. One more ferry trip – about 45-minutes – from Quadra Island leads to tiny, quiet Cortes Island, with a lovely landscape of orchards, lagoons and beaches. Campbell River also serves as an excellent base for exploring Strathcona Provincial Park, accessed 59km west on Highway 28. Find freshwater lakes for paddlers and anglers, excellent hiking, camping and stunning scenery. Call the Campbell River Visitor Centre at 250-286-6901 or 1-877-286-5705 or visit at 1235 Shoppers Row.
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Gold River, Tahsis and Nootka Sound West of Campbell River, through Strathcona Provincial Park, sits the village of Gold River and stunning Nootka Sound, dubbed “the birthplace of BC” because it was here Captain Cook first landed in 1778. Revered by sports fishers, Gold River also boasts pristine waters welcoming kayakers and divers while hikers and walkers enjoy everything from 20-minute forest walks to the three-day Nootka Trail. Caving is another growing activity. From Gold River, the scenic, 64km “Tree-to-Sea Drive,” a well-maintained gravel road, brings you to the Village of Tahsis in just over an hour. Along the way, explore the Upana Caves, visit the Conuma River Salmon Enhancement Facility, see the Three Sisters Waterfalls, swim at Malaspina Lake and visit the President’s Tree. In Tahsis, outdoor activities include fishing, hiking, camping, wildlife viewing, diving and kayaking, and families will enjoy Tahsis Days on the third weekend of July. Amenities include lodging, a marina, fuel, grocery store, liquor outlet, pub and dining options. The Tahsis Heritage Museum and Tourist Centre welcome visitors from July 1 to Labour Day. For details about Gold River call 250-283-2202 or villageofgoldriver.ca. For the Village of Tahsis, visit villageoftahsis.com or call 250-934-6344.
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Heading north from Campbell River along Highway 19, stop by the Seymour Narrows Lookout, a viewpoint and hiking trail overlooking Ripple Rock, a submerged mountain that caused dozens of shipwrecks before it was blasted apart in 1958 with the world’s largest man-made, non-nuclear explosion. At Sayward, see a building surrounded in 2,700m of steel logging cable, the Iron Man Totem and the Dalrymple Nature Trail, a 23km looped trail up Mt. H’Kusam. Try canoeing, boating, camping and fishing off the pier at the Kelsey Bay wharf on Johnstone Strait, tee off at the nine-hole, par 3 golf course on the river and book a marine adventure. The beautiful Nimpkish Valley offers a challenging hiking trail at Mount Cain – a family skiing destination in winter – boating at Lake Klaklakama, picnicing at Hoomak Lake and, 22km off the highway, renowned fishing at Vernon Lake. Just south of Nimpkish Lake is the road to Zeballos, a quiet logging community that once bustled with gold mining activity. Enjoy a self-guided walking tour of the historic buildings and Zeballos Heritage Museum, where tales of the gold rush and the resulting boomtown are told with pictures and artifacts. Enjoy fishing, diving, boating, hiking, caving, rock climbing and kayaking and visit the Zeballos River estuary, designated a Wetland Reserve. For Sayward details call 250-282-3821 or 250-282-0018. Find Visitor Centres at the junction of Sayward Road and Highway 19 and the Sayward Futures Office on Kelsey Bay Wharf. For Zeballos details, call 250-761-4070 (July and August) or 250-761-4229 (September to June).
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