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Campbell River

Long known as the Salmon Capital of the World, Campbell River is located on Discovery Passage on the northeast coast of central Vancouver Island. Set beautifully between Strathcona Park to the west and the Discovery Islands to the east and midway between Victoria in the south and Cape Scott in the north, Campbell River has a moderate climate with dry summers and mild winters. Easily reached by road, sea and air, this metropolitan city of 30,000 has a busy arts and culture scene yet is perched on the edge of coastal BC wilderness. 

Arts and Culture

In town, you can enjoy the constantly changing panorama of ships and sea from seaside walkways, restaurants and accommodations. Enjoy the community theatre, public art gallery, or the local shops that feature works by local artists, including authentic First Nations' art, jewelry, and carvings. Step back in history at the Campbell River and Kwagiulth museums, at the Haig-Brown House (a restored 1923 farmhouse), the Campbell River Optical Maritime Museum or the Pier House (the oldest house in town). 

Special events include the annual Transformation on the Shore (Driftwood Carving Contest) that lines the 4.2km Seawalk, the Campbell River Children's Festival (July 1) and the Salmon Festival (August) and The Haig-Brown Festival (September).

Outdoor Adventure

Campbell River is the perfect base for outdoor adventures both on land and on sea. You can take is easy by playing around at one of Campbell Rivers three golf courses or venture further…

For summer quiet or winter snow, explore Strathcona Provincial Park, where the mountains draw climbers, heli-skiers, and other outdoor enthusiasts from around the world. Downhill and cross-country skiing is also available on nearby Mount Washington during the winter. 

Getting to Campbell River

  • By Vehicle: Highway 19 connects Campbell River with major centres on southern Vancouver Island (3.5 hours from Victoria, 1.45 hours from Nanaimo). Drivers can also travel the scenic oceanside highway (Highway 19A) instead. 
  • By Air: The Campbell River International Airport is 20 minutes from downtown. There are regular daily flights from Vancouver, Abbotsford and Seattle. Floatplanes also fly into the Campbell River Harbour.
  • By Boat: Journey to the Campbell River Harbour. By shipping routes, it is 220 nautical miles from Seattle, Washington and 122 nautical miles to Vancouver's Fraser River depots. If you are coming from the mainland (Vancouver area), you can travel with BC Ferries into Victoria or Nanaimo and then drive north to Campbell River.
Other nearby parks include Oyster River Regional Park (a great place for birding), Morton Lake Provincial Park (home of the Sayward Forest Canoe Route that covers 50km of lakes and rivers), Loveland Bay Provincial Park and Morton Lake Provincial Park.
When you tire of the land, you can journey out to sea into the Discovery Islands' and Desolation sound region for whalewatching, kayaking, and other wildlife viewing (deer, elk and cougar). Go bear watching in the famous Knight Inlet or try diving in this well-known diving destination. 

And don’t forget, Campbell River is the Salmon Capital of the World. All five species of Pacific salmon (chinook, coho, pink, chum and sockeye) return to the protected coastline waterways of Campbell River. The abundance of species and diversity of run times create a unique fishing experience. With the salmon arrive eagles, whales and bears.

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