Campbell River

Campbell River is located on the Salish Sea (Strait of Georgia) and is all about salmon. The abundance of Chinook, Coho, Sockeye, Pink and Chum is the reason it is known as the Salmon Capital of Canada. You can also view salmon from river floats and on snorkeling adventures, watching bears catch salmon and touring salmon hatcheries. But there are many other reasons to stop a while in Campbell River. The Discovery Pier, extending 45 m (145 ft) from the shore, is ideal for sightseeing and evening strolls. In summer you can watch the lighted cruise ships sail past at night. Art galleries, maritime heritage centre and museum provide a look at life in the area. And there is an abundance of outdoor adventure activities – hiking, mountain biking, world-renowned scuba diving, go-cart racing, kayaking and golfing are all close by. Take a trip to Elk Falls Provincial Park and experience thundering waterfalls and the extensive network of forest trails, plus the nearby Quinsam salmon hatchery. Campbell River is where you catch a ferry to get you to Quadra Island and on to Cortes Island and further into the Discovery Islands. South of Campbell River is the beautiful Comox Valley with the delightful communities of Courtenay, Comox and Cumberland.

Campbell River Photo Province of BC

Campbell River Photo Province of BC

Location

Campbell River is located on the east coast of North Central Vancouver Island 29 km (18 mi) north of Courtenay on Hwy 19 and 155 km (96 mi) north of Nanaimo and the Departure Bay ferry terminal.

Campbell River Fireworks Photo Province of BC

Campbell River Fireworks Photo Province of BC

A Step Back in Time

Campbell River has been a focal point for salmon fishing and an important gateway to the rich wilderness of northern Vancouver Island for centuries. Old legends told of salmon running so thick, a person could walk on their backs. In the late 1800s and into the first decade of the 1900s, a small trickle of settlers followed loggers who were moving along the coast, but it was the abundance of salmon that caught the attention of aristocrats and wealthy outdoors enthusiasts from Europe and America.

Campbell River was to remain a quiet fishing and logging community until the hydro development of Elk Falls became a reality when the John Hart Dam came into operation in 1948. Since then, it has grown into a modern city of over 31,000, with a diversified economy centred around forestry, mining, fishing, farming, light manufacturing, and tourism.

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Destination Campbell River

Campbell River & Nearby Accommodations

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Driftwood By The Sea Inn and RV Resort

Driftwood By The Sea Inn and RV Resort

Campbell River

Welcome to our outstanding Resort with wonderful ocean,wildlife and cruise ship views. Enjoy a fantastic stay at Driftwood By the Sea Inn & RV Resort, where all your expectations will be exceeded by our inviting hosts. We take pride in providing genuine hospitality and sparkling clean accommodation ... Read more
Mae Mae Motel

Mae Mae Motel

Campbell River

Situated only a two minute drive to Campbell River downtown, our motel is the ideal destination for guests wanting to explore Campbell River and the surrounding areas. Located on the shores of the river, guests are spoiled to fantastic views right on our private dock. Our motel offers rooms and cabi ... Read more
Thunderbird RV Park & Resort

Thunderbird RV Park & Resort

Campbell River

Join us for relaxing year round accommodation at Thunderbird RV Park & Resort. Looking for a family-friendly destination on Vancouver Island? Then our resort is the perfect place for families to have an unforgettable experience. We guarantee a comfortable and safe visit while you enjoy the beauty of ... Read more
Painter's Lodge Resort

Painter's Lodge Resort

Campbell River

Nestled on the pristine shores of Vancouver Island, Painter’s Lodge offers world-class salmon fishing, breathtaking wildlife and scenery and full amenities. When you’re not fighting a mighty salmon on the line, soak in the outdoor pool, refine your serve on the tennis courts, or watch marine lif ... Read more
Salmon Point Resort RV Park & Marina

Salmon Point Resort RV Park & Marina

Campbell River

Salmon Point Resort is an oceanside vacation destination for the entire family or a base camp while you enjoy the many activities the area has to offer. Only minutes from Campbell River and Courtenay, our resort is the gateway to Vancouver Island and all its beauty. Our RV Park has various type of s ... Read more
Brown's Bay Resort

Brown's Bay Resort

Campbell River

Surrounded by the wonderful sights and sounds of the wilderness, Brown’s Bay Resort is the ideal getaway to relax and enjoy the beauty nature has to offer. Nestled on the shoreline, we have spectacular views of the serene oceans, majestic mountains, and lush trees. Choose from our different styles ... Read more
Tsa-Kwa-Luten Lodge

Tsa-Kwa-Luten Lodge

Quathiaski Cove

A scenic 10 minute ferry crossing from Campbell River brings you to Quadra Island, the home of our Laichwiltach First Nation and Tsa-Kwa-Luten's Lodge and Oceanside RV Park. The RV park is situated at water's edge of an 1100 acre forest where bald eagles soar and killer whales pass by. 13 fully ser ... Read more
Heriot Bay Inn & Marina

Heriot Bay Inn & Marina

Quadra Island

Overlooking the beautiful Heriot Bay on Quadra Island, Heriot Bay Inn & Marina is located on the waterfront with beautiful views and a relaxed atmosphere. Whether your visit is for a family vacation, a personal event, wedding or retreat, the staff of the Heriot Bay Inn is ready to help create a memo ... Read more
Taku Resort & Marina

Taku Resort & Marina

Heriot Bay

Enjoy the peaceful sounds of Quadra Island at Taku Resort & Marina! Breathe in the fresh air and relax on your private deck in this tranquil oasis. We offer modern accommodation to create a home away from home atmosphere for the family to enjoy. Choose among our beachfront cabins, beach house suites ... Read more
Pacific Playgrounds Resort & Marina

Pacific Playgrounds Resort & Marina

Black Creek

Our beautiful, full-service ocean side destination resort is located halfway between Courtenay and Campbell River. Pacific Playgrounds International is situated in a tranquil location surrounded by lush trees along the bank of Oyster River with stunning coastal views. Just steps away from Saratoga B ... Read more
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