Welcome to Campbell River
"The Salmon Capital of the World"

History of Campbell River
Accommodations - Hotels, Motels, Lodges, Resorts, B & B's, Vacation Rental Homes, Suites
Adventure, Recreation, Ocean Adventure, Eco-Tours, Fly - Sport Fishing, Whale Watching, Bear Tours
Campbell River Real Estate
Map of Campbell River 

Campbell River Dining: Salmon Point Restaurant & Bar

Northern Vancouver Island
South to Saratoga Beach
South to Comox/Courtenay
Quadra Island - Cortes Island - Sonora Island

West To Gold River
West to Tahsis and Nootka Sound

Discover Hiking, Biking, Kayaking, Whale Watching, Camping, Grizzly Tours, and of course Fishing. Excellent and exciting day trips to Strathcona Park and Discovery Islands, Quadra Island, Oyster River and the beaches and Cortez Island offer hours of fun and excitement for the whole family.

Historically renowned as the "Salmon Capital of the World," Campbell River lies in the heart of Strathcona Park, Desolation Sound, Mt. Washington and Robson Bight. The Tyee Club of B.C. makes its home here and membership can be earned by catching a 13 kg (30 lb) salmon using traditional fishing methods that require the use of a rowboat and tackle restrictions. There are many fresh-water lakes and rivers and the knowledgeable angler can enjoy year-round fishing opportunities.

Some of the best guided fishing in the world is at your doorstep. See our fishing and outdoor adventure page. There are also several retail tackle shops offer the visiting sportsman a host of basic and specialty items adapted for our conditions along with helpful, up-to-date advice. Local boat ramps, marinas and boat rentals make welcome those with their own boat or those with a desire to do-it-themselves. Marine Adventure tours, Whale watching and Grizzly Bear Tours are available in the adventure section.

The spectacular scenery of Strathcona Park can be found by travelling west on Highway 28. Within Strathcona Park, huge clean sweeps of rock form an alpine climbers dream. The towering 1,000 metre East Face of Mt. Colonel Foster and several of the other peaks over 7,000 feet have attracted climber's from around the world for their world class caliber rock and ice routes. Crest Lake is the most developed sport climbing area with well over a hundred routes. The climbs are found in beautiful surroundings, under tall old-growth forest and overlooking sparkling mountain lakes.

Campbell River Sport Fishing _ Coastal Island Fishing Adventures

Peniuk's Sport Fishing

Campbell River Scuba diving in Discovery Passage has been described as second only to the Red Sea and the recently acquired artificial reef, The Columbia, will add to this excellent diving location. The area boasts an incredible diversity of diving opportunities and experiences and many are considered among the world's most traveled as, "must dives." Whether your preference is to explore the plethora of invertebrate life clinging to the underwater walls of Quadra Island, engage the photogenic qualities of "Captain Crunch" at Whiskey Point or make your way into the inner galley passages of the Columbia you will soon realize that you are in an internationally acclaimed ecosystem. Tours, charters and lessons are available for all of these activities.

Whale watching tours are also available daily throughout the summer and leave from Kelsey Bay and Telegraph Cove to the north as well as Robson Bight, rated by the World Wildlife Federation as offering the third best whale watching opportunity in the world. If you wish a private holiday setting, a large fleet of float planes and helicopters will fly you to your own outdoor adventure paradise.

Festivals run throughout the summer and the Tidemark Theatre offers a series of professional summer theatre productions. Watch our Calendar of Events   for regular updates.

A number of attractions are considered a must-see when visiting Campbell River. The 600 foot Discovery Pier is a favoured spot to take an afternoon stroll and enjoy the breathtaking views of passing cruise ships or try your luck at angling. The Quinsam Salmon Hatchery is interesting with self-guided tours detailing the life of the Pacific Salmon. Elk Falls Provincial Park is only minutes from town showcasing the spectacular falls that drop 25 meters off a rock precipice into a walled canyon amidst walking trails, picnic sites and old growth forest. For those with a thrill for heights, cross the Canyon View Trail pipeline bridge for a great view of the mighty Campbell River. The bright orange Torii Gate at Sequoia Park was a gift from our sister city of Ishikari, Japan and was the first such authentic Torii on Canadian soil. Search out the unique treasures of locally carved driftwood sculptures along the Rotary Beach Walk from the annual, Driftwood Carving Competition.

Quadra Island

Quadra Island's 3,000 residents are connected to Vancouver Island by a 10-minute ferry ride across Discovery Passage from Campbell River to Quathiaski Cove. Quadra Island is the largest of the Discovery Island group and cycling is one of the best ways to tour the island. Quadra Island's Cape Mudge Native Heritage Museum contains authentic artifacts detailing coastal existence long before the arrival of European settlers.

Cortes Island

Desolation Sound is very popular with boaters and the warm and sheltered waters are ideal for kayaking. Lying at the entrance to Desolation Sound is the large Cortes Island. Cortes is an outdoor recreation paradise, with beautiful lakes, lagoons, forests, and white sandy beaches.

Sonora Island  - See Map    See Accommodations page for more details

The Sonora Island area offers all types of outdoor recreation and sport activities - fishing, boating, diving, and wildlife viewing, and the availability of seafood such as crab, prawns, clams & oysters are all within this region. The Octopus Island Group Marine Park is only minutes away. Access is by float plane or water taxi from Campbell River.

BC Ferries Schedule Campbell River to Quadra Island
BC Ferries Schedule Quadra Island to Cortes Island

From Campbell River to... Kilometres Miles

Average Driving Time

4 hours
6.5 hours
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2.25 hours
3 hours + 1.5 hours ferry
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