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Beach woods around Campbell River ,  Vancouver Island
Beach woods around Campbell River ,  Vancouver Island
Elk Falls, Campbell River - Vancouver Island
Elk Falls, Campbell River - Vancouver Island
Elk Falls, Campbell River - Vancouver Island
People crossing a long bridge over the Elk Falls - Campbell River, Vancouver Island
Quadra Island Wide View - Campbell River, Vancouver Island
Quadra Island Wide View - Campbell River, Vancouver Island
People enjoying a spectacular view from Quadra Island - Campbell River, Vancouver Island
Transporting vehicles over the waters of Campbell River to Quadra Island, Vancouver Island
Transporting vehicles over the waters of Campbell River to Quadra Island, Vancouver Island

Campbell River, The Salmon Capital Of The World

Campbell River, also known as Wiwek̓a̱m, is the fourth largest city on Vancouver Island. The city is located in the province of British Columbia on the east coast of Vancouver Island at the south end of the Discovery Passage. Campbell River is close to Quadra Island, Discovery Island, Sayward, Oyster River community, Gold River village, Tahsis, and Zeballos.
Campbell River got its name from Captain George Henry Richards around 1859. He named the river after Dr. Samuel Campbell, a captain of the ship and a surgeon; though some historians believe it to be true, some are doubtful. The community took the name of "Campbell River" when its post office was opened in 1907. Campbell River has long been called "the Salmon Capital of the World"; therefore, one of the main activities that people do around here is fishing. Other things to do are skiing, wilderness experiences, whale watching, playing golf, and many more.

Average Weather in Campbell River

Campbell River has an oceanic climate (Köppen climate classification). The temperature goes from an average height of 24°C (75.2°F) in August to an average low of 0°C (32°F) in January.

The Best Time to Visit Campbell River

The best time to visit Campbell River is from May 21st to September 23rd. It is when the weather is mild, and the city is full of tourists.

How to Get to Campbell River?

Campbell River Airport Transfers

You can fly directly from either Vancouver or Seattle to Campbell River Airport (CYBL).


Seaplane to Campbell River

Corilair Charters offers floatplanes for scheduled and charter flights between Vancouver and Campbell River.


Ferry to Campbell River

Getting to Campbell River is possible from these ferry services: Clipper Vacations, Washington State Ferries, M.V. Coho, and BC Ferries. Daily coaches take you from Victoria to Campbell River.

Top 10 Attractions in Campbell River

  • Discovery Passage Aquarium
  • Snorkelling with the salmon
  • Campbell River Whale Watching
  • Rotary Sea Walk
  • Ripple Rock hike
  • Museum at Campbell River
  • Campbell River Art Gallery
  • Beaver Lodge Forest Lands
  • Maritime Heritage Centre
  • Discovery Fishing Pier
  • Tyee Spit/ Dick MurphyPark
  • Elk Falls Provincial Park
Visiting Campbell River

Discovering Beauty and Entertainment in Campbell River

Campbell River is located in a place that has many fantastic natural beauties. Campbell River waterfalls like Elk Falls and Deer Falls have their unique beauty. Campbell River also has a rich and diverse ecosystem, so don't miss the wildlife tours like bear watching and whale watching. Of course, these activities are seasonal; whale watching is possible from April to October and bear watching from mid-August to October.
Since Campbell River is the capital of salmon, one of the main tourist attractions is the annual Fall Salmon Run which starts in late August and lasts till early November. If you want to catch some fish, at least one of five species of salmon lives in Campbell River's water. Plan your visit in summer and get help from small fishing boats at Discovery Passage; it's called guided fishing. As for entertainment Campbell River offers CR Bowling and Rivercity Players theatre both near Nuun's Creek Park in the middle of the city and many pubs and restaurants.


Campbell River gardens

Gardens, Parks, and Natural Green Attractions in Campbell River

  • Coronation Park
  • Sequoia Park
  • Robert V. Ostler Park
  • Nuuns Creek Park
  • Myrt Thompson Trail Head
  • Dick Murphy Park
  • Raven Park
  • Quinsam Campground
  • Rotary Beach Park
  • Charstate Park
  • Beaver Lodge Lands
  • Campbell River Bike Park
  • Frank James Park
  • Willow Point Park
  • Elk Falls Provincial Park and Protected Area
  • The Garden Party
  • Mountain View Community Garden
  • Garden Centre at The Home Depot
  • Campbell River Garden Centre

Beaches, Lakes, Rivers, and Water-based Activities in Campbell River

  • Quinsam River
  • Little Oyster River
  • Mary Lake
  • Elmer Lake
  • Lost Lake
  • Deer Falls
  • John Hart Lake 
  • Campbell Lake
  • Snakehead Lake
  • Lukwa Lake
  • Mirror Lake
  • Gilson Lake
  • Quinsam Lake
  • Little Lake
  • Brewster Lake
  • Jasper Lake
  • Rotary Beach Park
  • Stories Beach
  • Timberlane Beach Resort
  • Saratoga Beach

Museums and Art Galleries in Campbell River

  • Museum At Campbell River
  • Maritime Heritage Centre
  • Campbell River Art Gallery
  • Impressions Custom Framing Ltd
  • Destination Gallery Ltd
  • The Crow's Nest Artist Collective

Entertainment in Campbell River

Festivals and Events in Campbell River

  • Campbell River Salmon Festival
  • The Art+Earth Festival
  • A Highland Gathering
  • The Annual Festival of Trees at the Museum
  • Shambhala Music Festival

Nightlife and Entertainment in Campbell River

  • Fifty Parallel Tap & Grill
  • Voodoo Lounge
  • Moxie’s Grill & Bar
  • Riptide Marine Pub
  • J J’s Pub
  • Tyee Pub
  • Ripple Rock Pub

Free Attractions in Campbell River

  • Swimming at lakes, rivers, and the ocean
  • Sunbathing at lakeshores
  • Hiking all around Elk Falls Provincial Park and Protected Area and other trails
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Mount Washington Skiing
  • Hiking to Deer Falls
  • Going to Campbell River Visitor Centre
  • Experiencing Elk Falls Suspension Bridge

Services in Campbell River

Public Transportation in Campbell River

Public transportation in Campbell River includes bus, taxi, ferry, and airplane.


Where to Stay in Campbell River

Downtown is the best place for staying because it's close to the tourist attractions of Campbell River, such as museums and galleries. Also, it has better access to the Campbell River Transit System. Here is a list of all the accommodations at different prices.

Hotels:
Comfort Inn & Suites, Campbell River, Herons Landing Hotel, Painter's Lodge, Chateau Riverside Boutique Hotel, Ramada by Wyndham Campbell River

Hostels:
Vista Del Mar Motel, Anchor Inn & Suites, Above Tide Motel, Coast Discovery Inn, Town Centre Inn, Campbell River Lodge by Riverside


Shopping in Campbell River

Campbell River offers few shopping options; most of them are gift shops and located downtown. Here is a list of the best shopping malls and local shops in Campbell River:

French Creek Collective, Wei Wai Kum House of Treasures, Mussels and More Pottery, Awatin Aboriginal Art, Mariner Square Shopping Centre, Apple Seed Cottage, Secrets of Asia Imports, Campbell River Common and Discovery Harbour Shopping Centre.

Food and Beverage Services in Campbell River

Restaurant and Café in Campbell River

Campbell River, with many good restaurants and cafés, makes it hard to choose one. But here are some of them:

Take outs, Dick's Fish & Chips, Dine ins, White Tower Restaurant, McDonald's, Jigger's Grill, Harbour Grill, Spice Hut Indian Cuisine, Royal Aroma, Dockside Fish & Chip, Quay West Kitchen(Casual Dining), Shot In The Dark Cafe, Sunny Day Café, Ideal Café, Q Beans Coffee Ltd, Sunny Day Cafe, The Java Shack, Brew unto Others.

Campbell River Restaurants and Cafes

Wineries, Breweries, Distilleries, Pubs, and Bars in Campbell River

Campbell River has a few but good quality wineries. Willow Point Wines U-Vin, Wine With Us Ltd, Home Brew Factory & Wine Boutique, Beach Fire Brewing, and Nosh House, North Island Brewing Corp are some of the best.
There is only one distillery in the area, and that is Shelter Point Distillery. It is one of the district's tourist attractions that needs about 20 minutes of driving to the southeast but is worth the trip.
Out of all Campbell River's pubs and bars, it's hard to choose one place. Here is a list of high rated pubs and bars: Riptide Marine Pub, Tyee Pub at Painter's Lodge, Moxie's Grill & Bar, Minecraft bar and grill

Health and Wellness in Campbell River

Sport and Wellness Centers and Spas Campbell River

Sport and Wellness Centers, Spas, and Recreational Therapy in Campbell River

  • CBI Health Centre - Campbell River
  •  ALC Health & Nutrition
  • Little Ladybug Yoga
  • Pure Martial Arts & Fitness
  • Anytime Fitness
  • Ocean Mountain Yoga
  • Yard Fitness
  • Heart and Soul Muay Thai
  • Parallel 50 Training Centre
  • Inner Energy Health and Wellness Distance Healer
  • Live Love Laugh Esthetics
  • Willow Medical Aesthetics - Dr Liezl Sullivan
  • Sage Spa
  • Harbour Nails and Spa
  • Pier Street Salon & Day Spa
  • Cavallo Aesthetics & Day Spa
  • Merle Norman Cosmetics & Day Spa
  • Harbour Nails and Spa
  • Ankor Salon and Spa
  • Balance BodyWorX Natural Spa
  • Form. Wellness + Studio
  • Thrive Therapeutics
  • Campbell River Massage Therapy Clinic
  • The Good Ninas
  • Ocean City Massage Therapy Clinic
  •  Fifth Element Massage
  • Willow Point Massage Therapy
  • Natasha Rowe RMT

What you Can Expect to Do Near Campbell River

Hiking on the Mount Menzies Access Road

Hiking on the Mount Menzies Access Road

Hiking on the Riley Lake to Lookout Loop to Lost Frog

Hiking on the Riley Lake to Lookout Loop to Lost Frog

Hiking on the Beaver Pond Elk Falls Circular Route

Hiking on the Beaver Pond Elk Falls Circular Route

Hiking on the Quinsam River Hatchery Trail

Hiking on the Quinsam River Hatchery Trail

Hiking on the Elk Falls via Millenium Trail

Hiking on the Elk Falls via Millenium Trail

Hiking on Elk Falls Viewing Platform Trail

Hiking on Elk Falls Viewing Platform Trail

Hiking on the Campbell River Canyon View Trail

Hiking on the Campbell River Canyon View Trail

Mount Adrian Snowmobiling

Mount Adrian Snowmobiling

Mount Washington Snowmobiling

Mount Washington Snowmobiling

Mount Washington Snowboarding

Mount Washington Snowboarding

Mount Washington Snowshoeing

Mount Washington Snowshoeing

Mount Washington Skiing

Mount Washington Skiing

Camping in Buttle Lake Campground

Camping in Buttle Lake Campground

Camping in Ralph River Campground

Camping in Ralph River Campground

Camping in Baby Bedwell Lake Campground

Camping in Baby Bedwell Lake Campground

What you Can Expect to See Near Campbell River

Campbell River

Campbell River

Campbell Lake

Campbell Lake

Mount McBride

Mount McBride

Elkhorn Mountain

Elkhorn Mountain

Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens

Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens

Deer Falls

Deer Falls

Halifax Range

Halifax Range

Strathcona Provincial Park

Strathcona Provincial Park

Lupin Falls

Lupin Falls

Lady Falls

Lady Falls

Brown's River Falls

Brown's River Falls

Myra Falls (Lower Myra Falls)

Myra Falls (Lower Myra Falls)

Elk Falls

Elk Falls

Elk Falls Provincial Park

Elk Falls Provincial Park

Della Falls

Della Falls

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