Campbell River is one of the most visited boating destinations on British Columbia’s coast. Small wonder! Our boater-friendly waterfront has 24,000 feet of berth space and hospitality that comes right down to the shore. Every boater service is readily available. First Nations culture, shops and eateries are within walking distance. And Campbell River is the ideal base for your exploration of the Discovery Islands, Broughton Archipelago and the north end of Vancouver Island. Oh, and we are the Salmon Fishing Capital of the World.
If you don’t own a boat, there are still lots of ways to get on the water. Kayak rentals and guided nature tours operate from Campbell River and nearby, ferry-accessible Quadra Island. There are many fishing and whale watching tours available from Campbell River, the Discovery Islands and Nootka Sound. And there are so many opportunities further ashore for authentic adventure experiences, eclectic shopping, fresh seafood and high-comfort accommodations.
The maritime history of the port city is steeped in salmon. This is the birthplace of the Tyee Club. Tyee comes from an aboriginal word meaning “great” or “chief”, and refers to a Chinook Salmon over 30 lbs. When permanent settlement began in Campbell River and Quadra Island in the 1880’s, commercial salmon fishing was competed with forestry as the top industry. The region became renowned for sport fishing in 1896, when Sir Richard Musgrave published his account of landing a 70 lb Tyee with the help of three native guides. To this day, this is perhaps the best place to catch salmon in the world, and also halibut, steelhead trout and ground fish. You will feel our maritime history on the waterfront and view it at our Maritime Heritage Centre.
We know you will come to Campbell River because we are located at the heart of BC’s wild, but civilized, coast. We sit atop the Salish Sea and are part of natural circle tour of its protected waters. The Discovery Islands, with their intimate solitude and many resort marinas, are at our doorstep. We are a strategic refitting stop on your way around Vancouver Island, to Desolation Sound, Haida Gwaii, the fabled Broughton Archipelago and Great Bear Rainforest or Alaska. The heart of the seas has it all. Stay awhile, refit or make us your base for exploring and fishing.