Now that you are snuggly berthed, it’s time to go ashore to enjoy dining, shopping and the many activities this lively city offers. Nestled beside the southern shores of the Discovery Passage, the famed “Salmon Capital of the World” boasts a host of natural wonders and cultural attractions waiting to be explored. On this page you will find information on recreational activities, attractions, shopping, hospitality and local transportation. There are also many community events that welcome visitors.
We love to tell you about our community. Come to the
Campbell River Visitor Centre
1235 Shoppers Row (Tyee Plaza)
Use the On the Waterfront tab to find marine services adjacent to the ocean. There are many more outlets to serve you. Use Google search “campbell river marine services”.
Stretch your legs on the seawalk, north to Dick Murphy Park or south past a series of parks and beaches. It is only a short walk to downtown from the waterfront. You can hike or peddle your way along the shore, through the city and to our many parks. It is less than a mile from shore to the ERT Trail leading to the Beaver Lodge Forest Lands mountain-biking trails system, with several circle routes along creeks. See the guide to additional biking and hiking trails and to bike rentals. There are many nearby regional parks, including STORIES BEACH — 15 minutes south of Campbell River with great swimming, windsurfing and beachcombing and SARATOGA BEACH — located 20 minutes south of Campbell River off of Saratoga Beach Rd, with beautiful white sand and an excellent view of the mainland mountains. If you are yearning to hit a golf ball, good news: Campbell River has several golf courses to choose from. Bus service takes you to most of these places.
To get even further ashore, rent a bicycle or take an extended hike with one of several guide/outfitters. Want to get up close and personal; snorkel with wild salmon. Take your dinghy up the Campbell River, fish in season, and hike to Elk Falls suspension bridge. Dramatic, unforgettable landscapes await you in Strathcona Provincial Park. We know you’ve come by boat, but why not go on a fresh water kayak safari on sinuous, glacier-fed Butte Lake. This is the wild heart of the Island. (See list of car rentals at bottom.)
Every community on BC’s coast has its own personality. The residents of Campbell River are proud of living in a community with ties to First Nations peoples, pioneers, sea-farers and fisherman. And proud of the energetic city they have helped to build. This pride, and the reasons for it, are plain to see. Here is your guide to local attractions.
The past of Northern Vancouver Island is brought to life through vibrant exhibits featuring the heritage of First Nations peoples and the development of early coastal lifestyles. The Museum Shop specializes in regional books and in First Nations carvings and artwork. Catch some short films at the Van Isle Theatre and take a walk through the ‘Changing Gallery’. Guided Tours Available; facility is wheelchair accessible!
Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre (Quadra Island)
The Centre celebrates the language, traditions and culture of the Kwak’wala, Laich’Kwil’Tach & K’omoks Peoples. This unique facility, the first of its kind in Canada, was designed specifically to house the Sacred Potlatch Collection returned from the Federal Government after more than twenty years of negotiations. In 2015 they added a new exhibit, “The Man Behind the Masks: The Life & Legacy of Chief Billy Assu”.
This art deco, 467-seat performing arts venue is one of the most prominent buildings downtown, distinguished by its bright pink exterior. The Tidemark Theatre is open 10 months of the year, presenting both professional and community performances. The lobby features a free monthly art display in partnership with the Arts Council.
2.5 acres of formal gardens, orchards and trails surrounded by 18 acres of woods, streams and wetlands. Group tours of the house and property can be booked through the Museum. Drop-in visitors are welcome. To ensure a tour of the house and library, please call ahead of time.
Campbell River’s first Heritage Property, managed by the Campbell River Arts Council. Sybil and her husband Walter Morgan arrived in 1947. A passionate artist, she is best known for her work with lino blocks.
Observe juvenile salmon all year (returning salmon from mid-August to mid-November). This self-guided tour is open to visitors every day from 8am-4pm. Learn about the life cycle of salmon and the hatchery techniques. Picnic sites and nature trails nearby. Wheelchair accessible.
While their single malt whiskey is quietly aging in barrels, you can relax and enjoy an educational tour and tasting from Friday to Sunday, 12–5pm. Or call to arrange a private tour. You can also find more ‘spirited’ gifts in their gift shop!
Campbell River is the centre for shopping on Northern Vancouver Island. That means you will find just about anything you need. The downtown core is within walking distance of marinas, mainly along Shoppers Row. Check out a searchable directory of stores.
Discovery Harbour Centre Shopping 1320 Island Highway. Campbell River’s newest mall, within easy walking distance Discovery Harbour Marina.
Tyee Plaza 287 Shoppers Row. Located within easy walking distance from marinas
Campbell River Common Shopping Centre, the city’s only enclosed mall, is located on Ironwood Street, about a 15-minute stroll from the waterfront.
After a long time at sea, or a short time with children, it’s nice to enjoy your favourite amusements. Click here for a list of everything from rock climbing to drag races or contact the Visitor Information Centre at 1-888-286-5705.
The City’s bus service takes you just about everywhere in town. Service extends south as far as the Oyster River, so you can visit the many beaches south of Campbell River.