Campbell River is the gateway to salmon fishing, a play ground for water sport enthusiasts and those who simply can not resist taking time out to relax and enjoy the ocean views. Campbell River is surrounded by spectacular specimens of old growth forests, canyons, and glaciers in some of British Columbia’s largest parks, which offer trails, hiking, picnicking and the highest view points on Vancouver Island. From the town, travelers enjoy a short charter or ferry ride to popular site seeing islands, Quadra, Discovery and Cortes. These islands offer more shore side exploring walking, bicycling, kayaking, or whale watching.
Highlights: Year round – Eco-tours and Recreation
Winter / Spring – skiing / heli-skiing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing
Summer / Fall - salmon fishing, whale watching
Historic Tale of The Devil Beneath the Sea - Ripple Rock, how it claimed hundreds of ships and fell to a watery grave after the largest recorded man made non-nuclear (and underwater) explosion!
Elk Falls Provincial Park just outside Campbell River.
Strathcona Provincial Park offers picnicing, fishing, camping and more experienced hikes to the Comox Glacier; Della Falls, the highest waterfall in Canada; and the Golden Hinde, at 2200 metres is the tallest peak on Vancouver Island.
History: Kwkiutl and Laich-kwil-tach First Nations lay claim to their home lands here along the shores of Vancouver Island in the area named today Campbell River first settled by the Wewaykum tribe. The sufficient supply of gaming and fishing did not have the tribes wanting for much. Smoked salmons and vegetation traditionally preserved kept them fed throughout the year.
Climate: Summer average 18 degrees Celsius
Winter average 5 degrees Celsius