Campbell River

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Campbell River

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Campbell River is situated on the east coast of Vancouver Island and is renowned for being the "Salmon Capital of the world". The town has little to appeal to the average tourist, but is heaven for Hikers, Kayakers, Fishers and Naturists. Here you will find a slow, quiet island lifestyle and beautiful scenery.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Campbell River is accessible by air from Vancouver and has regular flights to other destinations on the mainland. Additionally, Kenmore Air [13] offers regularly scheduled service to Campbell River from Seattle on both seaplanes and land planes from May through September.

By bus[edit]

You can get to Campbell River by several bus routes too. Island Coach Lines (Laidlaw) serves Victoria to Port Hardy, and points in between, including Campbell River. Connect to Island Coach Lines from Vancouver aboard Greyhound [14] or Pacific Coach Lines.

By car[edit]

Travelling north on Highway 19 takes approximately 2 hours (153 kilometres / 95 miles) from Nanaimo or 3.5 hours (264 kilometres / 165 miles) from Victoria. You can also take the Inland Highway, which will reduce time by an hour, but is a dull and pointless drive. Highway 19 is well worth the drive for the beautiful ocean views.

Get around[edit]

Campbell River does run a limited service local bus route, but a car would be an ideal form of transport to allow you to take advantage of the environment.

See[edit][add listing]

Campbell River hosts a busy arts and culture scene. There is a art museum and the Campbell River and Kwagiulth museums which display the local First nations History and importance to the area.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Whale Watching and Grizzly Bear Tour
    • Campbell River Whale Watching and Adventure Tours, [1].  edit
  • Elk Falls Provincial Park - Situated just outside C.R, this park has wonderful trails for Hikers or Bikers. As for the falls, they are surrounded by old growth trees and are 80ft high.
  • Quadra and Cortez Island - Quadra Island is located right beside Campbell River and just a twenty minutes ferry ride away. It's main communities are Quathiaski Cove and Heriot Bay, which connects to Cortez with a ferry accessible by car.

For Outdoor minded people Strathcona Park contain world-class hiking, and camping. Recommended hikes include Flower Ridge Trail, Crest Mountain Trail, and the Elk River Trail.

Guided salmon fishing is also a very popular thing to do.

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Wei Wai Kum House Of Treasures Ltd‎, 1370 Island Highway (Located next to Moxie's Restaurant in the Discovery Harbour Shopping Centre), 250-286-1440‎. This gallery features Northwest Coast First Nations art. Located next to Moxie's Restaurant in the Discovery Harbour Shopping Centre.  edit
  • Still Water Books & Art, Suite 120-1260 Shoppers Row (Between the public library and Photo Tech.), 250-850-3103, [3].  edit
  • Ridgerider Mens Wear, 920 Island Hwy, 250-286-3554. Also sells Western apparel and gifts.  edit
  • Cheddar & Co Specialty Foods Ltd, 1090 Shoppers Row, 250-830-0244, [4]. A cheese shop that also sells gift baskets and specialty foods.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Caitlin's Kitchen, 2116 e S Island Highway Willow Point (opposite wood carvings on the island highway), 1-250-926-0346. A relaxing cafe serving mostly breakfast and lunch  edit
  • Baan Thai Restaurant, 1090 Shoppers Row (Above Cheddar & Co.), 250-286-4850‎. Baan Thai is located downtown on Shopper's Row. It serves Thai cusine and seems to be a local favorite.  edit
  • Koto Japanese Restaurant, 80 10 Avenue (Next door to HSBC), 250-286-1422‎. Japanese restaurant, popular with locals and travellers alike.  edit
  • Best Wok, 936 Alder Street, 250-287-2831‎. Chinese restaurant.  edit
  • San Marcos Steak House, 952 Shoppers Row, 250-287-7066.  edit
  • White Tower Restaurant, 1920 Island Highway, 250-287-2282, [5]. Steaks, pasta, pizza, Greek, Italian and Indian dishes.  edit
  • Dicks Fish And Chips, 1003B Island Hwy (On The Water), 250-287-3336, [6].  edit
  • Driftwood Restaurant, 4329 South Island Hwy (close to Oyster Bay), 250-923-5505, [7]. 11:30 am - 9 pm. Chinese Smorgasboard, Western dishes also offered. Local favorite.  edit
  • Taste of Saigon, 969 Alder St, 250.287.4320, [8]. Vietnamese Restaurant  edit
  • Ideal Cafe has seven types of hashbrowns.
  • Painters Lodge has an amazing array of local food.

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Paramount Music Hall, 1140 Ironwood Road (Next to Popsey's Log Cabin Restaurant), 250-287-8686. 10:00 pm-2:00 am. Paramount Music Hall (formerly The Voodoo Lounge) is Campbell River's only nightclub. It features Top 40 music and occasionally live bands. There are daily drink specials. If you get hungry, there's a concession stand called Dat'saLottaPerogeys, right outside the bar selling perogies, hot dogs, and other munchies. Open Tuesday to Saturday and occasionally Sundays. Cover charge varies, but is usually $5.  edit
  • Royal Coachman Neighbourhood Pub, 84 Dogwood Street, 250-286-0231‎, [9]. Campbell River's only English style pub.  edit
  • The Willow's Neighbourhood Pub, 521 Rockland Road, 250 923 8311. 11:30am-12;00am. Great home made soups and pub food. Friendly atmosphere. Great prices  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Beaver Lodge Bed and Breakfast, 501 Trask Rd, 1-888-286-1773, [10]. This home is on 5 acres at the entrance of the 1000 acre Beaver Lodge Forestry Park.  edit
  • Best Western Plus Austrian Chalet, 462 South Island Highway, 250-923-4231 (fax: 250-923-2840), [11]. Ranked in the top twenty percent of all North American Best Western properties.  edit
  • Taku Resort & Marina of Quadra Island BC, 616 Taku Road, Heriot Bay, Quadra Island; BC, Canada V0P 1H0, 250-285-3031, [12]. Accommodation types include beach houses, cabins, RV sites with service, camp sites, and marina moorage. Amenities include tennis courts, basketball, bocce ball, bikes, canoes, kayaks, hot-tub, game room. Numerous activities including cooking classes, hiking and fishing. Pet Friendly. (50.101040,-125.204375) edit

Get out[edit]

Routes through Campbell River
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