Top 8 Things to Do in Campbell River

Campbell River is a paradise for the wildlife enthusiast, and has long been known as the ‘salmon capital of the world’. The river itself abounds with five different species of salmon, and in season is filled with hundreds of thousands of fish returning to spawn. Grizzly bears fishing along the river are a common sight.

The coastline is a haven for whales, dolphins, seals, sea lions and more, while further inland, Strathcona Provincial Park is a rugged mountain wilderness covering more than 250,000 hectares.
Salmon fishing

Salmon fishing

As the ‘salmon capital of the world’, Campbell River is well known for its outstanding salmon fishing. Bring your own gear or stay at one of the town’s full service sport fishing resorts.
Whale watching

Whale watching

In the beautiful waterways of the Discovery Islands, marine wildlife abounds, and there are numerous companies offering whale watching trips as well as the opportunity to spot dolphins, sea lions, seals and more.
Wildlife spotting

Wildlife spotting

With such an abundance of wildlife around Campbell River, there are many tour companies that offer wildlife spotting trips. Head out in search of bears, and watch them hunt for salmon in their native habitat.
 
Snorkelling with the salmon

Snorkelling with the salmon

Hundreds of thousands of salmon return to the Campbell River system every year to spawn. This unique snorkelling adventure will take you along a two and a half kilometre stretch of the river, and bring you face to face with the five species of salmon making this amazing journey.
 
Campbell River Art Gallery

Campbell River Art Gallery

With two exhibition halls, a studio and a gift shop, the Campbell River Art Gallery is a great place to check out the local art scene.
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Campbell River Museum

Campbell River Museum

Take a fascinating trip back into the history of Campbell River and area, including a look at pioneer times, logging, float homes, salmon fishing and the area’s First Nations’ history.
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Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving

Campbell River is just minutes away from some of the world’s finest dive sites. In a steep underwater channel you’ll find a stunning assortment of colourful and fascinating marine life, including anemones, sponges, corals and many different kinds of fish – as well as pacific salmon, orca, seals, sea lions, wolf eels, giant pacific octopus and much more. The wreckage of the former HMCS Columbia is also home to an array of wildlife.
Hiking

Hiking

Popular walks in Elk Falls Provincial Parks include Canyon View Trail, and a short walk culminating at the Quinsam Salmon Hatchery. Strathcona Provincial Park is the oldest provincial park in British Columbia and consists largely of untamed wilderness, apart from the areas of Buttle Lake and Forbidden Plateau.