Historically renowned as the "Salmon Capital of the World," Campbell River lies in the heart of
Strathcona Park, Desolation Sound, Mt. Washington and Robson Bight. The Tyee Club of B.C.
makes its home here and membership can be earned by catching a 13 kg (30 lb) salmon using
traditional fishing methods that require the use of a rowboat and tackle restrictions. There are
many fresh-water lakes and rivers and the knowledgeable angler can enjoy year-round fishing
opportunities. Many of the lakes are accessible to boats as well as 5 public boat launches within
The spectacular scenery of Strathcona Park can be found by travelling west on Highway 28.
Within Strathcona Park, huge clean sweeps of rock form an alpine climbers dream. The towering
1,000 metre East Face of Mt. Colonel Foster and several of the other peaks over 7,000 feet have
attracted climber's from around the world for their world class calibre rock and ice routes. Crest
Lake is the most developed sport climbing area with well over a hundred routes. The climbs are
found in beautiful surroundings, under tall old-growth forest and overlooking sparkling
mountain lakes. Several Provincial campgrounds are located in the park, some with RV facilities
and others catering to backpackers.
Scuba diving in Discovery Passage has been described as second only to the Red Sea and the
HMCS Columbia, a destroyer sunk by the artificial Reef Society adds to this excellent diving
location. The area boasts an incredible diversity of diving opportunities and experiences and
many are considered among the world's most traveled as, "must dives." Whether your preference
is to explore the plethora of invertebrate life clinging to the underwater walls of Quadra Island,
engage the photogenic qualities of "Captain Crunch" at Whiskey Point or make your way into
the inner galley passages of the Columbia you will soon realize that you are in an internationally
acclaimed ecosystem. Tours, charters and lessons are available for all of these activities.
Whale watching tours are available daily throughout the summer and leave from Kelsey Bay and
Telegraph Cove to the north as well as Robson Bight. Wildlife viewing and escorted bird
watching tours are also available or experience First Nations culture by taking part in cultural
tours and ceremonies. If you wish a private holiday setting, a large fleet of float planes and
helicopters will fly you to your own outdoor adventure paradise.
Festivals run throughout the summer and the Tidemark Theatre offers a series of professional
summer theatre productions. Many Provincial Parks run special summer programs for children
and the Museum offers daily activities and programs such as the popular Puppet Theatre.
Swimming spots include McIvor Lake, beaches at Oyster Bay, Miracle and Saratoga.
Mountain biking and motocross are also very popular in Campbell River with many tracks and
old logging trails located nearby or you can take your bike up the ski lift at Mount Washington
and then ride the miles of trails down.
A number of attractions are considered a must-see when visiting Campbell River. The 600 foot
Discovery Pier is a favoured spot to take an afternoon stroll and enjoy the breathtaking views of
passing cruise ships or try your luck at angling. Elk Falls Provincial Park is only minutes from
town showcasing the spectacular falls that drop 25 meters off a rock precipice into a walled
canyon amidst walking trails, picnic sites and old growth forest. For those with a thrill for
heights, cross the Canyon View Trail pipeline bridge for a great view of the mighty Campbell
River. Search out the unique treasures of locally carved driftwood sculptures along the Rotary
Beach Seawalk from the annual "Transformation on the Shore" carving contest.
There are 3 golf courses located in Campbell River and several more within an hour drive.
Storey Creek and Sequoia Springs are open year round with 18 holes. Saratoga Beach is a
nine-hole par 4 executive course with a driving range. Golf and ski weekend packages available
in the winter months. There are over 50 skiing and snowboarding trails as well as cross country
and snow shoeing trails to be enjoyed.