West Coast Wildlife, Orcas, Humpback Whales, Grizzly Bears, Campbell River, BC, Vancouver Island, Canada

Attractions

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  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Marine Wildlife Adventures
  • Grizzly Bear Tours
  • Bird Watching
  • Raft & Snorkel with Salmon
  • Photo Gallery

Campbell River Area Attractions

There’s so much see and do in the Campbell River region, there won’t be any dull moments during your vacation. Check out our Campbell River area attractions, like world class salmon fishing. Join a whale watching or grizzly bear adventure tour. Explore one of our many hiking trails then frolic in the ocean waves at a nearby beach. The Passage View is centrally located, close to the Public Fishing Pier, Fisherman’s Wharf and the downtown core. You’ll find museums, restaurants, shops, casino, outdoor public swimming pool and children’s park, all a short walk away from the motel. Campbell River is a great home base to start off from for a multitude of day trips and adventures.

Salmon Capital of the World

Salmon Fishing

For over a century, Campbell River has been touted as the Salmon Capital of the World. Every year, millions of migrating salmon travel through Discovery Passage on their way to spawn in their birth river. Whether you are an avid fisherman or a novice, come experience the thrill of pulling in a lively Pacific salmon.

Check out the BC Fishing Guide, then visit one of numerous charters in the area: CR Sport Fishing, Coastal Island Fishing Adventures,  Tall-Tale Charters (see more Google results). Whether ocean, river or lake fishing is your passion, Campbell River is a sport fisher’s paradise. Campbell River Sport Fishing

The Passage View is a ten minute walk away from the Public  Discovery Fishing Pier. Throw in a line and try to catch your dinner. If you don’t have any luck, you can always stop at Highline Fishing Co. or  Crabby Bob’s, grab some fresh seafood, bring it back to the motel to cook in your kitchenette room or on our guest barbeque. If you want fish and chips prepared by the experts, walk across the street from the pier to Dick’s Fish and Chips, or try one of the many Campbell River seafood restaurants.

You can fish Chinook, also known as Springs or King salmon year round. Fishing for other species of salmon is just as rewarding. There are different fishing seasons for each species of salmon: June to September is Coho (Silver) season; Sockeye and Pinks are prevalent mid-July through August, and then, during the month of October, it’s time to catch Chum.  Campbell River Tourism-Salmon Fishing

Purchase your fishing licence easily online or visit one of the Campbell River tackle shops.

Quinsam Fish Hatchery

The Quinsam Hatchery is a great place to observe juvenile salmon all year, or returning salmon from end-of-July to mid-November. Self-guided tours are open to visitors seven days a week from 8:00am to 4:00pm.

Significantly boosting returns, the hatchery plays a vital role in restoring natural spawning runs to the Campbell River and Quinsam River as well as assisting production of other systems such as the Puntledge and Oyster rivers. Each year, four species of Pacific salmon and two species of sea run trout return to the Quinsam and Campbell Rivers to spawn. Campbell River Tourism-Fresh Water Fishing

Marine and Wildlife Adventure Tours

WHALE WATCHING

There’s nothing quite like the magnificence of an Orca whale – an experience that leaves most people in awe. Book with one of countless charters and spend the day out on the water in one of nature’s most memorable landscapes. Keep your eyes open for seals, sea lions, dolphins and bald eagles while experienced guides get you unimaginably close to killer whales. Get in touch with a guide today: Campbell River Whale Watching and Adventure Tours, Eagle Eye Adventures, Aboriginal Journeys, Discovery Marine Safaris, (see more Google results)

Raft & Snorkel with Salmon Adventure & Packages

Destiny River-Raft & Snorkel with Salmon

This 3 hour tour is unique to the Campbell River. Each year thousands of salmon return to the river from which they started. The crystal clear water allows for easy viewing of the salmon in the river environment from the raft – or you can don a wetsuit and participate in one of the most unique experiences by snorkeling in the river pools teeming with thousands of salmon.

Grizzly Bear Watching Tours

Vancouver Island is black bear territory, but grizzlies aren’t far away. Take a wildlife tour or go bear-watching in remote and wild areas of this region. A short float plane or boat ride from Vancouver Island leads to incredible grizzly bear watching in Knight Inlet and Bute Inlet, part of the Great Bear Rainforest. There are several companies that offer grizzly bear watching tours, such as Discovery Marine SafarisAboriginal Journeys Wildlife and Adventure ToursCampbell River Whale Watching Adventure Tours.

Bird Watching

There’s no shortage of bird watching opportunities in the Campbell River region. Check out GoCampbellRiver’s  Campbell River Bird Watching  page for lots of information on birding/bird watching in our area. The large Douglas Fir trees that reside on our property, the surrounding area and on the shores below the motel draw Bald Eagles to our neighbourhood. See our Photo Gallery page to see photos of the eagles and some of the other birds that frequent our region.

Activities and Day Trips

There’s lots to do in Campbell River after you settle in. Hike through British Columbia’s oldest provincial park – Strathcona Provincial Park, or choose one of the many other hiking trails in the Campbell River region. Campbell River Tourism, Go Campbell River-Regional Trails, Discover Campbell River Biking, Hiking & Walking Trails

Go skiing or boarding at Mount Washington during the winter or visit beautiful Paradise Meadows on warm weather days.  Saratoga Beach and Miracle Beach are each a twenty minute car ride away. Both beaches are dog friendly. Go for a dip and sunbathe on the sandy beach at McIvor Lake, about fifteen minutes away, up the Gold River Highway, on hot summer days.

If waterfalls are your passion, be sure to visit Elk Falls, located a short 15 minute drive away from the motel, up the Gold River Highway. Check out the drone footage of the suspension bridge on the Elk Falls website. A 30 to 40 minute drive away from Campbell River is Lady Falls. The round trip around the falls takes about 15 minutes. Well worth the trip! If you are travelling around the island, you can check out these other spectacular Waterfalls of Vancouver Island.

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Other Day Trip Locations

Quadra Island

Cortez Island

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Area Attractions

 Fishermans Wharf and the Heritage Maritime Museum are a short walk away from the motel.

Campbell River Museum is kitty corner from the Passage View.

The Pier Street Farmers Market and Arts Fair is held every Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. (from the first Sunday in May until the last Sunday in September). It’s a five minute walk away from the motel, in the same vicinity as Fishermans Wharf, Discovery Fishing Pier and the Heritage Maritime Museum.

Rotary Sea Walk is a 6 kilometre (3.4 mile) paved walkway that follows the pebbled and sandy shores of the Discovery Passage. Bicycle rentals  are available. Be sure to phone ahead to book your rental time.

Campbell River Restaurants

Children’s Playgrounds

Golf Courses