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Campbell River | British Columbia

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Rotary Seawalk

The Rotary Seawalk is a six-kilometre walkway that runs along the shore of the Discovery Passage. This walkway is a popular place for tourists and locals to visit as there are beautiful marine views. 

While walking on the paved path, you can see the departures and arrivals of fishing and sailing boats, cargo and cruise ships, recreational kayakers and more! The walkway includes picnic areas, viewing benches, and sandy and pebbled shores! Walking, you can explore the different artwork along the way, such as wood carvings and monuments. People interested in bird watching tend to enjoy this seawalk as well!

Photo: facebook.com/DiscoverCampbellRiver

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Museum at Campbell River

Recommended by Raig Layton

The Museum at Campbell River is a place to learn about the area’s living history through programs and exhibits. The museum focuses on the cultures of First Nations groups located within the coastal zone. 

Parts of the museum include a theatre, a native plant garden, and an archives research centre. There is a museum gift shop where visitors can purchase something to remember their visit to Campbell River! Some leading topics covered in the museum are logging, the ripple rock story, First Nations exhibits, and the local salmon fishing industry. 

Photo: facebook.com/museumatcampbellriver

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Discovery Fishing Pier

Recommended by Stirleen Hatson

The Discovery Fishing Pier is Canada’s first saltwater fishing pier. 

A pier is a popular place for locals and people visiting Campbell River. The concession stand offers rentals on fishing equipment for people who do not have their own with them! The concession stand is also famous for the ice cream cones! 

The Discovery Fishing Pier is a total of 600 feet long, 150 feet from the shore. The amenities that are a part of the pier include bait stands, rod holders, fish cleaning tables, picnic and covered areas, and benches. If you are not someone who enjoys fishing, you can still visit the pier to view Discovery Passage!

Photo: facebook.com/DiscoveryPier

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Elk Falls Provincial Park

Recommended by Danny Laygace

The Elk Falls Provincial Park is located just 2 kilometres away from downtown Campbell River. The park includes a large waterfall and salmon fishing. There is a park campground, walking trails, and amenities! 

The waterfall the park is named after is 25-metres tall and is a beautiful site to see while visiting the town of Campbell River. A lovely walk through the trails to see the waterfall is a great activity while in the town!

Photos: basic_sounds, CC-BY-SA-2.0; Susan Daly, CC-BY-SA-4.0

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Big Rock

Big Rock is a famous landmark in Campbell River and part of a First Nations legend. The rock is forty feet tall and is a glacial erratic that has been there since the last ice age. 

Big Rock has always been a cultural part of Campbell River and the surrounding area. The rock acts as a community message board, way-marker, mythic embodiment, and canvas. The rock acts as a canvas as people display art and messages on the rock.

Photo: Google Street View

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Strathcona Provincial Park

Recommended by Raig Layton

Strathcona Park is the oldest park in British Columbia. It was established in 1911.

The park is home to 500,000 acres of wilderness as this park also gives facilities by providing many opportunities to travellers through hiking trails, kayaking, and two provisional campgrounds. 

Photo: Richard Powell, CC-BY-SA-2.0

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Torii Gate

Recommended by Colin McQuillian

In 1933 to celebrate the 10-year couple with the sister city Ishikari, Japan, Campbell River represented itself with this Torii Gate. The gate is in Sequoia Park across from the Museum at the Campbell River. 

Photo: heritagebc.ca

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Haig-Brown Heritage House

Recommended by Danny Lagace

The Haig-Brown Heritage House is a historic family home located beside the Campbell River. It was constructed in 1923. This mansion is the preceding home of “Ann and Roderick Haig-Brown.” Roderick Haig-Brown was a pioneering conservationist, and acclaimed author, among other things. 

During summer, the house is a unique bed and breakfast accommodation and can be rented for weddings and other events! 

The Kingfisher Creek trails are throughout the forest. These trails are well kept and include benches, picnic tables for relaxing, and bridges to explore throughout the paths. The property that the house is located on is filled with beautiful gardens.

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Sybil Andrews Cottage

Recommended by Colin McQuillian

The Andrew-Morgan property is considered historical, which is resident of the Sybil Andrew bungalow and the Walter Morgan Craving Shed. The bungalow was built in 1942 and constructed of wood frame. 

It is a home for the famous artist Sybil Andrew and her spouse Walter Morgan from 1947 to 1992. It is the masterpiece that has the oceanfront property. It includes the organic flower garden, planted apple trees initially, and unimpeded views of Quadra Island 

Photos: sybilandrews.com

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Campbell River Art Gallery

Recommended by Verleen Layton

The Campbell River Art Gallery is the town’s only art gallery. The gallery focuses on being a critical space for producing, thinking, and sharing knowledge of contemporary art. Professional artists’ work is a key inclusion in the exhibitions hosted at the gallery. 

When visiting, view the artwork in both the Main Gallery and Satellite Gallery. The gallery is an exciting place to experience contemporary art in Campbell River.

Photo: facebook.com/campbellriverartgallery

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Discovery Passage Aquarium

Recommended by James Klairs

The Discovery Passage Aquarium is known to be a place to view and interact with the wonders of marine life. The aquarium has many hands-on experiences where guests can participate and learn about the area’s marine life and ecosystems. 

The aquarium consists of rocky tide pools, eelgrass beds, kelp forests, and more! Many different types of marine life are collected each spring to be a part of the aquarium and are then released back into the wild each fall!

Photo: discoverypassageaquarium.ca

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Maritime Heritage Centre

The Maritime Heritage Centre is an activity centre to educate, research, holding exhibitions and social events. 

The most important part of the heritage centre is the housing and reconstruction of the BCP45 fishing seiner. The seiner was the one that once was on the back of the Canadian five-dollar bill. As well as the BCP45, other interesting maritime artifacts are on display in the centre!

Photos: maritimeheritagecentre.ca; facebook.com/Maritime-Heritage-Centre-221432144123

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Holly Hill Farm

Holly Hill Farm is a petting farm that is interactive and perfect for people visiting Campbell River to go to! 

The farm invites guests to experience holding chickens, baby bunnies, and mini goats. Larger animals also featured on the farm include horses and alpacas, which guests can hand-feed! 

The farm is open year-round with different events for holidays, such as a Christmas and winter stable in the winter, a pumpkin patch in the fall, and Easter activities! 

Photo: hollyhillfarmcampbellriver.com

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