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Welcome to the Campbell River
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indigenous culture and wildlife tour
This exclusive, small group half day experience incorporates the best of marine wildlife and First Nations culture. The immer...
Orca, Humpback Whales, Dolphins, Bears and Sealions are just some of what you may see in beautiful Campbell River, Canada dur...
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Encounter the marine life of Vancouver Island on a half-day whale-watching tour in Campbell River. Unlike many other tours, t...
Join us on an amazing whale watching tour for a chance to witness a diverse range of marine life, including orcas, humpbacks,...
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Located on the ocean shore of Campbell River. The giant sculpture is an excellent place for a quick pullover stop.
Beautiful tall waterfall on Vancouver Island in Elk Falls Provincial Park along Campbell River
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Expect a fantastic experience when visiting Elk Falls! But there is much more to see and do, including a short Old-Growth hik...

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Planning Your Trip to Campbell River

Preparing for a trip to Campbell River, BC means getting ready for an adventure where the beauty of nature meets a vibrent community spirit.

Campbell River Accommodations

In Campbell River, accommodations range from cozy bed and breakfasts nestled in quiet neighbourhoods to waterfront hotels that offer breathtaking views of the Discovery Passage.

Whether you’re looking for a place that feels like a home away from home or a room that puts you right in the heart of nature, you’ll find it here.

Many spots come with the added bonus of local owners who are eager to share their insider tips on the best spots to visit, ensuring your stay is as memorable as the scenery.


Campbell River is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, offering a ton of experiences that bring you up close with the wonders of nature.

Fishing here is unparalleled, with the title of ‘Salmon Capital of the World’ living up to its name, whether you’re casting a line from the shore or aboard a charter in pursuit of the big catch.

Whale watching tours provide a majestic display of marine life, where the thrill of spotting orcas, humpbacks, and minke whales in their natural habitat is an unforgettable experience.

For those looking for a bit more adventure, bear tours offer a unique opportunity to safely observe these magnificent creatures as they roam the wild landscapes of Vancouver Island.

Find the activity that best suites your adventure level and add a chapter in the unforgettable story of Campbell River’s natural beauty.

Things to do in Campbell River

For those curious about exploring the natural beauty of Campbell River, the options are as varied as they are breathtaking.

Hiking enthusiasts will find trails that range from easy walks to challenging treks, leading through ancient forests and offering panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and sea.

Waterfall chasers are in for a treat with hidden cascades like Elk Falls, where the roar of the water and the misty air create a magical atmosphere.

For a more tranquil experience, strolling along the shoreline provides a peaceful way to enjoy the stunning coastal scenery, with the chance to spot marine life and soak in the vibrant sunsets.

Campbell River truly has something for every type of outdoor lover.


Getting to Campbell River is a breeze, with various transportation options to suit your travel style.

    1. Ferry: Visit Quadra Island and link to Cortes Island using BC Ferries. ! 
    2. Airport: Campbell River Airport (YBL) 
    3. City Bus: BCTransit is efficient and affordable, offering options to the many coastal locations in Campbell River.