Guided Tours, Sightseeing, and Walking
Experience of a Lifetime
To get the most of your visit to our area, take one of the many sport fishing, nature, heritage or eco-tours that are available. Accompanied by a knowledgeable local guide, you'll journey by vehicle, kayak, boat or foot to see and learn about things that sometimes don't even make it into the guide books! Prime fishing spots, Nootka Sound, the grizzly bear grounds in British Columbia's remote Mainland inlets, Mitlenatch Island bird sanctuary, and Johnstone Strait's whale-watching area are some of the region's most popular guided tour destinations. But it doesn't stop there! You'll find many others that offer the holiday experience of a lifetime.
Haig-Brown Heritage Property
The Haig-Brown House and Property commemorates the late Roderick Haig-Brown, an internationally famous Canadian author, and his leadership in environmental stewardship and social responsibility. Located on the south banks of the Campbell River, the property consists of gardens, orchards and trails surrounded by woods, steams and wetlands. Visitors are welcome to explore the well-kept walking trails with benches, bridges and picnic tables. Group tours of the house and property can be booked through the Campbell River Museum, call 250-287-3103.
Quinsam Hatchery Tour
The hatchery and surrounding rivers offer excellent opportunities to view salmon at various stages of their life cycle. The hatchery also handles Steelhead and Cutthroats. Special tours for groups can be pre-arranged. There is a self-guided tour with the aid of a pamphlet guide as well. The hatchery is open daily from 8am to 4pm. Please note: the gate is closed at 4pm so please ensure that your vehicles are outside the gate by that time. More details and directions to the Quinsam Hatchery here.
Museum at Campbell River
The modern Museum at Campbell River brings to life the history of Campbell River, from ancient cultures to recent history. The exhibits are vibrant and interactive and highlight the rich heritage of the area's First Nations peoples. Outside, there is a heritage cod fishing boat, a logging steam donkey, a bear and thunderbird totem pole, and a west coast indigenous plant garden with a spectacular marine view and a picnic area.
Campbell River Maritime Heritage Centre
The Centre is an activity centre that houses the BCP45 fishing seiner that adorned the back of the Canadian five dollar bill from 1972 to 1986. Walk the decks, explore the cabins and learn about it's long history. Many other marine artificates are on display. Call 250-286-3161 for tour times.
A scenic drive along the Oceanside Route Highway 19A leads you to Campbell River. From here, there are several popular local routes with destinations that are close by. One option leads north to the Seymour Narrows-Ripple Rock lookout, then winds through the trees to Brown's Bay where you might stop in at a floating dockside café for lunch. The scenic Oceanside Route Highway 19A south takes you to Campbell River's beachside communities. Oyster Bay Shoreline Park is an excellent spot for observing water and shoreline birds. There are even purple martin nesting boxes on pilings out in the bay. Before meandering back to Campbell River, stop for an ice cream or visit one of the other many attractions in this resort district.
Stroll Our Seawalk
Stroll, jog, or rollerblade along the picturesque Rotary Seawalk (located on the Oceanside Route Highway 19A), and feel Campbell River's oceanside ambiance. The Seawalk offers sweeping vistas of Discovery Passage and British Columbia's mainland mountain ranges. You'll see boats and wildlife too, including Alaska-bound cruise ships that seem so close it feels like you can reach out and touch them.
Or listen for the cries of bald eagles, and see if you can spot them in craggy treetops. You'll also find driftwood carvings and benches along the way, and friendly locals enjoying the fresh sea air. This level, paved walkway is about 6 kilometres (3.5 miles) long-though you don't have to walk the entire distance-and is suitable for wheelchairs and strollers.
The wood carvings you see along the seawalk and various locations throughout Campbell River, are the result of the Shoreline Arts annual Transformation of the Shore event held every July 1st long weekend at Frank James Park, in Willow Point. Watch wood artisans as they take up the challenge of transforming recycled wood into these beautiful art carvings.
In Campbell River, enjoy a nature walk while observing fish throughout their life cycle at various locations in the area. Visit the Quinsam River Hatchery for interpretive displays detailing hatchery techniques and the life cycle of various species of salmon. Built in 1974, the hatchery is open seven days a week from 8 am to 4 pm and is an ideal family outing with riverside trails and a picnic site.
There's another easy walk, suitable for all ages, along the banks of the Campbell River. It runs from the end of Maple Street in Campbellton (a north Campbell River neighbourhood) downstream to the river's estuary. Every year, large numbers of salmon journey up the river to spawn. In the fall, you can witness this seasonal struggle as giant Tyee salmon thrust their heavy bodies right out of the water in their efforts to move upstream.
The Campbell River Estuary is one of the area's current salmon enhancement projects. Explore the streamside trails and see recently constructed spawning channels. You may see fish, and more. Birds, wildflowers and seals are also common sights along the river.
12 Great Places To Walk In Campbell River
Active Campbell River is part of a provincial initiative to promote healthier lifestyles and community spirit through physical activity. They compiled a great map of 12 walks in our area which you can download as a PDF.