Insider’s Guide to Campbell River

Where to Stay In Campbell River?

There are a variety of different accommodation options in Campbell River, from Vacation Rentals, to Rustic Cottages and 5 star resorts. There is something for everyone! Our favorites include Brown's Bay Resort, Dolphins Resort, and Painters Lodge.

Things to Do In Campbell River

Campbell River is an outdoor lovers paradise! Take a Whale Watching Tour or Sunset Adventure with Discovery West Adventures, or join them for one of their Cleanup/Whale Watching Tours for an Adventure you can feel good about!

How to Get To Campbell River

Campbell River is located on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. Vancouver Island can be easily reached by ferry (via Vancouver, Powell River, or Prince Rupert) or plane. Once on Vancouver Island, Campbell River is about an hour and a half north of Nanaimo (or a little bit longer if you take the scenic route)

HOW TO GET TO CAMPBELL RIVER?

BY SEA

Vancouver Island can be reached by ferry via Vancouver (Horseshoe Bay > Departure Bay or Tsawwassen > Duke Point) Powell River, or Prince Rupert. BC Ferries runs sailings frequently throughout the day, but in the summer months, a reservation is strongly recommended!

BY LAND

Once on Vancouver Island, Campbell River can easily be reached by car. It is about an hour and a half drive North from Nanaimo along Highway 19, or a little bit longer if you choose to take the scenic route 19A.

BY AIR

Pacific Coastal Airlines and Central Mountain Air have daily flights arriving in Campbell River from Vancouver's (YVR) South Terminal. The Campbell River Airport is only a 15 minute drive from downtown Campbell River. Other airport options include Comox and Nanaimo.

WHERE TO STAY IN CAMPBELL RIVER?

There are a ton of different accommodation options in Campbell River, from Vacation Rentals, to Rustic Cottages and 5 star resorts. There is something for everyone! Here are just a few of our favorites.

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Brown's Bay Resort

Brown's Bay is where we call home! It really is one of Vancouver Island's best kept secrets. Accommodation options include luxury cabins, first class RV Park, Oceanfront Tenting Sites, and even rustic Glamping Tents. Discovery West Adventures is onsite and departs right from Brown's Bay Marina!

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Dolphins Resort

Dolphins Resort is located on a spectacular, ocean front property overlooking Discovery Passage and the Coast Mountain Range.
The property consists of cozy cabins with wood burning fireplaces and personal hot tubs! Be sure to check out Anglers for breakfast in the morning!

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Painters Resort

Painters resort is located just 5 minutes from the downtown core of Campbell River. It's ocean view rooms, and cabins in the woods, are first class. Their on-site restaurant has the most breath-taking view! Also check out their sister resort, April Point, on Quadra Island.

For more recommendations on where to stay in Campbell River, check out CampbellRiver.Travel!

If you are looking for something a bit more secluded and remote, check out Nanook Lodge or Shoal Bay. Both of these resorts are boat access only, but Discovery West Adventures can offer water taxi services to both resorts either from Brown’s Bay or Campbell River.

THINGS TO DO IN CAMPBELL RIVER

TAKE A TOUR

We are fortunate enough to be surrounded by the most incredible wildlife and scenery. Let us show you why we love where we live. Even if you have lived here your whole life, you’ll gain a whole new appreciation for our area when you see it from our perspective! We have trips departing daily from Brown’s Bay Marina, be sure to book in advance to avoid disappointment!

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Coastal Adventure

Take a breathtaking tour through Discovery Passage and enjoy the pristine coast. We'll stop to view playful sea lions, soaring eagles, and humpback whales!

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Whale Watching

Take a whale watching trip and discover breaching humpbacks, hunting orca and so much more! Our whale watching tours allow us more time with these spectacular creatures.

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Seymour Narrows

Come and experience the power and beauty of Seymour Narrows, one of Vancouver Island’s natural wonders. Take a quick optional hike to a viewpoint, for a whole new perspective.

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Sunset Tour, Whale Watching Campbell River

Sunset Tour

Sunsets Are Proof That No Matter What Happens, Every Day Can End Beautifully. Take in the breathtaking views of Discovery Pass as the sun sets behind Vancouver Island.

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Cleanup Adventures

Adventures That Matter! Join us for a fun day of sightseeing, exploring both on and off of the water! We’ll be heading into the Discovery Islands and scouting out beaches that need our help!

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TAKE A HIKE

Campbell River and the surrounding area is filled with hikes, and is an outdoor lovers dream! There are far too many to mention here, but here’s a few of our favorites!

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Elk Falls

This leisurely 6km hike will take you through some serene old-growth forest trails, across a giant suspension bridge where finally you can look down and marvel at the wonder that is Elk Falls! The hike is 4km and takes roughly 1.5 hours, it's relatively easy with minimal elevation gain.

How to get there? From Campbell River, take Highway 28 North towards Gold River for approximately 3km. Drive past Quinsam Campground, and you'll see the signs for Elk Falls on the right.

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Lower Myra Falls

Lower Myra Falls is a short but rewarding hike with a beautiful rewarding view! It's a great place to bring a lunch and just hang out on the rocks watching the falls. The hike is 1.5km and takes roughly 45 minutes, it's perfect for kids of all ages (just be mindful of the slippery rocks if you get close to the falls).

How to get there? From Campbell River, take Highway 28 North towards Gold River for approximately 87km. Once you have passed Buttle Lake Campground, the road will turn into Westmin Road. You'll see signs on the right for Lower Myra Falls which will lead you to a dirt parking lot.

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Ripple Rock Trail

The story of Ripple Rock is one Campbell River is famous for, and if you've had a chance to join us on one of our tours, then you've likely heard it. The Ripple Rock trail will take you on a scenic 8km hike through the forest and eventually take you to a viewpoint for Seymour Narrows, one of the three fastest tidal streams in the world. We suggest checking out the tides ahead of time to make sure you get the best show. The hike is 8km and takes roughly 3-4 hours round trip, so be sure to bring plenty of snacks and water!

How to get there? From Campbell River, head North on the Island Highway for approximately 16km. Once you pass Bloedel, you'll see signs and a parking lot on the right.

GRAB A BITE

There are plenty of fantastic restaurants in the Campbell River area, whether you are looking for fresh seafood to bring home, or a nice sit down meal overlooking the water, we’ve got you covered!

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The Narrows Floating Restaurant, Brown's Bay Resort

The food, view and ambiance of the Narrows Floating Restaurant is one that you simply have to experience for yourself. If you're lucky enough to be around during one of their All-You-Can-Eat Crab nights, don't forget to make a reservation and come hungry!

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Anglers, Dolphins Resort

Anglers oceanfront restaurant is open year round and one of Campbell River's hidden gems. The rustic decor is warm and inviting, and makes a great place for a casual meal . Their breakfast menu is absolutely incredible and the view is not bad either 😉

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Dicks Fish & Chips

Fresh and delicious, and a favorite among the locals. Dicks is a great place to grab a bite and either sit inside or head to the pier. Don't forget to finish off your meal with an ice cream from Discovery Pier Ice Cream Shop!

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Crabby Bob's Seafood

If you're looking for some fresh seafood to take back to cook yourself, Crabby Bob's is the place to go! From Oysters to Dungeness Crab, all of their seafood is locally sourced and sustainable, so you know exactly where your food is coming from.

CHECK OUT THE TOWN

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Ice Cream at Discovery Pier

SHOP 'TILL YOU DROP

Are you looking for that unique gift to take back to a friend or loved one? Or even yourself for that matter 😉 These Campbell River shops are a just a few of our local favorites. All of them feature locally designed items, from hand-crafted carvings to west coast inspired apparel, we doubt you’ll be able to walk out empty handed! 

ANNUAL CAMPBELL RIVER EVENTS

On a regular year, Campbell River and the Comox Valley have plenty of festivals and activities to keep you busy. Of course with the pandemic, things are constantly changing, so please check out the event websites for updates!

Want More? Check Out Destination Campbell River for more great ideas on things to do while visiting Campbell River!

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