The City of Campbell River (pop.
31,437) sits at the mouth of British Columbia's Discovery Passage, on
the east central coast of Vancouver Island. Flanked by breathtaking
views of snowcapped mountains, winding fjords and verdure forests,
Campbell River is the island's third largest city.
Long before British explorers discovered
this area in the 18th century, First Nations communities called it their
home. Tribes of the
Laich-kwil-tach and the
Kwakiutl First Nations inhabited the land and fished from its
shores. Discovery of the area by Captain George Vancouver in 1792 was
followed by European explorers in the mid 1800s and it is from this
visit that Campbell River is believed to derive its name. Speculation
links the river and its namesake to a visit by surgeon Dr. Samuel
Campbell in the mid-1800s.
Dubbed the "salmon capital of the
world," Campbell River is well known for its rich ecological bounty. Sportsfishing is a major attraction here, largely because of its
proximity to the salmon-rich Discovery Passage and Campbell River. Whale
watching, eco-tours, hiking and cultural/historic tours are highlights
of the island's north-central coast which has, for many years, been home
to a thriving First Nation community.
Attractions include the town's yearly
Salmon Festival in August; the Haig-Brown House (named for ecological
pioneers who settled in the area in the early 1900s), and the yearly
festival of the same name that takes place each September; the Campbell
River Museum; and the Woodhus Slough, a birdwatcher's paradise.
Campbell River can be reached from
Victoria and Nanaimo via Highways 19 or 19A, or by ferry via the
Vancouver/ Horseshoe Bay-Departure Bay ferry and Highway 19 north.
Campbell River can also be reached via ferry from the scenic town of
Powell River by traveling to Comox and continuing north on Highway 19.
Welcome to Campbell River.
Take a moment
now to explore Campbell River through these pages and the links they provide to
more detailed descriptions and presentations.
Lodge Holiday & Fishing Resort. 1625 MacDonald Road, Box 460,
Dept. 2, Campbell River, BC V9W 4S5. Phone: 250-286-1102; Toll-free:
1-800-663-7090; Fax: 250-598-1361.
Journeys. Suite # 398 - 1434 Island Highway, Campbell River, BC
V9W 8C9. Phone: 250-850-1101; Toll-free: 1-888-455-8101; Fax: