Campbell River

Spectacularly situated where the mountains meet the ocean, Campbell River overlooks the Inside Passage and Discovery Islands to the east and is backed by the alpine wilderness of Strathcona Provincial Park in the west. A year-round mecca for outdoor enthusiasts, this vibrant city of 29,000 people offers some of the finest ecotour experiences on Vancouver Island.

The numerous parks, lakes and wilderness areas surrounding Campbell River present canoeists, hikers, anglers and wildlife-watchers with many opportunities. Strathcona Provincial Park, just 59 km away, is a glorious, 231,434-hectare park with mountains, glaciers, old growth forests, meadows, alpine lake, and hundreds of plant and animal species.

In the winter and early spring, Campbell River diving is at its peak, with visibility in the clear, cold water often exceeding 31 meters. An incredible amount of marine plant and animal life inhabits the Discovery Passage. Diving hot spots include Seymour Narrows, Steep Island and the sunken destroyer, HMCS Columbia. Because some of the most popular dive sites are subject to powerful tidal currents and must be entered only at slack tides, expert-led dive charters are strongly recommended.

Then there's the fantastic fishing! Campbell River has been know as the Salmon Capital of the World for more than 100 years. Chinook salmon can be caught year-round; other salmon species can be found from June into the fall. Fishing for steelhead, the finest freshwater game fish in North America, is at its best in winter and early spring.