Campbell River activities: ideas for vacations in Campbell River BC

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More Activity Suggestions for the Campbell River Area

Discovery Pier in downtown Campbell River has great views, snacks and free fishing for children.

The Pier Street Market - near Discovery Pier. Farm produce, handcrafted artwork and snacks are available on Sunday mornings.

Beaches and more beaches - the shoreline south from Campbell river has lots of great spots for beachcombing, having a beach bonfire or just enjoying the view.

Marine wildlife tours and scenic cruises - guided Zodiac and covered boat excursions to watch whales, porpoises, seals, sea lions, bears, eagles and a variety of birds and of course, breathtaking scenery. 

Campbell River Museum and the Maritime Heritage Museum are great indoor activities for a rainy day.

Swimming - Strathcona Gardens pool and water slide at Dogwood and Pinecrest - a great activity for families with children.

Biking - the paved Campbell River Seawalk offers kilometers of paved ocran view cycling on a gentle grade. There are lots of bush and mountain trails for those who prefer a more rugged ride.

Skateboarding - at Nunn's Creek Park.

Scuba diving - Dive the wreck of the Columbia or explore the marine life around the Campbell River Pier.

Snorkeling - the Campbell River offers a great spot for swimming with the salmon. Guided tours and snorkel gear are available.

Hiking - there are numerous trails around the Campbell River area for every fitness level:
- Visit the Campbell River Trail just north of town for an easy hike and great scenery.
- Walk the trails at the Quinsam River Fish Hatchery and see some live salmon.
- The Beaver Lodge Lands offer great hiking with trailheads near the Sportsplex off Alder St in the Willow Point area and off Dogwood near Timberline School.

Areas Outside Campbell River:

East of Campbell River: A short ferry trip from downtown Campbell River is Quadra Island. Visit Rebecca Spit Provincial Park and some of the many artisan studios on the island.

West of Campbell River: Drive through great scenery in Strathcona Provincial Park on the way to Gold River, where you can explore the Ilpana Caves.

North of  Campbell River: Drive to Sayward. On the way, hike the Ripple Rock Trail and stop at Seymour Narrowa/Ripple Rock Lookout to see the site of the world's largest peacetime non-nuclear explosion in 1958 when the shallow channel at Seymour Narrows was blasted to allow larger ships to safely navigate the passage.

South of Campbell River: Drive to Black Creek for a swim at the sandy beach at Miracle Beach Provincial Park or a game of mini-golf. Drive go-carts or watch the weekend races at Saratoga Speedway.

For more information on attractions, events, and activities in Campbell River, see the website for Campbell River Tourism


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