Taking its name from the body of water flowing through the northern edge of the town, Campbell River has long been touted as the Salmon Capital of the World.

Sports fishermen began travelling to the area as early as the 1880s and today avid fishermen still flock here in pursuit of the many salmon species populating the waters, the most sought-after being Chinook.

Lying at the southern end of Discovery Passage, Campbell River marks the boundary between the developed south and the wild north. The city serves as the eastern gateway to Strathcona Provincial Park, approx 60 minutes to the west. Here the Butte Lake Campground offers 86 vehicle accessible sites for RV camping in a tranquil setting.

There are many things to see and do in Campbell River, aside from the great fishing. Choose from authentic aboriginal experiences, wildlife watching, hiking, boating or just hanging out around Discovery Pier – Campbell River will excite you by its diversity.

Top 5 Things to Do

  • Whale Watching
  • Elk Falls Provincial Park
  • Hiking in Strathcona Park
  • Indigenous Tours
  • Paddle and Water Sports

Planning your perfect day

Discover BC's iconic wildlife, gather with friends and family, and experience how the nature in Campbell River can transform us all.

Video courtesy of Destination Campbell River

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