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Nestled on the east coast of central Vancouver Island, and long known as the Salmon Capital of the World, Campbell River is a natural destination, in more ways than one.

A stroll along Discovery Pier will often afford a sighting of a salmon, eagle or whale. The views across Discovery Passage to Quadra Island and the distant Coast Mountains on the mainland are spectacular. The town's namesake, a designated British Columbia heritage river, offers wonderful hiking trails amidst forests kept green by the mild Pacific coast climate.

Campbell River is the gateway to Strathcona Park, the Discovery Islands, and the remote north and west regions of Vancouver Island. Many activities are available in these wilderness regions.

Grizzly Bear at Knight Inlet LodgeWildlife trips offer a wealth of highlights, including tidal ocean rapids, Steller sea lion colonies, white-sided dolphins, porpoises, orcas, bald eagles and bears. Meanwhile the massive shoals of huge Chinook salmon attract large numbers of anglers; an activity that every visitor should try whilst here.

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    Our expert guides to exploring Campbell River

    Written by our specialists from their own experiences of visiting Campbell River, these guides will help you make the most of your time there. We share both our practical recommendations and the best ways to appreciate Campbell River at its best.

    • In the path of the grizzly: bear watching in Canada
      Grizzly bear, British Columbia

      In the path of the grizzly: bear watching in Canada

      In the path of the grizzly: bear watching in Canada

      Canada is well-known for its wildlife, but the stars of the show are arguably its resident bears. These often solitary creatures can be difficult to find, but our Canada specialists can recommend intimate bear-watching experiences that allow you to see them in their natural habitat.

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    • Highlights of Vancouver Island
      A pod of orca off Vancouver Island

      Highlights of Vancouver Island

      Highlights of Vancouver Island

      Canada specialist Jamie shares the best things to see and do on Vancouver Island. You could observe black and grizzly bears in temperate rainforests. Look for orcas on boat trips from Victoria. Or hike to secluded beaches in the remote north.

      7 min read

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    Accommodation choices for Campbell River

    We've selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Campbell River. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.