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Campbell Riverites are active and adventurous…

It’s hard not to be with so much surrounding beauty and easy access to back country splendor, both on and off the water. There really is something for everyone here on northern Vancouver Island. Living in an oceanside community has so many benefits and Campbell River offers them in abundance. Here are some of our favourite outdoor activities to take in with family, friends or for a solo adventure all your own.


tyee fishing boat campbell river

As the “Salmon Capital of the World”, Campbell River is a hot spot for salmon fishing.

Year round salmon fishing is common activity on northern Vancouver Island, as salmon can be found in the ocean, rivers and many streams surrounding Campbell River. Of the five species of Pacific Salmon, four can be found here: Chinook, Chum, Coho and Pink are all caught in the surrounding waters.

This diversity helped spawn the Tyee Club of Campbell River and our own Anita Painter is a member!

The Tyee Club of Campbell River fishes in a very distinctive way. Using small wooden row boats, no motors allowed, anglers fish in an area known as the Tyee Pool just north west of downtown Campbell River. To become a member of the exclusive Tyee Club a fisherman must catch a Chinook Salmon weighing over 30 pounds.

The two photos above and to the right were taken by Eiko Jones and used with permission. Eiko, who also calls Campbell River home, begun his career with spectacular images like this and has become a world famous photographer.


Campbell River Orca

Campbell River is the gateway to Desolation Sound and some of the most magnificent scenery in the world.

Whether under power or sail, this is where marine adventurers want to be! Boaters from all over come to enjoy the abundance of wildlife with a backdrop that cannot be beat. Enormous coastal mountains that literally plunge into the sea, and small islands speckled throughout the area offer ideal anchoring opportunities.

Always more to explore…

When anchored and exploring the land, you’ll find many trails and hidden gems from dramatic waterfalls to lakes that beg you to take a dive. With all of this just off the doorstep of Campbell River, you can feel comforted knowing that amenitie are close by.


Strathcona Provincial Park

Campbell River has a wealth of Hiking trails, whether you like to walk, run or ride.

With something for everyone, from the beginner to the experienced explorer looking for a multi day journey, north Vancouver Island is a trekkers paradise. You can slowly meander through the forest to enjoy a short evening walk or grab your pack for a day trip into the backcountry.

Alpine vistas, lush forests and a healthy diversity of nature.

Campbell River really has it all when it comes to enjoying the great outdoors. Grab your water bottle and head off in any direction for some time with the flora and fauna.

What other outdoor activities are there to do in and around Campbell River?

There are so many options for enjoying a day outdoors when you live in Campbell River, let us know what your favourite thing to do is in the comments section below!

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