Campbell River

The hidden gem on Vancouver Island. It's a community with low crime, job opportunities, and a place where the rich and famous come to play in summer and winter. (And no one bugs them.) Campbell River is also the Salmon Capital of the World. Named one of the top five quality of life destinations in North America, Campbell River offers a balanced lifestyle surrounded by nature. It is the third-largest city on Vancouver Island with a population of 37,500 residents.

Salmon Fishing 
For the First Nations people of Canada's West Coast, salmon have been central to a way of life since the beginning of time. In keeping with natural cycles of return and release, visitors have flocked to Campbell River, the Salmon Capital of the World, for decades in search of unbeatable fishing experiences. Nestled on the northeast coast of Vancouver Island where smaller islands cluster at the narrowing of Discovery Passage, Campbell River shows off a unique spot where rivers meet the ocean. Copy and paste to your browser.

Water Sports
Explore the spectacular Discovery islands archipelago. Quadra Island, Cortes Island, and the outer Discovery Islands offer a mix of beaches, coves, rocky headlands, and countless areas that are best experienced from the seat of a kayak, canoe, or boat.
Kayaking And Canoeing
Islands accessed by ocean waters from Campbell River can be a paddler's paradise for the experienced paddler. However, the area also offers a rich and varied tapestry of freshwater lakes and rivers, often overlooked, which are well worth taking the time to explore. 


AT 50° N, Campbell River lies right in the middle of Vancouver Island’s east coast, roughly 162 miles from the northern tip and the same distance south to Race Rocks. The town stretches along Discovery Passage, a channel that begins at the top of the Strait of Georgia and is often called the “Gateway to the Inside Passage.” Chances are you've already heard of Desolation Sound Marine Provincial Park
- a boater's paradise, with its calm waters, vistas, and more than 60 km of shoreline to discover. There are three major destination anchorages that make up Desolation Sound: Prideaux Haven, Tenedo's Bay and Grace Harbour.

Want to launch on a lake?

Just an hour west from Campbell River, sit two gigantic lakes that are popular for all sorts of summer recreation activities. Buttle Lake is 23 km long and 1.5 km wide, with depths in some places of up to 120 metres. Next to it lies Upper Campbell Lake, nearly just as grand in size. Both are epic spots for fishing, water skiing and going for a soulful paddle either by kayak or canoe. AND what’s better- they’re also home to five quiet and peaceful camping spots on its shores. 


Campbell River is made for adventure. With lush coastal temperate rainforest, rushing glacial rivers, tall mountains and a dynamic coastline along the Salish Sea—your options for hiking are boundless. Here are 10 of the best:
Campbell River Canyon View Trail, Campbell River Lookout Trail, Ripple Rock Trail, Quinsam River Hatchery Trail, Butterfly & McIver’s Trail Loop, Tyee Spit, Beaver Pond Elk Falls Circular Route, Willow Creek Loop, Alligator, Stickman, Upper & Lower Deliverance, Foreplay, Ridge & Dean Martin Trail. 


Many of Campbell River's trails are located in the Snowden Demonstration Forest, a working forest northwest of town featuring approximately 100 km of treed single-track trails ranging from green to black. This trail network is ideal for a beginner/intermediate hour-long ride or epic all-day adventure for the expert rider. Snowden also offers up spectacular scenery.  Equally enjoyable and perfect for the whole family are the Rotary Seawalk and The Greenways Loop, listed below.

The Discovery Fishing Pier

is a historical Campbell River location, along with being Canada's first saltwater fishing pier. Located next to the Government Wharf, it extends out 45 metres from the shore and is 183 metres long- making it a popular spot for avid shore fisherman and ocean lovers alike. It has built-in rod holders, bait stands, fish cleaning tables, covered areas, picnic tables, and benches. No rod? No problem. The seasonal concession stand, open May-October provides rod and tackle rentals. In the summer months, the staff run a leaderboard and track all the catches made off the pier. This concession stand is also famous for their delicious and giant ice cream cones!

The Rotary Seawalk

offers about 13km return of paved path that borders along the ocean. This path is multi-use and has a lane for bikers and one for walkers. Along the way look out for carvings that dot the shoreline; each year in June, Campbell River hosts a carving competition and many entries from previous years are on display. Also, keep an eye out for any wildlife, often bald eagles swoop overhead, birds and seals sun themselves on the rocks and if you’re really lucky a pod of whales may swim past! 

Greenways Loop 

Visitors and locals are invited to cycle, and/or roll around the Greenways Loop. A 28 km, wheelchair accessible, recreational trail linking Campbell River's forest, river, ocean, and greenways (FROG).
The Loop’s vision, design, construction, and maintenance include time, money, and resources from countless volunteers and organizations. Its completion in 2020 symbolizes an abundance of our community connections. Almost every Campbell River resident lives within 5 km of The Loop!

Get In Touch

Dan Geneau

Mobile: (250) 850-7247

Phone: (250) 286-0110


Office Info

Parallel 50 Realty and Property Management Inc

962 Shoppers Row  Campbell River,  BC  V9W2C5 

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