So, we get letters from readers on what is there to do here...
here are just some of the options available to tourists and locals alike.
Ok, we got the regular stuff:
- Skiing is superb up on Mt Washington and for the adventurist there is Mt.Cain
- Go Fishing! the strait has been producing chums near Browns Bay. There is also bottom fish like Halibut, and many other cod species , Rock ,Red Snapper,Greenlings, and the awe-inspiring Ling Cod. Lakes and rivers around our area provide ample fishing opportunities for trout when the ocean waters are rough or too crowded, and now with the weather being colder the lakes are seeing more active trout hitting on lures . ALWAYS CHECK THE LOCAL SPORT SHOPS FOR REGULATIONS, OPENINGS, LIMITS AND CLOSURES
- Take a eco-tour - many companies abound this area with various eco-tours. View whales, dolphins, bears, seals, eagles and various other wildlife that thrive in the wild of British Columbia's coastline. Do it over land, by boat and now even by plane. Heli-tours are available as well as lodging in wilderness sites that offer a more up close experience in the wild. ( a new venture offers a tour over Comox Glacier and Canada's highest waterfall, Della Falls.
- Go golfing - courses surround this central location. Storey Creek, Sequoia Springs and Saratoga Golf Club are all within a short 10-20 minute drive. Crown Isle, Sunnydale, Glacier Greens, Comox, Mulligans, Longlands all within 30-40 minutes drive. There is many more courses that can be played as a daytrip with Campbell River as a home base. Golf in the morning or afternoon and be back in time for a fabulous dinner in one of the fine restaurants that cater to your tastebuds. There is even mini-golfing here (seasonal).
- Kayak, Canoe, or just boat the nearby bays and inlets among the islands nestled between Vancouver Island and the mainland.
- Go Exploring the nearby islands, visit artist gallerys/studios and take in a farmers/flea market.
- Go for a walk / hike or bike - walk the nearby trails and catch natures show... Explore the local fauna or get your daily exercise in the natural beauty of forest. Beaver Lodge Lands, John Hart Dam, Fisher Creek and Quinsam River trails all run under the forest canopy. Elk Falls Park with it's elevation changes will tax any die-hard runners, but watch out for other users. Evening walks along the Rotary Seawalk are a must as the cool ocean breeze sweeps across from Discovery Passage and the scenery with the lighthouse, and fishing boats on the sparkling water is a postcard in the making. Do the Ripple Rock Trail to see where they blew up the famous underwater peak with the worlds largest non atomic bomb.
- enjoy the sites and sounds of Campbell River, take a stroll through Pier street or check out the driftwood competition carvings.
- Take a Dive! Did you know that the waters here are one of the best places to ocean dive? That's right! With the winter and early spring weather our waters are clear and the aquatic life are plentiful.
- Go Caving or Rock Climbing. Check with the local tourist centre for location or Strathcona Lodge for packages.
- Take in a First Nations dance or paddle a war canoe.
Just some things we locals like to do:
- go see a movie, Campbell River has 7 screens, all showing the latest releases. A few local restaurants have a dinner and movie combo.
- take in a play or live show at the Tidemark Theatre
- having a cuppa joe at one of our local coffee houses, some have live entertainment or feature works by local artists
- Take the kids or be a kid and explore the tidal pools for crabs, eels, starfish etc.
- For the adventuresome, camping is great as there is many spots along local lakes that one can unwind and get back to nature.
- have a beach fire with friends, roast marshmallows and hotdogs...
- go play in a park or the foreshore (frisbee, volleyball, kite flying, catch, or just people watch)
- hit the many pubs and bars - some have live entertainment
- dance the night away to live rock and country at Quinsam Hotel, and the Voodoo Lounge
- enjoy the sushi at one of the many sushi bars in Campbell River
also check out the museum for upcoming tours and exhibits...
Drop by the local visitors bureau for more up to the date info about activities around Campbell River.
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