Posted by: cherylyoung | April 26, 2012

Long known as the Salmon Capital of the World, Campbell River is a natural destination,in more ways than one.

The young and vibrant community of Campbell River

 on the east coast of central Vancouver Island is

 beautifully set between Strathcona Park to the west

 and the Discovery Islands to the east, a

 metropolitan town located on the frontier of a BC

 wilderness, inhabited by few people but many


 Long known as the Salmon Capital of the World,

 Campbell River is a natural destination, in more

 ways than one.

Campbell River is big as Vancouver Island cities go.

The town hosts a busy arts and culture scene, and is

 completely ringed with shopping malls, yet the city

 centre still looks and feels as it probably did in

 the ’50s.

Campbell River is located in a region rich in natural


The towering West Coast forests have fostered a

 growing forestry industry, from logging companies

 to pulp mills and sawmill operations.

Mining is another active industry in Campbell

River, with a diverse range of products including

zinc, copper, lead, gold, silver and coal.

Long before European explorers entered the waters

 surrounding Campbell River, the First Nations

 people had known for thousands of years that this

was a special place, living here in harmony with

nature and the life cycles of the salmon.

They occupied small villages scattered along the

 coast, and fished salmon, which had spiritual

significance and is forever honoured through ar

t and ceremony.

The origin of the name Campbell River lacks absolute

 proof, but it is probable that the river now designated

a BC Heritage River, and subsequently the town near

 its mouth, were named after Dr. Samuel Campbell,

assistant surgeon on the HMS Plumper, a British

 survey ship that surveyed Johnstone Strait and

 this part of the B.C. coastline in the 1850s and 1860s.

Discovered by Europeans in 1792 when Captain

 George Vancouver sailed up Georgia Strait in search

 of the Northwest Passage, Campbell River is now

 renowned worldwide for spectacular snow-capped

 mountains, immense fjords and incredible

 salmon fishing – normal fare in British Columbia!

Campbell River is the gateway to Strathcona Park

to the west, the Discovery Islands to the east, and

 the remote North Island and west coast of

 Vancouver Island.

Campbell River bills itself as the Salmon Capital of

 the World.

 One of the four main fishing centres on Vancouver

 Island, the city is internationally famous for both its

 ocean and freshwater fishing.

The twice-yearly steelhead runs on the Quinsam

 and Campbell Rivers are as well known as that on

 the Cowichan River, while the year-round salmon

 fishing in Discovery Passage is unmatched.

Here you’ll find some of the best fishing outfitters on

 the island.

Population: 31,444Location: Travelling north on

Highway 19 takes approximately 1.45 hours

(153 kilometres / 95 miles) from Nanaimo or

3.5 hours (264 kilometres / 165 miles) from


See the most of Campbell River by exiting

Highway 19 at the Miracle Beach Connector,

then continue north along Oceanside Route

 Highway 19A.

If you prefer a fully serviced highway route, follow

 the starfish along the scenic Oceanside Route,

Highway 19A.

 Look for the official “starfish” signs south of

 Parksville and at other exits along Highway 19.

Why not travel north to Campbell River on the

 scenic Oceanside Route 19A, then head home via the

 Inland Island Highway 19?

To get to Campbell River and the North Island via

 ferry, take either the Tsawwassen – Duke Point

route  if you are travelling from south of Vancouver,

 or the Horseshoe Bay – Departure Bay route if you

 are coming along the Trans Canada Route 1 from

the North Vancouver area.

Private boats and yachts are welcomed at the many

 local marinas located in Campbell River and other

 destinations with ocean access throughout the

North Central Island region.

 With the capacity to handle everything up to

Alaskan cruise ships, nautical visitors will find plenty

 of safe anchorages throughout the Discovery Islands,

 Desolation Sound, or Nootka Sound on the

Pacific coast.

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  1. Reblogged this on Cheryl Young's Blog.

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