Campbell River Outdoor Activities

Mountain Biking on Vancouver Island

Mountain Biking in Campbell River Vancouver Island British Columbia Canada

There are hundreds of reasons to go Mountain Biking on Vancouver Island and one shinny new reason is the Campbell River Riding Trails. Considered the best, in diversity, challenges, visual appeal and variety. You know what we mean.. read on.

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Trails – Strathcona Provincial Park

strathcona provincial park hiking trails Campbell river Vancouver island

The Strathcona Park wilderness on Vancouver Island encompasses dozens of established hiking trails, routes and climbs. If you are a novice trekker out for a waterfall walk or a seasoned mountain climber, Strathcona Provincial Park is the place to plan your next trip.

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Scuba Diving in the Georgia Strait

Scuba Diving Coastal British Columbia Vancouver Island Campbell River BC Canada

Ranked as having the best scuba diving in North America, Campbell River on Vancouver Island in BC offers easy access to Georgia Strait and Johnstone Strait for wreck diving, deep diving and wall diving, offering some of the best dive sites in the Province.

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Rock Hounding in & around Campbell River

Rock Hounding the North Island Campbell River Vancouver Island BC Canada

All us amateur mineralogists love the Campbell River area, we are mostly called Rock Hounds engaged in the art of Rock Hounding, we love the hunt for that perfect gem or a rock that reveals the hidden secrets of the past.

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Mountain Climbing on Vancouver Island

Rock Climbing in the high alpine Vancouver Island Strathcona Park BC Canada

Campbell River on Vancouver Island BC is a starting point for some of the best mountaineering experiences in the world. With three mountain ranges on the Island and two on the mainland coast just a short boat ride away, the possibilities for extreme mountaineering are almost limitless.

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Kayaking Lakes & Estuaries in the Campbell River Region

Kayaking_through_the_pass near Campbell River Vancouver Island BC Canada

With a number of canoe or paddle routes available, the Campbell River area on Vancouver Island offers a paddling Mecca second to none, from paddle boards to canoes or kayaks, just about any self propelled craft is safe in our lake and fresh water systems. Take a look at what we have to offer.

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Ocean Kayaking in Campbell River 

kayaking the rapids at surge narrows Quadra Island British Columbia Canada

Kayaking or Paddle Boarding on the Ocean in the Campbell River area is second to none. Choose your destination, from Quadra Island the Discovery Islands and Desolation Sound, any one of a number of Inlets to Tahsis, Gold River or Cape Scott Provincial Park.

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River Running in North Central Vancouver Island

River kayaking is a growing sport and central Vancouver Island BC is a Mecca for the sport. With dozens of Rivers to choose from and water ranging from lower class 1 to Class 5 white water. In the Spring during the freshet, you will find dozens of rivers worth paddling.

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Horseback Riding

Horse Back Riding Campbell River Vancouver Island British Columbia

Horseback riding is alive and well in the Campbell River area. If you love horses there are several options open to you from short hourly excursions to multi-day horseback expeditions.

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Campbell River & Regions Golf Courses

Golf Courses in Campbell River Vancouver Island BC Canada

As far as golf courses go on Vancouver Island, the Campbell River region boasts some of the best courses in British Columbia. If you are a golfer, the Campbell River region is a must visit. With 5 courses to choose from, you can golf everyday and not repeat a course.

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Geo-caching in Campbell River

Jane Geocaching near Campbell River on Vancouver Island

The activity of Geocashing in Campbell River is still in its infancy, however there are thousands of active caches in the area and all over Vancouver Island to be found. A great sport for the whole family including the kids, to get started just read on.

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Whale Watching & Marine Mammal Viewing

Whale Watching Tours Campbell River Vancouver Island BC Canada

Participating in a Whale Watching tour in the Campbell River area or on Vancouver Island, is not only fun but a wild experience, expect to see far more than Killer Whales, our oceans are home to an bounty of marine mammal species including, sea lions, seals, otters, dolphins and lots more.

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Salmon of the Campbell River

Salmon in the Campbell River canyon Vancouver Island BC (2)

What we have learned about Salmon in the Campbell River is how much we don’t know about salmon in general. Although Vancouver Island in British Columbia owes much of its historical prosperity on these fish, we are still on a steep learning curb to answer many questions.

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Snorkelling with the Salmon

snorkelling with salmon Campbell River Vancouver Island British Columbia Canada

No where else in the world can you go Snorkelling with the salmon other than in Campbell River. This unique adventure holds a mystic feeling and an educational experience. Such a thrill to come face to face with some of the world’s largest salmon.

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Downhill Skiing on Vancouver Island

Skiing on Mt Cain Vancouver Island BC Canada

With the proliferation of three mountain ranges on the Northern and Central regions of Vancouver Island and copious amounts of snow, we boast two high quality ski hills, Mt Cain Society and Mount Washington Alpine Resort, with ample snow and temperatures that range around the freezing mark.

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Cross Country or Back Country Skiing

Yo cross country track skiing on Mt Washington Vancouver Island BC Canada

Cross Country or Back Country skiing on Vancouver Island starts here, with Strathcona Provincial Park. With an annual snowfall which is the envy of the rest of British Columbia and the mildest temperatures in Canada. Skiing is a most pleasant experience.

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Caving on Northern Vancouver Island

Caving on North Vancouver Island Campbell River British Columbia

Known as the Island of Caves, Vancouver Island and particularly the northern reaches is acknowledged to have over 1,000 cave entrances, largely unexplored this is a true wilderness experience.

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Trails – Campbell River – *New* – Campbell River Lookout Trail

Campbell River lookout Trail, hiking trails Vancouver Island

The newest of the established trails in the Campbell River area. If you love to go hiking, you will love this trail. It is not an easy one so if you are not fit when you begin you are in for a surprise. Eventually this will be known as one of the premier hiking experiences in Campbell River and it is certainly an excellent rendition of a typical Vancouver Island trail.

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Trails – Campbell River – *New* – Rogers Ridge

Hiking Rogers Ridge, near Campbell River, Vancouver Island near Mt Beadnell (2)

The Rogers Ridge Trail offers the opportunity to climb to a high alpine ridge at anytime of the year. Allowing access to a number of quality mountains to climb. When wanting to go hiking and explore in the Campbell River area, this is a must to check out if you have a back country vehicle. A true gem for Vancouver Island.

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Scuba Diving Highlights – The HMCS Columbia

The sinking of the HMCS Columbia (rs)

The HMCS Columbia, an artificial reef comprimised of a 112 metre Destroyer, sunk in 1996 for the sole purpose of creating an artificial reef for scuba diving, off the east coast of Campbell River on Vancouver Island, off the shoreline of Quadra Island, this is a must for any intermediate or advanced diver.

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The Top 5 Scuba Dive Sites in the Discovery Passage – Row and be Dammed

Row and Be Dammed, Campbell River Scuba Diving, Vancouver Island BC, Canada

Don’t be fooled by the calm waters that seemly grace the area we call Row and Be Dammed. This popular Scuba Diving spot off the west coast of Quadra Island is anything by calm. Below the surface, the water is moving, like so many other spots in the waters of the Discovery Passage near Campbell River on the east coast of Vancouver Island. Is it worth the dive, absolutely.

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The Top 5 Scuba Dive Sites in the Discovery Passage – Argonaut Wharf

Argonaut Wharf scuba Dive Campbell River Vancouver Island BC, Canada

The Argonaut Wharf is one of the few places you can scuba dive from shore in the Campbell River region. An interesting and quick dive that has become popular with enthusiasts all over Vancover Island and popular in the diving circles in British Columbia as well as in all of Canada. An easy shore dive, it is one that should be explored when visiting our area.

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The Top 5 Scuba Dive Sites in the Discovery Passage – Copper Bluffs

Copper Bluffs Scuba Diving, Campbell River, Vancouver Island BC, Canada

Copper Bluffs, scuba dive offers an array of Sea Life on the Coast of Quadra Island, near Campbell River on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. The veins of Copper in the 100 ft (30 mtr) walls of the bluffs extend to the ocean floor where you will find huge rocks strewn all over. Amongst these rocks are every manner of sea life that make a scuba dive of this magnitude a true life changing experience.

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The Top 5 Dive Scuba Diving Sites in the Discovery Passage – Steep Island

Steep Island Scuba Dive Campbell River Vancouver Island BC, Canada

The Marine life that you see while Scuba Diving Steep Island in the Discovery Passage is as colourful as it gets, the Georgia Straight is famous for its colour and diversity and this particular Scuba Diving Site shows more colour than most other dives in British Columbia. From whiles to brilliant reds, from pinks to dark purples, the displays are amazing.

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Dall’s and other Porpoises

dall_porpoise_chasing the wake Campbell River Vancouver island Whale Watching tours BC Canada

The Dall’s Porpoise is a common sight in the waters surrounding the Discovery Islands, around Campbell River, with the occasional superpod numbering in the thousands of individuals.  These Marine Mammals which are an awesome sight to view on a tour are not the only porpoises to inhabit our waters.  Read More…

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Ticks on Vancouver Island

Spring is the season for ticks? How do I remove them safely? How do I know what they look like? Where are they and can they attach to my dog? If these are the questions you ask then read on.

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Elk Falls Provincial Park Suspension Bridge – With Video

Elk Falls Provincial Park suspension Bridge Campbell River BC, Vancouver Island

The Elk Falls Suspension Bridge in Elk Falls Provincial Park on Vancouver Island affords, wheel chair accessible trails and viewpoints 10 minutes north of Campbell River. Suspended over the Campbell River Canyon the suspension bridge provides incredible views of the canyon and the surrounding old growth forest

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Touring the North Central Island

Vancouver Island motor_cycle_touring_map BC Canada

Gravel roads, main routes and laws regarding drinking and driving in British Columbia. You will find everything you need to enjoy a day, a week or a month motor cycling touring the North Island regions.

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Tips for Hiking in Wilderness Areas

Comox Glacier in Strathcona Park Vancouver Island BC Canada from the air

If you have never hiked in the Campbell River area, be aware you are entering a wilderness area and precautions should be considered. Although hiking in the Vancouver Island Wilderness is an experience you will never forget be prepared. Here are some helpful tips.

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Trails – Campbell River – Beaver Lodge

Beaver Lodge Forest Lands Hiking trails Campbell River Vancouver Island

Beaver Lodge Lands in Campbell River encompass dozens of routes for a short walk or an extended day trip. These easy trails are available for mountain bikers and hikers alike with a number of routes to choose from.

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Mountain Biking Trail Etiquette

Campbell River Mountain Biking Vancouver Island British Columbia Canada

There are other users on the trails, so bone up on your etiquette, follow some simple rules that support good manners and have fun on the mountain biking trails that surround the Campbell River area.

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Wildlife Caution

Bear watching Campbell River Vancouver Island BC Canada

Vancouver Island offers the best wilderness hiking and adventure experiences in the world along with some world class wild predators. Amongst them the infamous Cougar, Mountain lion or Puma and of course we are world renowned for our Bears. Read more and be safe.

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Don’t Be Fooled – Be Prepared

Village Bay Lakes Canoe Route Quadra Island Vancouver Island British Columbia

Kayaking, Paddleboarding or Canoeing on the west coast of British Columbia can be a lot of fun, however there are dangers that need to be addressed before you set out. Your trip plan can be the best part of your paddling trip

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Safety Guide to Island Cougars

Cougar Campbell River Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island and the Campbell River area hosts the best Cougar habitat in the world, also known as Mountain Lions or Puma these; the largest cats in North America are on the top of the food chain. Learn how to prepare yourself for an encounter and be cautious when hiking in wilderness areas.

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Trails of Strathcona Provincial Park

Paradise Meadows in the Winter Strathcona Provincial Park

There are several great ski touring routes in Strathcona Provincial Park? From Bedwell Lake to Paradise Meadows near Mount Washington. Forbidden Plateau, Elk River Trail, Phillips Ridge, Flower Ridge, Upper Myra Falls, Bedwell Lake, Paradise Meadows Loop, Helen McKenzie Battleship Lake Loop, to Cirlclet Lake, take your pick.

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Campbell River Estuary Paddle

Paddling the Campbell River Estuary Vancouver Island BC Canada

Suitable for Kayaking, Canoeing and Paddle boarding the Campbell River Estuary is both a safe and intriguing journey into the past, with small channels, varieties of birds, seals and shoreline wildlife.

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Ocean Kayaking – Campbell River

A_typical_Kayaker_dinner Campbell River region

Kayaking or Paddle Boarding on the Ocean in the Campbell River area is second to none. Choose your destination, from Quadra Island the Discovery Islands and Desolation Sound, any one of a number of Inlets to Tahsis, Gold River or Cape Scott Provincial Park.

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What to Expect when Caving

Cooper and Youst at Upana Caves Vancouver Island Bc Canada

Known as the Island of Caves, Vancouver Island and particularly the northern reaches is acknowledged to have over 1,000 cave entrances, largely unexplored this is a true wilderness experience.

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Safety First

Journal in a geocache Campbell River Vancouver Island

Like any other outdoor activity, Geocashing begins with safety first and Vancouver Island Geocaching is no exception, you will be traveling through wilderness areas, so understand your risks and prepare.

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Crest Creek Crags Rock Climbing

Crest Creek Rock Climbing Crags Strathcona Provincial Park Vancouver Island British Columbia

The Crest Creek rock Crags Rock Climbing area in BC’s Strathcona Provincial Park on Vancouver Island BC, how to get there, what to expect, route maps and safety tips.

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Safety Guide to Island Bears

black Bear watching and tours Campbell River Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island is famous for its Black Bears and Campbell River could likely be the epicenter of these gorgeous creatures because we see them in our back yards. What do we do to avoid bears? How can we prepare ourselves for an encounter and when we do have an encounter what do we do?

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Sayward Forest Canoe Route

An evening paddle Campbell River Sayward Forest Canoe Route Vancouver Island BC Canada

The Sayward Forest Canoe Route called a canoe route but is suitable for kayaking and paddle boarding just north of Campbell River this fantastic 4 to 5 day trip encompasses 11 lakes, including Gosling Lake, Higgins Laek, Lawier Lake, Mohun Lake, Twin Lake, Amor Lake, Surprise Lake, Brewster Lake, Gray Lake, Whyper Lake and Fry Lake.

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Crossing the Discovery Passage to Cape Mudge

Paddling from Campbell River to Quadra Island across the passage to Cape Mudge BC Canada

The Discovery Passage is subject to powerful tidal currents however Kayaking or Paddle boarding across this narrow divide can be done, there is just a measure of organisation that needs to be fulfilled first.

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Kayaking or River Rafting – Adam River Canyon

The Adam River Canyon on northern central Vancouver Island BC is not suitable for all white water kayakers, it is an intermediate to expert run with class 3 to class 4+ water. Considered a technical river, this one is a bit of a challenge.

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North West to Gold River (Highway 28)

Motor Cycle Touring Vancouver Island BC Canada

A delightful traverse of Strathcona Park with the opportunity to stop in the Village of Gold River for lunch. This motor cycle touring route takes you from Campbell River through one of the most scenic corridors on Vancouver Island. A must do.

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Rockhound’s Code of Ethics

Rock Hounding the North Island Campbell River Vancouver Island BC Canada

The Code of Ethics for Rock Hounding everywhere as well as in the Campbell River area, are pretty basic, but it is a good idea to get some insight into how you should behave while preserving the activity for future generations.

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Geo-cache for the Beginner

Another Menzies Geocache Campbell River Vancouver Island

Preparation for Geocaching begins indoors, even though you may be in Campbell River the Great Outdoors. Will you be bringing your family? What equipment will you require? What do you need to know to get started? It is all here.

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Village Bay Lakes Canoe Route

Village Bay Lakes Canoe Route Quadra Island British Columbia

The Village Bay Canoe Route is also a spectacular outdoor experience, again suitable for kayaking and paddle boarding. This route is on Quadra Island and encompasses Stramberg Lake, Clear Lake, Little Main Lake, Main Lake, Mine Lake and Village Bay Lake.

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Ocean Kayaking – Cortes Island

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A trip Kayaking or Paddle boarding on Cortes Island always begins at Whaletown, and Gorge Harbour is not to be missed. Van Donop Inlet and Squirrel Cove, Cortes Bay, Smelt Bay Provincial Park and Manson’s Landing Provincial Park are also excellent choices.

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Be Aware – Be Safe

Rock Hounding the North Island Campbell River Vancouver Island BC Canada

You wouldn’t not strap your child into the car with a seat belt, so take a look at what you can do to keep your group safe when Rock Hounding. Falling rock is just one hazard, especially on the banks of the rivers on Vancouver Island.

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Kayaking or River Rafting – Campbell River

The Campbell River itself on Vancouver Island BC offers some great white water kayaking with easy access, the run is suitable for novice and intermediate kayakers as well as canoeists. It is a short run river which enables beginners to practice their skills in relative safety.

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The Hunt for the ultimate Geocache

An old Geocache Campbell River Vancouver Island

What does the ultimate Geocache mean to you? Do your research, feel confident in knowing the best method of approach to your cash location, be it in Campbell River or otherwise. It is up to you how fun you want to make your day. Look out you will get hooked.

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Ocean Kayaking – Quadra Island

Sea Kayaking Campbell River Vancouver Island BC Canada

The best start off point for Kayaking on or near Vancouver Island, Quadra boasts safe landing for all manner of paddling including boards to Heriot Bay, Rebecca Spit Provincial Marine Park, Surge Narrows, Octopus Island, and Hole in the Wall.

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Do you know which rocks to look at?

Rock Hounding Campbell River Vancouver Island BC Canada

What’s the difference between an Igneous and Pegmatite rock or Basalt, Sedimentary rock, Chert and Jasper, Metamorphic rock or Marble, we have it all on Vancouver Island. If you are out Rock Hounding you will learn the difference.

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North to Sayward – Highway 19

Motor Cycle Touring on Vancouver Island BC Canada

A Short 40 minute ride from Campbell River, this route takes you through the smaller mountains of the Vancouver Island Range of Mountains. Mainly a straight, well maintained highway, you can let your metaphoric hair down on this route to the Sayward Valley.

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Where to Look for your rocks:

Rock Hounding Campbell River North Vancouver Island BC Canada

Now that you have decided to go out looking for rocks in the Campbell River area, where do you start? Rock Hounding is about more than just digging, you may have to learn first where to go to do the digging.

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Kayaking or River Rafting – Eve River

The Eve River on Vancouver Island BC for white water kayaking is suitable for intermediate and advanced kayakers only. A small river in terms of volume over gravel and boulder strewn cascades.

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Woss-Zeballos – Highway 19

Motor Cycle Touring Vancouver Island BC Canada

On your motorcycle tour, continue north from the Village of Sayward to the hamlet of Woss and make sure when you stop in to see the derelict steam locomotives a few blocks past the General Store. From there, just north on the highway, you can continue to Zeballos on a well maintained gravel road.

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Ocean Kayaking – Thurston Bay

Humpback_Whale_Kayaking_Haikash_Creek near Campbell River Vancouver Island BC Canada

Some of these Islands require marine transport to access, however Thurston Island offer one of the most appealing inlets with Provincial Marine Parks with secluded beaches and lagoons.

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Where did you Find it?

Rock Hounding Campbell River North Vancouver Island BC Canada

I love this rock but I cannot remember where I found it, was it Campbell River or the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island? A common occurrence in Rock Hounding. Here are some simple instructions to show you how you should be cataloguing your finds.

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Trails – Strathcona Provincial Park – Bedwell Lake

Bedwell Lakehiking Trail Strathcona Provincial Park near Campbell River

The Bedwell Lake Trail in Strathcona Provincial Park in BC, is quickly becoming one of Vancouver Islands favorite trails. Access to numerous other trails stem from this one. Mt Big Interior, Mt Tom Taylor, Mt Septimus and Nine Peaks are just to name a few.

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Little Huson Caves – Woss

Little Huson Caves Vancouver Island BC Canada

Located 1.5 hours north of Campbell River the Little Huson Caves are a marvel of karst formations. Take a day and stay on the beaten track there are lots of things to trip you up.

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Telegraph Cove -Highway 19

Motor Cycle Touring Vancouver Island BC Canada

North of Woss from Highway 19 turn at the Telegraph Cove sign, this road is fun on a motorcycle and lends itself well to touring. Go slow there is lots of wildlife on these roads.

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Trails – Quadra Island – Lighthouse Walk

Cape Mudge Light house hiking trail and Attraction Quadra Island

A short trail takes you to the Cape Mudge Lighthouse, or go farther and venture into the forest and along the bluffs of the We Wai Kai Nation’s forest on the very southern tip of Quadra Island or venture onto the beaches and see if you can find the petroglyphs.

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How is the Rock Formed?

Rock Hounding Campbell River North Vancouver Island BC Canada

How is rock formed? Where will I find specific kinds of rock on Vancouver Island, in the Campbell River region or in the Comox Valley?

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Upana Caves – Gold River

Upana Caves entrance with Cooper and Youst Gold River Vancouver Island BC Canada

A destination for spelunking, Upana Caves are located near Gold River, access is easy and the caves offer something for the whole family. Maps, do’s and don’ts are encompassed in these pages.

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Port McNeill- Highway 19

Motor Cycle Touring Vancouver Island BC Canada

From Telegraph Cove, head back to the highway and continue north to Port McNeill. One great advantage of being on a motorcycle and touring is you get a close up view of the topography, here you will notice the trees change as well as the landscape.

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Trails – Quadra Island – Maude Island/Seymour Narrows

Heather at Maude Island, Seymour Narrows Hiking trail on Quadra Island

The hike to Maude Island and to Seymour Narrows from the Quadra Island side is one of the most interesting hiking experiences I have had. The trail reeks of history as it was the old access for the trucks and hundreds of thousands of pounds of dynamite that was used to blow up Ripple Rock many years ago.

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Rock Hounding Resources

Ripple Rock Gem & Mineral Club Campbell River Vancouver Island

Ripple Rock Gem & Mineral Club, Victoria Geological Survey Branch, Courtenay & District Museum, you should be able to find everything you need to start Rock Hounding on Vancouver Island.

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Port Hardy – Highway 19

Motor Cycle Touring Vancouver Island BC Canada

The wild north of Vancouver Island, the town of Port Hardy has a blue-collar history. Along with art galleries, aboriginal cultural attractions and a seaside feel. Port Hardy makes for a great addition to your itinerary.

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Port Alice – Highway 19

Motor Cycle Touring Vancouver Island BC Canada

From Port McNeill to Port Alice on the west coast of Vancouver Island is only 50 minutes, not as suitable for motorcycle touring because the road is gravel but if you are up for it, it is a very interesting ride.

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Trails – Quadra Island – Mount Seymour

Mt Seymour Hiking Trail Quadra Island BC

At 620 metres high Mt Seymour on Quadra Island is one of the highest peaks on the Island with a view of the mainland coast range and the Strathcona and Vancouver Island Ranges of mountains. The hike is an easy day hike with spectacular results.

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Kayaking or River Rafting – Nimpkish River 2

Suitable for all levels of kayakers, canoeists and rafters the Nimpkish River 2 is a short Class 2 or 2+ rapid and fat water mix. This Vancouver Island BC specialty river is well known for its’ commercial rafting routes.

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Trails – Campbell River – McIvor Lake

McIvor_Lake_Trails_Map Campbell River Vancouver Island

The Skidmark Trails at McIvor Lake compliment the trails that run along the lake. A 15 minute drive from Campbell River these trails are primarily unknown even to locals and are an interesting walk for a day trip.

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Holberg – Highway 19

Motor Cycle Touring Vancouver Island BC Canada

It’s gravel all the way from Port Hardy to Holberg, the trip is definitely worth is but in the hot summer months expect some dust. Motor cycle touring on Vancouver Island at its best.

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Trails – Campbell River – Menzies Mountain

Menzies Mountain Trail Campbell River Hiking Trails, Vancouver Island

The Menzies Mountain lookout is no longer a secret. 20 minutes north of Campbell River on Highway 19, this old logging road takes about 40 minutes up a steep hill to reach the lookout. Keep your eyes out for the biking trails they will blow your mind.

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Trails – Strathcona Provincial Park – Marble Meadows

Marble Meadows hiking trail Strathcona Provincial Park near Campbell River

Across Buttle Lake in Strathcona Provincial Park on Vancouver Island BC is Marble Meadows. It may be a strenuous trail and hike up to the meadows but it is worth it. The rock formations in the meadows on the ridge will keep you entranced for a long time after you get home.

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Oyster River Salmon Hatchery

Oyster River Salmon Hatchery Campbell River Vancouver Island Brisith Columbia

Exclusively run by Volunteers and donated monies, the Oyster River Salmon Enhancement project is considered one of the most productive salmon enhancement programs on Vancouver Island and in particular Campbell River.

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Trails – Quadra Island – Nugedzi Lake

Nugedzi Lake hiking trail Quadra Island

The hiking trail up to Nugedzi Lake on Quadra Island is not the most scenic, until you get to the top of the hill, then it turns into a magical experience. I don’t know why but I believe this area is a bit of a spiritual nexus.

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Trails – Strathcona Provincial Park – Mount Myra

Mt Myra hiking trail Strathcona Provincial Park near Campbell River

The first third of the Mt Myra Trail is grueling, but once past the large boulder fields you are in the meadows and the going gets easier. From there you get a 360 degree view of Strathcona Provincial Park and are able to see the coast of Vancouver Island BC, beautiful.

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Quinsam Salmon Hatchery

The Quinsam River Salmon Hatchery in Campbell River, Vancouver Island and surrounding river and streams pro-offer some of the most outstanding prospects to view salmon in their natural habitat anywhere is BC and the west coast of Canada.

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Trails – Campbell River – Oyster Bay Shoreline Park

Oyster Bay Regional Park trails, Campbell River Vancouver Island

The Oyster Bay Shoreline Park south of Campbell River is one of my favourite trails, mostly due to the sound of the Bald Eagles that constantly guard the trail near the water’s edge. Following the Oyster River this trail meanders beside low lands and the Oyster River itself.

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Trails – Quadra Island – Rebecca Spit

Rebecca Spit hiking Trails Quadra Island BC

When on Quadra Island plan on spending a whole day at Rebecca Spit Marine Provincial Park, the trails are flat and pass by massive Bald Eagles nests, around the end of the narrow spit of land with incredible views in all directions.

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Trails – Campbell River – Ripple Rock

Ripple Rock Trail Campbell River Vancouver Island

The famous Ripple Rock Trail, north of Campbell River, an 8 km trail that takes 4 hours return. Takes you to the sight of the Ripple Rock Explosion in Seymour Narrows. This trail offers large second growth trees and vistas of Menzies Bay as well as Quadra Island.

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Trails – Campbell River – Rotary Seawalk

Rotary Sea Walk trailCampbell River Vancouver Island

The Rotary Seawalk in Campbell River is considered a regional treasure. This 6 km long paved and wheel chair accessible trail follows the shoreline from downtown Campbell River to Willow Point. One of the highlights of visiting Vancouver Island.

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Trails – Quadra Island – Shellalligan Pass

Shellalligan Pass hiking trail Quadra Island BC

Shellalligan Pass trail on the east side of Quadra Island is accessed from the Village Bay Forestry Service Road with directional signs at the 2.3 km mark south of Village Bay lakes Road. An unusual topography on this trail with vistas of the east coast of Quadra Island.

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Trails – Strathcona Provincial Park – Price Creek

Price Creek hiking Trail Strathcona Provincial Park near Campbell River

Price Creek Trail in Strathcona Provincial Park on Vancouver Island BC, this strenuous trail is only embarked on by the very ambitious. Bush bashing, using your hands to get holds for steep terrain and boggy conditions do not deter the most determined.

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Tennis in Campbell River

Ancient Tennis Courts

A highly complex and fascinating game, it provides exercise, competition and fun. It is a sport you can play all your life and a game that can be played outdoors in Campbell River for most of the year.

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Diving Service Information Campbell River

Scuba Diving Coastal British Columbia Vancouver Island Campbell River Vancouver Island BC Canada

Campbell River tides are rated as some of the fastest in the world, and weather can be a deciding factor in considering the overall safety of a dive. Before going scuba diving on Vancouver Island, check your tides, emergency numbers and of course the weather.

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Scuba Diving Highlights – Sayward

Scuba Diving Coastal British Columbia Vancouver Island Campbell River Canada

Where to go scuba diving in the Johnstone Strait off eastern Vancouver Island in BC, near the Village of Sayward: the Kelsey Bay Breakwater, or Rock Bay shore Dive. Take a look.

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Scuba Diving Highlights – Quadra Island

Scuba Diving Coastal British Columbia Vancouver Island Campbell River BC Canada

The Discovery Passage, Quadra Island in BC and the waters off Vancouver Island offer exceptional scuba diving. Quathiaski Cove, Moulds Bay, Rebecca Spit, Whiskey Point, the HMCS Columbia, Steep Island, Wei-Wai-Kai Beach, Copper Bluffs, lots to choose from.

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Sailing the Inside Passage

Sailing the Inside passage Campbell River Vancouver Island BC Canada

Just about every mariner who has sailed the Inside Passage has one thing in common. They are all either planning on getting back “out there” or they all ready have. Sailing the Discovery Islands is a wonder that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

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Trails – Campbell River – Snowden Demonstration Forest

Snowden Demonstration forest trails Campbell River Vancouver Island

The Snowden Demonstration Forest is not just for mountain biking, these trails encompass over 100 kms of single track, they are also a great place for hiking for an hour or for a full day. From Campbell River drive to Duncan Bay Rd from Highway 19 north, then turn on Brewster Lake Road and follow the signs. From novice to advanced there is something here for everyone.

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Tubing the Rivers around Campbell River

The Campbell River on Vancouver Island BC Canada

Tubing the Campbell, or the Oyster River is a familiar pastime here in Campbell River, on Vancouver Island. River’s can be a lot of fun, however there are ethics to be considered and precautions to be taken. Every year incidents on Rivers on Vancouver Island claim lives. Read on and have fun.

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Laser Tag & Paintball

Campbell River Laser tag

Laser Tag and Paintball have become and increasingly sought after sport on Vancouver Island as well as many other places. In the Campbell River area at this time we only have Laser Tag operators. It sounds like a lot of fun. Read on.

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Campbell River Lacrosse

Lacrosse box at Robron Field in Campbell River Vancouver Island BC

Lacrosse is alive and well in Campbell River on Vancouver Island with the newly added addition of a quality Lacrosse box in the Robron Field complex to add to attest to the sport.

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Trails – Campbell River – Storie Creek

Beaver dam campbell river vancouver island Storie Creek Trail

The Stories Creek Trail network in Campbell River offer something unique in all the trails in the area, an abundance of Beaver Lodges grace the edges of what looks like a dear trail rather than a regular trail.

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Trails – Campbell River – Twin Lakes Portage

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A .8 km portage trail from Twin Lake to Amor Lake, as part of the Sayward Forest Canoe Route through established second growth, this wide trail was developed for carrying canoes and kayaks but makes for a nice walk in a deep green forest.

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Ice Climbing in the Campbell River Region

Mt Colonel Foster in Strathcona Park Vancouver Island BC Canada

When the weather is at it’s most extreme and you are a crazy fool who likes to trudge through deep snow for hours and hours, then consider the North Face of the Colonel Foster for Ice Climbing. It has been known to be an exciting climb for those brave enough to try.

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Quadra Island Golf Course – Quadra Island

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Quadra Island Golf Club offers one of the newest public accessible golf courses on the coast. With a unique island style golf experience this 9 hole experience boasts broad ocean vistas and a course in nature not to be missed.

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Rainbows End Golf Course & Clubhouse – Sayward

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Welcome to Rainbow’s End Golf Course in the Sayward Valley, just a hop skip and a jump from the city of Campbell River, offers an executive course that will not be soon forgotten. If you are a true golfer you have to try this one.

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Campbell River Golf & Country Club

Campbell River Golf & Country Club Restaurant

This course is currently undergoing a major reconstruction with an tentative opening date of Spring 2018. The course itself will be dramatically upgraded and expanded to encompass a driving range and a full and challenging 18-holes.

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Storey Creek Golf Course – Campbell River

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Storey Creek Golf Course is an award winning course that has been rated as one of the best golf courses in British Columbia. Vancouver Island is proud to call it one of it’s own. A course in nature will not be soon forgotten.

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Go Cart Racing

Go Cart Racing Campbell River Vancouver Island British Columbia

Deemed the best and safest go-cart track in British Columbia, ideal for all ages, take a ride around the 3/8 mile oval track where the Champions race.

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Whale Watching Guidelines for the British Columbia Coast

Pacific White Sided Dolphin Campbell River Whale Watching Vancouver Island BC Canada

With an increased proliferation of Whale Watching vessels and tour operators in the Campbell River region, Johnstone Straits and Vancouver Island, the guidelines for sightseeing have become more stringent. Get to know the law and the rules to protect yourself, all those whale lovers out there are watching you.

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Marine Mammals of the Georgia Strait

Campbell River whale watching and marine mammal tours Vancouver Island BC Canada

What do we do when we find a stranded or injured mammal? How do I identify a specific species of whale? What do they eat? How do Whales communicate with each other? The answers are all here.

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Indigenous Species – Steller Sea Lion

Steller Sea Lions Campbell River Whale Watching Vancouver Island BC Canada

Sea Lions are polygamous and arrive at colonies in early to mid May. One specific colony congregates at Mitlenatch Island just off the shores of Quadra near Campbell River. These migratory mammals are a wonder in size and vocal calls. You can hear them miles away.

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Trails – Campbell River – Tyee Spit

Tyee Spit at sunrise Campbell River Vancouver Island

More of a park walk than a trail system, the Tyee Spit trail is surrounded by the Campbell River on one side and the Discovery Passage on the other. See whales and sea lions, on one side and Eagles and seals on the other.

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PURCHASING LICENSES – E-LICENSING

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Non tidal or freshwater fishing licenses for British Columbia waters can be purchased online. Where to buy them, how much do they cost and how do I go about purchasing a fishing license for Vancouver Island or the coastal areas. All answered here.

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Local Lakes – Highway 19 North West

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Fresh water fishing in Roberts Lake, McNair Lake, Little Mud Lake, Mud Lake, Cedar Lake, Stella Lake, Lower Stella Lake, Pye Lake, McCreight Lake, Spirit Lake. How to get there? are they stocked? What can I fish for?

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Local Lakes – Long Lake Main

Blackwater Lake Vancouver Island BC Canada

Fresh water fishing in Surprise Lake, Amor Lake, Beaver Lake, Duck Lake, Swamp Lake, Grace Lake, Spirit Lake, Blackwater Lake, Chain Lake, Frog Lake, Muskey Lake, Welcome Lake, Farwell Lake. How to get there? are they stocked? What can I fish for?

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Mount Cain Alpine Society

Mt Cain Alpine Park Society Vancouver Island

Mount Cain Alpine Resort near the community of Woss, offers some amazing back country skiing but not for the novice. Access is restricted and conditions can be extreme, this is true back country so caution is advised.

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Local Lakes – Highway 28 North to Gold River

Echo Lake from the Air Vancouver Island BC Canada

Fresh water fishing in Echo Lake, John Hart Lake, McIvor Lake, Mirror Lake, Lower Campbell Lake, Beaver Tail Lake, Snakehead Lake, Reginald Lake, Upper Campbell Lake, Buttle Lake, Darkis Lake. How to get there? are they stocked? What can I fish for?

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