Campbell River Blog

As you can probably see, we have very recently upgraded GoCampbellRiver and in that process we decided to make sure everything was up and running smoothly before we inserted all the blog postings that were featured on the old site.

We are asking that you be patient with us if you are looking for a blog posting and could not find it. Rest assured in the coming weeks we will be inserting all of them. And there are lots. So happy reading.


Campbell River Trail Map Series 2018

Front Cover – Campbell River Trail Map Series  Our Advertisers: Discovery Community College Page 1 – Sayward Forest Canoe Route Trail Descriptions Our Advertisers: Harbour Grill, Associated Tire, Jubilee Heights Page 2 – Sayward Forest Canoe Route Map  Our Advertisers: Ocean Pacific Marine, Akers Property Solutions, The Mortgage Centre Page 3 & 12 – Snowden Demonstration Forest … Continue reading Campbell River Trail Map Series 2018

Kayaking in Desolation Sound

Desolation Sound Marine Park Park Size: 8,449 hectares District Encompasses: Desolation Sound The Copeland Islands Malaspina Provincial Marine Park Anchorages: Prideaux Haven Tenedo’s Bay Grace Harbour Access: Squirrel Cove – Cortes Island Lund – Powell River Okeover Arm – Powell River Campsites within the Desolation Sound Park boundaries: 11 Note: Camping is only permitted in … Continue reading Kayaking in Desolation Sound

Labour Market Update – North Island Employment Foundation Services

  Labour Market Update July 2017 – September 2017  NIEFS Labour Market Information Purpose The purpose of the following report is to provide local labour market information for Campbell River and the North Island.  The source of the information is obtained from the NIEFS Job Posting database which is compiled and analyzed internally and managed by … Continue reading Labour Market Update – North Island Employment Foundation Services

Breathing Life Into Death

I believe that many people would deal with death more simply, naturally, and honestly if they knew how. Since death is something most of us do not discuss openly, it tends to stay tucked away in a dark corner. Until we allow light to shine on this subject, it will not foster growth. When my … Continue reading Breathing Life Into Death

Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD)

Medical assistance in dying occurs when an authorized doctor or nurse practitioner provides or administers medication that intentionally brings about a person’s death, at that person’s request. This procedure is only available to eligible patients. Medical Assistance in Dying, shortened to the acronym “MAiD”, is the term officially used by the Canadian government, and replaces … Continue reading Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD)

Our Bodies Matter

I opened a conversation about death and dying with two elderly couples, but it didn’t take long before I was simply listening. These people had experienced profound losses over the years. What they found the hardest, they agreed, were the deaths where there was no body. A son who had gone swimming after a boat … Continue reading Our Bodies Matter

End of Life Planning

What is the largest nation in the world? I was at an end of life planning seminar where that question was presented to the group. After Russia, Canada, and the USA were disqualified, I knew it was a trick question. This was the answer: Procrasti-Nation. When it comes to end of life planning, procrastination may … Continue reading End of Life Planning

Listening with Compassion

“The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention…. A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well-intention-ed words.” Rachel Naomi Remen Often, when confronted with the … Continue reading Listening with Compassion

Life on MARS: Wildlife Rescue and Rehab Centre adds Tourism Element

After more than 20 years of rehabilitating sick and injured wildlife from across northern Vancouver Island, the Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (MARS)is about to embark on a major expansion, adding educational tourism to the services it provides. MARS has experienced significant growth in its caseload, and purchased a 4.4 hectare site in 2014 between Courtenay … Continue reading Life on MARS: Wildlife Rescue and Rehab Centre adds Tourism Element

So Do I Say?

 After someone we know has experienced a tragedy, it can be hard to know how to respond. What do we say? What don’t we say? When another’s pain is so great, what difference can our words even make? After the death of a young father, a friend of his asked me for advice. “I’m not … Continue reading So Do I Say?


A new open access municipal broadband network in Campbell River, funded by the City and the Island Coastal Economic Trust, will provide businesses in the downtown core with affordable access to high-speed internet. High-speed internet is a necessity for most of today’s growth-oriented businesses, and people that depend on this technology are working beyond the boundaries of … Continue reading IMPROVED BROADBAND ACCESS WILL SPUR ECONOMY IN CAMPBELL RIVER

A Good Death

How would you describe a “good death”? What would be important to you at the end of your life? Would you like your family and close friends nearby? Where would you be? What books might people read to you? What type of music might be playing? If you had to choose, would you prefer to … Continue reading A Good Death

A bird’s Eye View of Saratoga Beach

Nothing says this is cool better than aerial footage of the area we live in. Here is a special treat from Darrel Johansen of Triple D Productions.  Saratoga Beach in Campbell River has never looked so good. Click on the green bar to open up the page and view the video.  

No Flowers No Funeral No Fuss?

When a baby is born, we rejoice. When a couple is married, we celebrate. And when someone we love dies, we pretend nothing happened.” -Margaret Mead   When thinking ahead to their own funeral, a significant number of people choose the “No Flowers No Funeral No Fuss” option. By requesting no service, you may believe … Continue reading No Flowers No Funeral No Fuss?

The Elk Falls – BC Hydro Generating Station Interpretive Centre – With Video

  The John Hart Project  Interpretive Centre is located at the top of General Hill just a few kilometres north of Campbell River off Highway 28 towards Gold River.  Get up close and personal with the history and ongoing information on  the John Hart Project, the goals and objectives of the project and the progression … Continue reading The Elk Falls – BC Hydro Generating Station Interpretive Centre – With Video

Roger’s Journey

In the spring of 2015, 63-year-old Roger was diagnosed with terminal bladder cancer. After enduring some painful and not particularly effective treatments, he chose to let the disease take its course. He wryly commented that although the doctors said, “It is your choice,” some were offended when his choice didn’t include their treatments. It took … Continue reading Roger’s Journey

Income Tax Rebate Scam

Waiting for an Income Tax Rebate? DON’T BE FOOLED!! Watch out in your email for a message stating you will be receiving an e-transfer, and when you click on it you will be sent to an official looking Canada Revenue Agency site which asks you for personal ID and a refund going to your credit … Continue reading Income Tax Rebate Scam

A Rotary Sunrise a tribute to Campbell River’s Rotary Clubs

A quiet early morning moment in Willow Point, Campbell River.  With a typical sunrise featuring the Rotary International Wheel Campbell River is fortunate enough to have two Rotary Clubs, and Daybreak Rotary Our community spirit is embodied in the great works both these clubs have accomplished in and for the community, from the … Continue reading A Rotary Sunrise a tribute to Campbell River’s Rotary Clubs

The Wild Side of Grief

The universe and the light of the stars come through me. I am the crescent moon put up over the gate to the festival. –Rumi If I owned a store I would fill it with paper. I would arrange lovely shelving units and stock them with paper of various sizes, textures, and colours. The reds … Continue reading The Wild Side of Grief

Pacific Salmon Foundation (@PSF) Annual Dinner & Auction Fundraiser in Campbell River

Campbell River is the Salmon Capital of the World. And if anything truly lends evidence to this statement, it’s the support of the community for the Pacific Salmon Foundation‘s (PSF) annual benchmark fundraiser, which was held recently this year at the Eagles Hall in Campbellton. The Pacific Salmon Foundation is a grassroots organization whose primary … Continue reading Pacific Salmon Foundation (@PSF) Annual Dinner & Auction Fundraiser in Campbell River

Sunset over Campbell River

  Rarely do we capture an image of #CampbellRiver on #VancouverIsland as telling as these sunset captures are.  Thank you SuavAir for yet again for another amazing pictorial of our fair city. For more awesome pictures of Campbell River click here. Like them on Facebook:  

Diagnosing Spiritual Pain

‘The only cure for your suffering is to lean into the source of its pain.” –Celtic Book of the Dead For more information on how to deal with Death and Dying visit Boyds Funeral Services. When we make an appointment with our doctor, we generally have a specific issue to address. The first task of … Continue reading Diagnosing Spiritual Pain

The Best WordPress Tutorial

The Best WordPress Tutorial My web designer,  is an accomplished instructor when it comes to training & teaching people to deal with content management systems, and in particular WordPress. WordPress was launched in 2003 as a primarily blogging platform and has since morphed into one of the world’s largest self-hosted blogging and website tools. WordPress … Continue reading The Best WordPress Tutorial

Tutoring in Campbell River

With back to school happening now, it is a great time to think about the connection between a child’s self esteem and their success at school. Over the years I have noticed that how children see themselves as learners has a strong effect on their achievement at school. Having a strong foundation of basic skills … Continue reading Tutoring in Campbell River

In Search of Beadnell Lake

We ventured out in search of Beadnell Lake for a hike in the snow. Located at the headwaters of the Quinsam water shed in Central Vancouver Island, near Campbell River. This weekend past; another group of friends and I had attempted an approach to the lake via the Oyster River mainline, a series of logging … Continue reading In Search of Beadnell Lake

Blooming Dogwoods

I have noticed for the past few years that the dogwood’s have an unusual proliferation of blossoms consistently each spring, this signifies that the weather is presenting perfect conditions for the flowering process. I have always noted that for me the characterization of spring begins with the heather in my neighbours yard beginning the bloom, … Continue reading Blooming Dogwoods

Climbing Mt K’Husam

The time is mid September and this day started with a 6 am wake up call, a quick few minutes to put together all the gear I had gotten ready the night before, then off to pick up my friends maniac 2 year old Husky, hoping the day’s hike will wear this panting ball of … Continue reading Climbing Mt K’Husam

Downsizing for Seniors

If you or someone you love is in a situation where it is becoming evident that they will have to downsize and the idea of how much work it is going to be seems to be daunting. Well then you are not alone, with our ageing population, we as busy family members are finding that … Continue reading Downsizing for Seniors

Itsy Bitsy Spider

Ok, so the spider is not so itsy bitsy, but this is one of the cutest video’s of Campbell River I have seen in a while. Born of the Transformations on the shore. It screams to be shared with the world. Very Harry Potter esq. Click on the spider to watch the assembly. Posted on … Continue reading Itsy Bitsy Spider

Lost Wallet – Huge Crisis

A friend of mine sent me this and I thought I would post it because it contains some pretty important and sensible recommendations. Points that we don’t think much about until after something goes desperately wrong. The suggestions are easy to accomplish and do not take a lot of time, but these actions could save … Continue reading Lost Wallet – Huge Crisis

Menzies Mountain all the Way

This posting has been brought to you by my friend Emily Toman, she is an import to Campbell River and a rather astute photographer, I am so thankful that she sends me so many images because they are all soooo good. She loves to hike and her passion is photographing the area’s wildlife. Emily says: So … Continue reading Menzies Mountain all the Way

North Island Hospitals Project 2014

Before the project on the Campbell River Hospital began we interviewed Tom Sparrow, project Manager. Here is the video. We’ve all heard about the two new hospitals slated for construction in Campbell River and in the Comox Valley. But there still remains some unanswered questions and some confusion regarding the process, leaving some burning questions, … Continue reading North Island Hospitals Project 2014

Understanding website metrics

Understanding how *metrics are read on a website is as important as the numbers themselves. There is a big difference between “Hits” and “Page Views” as there is a difference between “Page Views” and “Visitors”, there is also a difference between “Visitors” and “Unique Visitors”, so here is a template to help you in your … Continue reading Understanding website metrics

The Last Salmon Dance

Beginning in mid July every year the Campbell River lays host to a gathering of hundreds of thousands of salmon, if not millions. This past few years the number of pink salmon migrating to the Campbell River and Quinsam River systems has been simply staggering, paying tribute to the ongoing efforts of the Quinsam Salmon … Continue reading The Last Salmon Dance

The Story of a Lifetime

Now that the end of the world has come and gone and the Christmas season has past, we are all attempting to get back to normal. Well as normal as can be expected For some the festive season is not only marked by the decking of halls and echoes of Christmas carolers but by the … Continue reading The Story of a Lifetime

Strathcona Wilderness Institute

Strathcona Park has been recognized as being the jewel in the crown that is British Columbia, being the very first Provincial Park created, which was incorporated more than 100 years ago. The Strathcona Wilderness Institute was developed to promote and protect the sensitive and enjoyable use of the 500,000 hectres that encompass the Park. … Continue reading Strathcona Wilderness Institute

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.

The True Weight of Stress

The facilitator walked around the front of the room while explaining the details of stress management to her assembly, she carried in her hand a raised glass of water. Everyone in the audience expected her to ask the classic question, ‘Is the glass half empty or half full?’… She fooled them all …. “How heavy … Continue reading The True Weight of Stress

The Unfolding Truth

This story is a bit off the beaten path from my regular postings. I chose to write it in light of all the controversy surrounding the current decisions enacted by our city councilors, as there is a widening gap of disparity in all controversial considerations between what is truth and what is perceived as truth. … Continue reading The Unfolding Truth

What is #Hootup #CampbellRiver

Background on Hootup #CampbellRiver Well we’ve all heard of Twitter, really how could we not have heard of Twitter and we have all heard that Social Media is the immerging technique for creating a social following, which in turn creates a marketplace for our products and services. From the perspective of marketing Campbell River, Twitter … Continue reading What is #Hootup #CampbellRiver

A Billion Dollar Shot in the Arm

Campbell River is poised to experience an influx of prosperity in the form of one of the Province’s largest hydro electric projects.  BC Hydro is following through on the John Hart upgrade which includes the complete replacement of the John Hart Generating Station and the three existing 1.8 kilometre long penstocks; placing the penstocks in … Continue reading A Billion Dollar Shot in the Arm

2nd Year 90,000 Visits

Campbell River Community Website hits 90,000 visits in its second year. What a Milestone and yes it’s true, after 5 grueling years in production and two years spent enhancing, modifying, tweaking, polishing and learning, we did it.  September has marked’s second year on the internet and we topped the scales with a whopping 90,008 … Continue reading 2nd Year 90,000 Visits

11 Rules to Live by on Twitter

Sooner or later we will all be engaged in social networking, even if you aren’t now, you probably will be someday “soon“.  Our world is becoming wrapped around being able to navigate, collect and send information quickly and Twitter is one of the fastest growing platforms in which to do that. However; be cognizant of … Continue reading 11 Rules to Live by on Twitter

Elk Falls Provincial Park Suspension Bridge – With Video

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

When Hell Freezes Over

It’s been a long time since I have put pen to paper to write a story. I own three computers, none of them are with me right now for various reasons, so a pen and some rather messy scribbles it is. It’s like riding a bike though right? So the story goes.. I planned this … Continue reading When Hell Freezes Over

Campbell River Cycling SWOT Anaylsis – Summary – December 2013

How to do a S.W.O.T Analysis (SWOT) Introduction & Background Campbell River’s location at the epicenter for Vancouver Island’s adventure corridor effectively positions the city as the gateway to a myriad of outdoor activities. Global economic trends, particularly as they relate to health, fitness and outdoor activity are on the rise at virtually alarming rates … Continue reading Campbell River Cycling SWOT Anaylsis – Summary – December 2013

Mt H’Kusam Climb

The time is mid September and this day started with a 6 am wake up call, a quick few minutes to put together all the gear I had gotten ready the night before, then off to pick up my friends maniac 2 year old Husky, hoping the day’s hike will wear this panting ball of … Continue reading Mt H’Kusam Climb

Beadnell Lake Adventure

We ventured out in search of Beadnell Lake for a hike in the snow. Located at the headwaters of the Quinsam water shed in Central Vancouver Island, near Campbell River. This weekend past; another group of friends and I had attempted an approach to the lake via the Oyster River mainline, a series of logging … Continue reading Beadnell Lake Adventure