Posts Written OnJuly 2016

All roads lead to the fishing capital Campbell River, “the Salmon Capital of the World”, has earned its place at the top of the list of salmon fishing destinations. All five species of Pacific Salmon pass through the waters between Campbell River and the Mainland as they return to spawn in their native rivers. Campbell River is also the jumping off point for great West Coast open ocean fishing with Nootka Sound northwest of Gold River providing some of the best Chinook and Coho fishing on the entire coast of British Columbia. Campbell River is also proud to be the…

The chilly wind, the numb hands, the headache from the bumpy ride, it was all worth it when a dolphin surfaced right beside the boat to take a breath. I could have touched its dorsal fin. I didn’t of course. The number one rule is that boats are supposed to stay 100 metres away from any marine wildlife (aka: no touching!), but we were just floating along, the dolphins decided to come right up to us. To be clear, motoring over 110 miles per hour in a Zodiac was lots of fun and all of the unpleasantness could have been…

The grizzly bear is said to be a symbol of the Canadian wilderness. The massive bears can run up to 45 kilometres an hour, weigh up to 800 pounds and stand as tall as eight feet. Grizzlies are typically found in the forests of British Columbia and Alberta, but they are at risk and people come to B.C. from around the world to catch a glimpse of these imposing creatures. Fortunately, the North Island is an access point to stepping inside the world of the grizzly bear and observing these majestic beings in their natural habitat. Campbell River is home…

One of the most beautiful vistas you can view on this – or any other coast – is the sea to mountain to sky scenery of the Discovery Islands located between Vancouver Island and the British Columbia mainland. It’s a maze of channels, narrows and passes between rugged islands that reach from sea level to snowline. On a sunny day it’s a world of azure sky, deep blue ocean and green forested mountainsides and the usual way to access it is by boat. But it’s not the only way. Campbell River-based floatplane operator Corilair offers “flightseeing” tours to this scenic wonderland…

The Campbell River region with its superb terrain is blessed with numerous mountain biking trails that range from easy family tracks to difficult back country trails that will challenge the toughest rider. Close to the city, the Pump House Trail features easily accessible, well-marked single-track trails. Get onto Highway 28 and turn onto the Duncan Bay Main and cross the Campbell River. You’ll find one trailhead just south of the intersection of Duncan Bay and Iron River Road and another located west of Duncan Bay Road on Iron Bay Road. The Snowden Demonstration Forest west of Campbell River and north…