Campbell River - "Salmon Capital of the World"
First Nation's legend recounts the story of a grizzly bear that tried to
reach Vancouver Island by leaping Georgia Straight, despite the warning
of the Great Spirit. When his paw touched the ocean he turned into a
"Big Rock". When you spot his stony bulk along the shoreline you will
have arrived at Campbell River; the entrance of Discovery Passage, the
gateway to the North Island, and the "Salmon Capital of the World".
Residents celebrate the North Island's natural beauty by carving turns
in fresh powdered snow, camping beneath the coniferous canopy, sunning
on the white sand of Miracle Beach, or angling for a hit-on-the-line.
George Vancouver reached Campbell River, spanning the 50th parallel,
in the late 18th century though First Nations communities had thrived
along the bountiful coast for thousands of years. Since the 1880s small
logging operators earned their livings by bringing down timber with
double-bitted axes and crosscut saws, climbing the height of a tree
with wedged springboards and caulk boots. Campbell River was built by
hard working pioneers who valued their families, an honest day's work,
and respected what nature provided. In time lumber milling, fisheries,
pulp and paper, and mining offered alternative careers for
Today, Campbell River has adapted to a changing
world. Recognizing the attraction of natural adventure, eco-friendly
entrepreneurs have helped to create opportunities for a town that
continues to pioneer. Stroll Discovery Fishing Pier after the Farmers'
Market, admire the latest carvings of Transformation on the Shore,
snorkel with the salmon down the Campbell River, or scuba dive on the
sunken HMCS Columbia. Ocean clarity is world renowned in the scuba
community, but watch out for the infamous Giant Octopus beneath the
Pier. The Award winning Campbell River Museum reveals a history
intertwining First Nations and new pioneers. The Museum's mask-story of
Siwidi and the Chief of the Undersea World is so compelling you will
stay for a second telling; or crowd into the period-theatre to witness
the filmed 1958 explosion of Ripple Rock - the world's largest
non-atomic explosion to date and recognized as a "National Historic
The 32,000 residents of Campbell River and its
surrounding area hold fast to traditions that matter. Since 1924 the
elite Tyee Club has awarded membership to those who have landed a 30 lb
(plus) Chinook salmon by rowing the Tyee Pool, no motorboats allowed.
Roderick Haig-Brown has inspired the desire to protect local rivers
through his love of fly-fishing, and adventurers have followed the
protected trails of Big Den, Central Strathcona, and the Comox Glacier
in Strathcona Park - BC's oldest Provincial Park. Campbell River pays
tribute to its traditions at the Campbell River Salmon Festival;
Canada's largest logging sport competition, oyster and salmon
cook-offs, fishing derbies and fireworks are all part of the
Campbell River is not alone in natural beauty.
Quadra and Cortes Islands are short ferry trips from Campbell River and
provide a profusion of ecological treasures. Both Islands are home to
established arts communities and welcomed retreats from a busy world.
Eagles, deer, seal, sea lions, and whales share the Islands' forests,
meadows, and waterways. Some of the world's fastest tidal currents run
between Quadra and Maurelle Islands at Surge Narrows and Cortes Island
is the doorway to Desolation Sound. North of Campbell River, the
smaller townships of Gold River, Sayward, Port Hardy, and Port McNeill
present a more personal connection to nature and neighbours, and offer
excellent real estate options for active lifestyles.
Island has grown into an adventure destination for individuals,
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