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Surrounded by streams and lakes in forests kept green by the mild climate of the Pacific Coast, Campbell River is the gateway to Strathcona Park, the Discovery Islands, and the remote north and western part of Vancouver Island. 

A stroll along Discovery Pier may in all probability offer a sighting of a salmon, eagle or whale, as well as views of Discovery Passage, Quadra Island and - in the distance - the rugged Coastal Mountain range of mainland British Columbia.

The river which gives the settlement its name is designated as a BC Heritage River, and the mountains, coastline and islands of the surrounding wilderness are just waiting to be explored.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: orca, bald eagle, brown bear
  • Where: British Columbia, Canada

Wildlife trips

This location is featured in the following itinerary:

Festival of Bears

In 2018 our annual Festival of Bears returns to one of our favourite locations for bear watching – Knight Inlet in Glendale Cove. Renowned conservationist Mark Carwardine and Wildlife Worldwide founder Chris Breen accompany a special visit to the Great Bear Rainforest to see grizzlies at prime time.

  • When to go: Oct
  • Duration inc. flights: 9 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £6,495 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour
Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Comfort Inn & Suites

Located right on the waterfront in downtown Campbell River, this hotel offers unparalleled comfort in distinctive West Coast-style, with stunning ocean views and a complimentary hot breakfast. It makes an ideal base for discovering the hidden treasures of northern Vancouver Island.

Heron’s Landing Hotel

This pleasant boutique hotel is set right on the oceanfront, with exceptional views across Discovery Passage. All rooms have a private balcony, where you can relax and enjoy spectacular sunrises and sunsets; if you’re lucky, you may be able to spot a pod of orcas or bald eagles spiralling in the sky.