Locally Grown, Family Farms and Studio Arts. It’s fall in Campbell River.
Photo: @ Erin Wallis Photography
“I’m so glad we live in a world where there are Octobers.” – L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
The fall season in Campbell River is full of colour in many more ways than just stunning foliage. Campbell River and the surrounding areas are home to welcoming family farms, inventive event planners and skilled artisans who know how to celebrate autumn. So put on your cozy socks, grab your camera, your loved ones and join us in making the most of this magical and energetic time.
Is there a better way to celebrate fall than launching pumpkins hundreds of metres using a three story tall trebuchet? If your answer is no, then we have an autumn event for you. Taking place at Coastal Black Estate Winery, the Coastal Black Pumpkin Fest features hay wagons, barnyard animals, a pumpkin photo booth, pumpkin picking, and that giant, have-to-see-it-to-believe-it, pumpkin launcher. We told you that fall in the Campbell River area wasn’t boring!
2017 Dates: October 7-29, 10am-4pm
Placed on a gorgeous and fruitful plot of land in Comox Valley, there isn’t much Shamrock Farm doesn’t do in the fall. A full on seven-day-a-week pumpkin fest for all of October is a headline event for this special outdoor playground. At the farm, you can browse for locally grown garlic, organic apples, heirloom pumpkins, squash, lavender, greenhouse starts and handmade soaps in the on-site shop or pull your own pumpkin right off the vine in the fields. If picking pumpkins isn’t enough to get you in the Halloween spirit, the famous haunted barn at Shamrock Farm just might do the trick (or treat).
2017 Dates: Every day in October, 10am-5pm
Just a short ferry ride away, Quadra Island is one of the most surprising arts destinations in all of Canada. 15 unique studios on the island feature everything from paintings, pottery, textiles to stained glass. Never is there a better time to explore each individual artisan shop than in the fall, when the colours of the outside match the vibrant colours in the studios. Wander the magnificent outdoors of the island and then take a self guided tour to explore the incredible artistic creations inspired by the surrounding nature.
Dates: Year Round
With all the exploring of the outdoors to be done in the fall, why not clean off afterwards with some local soap handcrafted in Campbell River? Raven Song Soap is a legend in the thriving local artisan goods community and with one step into the shop, you’ll immediately know why. Smells of lavender, citrus and saffron offer an unmistakable sensory experience to the shopping experience. The smells are free and some of the most unique soap bars in Canada are just an inexpensive $8. Want something truly unique? Grab a bar of the Vancouver Island Craft Beer Soap.
Dates: Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11:00am to 5:00pm. Year Round
You may never want to leave Campbell River, but you may want to escape. On October 22, zombies will invade a four kilometre obstacle course that’s ready for adventure seekers like yourself. The race is $10 to enter, the adrenaline is free. Run as fast as you can, avoid getting touched by a full-makeup-and-outfit zombies and make it to the finish a survivor. All in an autumn day’s work in Campbell River.
2017 Date: October 22, 1pm to 3:30pm