10 Oh So Local Things To Taste In Campbell River

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Local food and drink in Campbell River is a lot like the wildlife that surrounds the city: plentiful and diverse. Varying from freshly caught seafood to uniquely crafted teas, there’s no shortage of tasty local products in our part of Vancouver Island. Ready to find out for yourself? Here are just a few locally-sourced bites and sips you’ll want to forage for on your next trip to Campbell River:

Seafood at Crabby Bob’s Seafood

Campbell River is known for its fresh seafood and nowhere is more celebrated than Crabby Bob’s Seafood restaurant. Grab fresh mussels, crab, oysters and anything else that’s in season at this dockside location and you’ll be in seafood Shangri-la. Just don’t forget to top them off with a little fresh lemon juice!

A growler of Wheel Bender Stout from Beach Fire Brewing and Nosh House

Don’t make the mistake of leaving Campbell River without a taste from the city’s first craft brewery. Choose from four different craft beer options at Beach Fire Brewing to fill your growler.  Want an extraordinary beer that’s easy to drink? The Wheel Bender Stout is just that. If you’re around on a Tuesday don’t forget to try a pint of their ever-changing specialty small batch. 

Pizza at Session Taproom & Kitchen 

The pizza dough is housemade using 100% BC grown and milled organic flour from True Grain Bakery. Try one of their classic flavours like Margherita, or get out of your comfort zone with one of their ever-changing features. In addition to the pizza, Session has an extensive rotating tap of BC craft beers, which make for the perfect pairing. 

Whiskey from Shelter Point Distillery 

If you’re a spirits lover we highly recommend checking out Shelter Point Distillery. Best known for their award-winning whiskeys, these guys also make excellent vodka and gin. 

*Tastings are currently online only, but you can find their products in many local liquor stores* 

Seasonal tea from Stone House Teas

Bubble tea, loose teas, tea accessories…Stone House Tea does one thing and does it exceptionally well; tea! Started back in 2005, this tea shop has become a local favourite and a must-visit for tourists. Browse the diverse and unique array of teas before selecting something to steep and sip later. We would highly recommend trying the custom Campbell River blend inspired by the city. 

Warm latte  at The Island Grind

There’s no better way to warm up than with a latte and treat from this local coffee shop. The Island Grind is known for its warm and friendly atmosphere along with its hyper-local approach. Any ingredient they can source locally, they do!

Bread from Daves’ Bakery

Daves’ Bakery is well known amongst locals for their fresh-baked bread. Made in the bakery each day, we highly recommend picking up a loaf! 

A Sweet Treat from Steiners Bakery

Can you tell we like our treats in Campbell River? Steiners Bakery has been delighting sweet tooths in our city for over 30 years with custom and quirky cookies along with chocolates and cakes. Since you probably can’t fit a cake into your suitcase, settle for one of their delicious cookies and take a bite of Campbell River tradition!

Anything at the iconic Ideal Cafe

With a name like Ideal Cafe, the food better be good, eh? Trust us, it certainly is! This classic diner is an institution in the local restaurant scene. Its classic counter, bar stools and checkered floor are sure add to its tradition. However, it’s impossible to recommend something off of the menu, because it’s all so good. No one ever said you can’t get a burger and a milkshake.

As you can see, there’s plenty to fill your appetite in Campbell River.  After visiting all of these tasty places, make sure to book some time to relax and unwind.  Want to know where?  We’ve got an idea:

A cabin at Dolphins Resort

This coastal resort in North Campbell River might have the best cabin views on the entire island.  With cozy fireplaces and incredible vistas onto the water, it’s easy to relax to the max. Their dining room also offers exceptional dinners and inclusive breakfasts… What more can one ask for?

Dine and unwind in Campbell River!  Want to plan a trip to our scenic and savory slice of Vancouver Island?  Use the Campbell River Collection App as your guide to all things Artisan.