10 Oh So Local Things To Taste In Campbell River

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:

Mussels 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 the fresh mussels 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!

Scallops at Gowlland Harbour

This Quadra resort was made famous after being named in National Geographic’s list Canada’s 50 Places Of A Lifetime. Want a meal of a lifetime? Head to the dining room and order the Pan Seared Scallops with Forest Mushroom Risotto & Garlic Emulsion. You’ll want to put this one on your springtime wish-list. The resort and restaurant is closing for the winter, but only during the winter months, re-opening again in May when local ingredients are back in abundance!

Warm latte and almond ginger oat bar at The Island Grind

There’s no better way to warm up from a fall or winter hike than with a latte and ginger oat bar 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!

A growler of Wheelbender 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 Wheelbender Stout is just that.

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.

Fresh pork pot pie at Daves’ Bakery

It’s crispy on the outside, and warm and flavourful on the inside. It’s fresh. It’s famous. Need we say more?

A gingerbread cookie 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!

Coffee with a dinosaur at Java Shack

Ever had coffee with a stegosaurus? It’s possible at Java Shack. Order up a cup of joe at this local staple and instead of getting an order number, you get a dinosaur figurine. Let’s see Starbucks use this system! Oh, and the coffee is awesome too.

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?  Visit www.campbellriver.travel