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Exploring the Depths of the Campbell River

Every fall the salmon begin their long journey home to spawn in the river where they were born. One of the best places to witness this phenomenon is the Campbell River. While you could watch from shore and get glimpses of the salmon as they make their way upstream we suggest donning a wetsuit and joining the salmon. Float down the crystal-clear waters of the river and marvel at the salmon as they battle their way upstream. Keep reading for everything you need to know about the experience and why snorkelling with the salmon is a must-do fall activity. 

when to go

Snorkelling season usually begins in Mid July but hits its prime in August. The season runs until the end of September.

What you’ll see 

The Campbell River is special as it’s home to all 5 species of salmon. The run starts with the Pinks in July, Chinook, Coho and Sockeye return August through September, the last to return are the Chum Salmon at the end of September. 

What to Expect 

Snorkelling through the Campbell River is a completely unique experience. The waters are crystal-clear allowing for amazing visibility. If you have an underwater camera be sure to bring it!

Bonus Sightings 

The Banks of the Campbell River are also teeming with life so don’t be surprised if there are a few bonus wildlife sightings. Look out for kingfishers, eagles and friendly seals who are all out trying to catch their dinner.

Continue the Journey 

After your journey down the river is complete we highly recommend visiting the Quinsam Hatchery to learn more about the life-cycles of the salmon and their importance to our coast. 

This experience is best done with an experienced guide who can hook you up with wetsuits, rafts and the knowledge of the best spots to go. To get set up with an operator contact our helpful Visitor Services Counsellors.

Explore Fall in Campbell River