Our Tips for Enjoying Every Season in Campbell River
This fall we’ve been celebrating the experiences that make this season special with the Campbell River Fall Collection. Check it out and use #CRiverCollection on your past and present photos before mid-October for your chance to win an epic Campbell River experience! Don’t fret if you’ve been following along from afar but unable to visit this fall. We’ve compiled a list of our favourite local experiences to do in every season and all weather below.
How many Drifted Creations can you spot?
Join the informal community scavenger hunt to find animals and mythical creatures crafted from driftwood that have been placed within the city and region. Be pleasantly surprised by this outdoor art when you explore Campbell River or take your clues from this handy map. Follow Drifted Creations on Facebook for updates on workshops to make your own driftwood sculptures.
P.S. Pictures or it didn’t happen!
One of local artist Alex Witcombe’s animal sculptures made from driftwood that washes up on Campbell River’s beaches.
Programs and events at the Campbell River Museum reflect the changing seasons
A visit to the Campbell River Museum means stepping into a rich and engaging display of regional and local history. The museum welcomes you at any time of the year, but keep an eye out for changing exhibits and events. Get spooked at the Night at the Museum for Hallowe’en, enjoy the Festival of Trees in December, and miniature train and landscape popup in February. Writer in Residence and open house discussions keep strong ties to arts and conservation via the Haig-Brown House alive and well.
And remember, Campbell River locals get in free on Wednesdays!
Learn about the living culture of Indigenous people from present-day Vancouver Island through storytelling, carvings, artifacts, art, and oral history.
Discover Campbell River history from the air
Depart from Campbell River’s famous Tyee Spit via floatplane to experience a Historic Mail Flight with Corilair. Marvel at stunning scenery as you participate in delivering mail and supplies to remote communities off the northeast coast of Vancouver Island. The unique part…you’re a passenger, but this is a real service, so the route changes depending on the deliveries needed that day!
Book in advance to secure your spot for peak season (May-September).
Adventure awaits! Many remote communities are air or water access only and have been supplied by float planes departing from Campbell River for generations. Hop on a floatplane to get a taste of this lifestyle for yourself!
Waterfall chasing – rain or shine!
Return to Elk Falls time again as the locals do to see bright fall foliage, misty temperate rainforest winters, and the thunderous flow of water after the rain. Take a hike and go a little further afield to check out waterfalls in Strathcona Park. Lupin Falls has been known to freeze in February providing an entirely different waterfall experience.
Getting up close and personal with Lupin Falls in Strathcona Park.
Activate winter explorer mode!
As long as you’re prepared for the elements, fantastic adventures await you in the mountains of Strathcona Park when temperatures fall and snow blankets the landscape. And if you think canoeing and kayaking are just for the summer months? Think again! Bring your own gear and kayak or canoe in McIvor, Campbell, or Buttle Lake. Be sure to check the wind and weather conditions, and don’t be shy to contact the Visitor Centre for information on other options.
Nothing beats the silence after a snowfall and the company of colourful winter skies.
Remember to use #CRiverCollection before mid-October for a chance to win big, and #DiscoverCampbellRiver in every season. Won’t get a chance to visit us this fall or winter? Put us in your calendar for a spring road-trip or weekend getaway! There is always wilderness, adventure, and friendly locals welcoming new seasons and new guests. In the meantime, follow along via Instagram and Facebook.