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How to Spend A Rainy Day in Campbell River

Here on the West Coast, we’re pretty accustomed to rainy days and rarely let the weather stop us from having a good time and getting out and exploring.

In fact, we would even argue that some of our favourite attractions like Elk Falls and the waterfalls in Strathcona Park are even better to see when it’s a little rainy out, it seems to bring out the lush green colours of the forest and create that perfect North West moody vibe that we love so much!

A stormy day is also the perfect excuse to explore some of our local history at the Museum or cozy up at a local cafe with a hot cuppa and a good book.  Read on for our top picks of where to explore on a rainy day in Campbell River!

Fuel Up 

Start your day off with a warm cup of coffee or tea at Stonehouse Teas. Boasting an incredible selection of teas (including a special Campbell River Blend!) and amazing coffee this is the perfect spot to kick off the day’s adventures. 

Wander in the Forest 

Elk Falls is a great destination no matter the weather. When it’s raining the greens are even more vibrant and mist rises dramatically from the canyon making for great photos! Plus the trees provide great cover from the rain!

Chase Waterfalls 

A road trip out Strathcona Park is always a good way to spend the day. During the rainy season, over 70 waterfalls from along highway 28 between Campbell River and Gold River see how many you can spot along the way! On a rainy day, we recommend checking out the many waterfall trails starting with Lupin Falls and working your way down Buttle Lake road to Lower Myra Falls. 

Learn about Local History 

A rainy day is a perfect day to take cover at the Museum at Campbell River. Immerse yourself in exhibits all about our coastal history, take a step back in time and visit the Willows Hotel Campbell River’s original pub. Then hit the van isle movie theatre to learn all about the history of Ripple Rock the world’s largest man-made non-nuclear explosion. 

Indoor Rock Climbing 

If you’re looking to work up a sweat we recommend heading over to the On the Rocks Climbing gym. Featuring an ever-changing climbing wall, this is a great spot for beginners and experienced climbers.

Get into the “Spirit” of Campbell River 

Take shelter from the storm and warm-up at Shelter Point Distillery with a tour and a tasting. Learn all about how they make their award-winning Whiskey and other products and then move onto the sampling stage (the best part!) on offer is whiskey, vodka and botanical gin.

Storm Watch 

There are few better places to hunker down on a stormy day than Fogdukkers Coffee. Huddle up by the woodstove and watch the waves crash along the beach while you enjoy a hot drink and a tasty treat.

Biking in Beaver Lodge Lands 

Looking to get a little muddy?  Hit up our bike trails! Beaver Lodge Lands are located right in the centre of town and offer a wide variety of trails that equals hours of fun. After warm up at the Island Grind with a snack and warm cup of coffee or tea. 

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