beaches & parks

Beaches & Parks

Campbell River & Region has a number of beautiful parks with serene open spaces geared towards free exploration. The City of Campbell River has compiled a list of local parks listings with amenities.

Whether it’s extreme sports or the pleasure of watching the sun rise from a secluded beach, the Campbell River Region invites you to immerse yourself in active adventure. This beautiful corner of Vancouver Island is blessed with wilderness parks, lakes, rivers, alpine meadows and access to both the sheltered Salish Sea and the open Pacific ocean. Visitors can take short breaks and getaways as they get active, relax deeply or find a satisfying balance of the two in pristine settings. 

The region’s beaches, ocean side promenades and many wild places provide a menu of choices for visitors.  Spend time with family and friends off the beaten path on local road trips that take in the east coast’s sheltered bays, the rugged mountains of the interior and, with the assistance of boat or floatplane, the far west coast’s breathtaking beauty and pounding surf.

Campbell River allows for year round beach fires and locals and visitors enjoy shared experiences with seasonal cruise ship watching. Before starting your fire be sure to check for fire bans in the coastal fire region.

British Columbia’s incredible system of Provincial Parks offers unique experiences as unforgettable and diverse as the province’s natural landscape. Explore sandy beaches and majestic forests; investigate mysterious caves or paddle down peaceful rivers – an immersive adventure awaits every visitor.

BC Parks offers campsites, day-use areas, and thousands of kilometres of trails as a fun, convenient, low-cost way to explore the region; so put a little more BC Parks in your life!

Stories Beach in Campbell River
Stories Beach in Campbell River

Regional Beaches & Parks

Saratoga Beach

A popular family beach, located 20 minutes south of Campbell River off of Saratoga Beach Road with a beautiful white sandy beach and an excellent view of the mainland mountains.

Stories Beach

An excellent day beach, 15 minutes south of Campbell River with great swimming and windsurfing.

Willow Point Park

Located at the corner of Penfield and Parkway, entrance to the park is located off South Alder Street. The park offers four regulation tennis courts with a practice court, four baseball diamonds and a children’s playground. Willow Point Park also has squash courts, basketball gym, a universal gym, aerobics and an outdoor volleyball court. For more information call the Sportsplex at (250) 923-7911.

Rotary Beach Park

An ideal rest area 5 minutes South of Campbell River. The park provides picnic tables, washrooms and a superb isolated rock pool. The park looks out over the Discovery Passage.

Centennial Park

Located at the corner of Alder and Fourth Avenue. A seasonal, well supervised outdoor swimming pool and parent supervised toddlers wading pool. Picnic tables, seasonal washrooms and tennis courts. A deluxe playground for kids. For more information regarding the pool please call (250) 287-9984.

Sequoia Park

Located just a few blocks south of the downtown core; an enormous Sequoia tree looks over the Discovery Passage. This is also the location of the Campbell River and Ishikari, Japan, Sister City 10th Anniversary Ceremonial Torii Gate.

Robert V. Ostler (Foreshore) Park

The main park in downtown Campbell River, the Foreshore is a large grassy area with picnic tables and jungle gym provide an excellent family area. Located in the centre of Campbell River along the shoreline of the Discovery Passage, it is a main attraction for community events and festivities such as the annual Canada Day Festival.

Ken Forde Park

Gather family and friends around a beach fire and take in the exceptional ocean and mountain views. Time it right and you’ll watch grand cruise ships gliding up and down the Strait of Georgia. Also a convenient place to launch your boat and spend the day out on the water.

Nunns Creek Park

A preserved wooded area with a well packed walkway. Baseball diamonds, playground and skateboard park. Located on 16th Avenue behind the CR Common Mall.

Provincial Parks


The Elk Falls Provincial Park is located approximately 6 km North West of Campbell River on Highway 28. View the spectacular canyon, falls and John Hart Dam. Contains stand of virgin Douglas Fir with picnicking area and 122 vehicle/tent campsites located 2 1/5 km from Campbell River on the Quinsam River. Some areas of this park are wheelchair accessible.
Also located at the park is the new Elk Falls Suspension Bridge.


Located 59 km North West of Campbell River on Highway 28. Strathcona Park is the oldest provincial park in British Columbia with 500,000 acres of wilderness providing fresh water swimming, picnicking, extensive system of hiking trails, boating, fishing and camping. There are two developed campgrounds with a total of 161 sites. For further information ask at the Visitor Centre for a brochure on Strathcona Park.


Located South of Campbell River off Highway 19A. (Miracle Beach Dr.) As a family holiday destination, few locations can beat popular Miracle Beach Provincial Park in the Comox Valley. A broad safe sandy beach on the ocean is the main attraction at Miracle Beach, which also features spacious private campsites, group camping facilities, a playground for the kids, hot showers, a large picnic area overlooking the water and a series of lovely trails winding through lush forest. At low tide, the beach features rich tide pools, perfect for observing a variety of marine life.

Miracle Beach Provincial Park. Credit: Island Life Photography
Miracle Beach Provincial Park. Credit: Island Life Photography
Saratoga Beach
Saratoga Beach
Tyee Spit
Tyee Spit
Dick Murphy Park
Dick Murphy Park
Ken Forde Beach. Credit: Alana Millward
Ken Forde Beach. Credit: Alana Millward