Up and at ‘em!

Start off before daybreak, with a pre-dawn helicopter ride with 49 North Helicopters. Set those phones to silent, pack a thermos of coffee, and take in your surroundings as the sun reveals mountains on mountains on mountains. Early mornings may not be your thing, but seeing the excitement of your friends will be contagious and there will always be more coffee. Remember to take a pic or two so you can rub it in the face of anyone who foolishly chose to sleep in!

The mountains are calling

Truck, tunes, a destination in mind, and good company. It’s time to hit the trails and stretch your legs in Strathcona Provincial Park, B.C’s oldest provincial park. With 250,000 hectares to explore, think of this as a reconnaissance mission for return trips. You could live here for a lifetime and not see it all!  Check out our Top 5 Recommendations before you go to make an informed choice and pace yourself for the rest of the day’s activities!

Hunger is calling too!

Granola bars will only get you so far. And why settle for snacks when you could be chowing down on fresh out of the water seafood? Head on down to the Discovery Fishing Pier for a drool-worthy lunch at Crabby Bobs. Your stomach will guide you, but if you’re in doubt ask the local crab wranglers and fishmongers for their expert recommendations.

Time to get on a boat

When the toughest decision of the day is ‘where do we want to explore by boat?’ you know you’re in the right place. Hire a local guide to show you the surrounding areas within the Discovery Passage. Ready to try your luck and put out some gear? Your local guide will be able to provide you with an experience you won’t soon forget. Another option is to take the ferry to nearby Quadra Island. There really isn’t a bad decision in this scenario. Let the waves and wind guide you. Remember to keep your eyes peeled for dolphins and eagles. Such is the thrill of the wild, west coast.

Kick back at a fireside social

What a day it’s been! It’s time to sample the local brews at Beachfire Brewing and Nosh House and grab a growler (or two) of your favourite. Swap stories with other visitors and locals and get the beta on where to start tomorrow’s adventures. Still going strong after that? Having a fire on the beach with friends to recap the day’s adventures is a staple around these parts. Before you join in on this local tradition follow best practices.

Check for any provincial or local fire bans

✓Make sure your fire is below the high tide line

✓Have something on hand to extinguish the fire and when you leave to make sure the fire is completely out.

And last, but not least…all the fixings for S’mores!

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Highlighted Local Providers 

49 North Helicopters


Crabby Bob’s Seafood


Island Joy Rides 


The Oyster Man


Strathcona Park Lodge 


Beachfire Brewing and Nosh House 


Comox Valley Airport (yqq)



Trip Planning Details

Ready to hit the road? Or book that flight? You can fly into Comox Airport and be in downtown Campbell River within 45 minutes. That’s winning in our books.
When you’re ready to pull the trigger and head to Campbell River, don’t forget to do your research first. Check out our
Campbell River itineraries for more awesome ideas. If you’re not really the planning type, don’t sweat it. (We do recommend at least planning where you’ll sleep, in the high season you want to make sure you’re booked in somewhere.) Don’t hesitate to stop and ask some of the passionate locals for suggestions. They’re friendly and full of knowledge about what to do, where to go, and when to head out.

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