Campbell River may be smaller in size, but its potential for outdoor adventure rivals that of Vancouver any day. Home to the stunning Elk Falls and suspension bridge, Tyee Spit, and Canada’s first saltwater fishing pier – the only problem you’ll have is choosing a place to start exploring!

From hidden alpine lakes to backcountry trails, to the region’s ‘countless’ beaches and promenades, you’ll have plenty of untamed nature to discover on your journey.

Discovery Fishing Pier

The iconic Discovery Fishing Pier is a great place to start, stretching 150 feet from the shore and measuring 600 feet long. Here, visitors can enjoy sweeping, unobstructed views of the Discovery Passage.

Perfect for fishing, spotting passing whales and dolphins, and catching a summer sunset!

Anglers can utilize the pier’s built-in rod holders, bait stands, and fish cleaning tables – and those without a rod can rent one from its seasonal concession stand (May to October).

Ready to set some records this summer? There’s a leaderboard tracking all the top catches from the pier!

Better yet, reward yourself with some ‘giant ice cream cones,’ which can also be purchased from the pier’s concession stand.

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If you’re looking for a popular family-friendly beach to check out during your visit, it doesn’t get much better than the white sand and mountain views at Saratoga Beach, which is situated just 20 minutes south of Campbell River.

Here, beach-goers can try their hand at skimboarding, kite-flying, and building sandcastles between the tides.

Fancy a dip in a lesser-known spot? Consider checking out the scenic Oyster River Potholes, which have become a local hidden gem!

Finally, visitors can cross off a couple of seasonal attractions from their must-visit list while in Campbell River, including the town’s Sunday Farmer’s Market and the Discovery Passage Aquarium, which is home to a range of “local tidal creatures,” according to Destination Campbell River.

So there you have it, BC! Your ultimate summertime adventure awaits.

Campbell River

Where: East coast of Vancouver Island (south end of Discovery Passage), BC