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Best BC Golf Courses on Vancouver Island20-03-19

Best BC Golf Courses on Vancouver Island

Is 2019 your year to hit some of the best golf courses in British Columbia? If so, then we highly recommend you consider one of these bucket-list worthy BC golf trips, where you will play golf, stay in world-class accommodations, and experience some of Vancouver Island’s top attractions. Discover these four trips that will allow you to enjoy some of the best BC golf courses on Vancouver Island…

BC's Best Golf Courses on Vancouver IslandVictoria’s Bear & Whales

Turn any golf trip to visit BC’s best golf courses on Vancouver Island into a truly memorable experience with just a few key ingredients:

  • Start with Canada’s only 36-hole Nicklaus Design property
  • Add additional rounds of golf, as desired
  • Complete with an unforgettable whale watching & wildlife tour

Canada’s only 36-hole Nicklaus Design property, The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa, Victoria, includes the rugged and scenic Jack & Steve Nicklaus Mountain Course and the tranquil yet equally challenging Valley Course. Find out why this golf resort consistently ranks highly on BC golf course rankings and across the country, including SCOREGolf’s Top 100 Courses in Canada. Create a custom package to visit other top public golf courses in Victoria BC, such as Arbutus Ridge Golf Club, Highland Pacific Golf Club, & Olympic View Golf Club.

Once you’re all golfed out, as if that could happen, head out on a sunset tour with Prince of Whales Whale Watching, where you’ll have an opportunity to spot resident and transient orca (killer whale) pods, as well as gray, humpback, and minke whales. On your journey, you’ll likely spot sea lions, seals, porpoises and many types of marine birds. Bring a camera and get ready to discover the rugged beauty of Vancouver Island’s coastal waters.

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BC's Best Golf Courses on Vancouver Island

Get Some “Fins” with your “Skins”

Picture waking up early to be the first out on some of the most prolific fishing grounds in the world and the thrill of wrestling and landing a big salmon while your mates cheer you on. In the afternoon, head to one of the local golf courses and enjoy a few hours of peaceful play at multi award-winning Storey Creek Golf Club or quaint and quiet Quadra Island Golf Club. Want a place to tell your “fish stories” with friends? Check out Campbell River Golf & Country Club’s Velocity Lounge and Driving Range and boast away while experiencing Western Canada’s only driving range with Toptracer technology.

Once you’re in the swing of things, you won’t want to stop, so it’s a good thing you can head to another terrific golf course the next morning, or customize your package to include extra rounds if desired.

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BC's Best Golf Courses on Vancouver Island

Experience the “Suite Life” on the Vancouver Island Golf Trail

Imagine six amazing golf courses on the Vancouver Island Golf Trail, in three distinct regions, plus luxury oceanfront and fairway-side suite accommodations for your stay on a six-day long golf adventure. Take in golf on top of a mountain, enjoy a course set in nature, visit a track carved from the wilderness and overall have an incredible experience at some of BC’s top golf courses on Vancouver Island, plus all the apres golf activities you can handle.

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Your Way: Access the Vancouver Island Golf Trail

Fly into & out of regional airports in Comox Valley, Nanaimo & Victoria
View sample itineraries for Campbell River, Parksville & Qualicum Beach, Victoria

BC's Best Golf Courses on Vancouver IslandTwo Week Golf Trail for Ultimate Bragging Rights

Grab a bucket-list worthy BC golf vacation with a two-week Vancouver Island golf vacation, where you get to experience the full Vancouver Island Golf Trail. Fourteen nights, thirteen rounds on some of the best BC golf courses on Vancouver Island from north to south (or vice-versa), and a great story to tell when it’s all said and done. Feel free to add in local experiences on your journey, including fishing, whale and wildlife tours, swimming with the salmon, touring the Vancouver Island Ale Trail, and more.

Golf Vancouver Island will take of booking your rounds and rooms, so pick a date and make your visit to these incredible BC golf courses on Vancouver Island a reality!

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Don’t Just Take Our Word for it…

Bonnie Stoeppelman – Google
5 stars
If I could give them 8 stars, I would…I could not have planned it any better if I was doing it myself and the trip was one of the best we have taken. It was very easy and completely planned for us!… The places we stayed were all fantastic and the rooms excellent. We seemed to get the best rooms in the lodges and their choices were fantastic… The fish gods were with us and we both caught beautiful Chinook’s from a small Whaler with Bald Eagles flying off our balcony. The other places were equally as nice and the golf is as good as it gets… We have been wanting to go on this for a while so anybody reading this, just roll the dice and do it!

Weekend Golf Vacations on the Vancouver Island Golf Trail12-02-19

Weekend Golf Vacations Vancouver Island

There’s a saying when you’re golfing on Vancouver Island – Play on Island Time. That means kicking back and take your time, but what if you want to pack in some incredible rounds of golf on some of the finest golf courses on Vancouver Island AND try some of the other must do Vancouver Island experiences? With this guide, explore the myriad of options when it comes to golf courses to play, activities to do, and food and drink to savour during a weekend golf trip on the Vancouver Island Golf Trail.


Courtenay & Campbell River

Vancouver Island Golf Weekend Crown Isle

Of course, you’ll be playing a few rounds, and you can choose from Crown Isle Golf Resort, Storey Creek, Campbell River Golf & Country Club or Quadra Island Golf Club, but what about when you’re finished your round and you want to explore?

Velocity Lounge TopTracer Golf Vancouver Island

While you’re in that golfing frame of mind, after your round at Campbell River Golf & Country Club, stay into the evening at the Velocity Lounge for an amazing golf entertainment experience with TopTracer Technology – the only one like it in Western Canada.

Elk Falls Provincial Park
Hike across the suspension bridge, explore the trails on foot or by bike, or try some of the finest year-round salmon fishing in Canada at Elk Falls.

Cumberland Brewing Craft Beer Vancouver Island BC

Explore the BC Ale Trail’s Cumberland Brewing Co, the only place to find and enjoy their draught beer, along with excellent pizza.

 

Snorkle with the Salmon

Snorkel with the Salmon in the Campbell River as they make their journey home to spawn in an experience that exists nowhere else on earth.

“…my adrenaline is racing. I’m “flying like Superman” — the river guide Jamie Turko’s words, not mine – while floating down the Campbell River. I’m speeding through the river’s swift current like a human torpedo. What a rush.” – Jason Deegan, Golf Advisor

Golf Package Ideas & Resources

Find more things to do in Courtenay & Campbell River or check out a Parksville Courtenay Golf Getaway or Courtney & Campbell River Golf Weekend.


Parksville & Qualicum Beach

Explore the delightful communities of Parksville & Qualicum Beach during your weekend golf vacation. Once you’ve finished playing Fairwinds Golf Club, Pheasant Glen Golf Resort, and Eaglecrest Golf Club you’ll find endless sandy beaches, plenty of trails to explore, and amenities and charm that only small towns can provide.

Tigh-na-mara Seaside Spa Resort

Spend time at Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park, offering an expansive sandy beach, old-growth forested trails, and plenty of scenic spots for photos.

Tigh-Na-Mara Grotto Spa Vancouver Island

Stay and play at Canada’s Top Resort Spa, Tigh-Na-Mara, on the shores of Parkville. The resort offers 22 acres of tranquil forest, 2 award-winning restaurants, and endless sandy beaches for a tranquil seaside stay.

Coombs Old Country Market Vancouver Island

Visit the renowned, unique Coombs Old Country Market for some small-town charm, fresh and local baked goods, plus goats on the roof!

Mini Golf Vancouver Island

Settle on course rivalries with an off-course mini-golf tournament. There are a few amazing mini-golf courses in Parksville that will really help you settle those putting challenges, once and for all.

Parkville Beach Sandcastles Vancouver Island

Create your masterpiece of a sandcastle on one of Parksville’s white sand beaches, walk along the sand during low tide, or view the work of Master Sand Sculptors during the annual competition & exhibition from mid-July to mid-August.

Golf Package Ideas & Resources

Discover more things to see and do in Parksville & Qualicum Beach or check out a Parksville Beach Golf Special or Parksville Golf Getaway.


Victoria

The bustling city of Victoria offers copious opportunities to explore, taste, and experience, as well as playing some pretty terrific golf courses. While you’re here check out Arbutus Ridge Golf Club, Bear Mountain Resorts Mountain Course and Valley Course, Highland Pacific Golf and Olympic View Golf Club. Even if you’re just visiting Victoria over the weekend, plan to take in a tour or stop in for some excellent food & drink.

Vancouver Island Brewing

Kick off your visit with a tour of the Victoria Ale Trail, starting at Vancouver Island Brewing. Visit their recently-renovated space and sample some of the carefully crafted types on tap, then continue your journey along the Ale Trail.

Prince of Whales Whale Watching Vancouver Island

Embark on a “whale” of an adventure with Prince of Whales Tours for a memorable wildlife viewing experience. Grab a chance to view Orcas, Humpbacks and Grey Whales, plus other marine mammals including Porpoises and Sea Lions.

LA Limousine Luxury Winery Tour Vancouver Island Take in a winery tour in style with LA Limousines, offering luxury trips to the Saanich Peninsula to visit local wineries, enjoy lunch, and take in the views.

Victoria Golf Packages

Stay and play in Victoria, BC, with a Golf Wine Weekend or Luxury Golf Weekend Package!


Forget the Weekend, Stay for a Week

There are plenty of golf packages to suit any length of visit to British Columbia golf courses on Vancouver Island, so if you can, stay longer and keep exploring!

Golfers Rate Golf Vancouver Island 4.5 Out of 5 Stars!17-01-19

Golf Vancouver Island ranked by golfersSurvey Reveals…Golfers Love Booking Golf Vacations with Us!

Why should you book your next golf vacation through Golf Vancouver Island? It’s simple, golfers love our convenient golf package booking services! Every year we survey our past guests and the results show that time and time again, golf travellers receive excellent service and have a terrific time golfing the Vancouver Island Golf Trail. In our annual Trip Experience Survey, respondents rated our services an average of 4.5 stars. But don’t just take our word for it, read below to see just how golfers feel about booking their golf experience through us:

We had a great trip. The accommodations and golf courses picked for us have lasting memories.

I enjoyed the experience and would definitely use it again. Courteous service and really easy to get help.

We had a great time the golf courses were super and accommodations were perfect. We would and have highly recommended it to friends.

The golf courses that participated were all enthusiastic participants that made us feel welcome; they appreciated our business. The accommodations complemented this with great facilities. Clearly, GVI and the properties they represent are effectively working in concert for the benefit of the customer.

What about group golf vacations, you ask? Be prepared for excellent service and a great time by all at staying at Vancouver Island Golf Resorts:

Once I made the decision to book through you it was a delight working with Herman to put the package together…at the end of our trip it was a unanimous 15-person decision that we would book again next year.

Your entire crew did a fantastic job! It was a seamless experience and everyone had an amazing time. I would recommend your company to anyone looking for amazing service!

All people on the trip were pleased and asked me when is the next one. Thank for a great golf trip  we will be in touch again soon

There you have it! Perhaps it’s time to find your perfect Golf Vancouver Island stay and play golf package at the best golf courses on Vancouver Island, or talk to our team of experts by calling 1-877-393-6991 to create your own personal custom golf itinerary.

Eaglecrest Golf Club Joins the Vancouver Island Golf Trail!

Eaglecrest Golf Club Vancouver Island Golf Trail

Golf Vancouver Island is pleased to welcome Eaglecrest Golf Club to the Vancouver Island Golf Trail!

As one of the oldest golf courses on Vancouver Island, Eaglecrest has a long and storied history, from its beginnings as a country lodge on 260 acres in the 1930s (complete with putting green), to a resort in 1960 and a 9-hole golf course in 1971. In 1990 it became the first 18-hole golf course in the area.

Today Eaglecrest Golf Club, perched within a tee shot of the shores of Qualicum Beach, provides golfers with a uniquely challenging course that winds through dense groves of firs and cedars, with a par-5 14th hole bordered by lakes and a pot bunker guarding the green. Better bring your “A” game on your next golf trip to ensure success!

As for the region, Parksville-Qualicum Beach is an ideal golf destination. Off the green, explore seemingly endless beaches, trails, spas, and incredible food, just to name a few. Relax and enjoy the region, where you can immerse yourself in nature or find ample entertainment, depending on your preference. Read more about relaxing while enjoying your golf vacation in Parksville-Qualicum Beach.

What are you waiting for? Enjoy Vancouver Island’s “best-kept secret” in beautiful Qualicum Beach. Discover Eaglecrest Golf Club & book your golf vacation today to explore the top Vancouver Island golf courses.

Sip, Savour & See – 3 Experiences To Discover on a Cowichan Golf Vacation07-09-18

Cowichan golf vacation

Cowichan golf vacation

Located north of Victoria on Vancouver Island, Cowichan offers an attractive temperate climate and is considered Canada’s only Maritime Mediterranean climate zone for mild year-round temperatures. The word Cowichan (Quw’utsun’) means ‘land warmed by the sun’ to the local Coast Salish First Nation and delivers excellent year-round golfing to visitors and locals alike. But that’s not all there is to do in Cowichan – the region delivers incredible food, local libations, and fun activities for all.

Sip

Cowichan golf vacation

Home to fourteen unique wineries, you can explore the extensive wine region in the height of style with L.A. Limousines’ luxury wine tours. An expert chauffeur will take you on a 7-hour journey, where you’ll visit four bountiful establishments, enjoy a leisurely lunch, and fall in love with delightful vintages.

Craig Street Brew Pub awaits those who prefer hops to grapes, with a charming 1940’s building and 100-year-old antique bar. Sample a selection of hand-crafted brews, relax on their rooftop patio, and find your way to “island time” with the locals. Oh yeah, they have amazing food too!

If you’re searching for a morning or afternoon pick-me-up between rounds at Arbutus Ridge Golf Club & The Cowichan Golf & Country Club, Drumroaster Coffee is the place to visit. This family-owned and operated establishment has a 70-year love affair with coffee, and it shows. Choose from a range of ethically-sourced, locally-roasted coffees and be sure to take some beans home to enjoy later!

Savour

Cowichan golf vacation

The golf courses you visit will, of course, have delicious food, but if you’re wanting to broaden your horizons with some of the finest fare in Cowichan, here are few top suggestions:

Pizzeria Prima Strada is the place to go for authentic, Italian, fire-roasted pizzas. Using simple ingredients and a traditional wood-fired oven, the proprietors have created a memorable dining experience. Indulge your sweet tooth as well with their locally-sourced, house-made gelato and sorbetto.

For a waterfront meal featuring local seafood, head to the Cow Cafe. Enjoy the spectacular view, but don’t let it distract you from the delectable dishes prepared by chef and owner Matt Heyne, including Maple Bacon Seafood Chowder, Fire-Grilled Tiger Prawns, Coast to Coast Platter, and burgers and steak for those who prefer their meal more mainland-based.

A little way down the road, you’ll find The Masthead Restaurant, settled in the 1863-era former Columbia Hotel. Take the easy road with a delicious the prix-fixé meal, or order your favourite à la carte selection, such as the Steamed Cortes Island Clams & Mussels or Rare Seared Black Sesame Crusted Albacore Tuna Loin. Yum!

See & Do

Cowichan golf vacation

Start your engines at the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit. The only track of its kind in Canada (and the only track period on Vancouver Island), you can embrace your inner speed racer with a full-day comprehensive track experience. Each experience includes vehicle, plus one-on-one coaching with a trained instructor, exclusive access to the Clubhouse, gourmet lunch & more. With five different track configurations, you’ll never feel like you’re driving the same track twice!

For a more leisurely pace, the Kinsol Trestle is a perfect way to explore beautiful Cowichan. Also known locally as Burnt Bridge, rebuilt and named after the previous bridge burned, is a notable landmark and is ideal for hikers and bikers. Completed in 1920, the trestle itself is 144 ft high and 188 m 617 ft long, making it the largest wooden trestle in the Commonwealth of Nations and one of the highest railway trestles in the world. As part of the Cowichan Valley and Trans Canada Trail, you can feel free to explore as far as you like.

Besides the Cowichan Valley Trail, this area is an explorer’s mecca, with a half-dozen provincial parks within easy reach. Travel the extensive Cowichan trail networks on Heather, Bald and Cobble Hill Mountains, or wind your way to Skutz Falls on the 20 km Cowichan River Footpath. The area also offers quiet country roads where you can tour to your heart’s content while taking in the spectacular sights of the area.

These are just a few places you can explore and activities you can experience while visiting beautiful Cowichan, British Columbia. You can start your trip planning by choosing an incredible Cowichan Golf Package and go from there!

 

Image credit: Tourism Cowichan

Campbell River Golf & CC – Opening August 9th!03-08-18

Are you ready for BC’s first golf course to open since 2011? Campbell River Golf & Country Club is opening August 9th, offering golfers the rare experience to play a brand new golf course.  Redesigned from the soil up amidst the original trees, Campbell River Golf & Country Club  

Check out the photos from our recent tour on July 24 as well as an invitation to you from Director of Golf Kyle Stoudt to come and experience Campbell River Golf & Country Club.

 

 

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Ready to golf this brand new course?  You can book tee times directly on CRGolf.ca, view Campbell River Golf & Country Club vacation packages or contact us for a customized experience.

For the month of August, tee times are available Thursday to Sunday.

Two GVI Courses Cracked SCOREGolf’s Top 100 in Canada24-07-18

Two of Golf Vancouver Island’s Courses Cracked SCOREGolf‘s Top 100 Course in Canada 2018

Both of Bear Mountain Courses made it on the list with the Valley Course landing at #80 (up from 89 in 2016) and the Mountain Course at 96 (down from 72 in 2016). 

According to a 2017 Golf Canada/PGA of Canada facilities report, there are 2,051 18-hole equivalent golf courses in Canada. Which means the courses here represent the country’s top 4.875 percentile. This is not an easy list to make. See full list here

Congratulations Bear Mountain, not only are you delivering some of the best golf courses in BC but in Canada as well! 

If you missed it check out SCOREGolf TV’s visit to Bear Mountain:

 

SCOREGolf visits the Vancouver Island Golf Trail17-07-18

Episode 7 of SCOREGolf TV saw Jason Logan and the team tour the spectacular Vancouver Island Golf Trail


Bold And Beautiful Bear Mountain

Two of the marquee attractions of the Vancouver Island Golf Trail, Bear Mountain’s two Nicklaus Design courses, Mountain Course and Valley Course are tremendous.


Eye-Opening Olympic View GC

Opened in 1990, Olympic View’s semi-private facility welcomes anybody and everybody – even Tiger Woods back in the day.


Crown Isle Continues to Captivate

Now in its 25th year, Crown Isle in Courtenay, B.C., allows resort guests to stay steps away from the first tee.


Stunning and Fun Storey Creek

One of Les Furber’s best designs, Storey Creek bills itself as a course in nature – and it is exactly that.


Logan’s Alley: Canada’s Nat’l Amateur Program Paying Off

Bear Mountain is home to Golf Canada’s National Amateur program that is producing plenty of fruit.


For more on SCOREGolf and Jason Logan’s visit of the Vancouver Island Golf Trail, check out his blog post: Island Time
If you need assistance in organizing your own visit to the Vancouver Island Golf Trail, our Golf Vacation Specialists would be happy to help.
 

 

5 Tips for a Relaxing Golf Vacation in Parksville & Qualicum Beach19-06-18

Tips Golf Vacation Parksville Qualicum Beach

Planning a golf vacation to Vancouver Island and looking for some insider tips and hot spots for a terrific golf getaway? The Parksville-Qualicum Beach area offers the perfect location to escape to  “island time” and truly relax on your next golf vacation.

A golf vacation should be easy, relaxing, and stress-free. To help with the process, we’ve assembled 5 tips to ensure you have a great golf trip.

Tip #1: Tee Up Great Golf

You may not have considered it in the past, but Parksville-Qualicum offers incredible golf opportunities – with lush greens, stately tree-lined fairways, and ocean views that will leave you breathless.

Start your escape at the newest addition to the Vancouver Island Golf Trail, Eaglecrest Golf Club in Qualicum Beach.  Enjoy this uniquely challenging course just steps from the Strait of Georgia, with winding fairways and groves of firs and cedars. Stay on your toes for the 14th hole, this par-5 is a real challenge surrounded by lakes and a pot bunder guarding the green, but it’s well worth a visit just for the views.

Just 15 minutes north of Nanaimo is Fairwinds Golf Club, located in the beautiful pocket community of Nanoose Bay. This Les Furber designed course offers a challenge to all levels of golfer, as well as extraordinary views and the chance to see a variety of wildlife – including families of deer and their resident swan!

The northernmost course on this Parksville-Qualicum Beach golf vacation is Pheasant Glen Golf Course in Qualicum Beach and is devoted to golf in a natural setting. Enjoy this par 72, 6,928-yard championship course that’s secluded from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Once you get some golf in, it’s time to relax!

 

Tigh-na-mara beach Parksville Vancouver IslandTip #2: Hit the Beach

You can’t visit Parksville & Qualicum Beach without hitting the beach, and we’re not referring to the time spent in the bunkers! Fortunately, great beaches are not hard to come by here. Visit the 39-acre Parksville Community Park for a relaxing stroll before you set up shop on the amazing, pristine sand beach to watch the turn of the tides as well as sandcastle builders, skim boarders, and swimmers.

Nearby Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park offers up to 5 kilometres of beachfront, oceanfront trails, and luxury resorts to stay at. Be sure to time your visit for low tide – you can walk out nearly a kilometre before you find the ocean! If you’re interested in stretching your legs, try the 10 km circle route that links the beach with two nearby parks.

The ocean isn’t the only place where you’ll find great beaches, there are many terrific lakes and rivers nearby that offer cool, crystal clear waters and beautiful beaches. Not far from Qualicum Beach, you can spend time on the shores of Horne Lake, Spider Lake, and Englishman River Falls, among others.

Tigh-na-mara Resort grotto spa Qualicum BeachTip #3: Indulge in Yourself

For the pinnacle of a relaxing golf vacation, make an appointment at Tigh-Na-Mara’s Grotto Spa – there’s nothing like it! The 20,000 square foot spa features a stone grotto mineral pool with underwater music and a two-story waterfall, as well as numerous spa treatments on offer.

Consider a massage for aching muscles, or just to relieve any tension you brought with you!

Tip #4: Plan a Day TripHeritage Forest Qualicum Beach Vancouver Island

Between rounds of golf, take in a few excursions and get to know the Parksville-Qualicum Beach area better. Coombs, B.C. (just west of Parksville) makes for a terrific side trip and offers the opportunity to visit a bedroom community complete with specialty shops, local artwork, and the famous Old Country Market, where goats live on the roof!

If getting back to nature is more your style, then spend some time amongst 50 acres of old growth forest in Heritage Forest in Qualicum Beach. Explore the forest with coastal Douglas Fir, Western Red Cedar, Hemlock, Grand Fir & Sitka Spruce towering above and rare and endangered plants below, as well as wildlife including deer, birds, and salmon in the streams. Located just five minutes from downtown, it’s an easy way to embrace Mother Nature on your golf vacation.

Tip #5: Taste the Island

Shady Rest Restaurant Parksville Qualicum BeachAfter golfing, relaxing, and exploring, you might just be hungry! Delicious food certainly is not in short supply here, so you’ll want to plan ahead to hit a few of the best locations. In Parksville, Bistro 694 is considered one of the best, or relax oceanside at The Shady Rest Waterfront and enjoy the casual pub atmosphere.

For a different dining experience, try The Final Approach, situated alongside Qualicum Beach’s regional airport. Settle in on their patio for terrific food while you watch the planes come and go. Or, go out in style on your golf vacation by trying Butlers at The Mansion – with entrees including pan-seared scallops, halibut with toasted bulgar wheat, and sea asparagus and clams, all prepared by a Gordon Ramsey-trained chef. Yum!

Are you ready for a relaxing golf vacation? Look no further than Vancouver Island – we have some terrific Parksville-Qualicum Beach golf packages that will make your summer golf trips a success!


 

The Ultimate 72-Hour Campbell River Golf Itinerary14-05-18

72 Hour Campbell River Golf EscapeThere’s nothing like a 72-hour golf getaway help you escape to island time and leave your worries behind. Luckily, Campbell River is a great option as a golf destination. Get all the tips on courses to play and places to stay, along with hidden gem restaurants and activities, and then get ready to book your 72-hour golf escape!

Crabby Bobs Campbell River BCDay One: Arrive & Set Island Time

The first day of your 72-hour golf getaway starts with a flight into Campbell River Airport  (YBL) from Vancouver or Comox Valley Airport (YQQ), which services major hubs including Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton with quick connections to Toronto and points beyond. Pick up a car from National Car Rental and head North along Highway 19A for a laid-back ocean drive.

If you’re coming from the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, simply hop aboard a BC Ferry to Nanaimo and take Highway 19 north up the coastline. Campbell River is about an hour and a half from the Departure Bay terminal.

Once you arrive in Campbell River, your first stop on an island getaway should be seafood!  Satisfy your culinary cravings by stopping at Crabby Bob’s Seafood Inc. The name might be funny, but they are dead serious about their seafood, with a restaurant right in the marina and ingredients come fresh off the boat.

Make your way to Painter’s Lodge to check into your oceanside room, or take the time to explore Campbell River’s incredible forests and trails with a hike or bike through the nearby Snowden Demonstration Forest, or go for a walk along Elk Falls Suspension Bridge for dramatic views, nail-biting heights, and tumbling waterfalls.

For dinner, Legends Dining Room at Painter’s Lodge offers fresh seafood dishes and local produce, as well as phenomenal views of Discovery Passage, so you can settle in and take in the scenery while you let your cares melt away.

Painter's Lodge Campbell River BCDay Two: Fins & Skins

Campbell River, dubbed the Salmon Fishing Capital of the World, is home to some of the best salmon fishing anywhere! So, as they say, when in Rome…one must be sure to add some “fins” to your “skins”. Fortunately, Painter’s Lodge is a legendary fishing lodge where guests can stroll from their room to a guided fishing charter in mere moments. Golf groups can even arrange to barbecue their catch of the day, and subtract your weigh in from your golf score for the ultimate bragging rights competition.

If fishing isn’t your choice of morning activity, head out on a wildlife, bear-watching, or whale-watching adventure tour (depending on the season).

Energized, it’s time to tee it up for 9 holes at Quadra Island Golf Club. Right from Painter’s Lodge you can take a convenient water taxi across the Discovery Passage to their sister resort April Point on Quadra Island, where your free shuttle to the golf course awaits. Gotta love designated drivers by car & by boat! Enjoy the tranquility as you take in views of the BC coastal mountains amid lush forests, however one must keep their focus as this 3,219-yard course tree lined course will take some game!

Return to April Point Resort on Quadra Island and dine oceanside on fresh oysters, prosciutto-wrapped halibut, or seared tuna on their massive wraparound deck, while you watch an amazing sunset and cruise ships journey by on their way to and from Alaska. When you’re ready, return to Painter’s Lodge via water taxi for a nightcap and bed.

Storey Creek Campbell River GolfDay Three: Birdies & Brews

Now that you are settling into playing on island time, it’s time for a full 18 holes of golf at Storey Creek Golf Club, so start with a good breakfast. Ideal Cafe is rated Campbell River’s #1 breakfast location, and you’ll soon see why. Try their smoked salmon eggs benedict, it seems the reviews speak for themselves!

At Storey Creek, the stunning Les Furber designed course is set amongst an old growth forest where you’ll have the opportunity to see wildlife including deer, and if you’re lucky a glimpse of a bear. Take in the surroundings while you tackle this 6,699-yard course and find out why Storey Creek is recognized as one of the top undiscovered golf courses in British Columbia.

After your game, take time to explore some of Campbell River’s culinary options such as Campbell River’s first craft brewery, Beach Fire Brewing & Nosh House, where you’ll find locally-crafted beer, appys, and mains. Follow your meal up with a walk down to Discovery Fishing Pier where you are welcome to try your luck fishing off the dock in the world’s salmon fishing capital!

Shelter Point Distillery Campbell RiverDay Four: New Golf Course & Home

It’s your final day and we’ve saved the newest for last – the Campbell River Golf & Country Club. All hail, first golf course to open in British Columbia since 2011! The course (formerly Sequoia Springs) has been completely redesigned from the soil up by golf course architect Graham Cooke and will open summer 2018. Campbell River Golf & Country Club promises a unique experience including a licensed practice facility with Toptracer technology for some additional golfing fun, as well as après-golf dining in The Sandtrap Restaurant & Lounge.

Get your last taste of the island on your way home with a stop at Shelter Point Distillery. Sample handcrafted spirits made from locally-grown ingredients, and don’t forget to take some home as a memento of your island golf getaway to Campbell River.

Campbell River: 72-hours, 3 rounds of golf, 1 fishing or wildlife viewing excursion, 1 spectacular oceanfront resort, and as much seafood and local libations as you can handle. Now that’s playing on island time. 

If you need assistance in organizing your own golf vacation to Campbell River, or any of the other amazing destinations on the Vancouver Island Golf Trail, our Golf Vacation Specialists would be happy to help.