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  • Courtenay & Campbell River

    Spectacular Wilderness, Outdoor Adventure, Fine Food and Drink

    The first thing that strikes anyone about the North Island is the wilderness. The magnificent views of forest, mountains, glaciers, and coastline seem endless.

    This is the location of Strathcona Provincial Park, B.C.’s oldest park, encompassing 231,434 hectares of wilderness, including six of the seven highest peaks on Vancouver Island.

    The North Island is a place where the opportunities to experience nature at its wildest and most rugged range from whale and bear watching adventures and guided marine and aerial tours, to snorkeling with salmon, kayaking among the Islands, skiing the slopes of Mount Washington, hiking through forests and up glaciers, mountain biking and cycling. It is also home to some of the best dive cold-water dive sites in the province.

    After a day on the golf course or exploring the wilderness, creature comforts await: luxurious spas, arts and cultural experiences, and fine wine and food, most likely grown or raised right here in this rich agricultural heartland. Local wineries, distilleries, and craft breweries make wonderful products that pair beautifully with the delectable dishes the area’s star chefs create from local ingredients.

    The region has a fascinating past that goes back to the days of the dinosaurs, through thousands of years of First Nations history to the much more recent arrival of Europeans. Several museums in the North Island pay tribute to this very colourful, intriguing history.

    Learn more about Campbell River by visiting the official tourism website of Destination Campbell River.

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    The all-natural splendour of the North Island is captivating, especially taken in from a golf course.

    The golf courses in the North Island region are breathtakingly beautiful and blend right into the natural wilderness setting. Wildlife viewing is part of the golf experience here with deer and a variety of birds spotted regularly.  And the views from the clubhouses?  Magnificent. Check out some incredible Courtenay & Campbell River Golf Packages to start planning.

    Outdoor Adventures

    Campbell River has all the comforts of home and city, nestled within the stunning natural wilderness. It is also the launching point for some spectacular outdoor adventures.

    Located two kilometres from downtown Campbell River, Elk Falls Provincial Park is a favourite among locals and visitors alike. In addition to many beautiful trails, the park boasts a 64-metre high suspension bridge overlooking the falls and canyon below.

    Where the land meets the sea, you’ll find the Campbell River Seawalk. With expansive views of the Discovery Passage and Quadra Island, this eight-kilometre waterfront walkway is a wonderful place to see coastal wildlife, creative shoreline carvings, and the historical Big Rock landmark.

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    Getting out on the water

    As a city nestled in nature, Campbell River has been shaped by all that surrounds it, and ocean adventures are some of the most time-honoured traditions. Whether for fishing, a wildlife excursion, or simply to enjoy the sunset, getting out on the water with one of the region’s amazing local guides is a must-do in Campbell River.

    For well over a century, fishing has topped the list of adventures here. According to legend, the waterway between Campbell River and Quadra Island was once so bountiful that it could be crossed by walking on the backs of the salmon.

    Up for casting a line? Chartered fishing trips with experienced guides are the one of the best ways to get on the water! Check out Discovery Fishing Pier, Canada’s first saltwater fishing pier, extending 150 feet from shore and 600 feet long, it allows for beautiful unobstructed views. The pier concession offers rod rentals during the summer months. If you’re not into fishing, enjoy the views instead, and don’t miss the ice cream at the concession — it’s famous!

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    Courtenay and Campbell River Golf Packages

    One of the most popular side trips in the North Island is salmon fishing and when combined with golf, you have the ultimate Fins and Skins adventure.  The North Island is one of BC’s top saltwater fishing destinations and fleets of charters are available for excursions on the Pacific.

    The North Central Island is also where Mount Washington is and at certain times of year, you can golf and ski on the same vacation.

    Whale watching, kayaking and boating are ways to round out your golf itinerary in the North Island.

    Find a perfect Courtenay & Campbell River Golf Package or get the inside scoop with the Ultimate 72-hour Iteniary that will have you hitting the links as well as the best dining, food, and activity options available in the area.

    Dive into arts, theatre and history

    Just one of many local galleries and performance venues, the iconic Tidemark Theatre offers diverse musical performances and visual and media arts. With its bright pink exterior, it is one the most prominent buildings downtown. Right next door, the Campbell River Art Gallery features rotating exhibitions and local artisan offerings.

    Round out your North Island adventures by exploring the Campbell River Museum. With interactive, informative, and award-winning exhibits, it is the ideal venue to learn about the past and present. Explore the First Nations’ galleries and follow the changes brought about by exploration and colonization, with exhibits on logging, fishing, and the history of Ripple Rock.

    The North Island’s Indigenous cultural roots are woven into the fabric of each community. Totems, petroglyphs, and one of-a-kind art can be found in communities throughout the region, including Quadra Island’s Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre, Alert Bay’s U’mista Cultural Centre, and in museums and art galleries in Campbell River and Courtenay.

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    Dining, Craft Breweries and Tap Houses

    The North Island is also gaining a reputation for wine, spirits, and craft breweries. With speciality small batches, exclusive tasting room offerings, and inhouse-only purchases, these are must stops to round out your trip. Naturally, these local products pair beautifully with local dishes at the some of the region’s best culinary spots!

    Whether you’re looking to buy fresh and cook yourself or have a dockside feast, there are great options available to enjoy fresh seafood while watching the boats come and go with the catch of the day.

    Campbell River’s brewery and tap houses bring locally brewed craft beer and innovative locally sourced cuisine to the city. Cozy, social, and community-driven, these are the places to get the vibe of the city and sample local specialities.

    One of the reasons why chefs love it here because so much of what they serve in their dining rooms comes from local land and water: fresh produce, farm-raised meats, just caught fish and seafood, handcrafted cheese, and freshly baked bread.

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    This (Bear Mountain Resort – Mountain Course, on the Vancouver Island Golf Trail) is my new favourite golf course – I just love the layout. It’s really one of the prettiest golf courses I’ve played in my life, I’ll come back here on vacation, it’s that good.

    Scott McCarron, PGA TOUR Champion

    I always treat golf courses as how many poor holes there are. This (Bear Mountain Resort – Mountain Course, on the Vancouver Island Golf Trail) is a very good one. There’s not one poor hole on this golf course.

    Colin Montgomerie, PGA TOUR Champion

    Great job on the initial booking and subsequent changes requested. Easy check-in at the golf courses and the hotel made the trip hassle-free. Nice touch with the driving directions and discounts at recommended food and beverage establishments. Will definitely recommend your service to friends and business associates.

    Vancouver Guest, Corporate Golf Outing

    Terrific trip: well presented website, knowledgeable staff, and the golf and accommodation were second to none.

    Couples Golf Trip

    We will make this trip an annual April vacation. We will definitely book with Golf Vancouver Island again in 2017!

    Annual Couples Golf Trip

    Very much enjoyed our trip and staff were great to deal with - we'll be booking more trips through Golf Vancouver Island in the future.

    Buddies Trip Golf Package

    Wonderful trip, well planned and organized. Fantastic golf. Wish we stayed longer.

    Buddies Golf Trip

    I have used Golf Vancouver Island a number of times and have found them very helpful and professional. Everyone in our group had a great time, the courses and accommodation were first class.

    Repeat Customer, Buddies Golf Trip

    Staff did an amazing job! So easy to work with. I am already looking to book another trip next year, making this an annual event.

    Annual Buddies Golf Trip

    Personalized, quick response, good customer service and reasonable price. Overall experience was great.

    Couples Golf Trip