The West Coast of Canada is known for its natural beauty, abundance of wildlife and laid-back pace. We found all that and more when we visited Campbell River on Vancouver Island over the May long weekend for Tim’s brother’s wedding. Road tripping around the island? Here’s what you need to check out in this lovely town.
Just a 10 minute drive from the Campbell River’s core is Elk Falls Provincial Park. It holds the monstrous, thundering 82 foot high waterfall known as Elk Falls. It’s worth noting that pretty much anyone, young or old, can make this jaunt. It’s just a 10 minute stroll in the trees to the falls. If you’re brave, see the falls from the shaky suspension bridge as you cross the canyon. There are various other viewpoints as well. We recommend the small hike to the other side to get an up close view.
When you’re finished being mesmerized by the gushing waterfall, take the 30 minutes or so to hike a loop around and witness the much smaller, yet equally as scenic, Deer Falls. The sky high trees covered in moss and bright green ferns will have you feeling like you’re in Canada’s own Jurassic Park.
While in Campbell River, or driving through it along Island Highway, you’ll notice a quaint little coffee shop called Foggdukkers. It’s the perfect place to stop and relax while enjoying calm ocean views and a bonfire. There are plenty of drinks on the menu, both hot and cold, and ice cream and pastries to enjoy as well. This coffee shop is such a chill spot, you can’t help but take a moment to relish in it.
We were pleasantly surprised by all the detailed, colourful street art adorning Campbell River’s buildings. From statues to paintings, there is no shortage of good finds here.
Along the highway just past Campbell River’s main jaunt is a large beach with driftwood, perfect for setting up a bonfire with friends and family. Make sure to bring good eats and s’mores for a perfect evening!
Wildlife Boat Tour
A 4 hour zodiac boat tour with Eagle Eye Adventures out of Campbell River will be the highlight of your time here, we are sure of it. While on board we saw orca whales popping up, sea lions playing, seals sunbathing, a black bear wandering alone on the shore and hundreds of majestic eagles swooping down to catch fish in the whirlpools in the sea. It was incredible! This trip is about $140 CDN and is open to both young and old. Don’t miss this!
Have you been to Campbell River or Elk Falls? What other places do you recommend visiting on Vancouver Island?
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