Campbell River

Campbell River is situated on the east coast of Vancouver Island and is renowned for being the "Salmon Capital of the world". The town has little to appeal to the average tourist, but is heaven for Hikers, Kayakers, Fishers and Naturists. Here you will find a slow, quiet island lifestyle and beautiful scenery.

Get in

By plane

  Campbell River Airport (IATA: YBL) is located at the southwest edge of town off the Jubilee Parkway (exit 161 from the Inland Island Highway / Hwy 19). It is served by Air Canada, Central Mountain Air and Pacific Coastal Airlines, primarily with connections to Vancouver.

Car rentals are available from the Arrivals area (Budget and National). The Campbell River Airport Shuttle (+1 250-914-1010) can take you into town.

Kenmore Air offers regularly scheduled service to Campbell River from Seattle on both seaplanes and land planes from May through September.

By bus

You can get to Campbell River by several bus routes too. Island Coach Lines (Laidlaw) serves Victoria to Port Hardy, and points in between, including Campbell River. Connect to Island Coach Lines from Vancouver aboard Greyhound or Pacific Coach Lines.

By car

Travelling north from Nanaimo, there are two options: the Island Highway (Hwy 19A), which is the scenic old road with the beautiful ocean views, or the Inland Island Highway (Hwy 19), which is the faster expressway. The drive on the old Island Highway takes approximately 2 hours (153 km / 95 mi) from Nanaimo or 3.5 hours (264 km / 165 mi) from Victoria. The Inland Highway can reduce that time, potentially by up to an hour when driving from Victoria.

Get around

Campbell River does run a limited service local bus route, but a car would be an ideal form of transport to allow you to take advantage of the environment.


Campbell River hosts a busy arts and culture scene with museums that cover local history.


The falls in Elk Falls Provincial Park





Go next

There are options to move on in every direction from Campbell River.

Routes through Campbell River

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