Campbell River, a scenic oceanfront city, is the fourth largest city on Vancouver Island. It is located on the 50th parallel on the east coast of Vancouver Island, midway between Victoria (266 km / 165 mi to the South, approx. 3 hour drive) and Cape Scott (top of Vancouver Island).
We are easy to find: Whether you’re traveling from the Northern or Southern part of Vancouver Island, we are easy to find just stay on the Island Highway 19A. Our office is located on Historic Pier Street, downtown Campbell River in the Georgia Quay building almost next door to the Bee Hive Cafe. Just look for our orange Discovery Marine Safaris Logo and Whale Watching & Grizzly Bear Expeditions sign on the ocean side of the street . . . and the images on the windows make us hard to miss!
Parking and Exploring: We are within easy walking distance from multiple parking options, the Maritime Heritage Museum, the Aquarium, the Visitor Information Centre, local shops, hotels, restaurants and cafés.
Driving & Parking Instructions if coming from the South: Take the inland HWY 19 north, stay on HWY 19 until you come to the Jubilee Parkway turnoff. Turn right and follow the parkway down to the very end where it will intersect with HWY 19A. Turn left onto HWY 19A and follow this road (along the water) into downtown Campbell River, about a 10 minute drive. Once you come down the hill into Campbell River make an immediate RIGHT hand turn at the bottom of the hill at the flashing lights (Pin "A" above). By turning right you are in the closest public parking lot to our office, the Fisherman’s Wharf public parking lot. We are about 250 metres north on the right hand side (Pin "B" above), when you pass the bright yellow and red wharf building you are literally only a couple of minutes away. There is a pull in with restricted short term parking outside the office to allow guests to be dropped off.
If traveling by air, the Campbell River Municipal Airport - YBL is about eight kilometers from our departure point and offers shuttle service and car rentals. The Harbor Airport is only two kilometers away for those of you arriving by seaplane. Campbell River’s International airport is serviced by direct and connecting flights from Seattle (mid May until the end of September only) and Vancouver. There are also direct flights offered from Calgary and Edmonton through the Comox Airport (45 km South/ 28 mi).
There are multiple possibilities to get to Vancouver Island from the mainland of B.C. via Vancouver. B.C. Ferries offers ferry service (vehicles and passengers) to Victoria (Swartz Bay) or Nanaimo (Duke Point = South end of Nanaimo or Departure Bay = Central Nanaimo). From Nanaimo to Campbell River is about 165 km / 102 mi north which takes about 1.5 hours on Highway 19. To enjoy the whole coastline of Campbell River take the Exit: Miracle Beach and continue North on the Oceanside route 19A.
Vehicle and passenger ferry service is available from Bellingham via Victoria San Juan Cruises; from Port Angeles via Black Ball Transport or Victoria Express; and from Anacortes via Washington State Ferries
A high-speed catamaran passenger only service is available between downtown Seattle and Victoria's Inner Harbour: Victoria Clipper