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).
Coming from the South/Parking Instructions
Take the inland HWY 19 north, stay on HWY 19 until you hit 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 Fishermans Wharf public parking lot. We are about 200 metres north on the left hand side (Pin "B" above), across from the bright yellow and red wharf building. Look for our large, wooden painted Orca sculptures beside our building!
Whether you’re traveling from the Northern or Southern part of Vancouver Island, we are easy to find. Our office is in the Centre of Campbell River across from the Fisherman's Wharf and beside Beaver Aquatics. Just look for our orange “Discovery Marine Safaris” banner and giant orca carving beside our store. We are within walking distance from the Visitor Information Centre and parking possibilities are endless.
Victoria – 3.5 hours
Nanaimo – 90 minutes
Port Alberni – 90 minutes
Courtenay – 45 minutes
Traveling by Air
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.
From Washington State:
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
Victoria Clipper (from Seattle)
A high-speed catamaran passenger only service is available between downtown Seattle and Victoria's Inner Harbour: Victoria Clipper
Island Coach Lines (Laidlaw) serves Victoria to Port Hardy, and points in between, including Campbell River. Connect to Island Coach Lines from Vancouver on Greyhound or Pacific Coach Lines.