Take a 10-minute ferry ride from Campbell River to visit Quadra Island, part of the Discovery Islands. The scenic, laid-back island is a good place to check out local arts and crafts, spot wildlife, or relax on the beach and watch the ships go by. Plus, with all the natural beauty the island has to offer, if you like the outdoors, there are plenty of water and land activities to get your adrenaline pumping.
Top things to do
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Enjoy water activities
Kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard in the protected channels and bays around the island. Or travel inland to paddle in backcountry Main Lake Provincial Park, where you can also swim and fish.
Located on the east coast, Campbell River has been known for the past century as the Salmon Capital of the World. But there’s more to Campbell River than fishing—with lots of provincial parks, beaches, restaurants and wildlife, there’s something for everyone.
Located on the East Coast, Comox is rich in agricultural land, forests and mountains. Relax on a beach in summer, or go skiing in winter at Mount Washington, but whenever you visit, head to Fisherman’s Wharf to buy fresh fish right off the boat.
Drive 90 minutes from Nanaimo to the heart of beautiful farming landscapes on Vancouver Island to visit Courtenay—the urban centre of the Comox Valley. Downtown Courtenay boasts charming streets filled with art galleries, theatres, shops, artists’ studios, boutiques and gardens, and out of town there are sandy beaches, forests, mountains, parks and lakes. Plus, drive just 15 minutes to the local ski hill.
Explore BC’s largest marine park, Desolation Sound, along the Sunshine Coast, and delve into the many inlets, islets, coves and bays. Enjoy exploring the 8,449 hectares of steep forested hills, saltwater lagoons, sheltered bays, secluded beaches and crystal-clear lakes.