Things To Do in 2 Hours Campbell River - Early Spring Edition

 

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FREE -Elk Falls Suspension Bridge: Hangs 64mtrs above the Campbell River canyon floor offering a top to bottom view of Elk Falls. Located 4km’s along Gold River Hwy 28, turn onto Brewster Lake Rd. Park in John Hart Interpretive centre parking Lot.  1.4kms walk to the falls. Wheelchair access.

FREE -Hiking & Trails: See new alternate walks during BC Hydro construction. All trails open year round, with varied conn ecting routes.  1-10km walks. Ripple Rock Trail (8kms,  3hrs), Canyon View Trail (5kms), The Millennium Trail (2.4kms), Beaver Pond / Kingfisher Trail (1km), Quinsam River Trail (1km). Snowden Forest (many to choose from), Elk Falls Suspension Bridge (1.4kms), Beaver Lodge Forestlands (many to choose from),  and Lower Myra Falls Trails (3min walk to several cascading beautiful waterfalls), and Black Creek Trail  (behind the Discovery Foods grocery store at the corner of Regent & Glenmore Rd.)  

Helicopter Tours: See the.. Discovery Passage; (20mins), Magnificent flight along the Straight of Georgia.  Desolation Sound; (45mins) Witness wildlife & natural beauty across 105 lakes. Comox Glacier; (45mins) Stunning mountain flight over the beautiful Vancouver Island mountain range, to the famous Comox glacier. 49 North Helicopter tours, .49northhelicopters.com, 250.202.4899.

FREE LIVE MUSIC:  

Royal Coachman Pub- Sundays Afternoon Music, 1-4pm, and Karaoke on Sundays, 8pm with Lizzie. 84 Dogwood Rd. 250.286.0231.

Eagles- Saturday Afternoon Jam, 4-8pm. 1999 14th Ave. 250.287.4990.

Riptide Pub- Ocean Front, Thursday evenings from 8pm. 1340 Island Hwy, Discovery Mall. 250.830.0044.

Super Mario’s- Jam nights on Fridays and Local Bands on Saturdays. 8pm  3-2253 S Isl. Hwy. Willow Pt. 250.926.0606.

So-Cal Restaurant- Fridays Blues & Jazz easy listening, 6.30-9.30pm.  2231 S Island Hwy. 250.923.7611.

Heriot Bay Inn (Quadra Island)- Fri’s Live bands 9pm, Sat’s Open Mic 9pm. 673 Hotel Rd. (Quadra Island). 250.285.3322.

FREE to view-Aboriginal Art Gallery & Gift Store: Awatin Aboriginal Art - 100% aboriginal-owned business, featuring authentic aboriginal art, antiques & stones in their gallery. Open Tue-Sat, 10am-4pm.  #104-909 Island Hwy. 250.914.4452.

FREE to view -First Nations Gift Shop: Wei Wai Kum House of Treasures. Discovery Mall, 1400 Wei Wai Kum Rd. Open 7 days/wk, 10am-5pm. 250.286.1440.

FREE -Art Galley & Exhibits: Browse local art exhibits, art gallery or gift shop items on display. By donation. CR Art Gallery, 1235 Shoppers Row. 250.287.2261.

FREE -Art-Making: Super Saturdays at CR Art Gallery - Different art-making activity for all ages. Just drop-in! Every other Saturday, 1-3pm. Materials included. 250.287.2261, www.crartgallery.com

Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens: Open 9am-dusk. Beautiful display of Native plants & trees, plus magnificent Rohododendron gardens, waterfalls, lily ponds and labyrinth. Picnic area & tea room. Guided tours available (pre-book). Only 20mins south of Campbell River. 6183 Whitaker Rd, Merville. 250.338.6901.

Wine Tasting, Tours & Art Gallery: Coastal Black Tasting Room & Art Gallery open every weekend, 11am-5pm. Winery Tours happen every Saturday (book in advance, min. 8pp). 2186 B Endall Rd, Black Ck. www.coastalblack.ca, 250.337.8325.

Mobile Outdoor Combat Games: Outdoor Laser Tag, Soft Archery, Mini Golf, and more! Groups of 10-36 players. All ages! We come to you! North Island Battle Field, 250.202.3484. www.northislandbattlefield.net

Youth & Adult Fitness Programs & Drop-ins: Sportsplex, 1800 S Alder Rd, 250.923.7911. www.campbellriver.ca

Aqua Fitness, Swim Lessons & Gym: Programs for babies to seniors. Strathcona Gardens Rec. Complex, 463 Dogwood Rd. 250.287.9234.

Swimming Pools, Hot Tub, Sauna & Steam Room: Strathcona Gardens Rec Complex, 463 Dogwood Rd. 250.287.9234.

Hockey, Figure Skating & Ice-Skating: Strathcona Gardens Rec. Complex. 463 Dogwood Rd, 250.287.9234.

FREE -Frolfing: Disc Golf Course in the forest. Discs available at Sportsplex. Discs buy/$10 or rent/$1. Free to play! Willow Point Park, off Alder Rd. 250.923.7911.

Squash, Racquet Ball, Badminton & Basketball Courts: Inside the Sportsplex, Alder Rd. 250.923.7911.

FREE -Large Soccer Field: Outside the Sportsplex, Alder Rd. 250.923.7911.

FREE Paper Aeroplane Flying / Rocket-Shooting / Kite-Flying: Go out to one of Campbell River’s grass fields and shoot a rocket, fly a kite, or make an oversized paper aeroplane! A great way to kill boredom over the colder months. Try Willow Point Park, Robron Park, Dick Murphy Park, Robert Ostler Park, Nunns Creek Park, or the park behind The Home Depot.

FREE -Tennis: 2 tennis court facilities, back of the Sportsplex, off Penfield Rd. 250.923.7911.  Or Centennial park, Cnr. of Alder & 4th Street.

FREE-Winter Markets: (2 markets to choose from)

Quadra Island Winter Market: 1st & 3rd Saturday of the month, 10am-2pm. Quadra Community Centre. 970 West Road Quadra Island. Oct 7 - Dec 16. Back again March 17 & 31. 250.285.3747.

Campbell River Indoor Community Market: Every 2nd Saturday, 10am-3pm. CR Common Mall, 1400 Ironwood Rd. Oct-May. Find us on facebook!

Horseriding Lessons, Therapeutic Riding & Riding Camps: Balance Equestrian Centre- Horse riding lessons, shows, camps & special events. Indoor & outdoor arenas.  Off Willis Rd, on Walworth Rd. Campbell River.  250.203.6042.

Horseriding: Campbell River’s premier western adventure outfiiter. Offering guided trail rides, pony rides, horsmanship lessons, pack trips & more.  Given R Ranch, 250.895.1688. www.givenrranch.com

10 & 5 Pin Bowling:  Leagues, drop-ins, arcade games, a LOT of pool tables & bowling prizes!  Licensed restaurant.  Best pizza in town. CR Bowling Centre, 16th Ave. 250.286.1177.

FREE - Pool Tables & Darts Boards: Anyone can play, non-members welcome too! 1999, 14th Ave. 250.287.4990.

Indoor Waterslide & Blow-up Water Obstacle Course: Strathcona Gardens Rec. Complex -Open on special events & holidays. Phone for dates & times. 463 Dogwood Rd. 250.287.9234.

Campbell River Community Centre: (Bus schedules here). Crafts, cooking, sports, FREE family drop-in groups, plus more activities & classes from babies to seniors.  401 11th Ave, 250.286.1161.

FREE -CR Library: Wifi & internet use. Kids storytime. FREE DVDs, CD’s, Audio Books, Books, Ebooks & more for library card members. 1240 Shoppers Row. 250.287.3655.

Indoor Rock Climbing: Something for every age and skill level. On the Rocks Climbing Gym, 250.287.7625, 1980 N. Island Hwy. RockGym.ca

FREE -Skateboarding or BMXing: (2 parks) Sportsplex on Alder St. and Nunns Creek Park on 16th Ave.

Movie Cinema: Showcase Cinema 5, 489 Dogwood St, Campbell River. 250.287.3266. Visit , https://www.landmarkcinemas.com/showtimes/campbell-river, to find out movies playing & show times.

FREE -Salmon Hatchery Tour: Observe juvenile salmon, or returning salmon from late July to mid Nov. Self-guided tours open 7days/wk, 8am-3:30pm. 5km drive from downtown Campbell River (West on Hwy28 towards Gold River) 4217 Argonaut Rd. 250.287.9564.

Scenic Walk, Bike or Skate: Free @ CR Sea Walk, 8km of picturesque mountain & ocean views.

Museums:

CR Museum- Special events & exhibits on-site regularly.  First Nations gift store. Open Tue-Sun, 12am-5pm.  250.287.3103. www.crmuseum.ca.  470 Island Hwy.

Maritime Heritage Centre- See the Famous BCP45 Fishing Boat that is on the Canadian $5 bill. 2 floors of artifacts.  Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm. Discovery Pier, Island Hwy. 250.286.3161.

Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre- Hundreds of years of First Nations artifacts and stories.  Catch a ferry from Campbell River to Quadra Island. 3.4KM drive(7min) or bike(11min) from Quadra Ferry Terminal. Winter open hours are Thu-Sat, 10am-2pm.  Cape Mudge, 34 Weway Rd, Quathiaski Cove. 250.285.3733, www.nuyumbalees.com

FREE -Petroglyphs: Find ancient petroglyphs during low tide at Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre (Weway Rd, Quadra Island) and at Tsa Kwa Luten Lodge (1, Lighthouse Rd, Quadra Island). 250.285.3733.

FREE  -Quadra Island Self-Guided Art Studio Tour: Open year-round, 11 studios.  Brochures on ferry & Visitors Centre.  Please phone ahead to ensure artists are available.  250.285.2547 or 250.285.3101. www.quadraislandarts.com

FREE -Real Life Wildlife Displays: Riversportsman retail store - Bears, Cougars, Moose, Elks, Goats, Wolves and Canadian birdlife. Walk in and look up.  2115 Island Hwy, Campbell River (Campbellton area) just before the bridge. 250.286.1017.

FREE -Whisky Distillery Tours & Tastings: Shelter Point Distillery - Single Malt Distillery, A MUST SEE!  Spectacular location. Guided & Self-Guided Tours and Tastings are FREE during open hours Wed-Sun, 12-5pm ‘til January. Gift Shop on-site. Private tours available (pre-book in advance). After hours guided tours available for $10/pp. 4650 Regent Rd, Oyster River. www.shelterpoint.ca, 778.420.220.

FREE -Fishing Pier: CR Discovery Fishing Pier is one of Campbell River’s iconic landmarks. Café and rentals closed for the winter but you can still walk out onto the 600ft pier. Award-winning wheelchair accessibility. 655 Island Hwy. 250.914.1868.

FREE -Beachcombing:  The island ocean brings unique pieces of driftwood, shells, rocks and sea-life. Interesting pieces of nature and sea-critters to be found.  Find the famous Driftwood Creations placed at surprise locations across the coast.

FREE -Weiner Roast: A slice of Canadian Culture, a favourite all year round.  Any shoreline where you can gather some dry logs and build a fire.  Don’t forget the marshmallows!  

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