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How to Get Here

Getting Here

Campbell River, a picturesque city known for its breathtaking scenery and abundant outdoor activities, is situated on the east coast of central Vancouver Island.

Visitors have a number of different ways to travel here, including driving, flying, or boating. With easy access from all directions, getting to Campbell River is a breeze.

Whether you prefer the scenic drive, the breathtaking view from above on a short flight over the islands, or a leisurely boat ride along the coast, the journey to Campbell River is sure to be an unforgettable experience. So why wait? Plan your trip to Campbell River today and discover for yourself why this charming city has become a favorite among travelers from all over the world.

By Air

Regularly scheduled flights to Campbell River (YBL) and Comox International Airport (YQQ) make it incredibly convenient for all travelers to get here in no time at all.

Flying into Campbell River is the preferred and easiest option but Comox International Airport is just a short 40 minute drive away.

There are also several private charter operators who run scheduled flights, as well as float planes, and helicopter options!

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Airlines, Airports and Private Charter Operators

By Land

BC Ferries is the main connection between the mainland and Vancouver Island.

There are 3 main ferry terminals on Vancouver Island, Duke Point and Departure Bay (Nanaimo), and Swartz Bay in Victoria. There is also a ferry that runs from Seattle to Victoria (Clipper).

If you’re looking to take the scenic route, you can also access Vancouver Island via Powell River on the Sunshine Coast

Campbell River is roughly a 2 hour drive from Nanaimo, and 3 hours from Victoria. You can choose to take the Inland Highway (19), or follow the scenic route (19A) for some spectacular ocean views)

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By Sea

Whether you are a seasoned mariner or just starting out on the water, Campbell River is a boaters paradise. There are a few resorts/hotels that offer moorage to their guests, and many public marinas that offer transient moorage for short term (or long-term) visitors.

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Campbell River Resorts & Marinas

Heriot Bay Inn

Quadra Island

Painters Lodge

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April Point Resort

Quadra Island

Coast Marina

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Discovery Harbour

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Browns Bay Resort

North of Campbell River

Salmon Point RV Park

South of Campbell River

Blind Channel Resort

Discovery Islands

Helpful Links

Tide Tables

If you are planning on coming in your own boat, it's important to have a good understanding of tides, as there are quite a few high current passages in the area.

BC Ferries

There are a variety of crossing options depending on which part of the island you would like to start at. The Departure Bay or Duke Point ferries (Nanaimo) are the main routes from the mainland. Reservations are highly recommended!

Campbell River Tour Operators