Campbell River: Best Salmon Fishing on Vancouver Island

Outdoor Adventures

The soul of Campbell River is captured in its rich history steeped in coastal tradition.  Where the east coast of Vancouver Island intersects the 50th parallel, you’ll find the perfect blend of soothing sea breezes, the rich resources of its namesake river and peaceful forests kept green by the mild Pacific Coast climate.

“The Salmon Capital of the World”

When British journalist Sir Richard Musgrave caught a huge King salmon at the mouth of the Campbell River more than a century ago, he didn’t keep it to himself.  He wrote so persuasively of the area’s ample supply of fish and natural beauty that Campbell River quickly became known as the “Salmon Capital of the World.”

Today, this angling mecca attracts many of the world’s foremost fishermen and fisherwomen to the sheltered passages and bays afforded by numerous islands between Vancouver Island and the mainland.  Most fishing is done within sight of land.  And summer isn’t the only season for landing salmon.  Anglers find excellent fishing in early spring, late fall and throughout the winter months.  You can even buy your recreational fishing license online.   

Campbell River Golf

Nestled between the Vancouver Island Mountain range to the west and the snow-capped peaks of the Coast Mountain range to the east, the three golf courses of Campbell River offer inspiring scenery and challenges for both the beginner and low handicapper.

Sequoia Springs Golf Course, an 18-hole course near Campbell River’s downtown, has been described as “a stroll through a beautiful park!”  The greens are reputed to be the best on Vancouver Island.  Sequoia Springs is situated just minutes from downtown and resort areas and has easy access from the new Inland Island Highway, at the Willis Road exit.

Storey Creek Golf Course is truly a “course in nature.” Carved out of the dense, mixed-growth forest just south of Campbell River, this 18-hole championship course receives a four-star award from Golf Digest’s “Places to Play.”  The course is considered among the best in British Columbia and a favourite of all who visit.

Pacific Playgrounds is a nine-hole, par four executive course located at Saratoga Beach and offers a full-service pro shop, driving range and modest green fees.  Casual golfers and families are welcome.

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Publisher of Amazing Vancouver Island. Doug grew up in Kamloops and Vancouver. He is also the President of KIAI Angency, an Internet Marketing and Branding agency in Vancouver. He is an avid photographer and you can see his many pix of Vancouver Island on Flickr.

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