Family Holiday: Snorkel with Salmon on Vancouver Island

Outdoor Adventures

Have you snorkeled with the turtles in Maui?  Maybe you’ve snorkeled through the coral reefs of the Caribbean?  Or perhaps you’ve snorkeled with the manatees in Florida?  If you’re looking for a new adventure and a perfect family holiday, try snorkeling with the salmon near Campbell River on Vancouver Island!

In Canada, we love all things salmon, and why not?  Each year, hundreds of thousands of migrating salmon travel through their rivers on their way to spawn at their birthplace.  For more than a century, Vancouver Island’s Campbell River has been known as the Salmon Fishing Capital of the World.  So it’s logical that you’ll find adventurous types snorkeling with the determined spawners, too.

Start with a Raft

To get the most out of your experience, join a tour group for your trip down the river.  They use commercial rafts and experienced guides to lead and narrate trips down a calm portion of the Campbell River and its estuary;  and for those who prefer to study salmon from a distance through polarized sunglasses, instead of millimeters away through chilly but clear river water, rafts offer a fine, dry alternative.

All five species of Pacific salmon converge on this portion of the river at different times from mid-July through the end of November.  Scan the river and you’ll soon be rewarded with the treat of seeing the fish launch themselves out of the water, like tiny whales breaching.  Wildlife and birds are plentiful, too.

Rafting Trips on Campbell River

Here is more information on rafting trips on the Campbell River.

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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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