Where is Campbell River Located? How Big is Vancouver Island? How close is Campbell River to lower-mainland Vancouver? How Accessible is Vancouver Island?
Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
Campbell River is located in Canada, the 2nd largest country in the world. Canada is made up of 10 Provinces and 3 territories. British Columbia is the Western most Province in Canada. Along the coast of British Columbia lies Vancouver Island which holds the hidden gem, Campbell River.
Campbell River is located on the 50th parallel in a mountainous region near a river, the Campbell, along the Central East coast of Vancouver Island.
This provides residents with access to beaches, the estuary, waterfalls, lakes, hiking and biking trails, skiing and snowboarding mountains, kayaking and canoeing, caving, fishing and hunting. Because of our central location, you can ski for half a day and golf or fish the other half; all within a 35 minute drive.
Sometimes called ‘the gateway to Northern Vancouver Island” Campbell River has evolved into the main service centre for the North Island.
The boundaries encompass an area of 33,955 acres with 24 km of waterfront facing the Discovery Passage, recently renamed the Salish Seas.
Vancouver Island is closely surrounded by many islands. The closest of them, Quadra Island, is accessible directly from Campbell River and is a 10 minute ferry boat ride.
The island is 460 kilometres (290 miles) in length and 80 kilometres (50 miles) in width at its widest point. It is the largest island on the western side of North America at 32,134 square kilometres (km2) or 12,407.0 square miles (sq m.) It is the 43rd largest island in the world. It is also the home of British Columbia’s capital, Victoria, on the southern tip of the island. If you were to drive from one end of the island to the other it would take you approximately 8 hours in good conditions.
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Campbell River is 240 kilometers from Vancouver.
There are no bridges linking the island to the mainland. Instead there are 3 ferry routes that link lower-mainland Vancouver with Vancouver Island.
1. Vancouver-Nanaimo (Tsawwassen - Duke Point)
2. Vancouver- Victoria (Tsawwassen- Swartz Bay)
3. West-Vancouver-Nanaimo (Horseshoe Bay- Departure Bay)
The closest terminal to Campbell River is the West Vancouver- Nanaimo (Horseshoe Bay to Departure Bay.) This ferry ride takes 2 hours and after arriving in Nanaimo it is approximately a 1 ½ hour drive North to reach Campbell River.
Another option is air travel. It takes approximately one hour to fly from Vancouver to the Campbell River Airport.