In the early 1500's, the first European, Sir Francis Drake, arrived just south of Campbell River, and by 1880's, the European travelers had seriously set up shop in the region. It is said that Campbell River was named for the Irish doctor, Samuel Campbell, who was stationed on the British survey vessel HMS Plumper in 1860. The Campbell area was restored after 1911, and became a supply point for northern Vancouver Island, Cortes Island, and Quadra Island. Logging and mining in the area prospered, and commercial fishing became its staple.
The city of Campbell River enjoys a moderate climate and thousands of travelers sprint to the destination annually to revel in the moderate temperatures. Summer time marks the most active tourist season but winter lows can hover around the freezing mark.
The city boasts an equally abundant array of choices when it comes to tempting the appetite. From indulging in surf and turf platters in an opulent pub or restaurant, to munching on finger licking fish and chips served dockside in a marina, the Campbell River dining scene caters to all gastronomic predispositions. Perhaps, the best seafood restaurant in the area is the casual wharf side eatery, Patti Finn's Seafood, which offers scrumptious local prawns, crabs, oysters, and grilled fish!
With mesmerizing coastal vistas, gourmet food, adventurous sporting activities, and year round activities, Campbell River should be your next vacation destination!