We had another “WOWSER” day exploring Vancouver Island. We finished the rest of the 19 A Scenic Drive ending up in Campbell River, BC. Campbell River is located on the west coast of British Columbia on Vancouver Island, Canada. The waterfront community is located on the shores of the Discovery Passage surrounded by islands, islets, and amazing ocean scenery. The waterfront is decorated with marinas, boats, tour companies, shops, parks, homes and pebbled beaches. From the shore one can watch sailboats, fishing vessels, cargo ships and cruise liners coming and going, night and day. We are happy to report we found the perfect campground, we are already booked for the month of May. Our site is right on the water of the inside passage where cruise ships sail to Alaska. We saw a sea lion today and were told whales pass by daily too. It doesn’t get any better than that. :-)
Campbell River is reputed worldwide as the “Salmon Capital of the World”. As realtors love to expound, only three things count: location, location and location. Such is the case with Campbell River, for it’s located on the upper Strait of Georgia, a major year-round feeding ground for immature Chinook (which can weigh up to 30 pounds). It’s also dead center in the Inside Passage between Vancouver Island and the mainland. All five species of salmon migrating southward through the Inside Passage must swim through for a final binge of feeding prior to continuing onward. In addition to being on the southward migration route for all five species of Pacific salmon, the Quinsam River Hatchery, also located in Campbell River, adds greatly to annual returns of Chinook, Coho, pink and chum salmon. We can get a fishing license by the day here for only $7. Let the fun begin. :-) I am adding a few pictures, we ran into a bit of rain that dampened my photo fun on this awesome drive, I still managed to get over 150 on the route. Check back later for more from Vancouver Island.