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    by tayloretc Updated Apr 4, 2011

    "Aboriginal Journeys" is a bit of a misnomer – the operator’s wife was native, he was not. But he was born and raised in the area, knowledgeable about the wildlife, and obviously qualified to deal with rough water conditions, which is what counts.

    My companions for the trip had booked it to see bears. Unfortunately for them (and eventually for the operator and me), the season had been too dry until then, and bears were scarce. The wife was not pleased, and made it known – her husband, for whom she had booked the trip, seemed happy with what we saw. The operator was gracious about it, and took us to some lesser-visited spots as a consolation.

    It’s a smaller company, best to book in advance. Try to get the Zodiac if you can – tides permitting, he runs through the whirlpools and that's a lot of fun.

    Related to:
    • Adventure Travel
    • Whale Watching
    • Eco-Tourism

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Campbell River Hotels

  • Painters Lodge Holiday and Fishing...

    1625 Macdonald Rd, Campbell River, BC, V9W4S5, ca

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • Heron's Landing Hotel

    492 South Island Highway, Campbell River, V9W 1A5, Canada

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Sandpiper Beach Resort

    4384 South Island Hwy, Campbell River, BC V9H1E8

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Best Western Austrian Chalet

    Nice place. Clean rooms. Close to town (the hotel is south of Campbell River). Adequate breakfast...

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  • Super 8 Campbell River Cn

    340 S ISLAND HWY, Campbell River, BC V9W1A5

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Families

  • Super 8 Motel - Campbell River

    340 South Island Hwy, Campbell River, BC V9W1A5

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Families

  • Edgewater Motel

    4073 South Island Highway, Oyster Bay, Campbell River, V9H 1G1, Canada

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

  • Heritage River Inn

    2140 North Island Highway, Campbell River, V9W 2G7, Canada

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

  • Anchor Inn And Suites

    We arrived with great expectations and must say we were very let down ! Ha ving a husband with...

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Campbell River Restaurants

  • by canonichi Written Sep 12, 2007

    The food: The selection was full of somewhat standard dishes (fried rice, chow mein, ginger beef, teriyaki chicken, some mixed vegetables, and eggrolls). Most of the food was either cold or just plain un-chewable due to being left out too long.

    We asked the manager for some more chow mein since there wasn't any left. He mentioned that he was out of chow mein (what happened to the "all you can eat"?) So...we asked him to make some more potstickers, to which he replied that we would have to wait a long time. When he finally did bring the potstickers out, he brought a grand total of 8 potstickers (gee, I guess everyone in the restaurant is supposed to share one-half of each potsticker?) A couple near us asked him for some more eggrolls and was told that "it was coming...". Well, 10 minutes later, he brought out 4 eggrolls. That's right, 4 eggrolls for a restaurant with 16 customers.

    We had a good laugh but decided to forgo asking the manager again for more food to be brought out since it was clearly a sore point for the manager to have to cook up something and bring it out. We proceeded to pay the bill except the manager accidentally rung up one person as an adult rather than at the senior price. Instead of fixing it, he told us that since he had already rung up our bill, he couldn't go back and change it. I stated that it would be fine and to just charge the full amount to my credit card and give us a cash refund of the difference. To this, he replied that he couldn't do that because he had rung up the full amount in his cash register. Well, at this point, I was thinking that this guy was clearly lying so I told him, I'd only pay him the appropriate bill since he advertised a senior price at the front door. Well, after about 5 minutes of back and forth useless arguing, he grudgingly took my cash payment (with the senior price accounted for). Then, he quickly exited into the kitchen.

    Needless to say, we will never be going back to Chan's.

    Favorite Dish: The eggrolls are decent - the eggroll skin is lightly crunchy and not too heavy
    The fruit selection is ok - melons/oranges
    The curry rice noodle - *IF* he decides to make it, it is actually a decent (and probably most value for your money) dish since it contains some shrimp. Spicy and a bit heavily flavored.

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    by Elli99fh Written Dec 20, 2004

    This was one of the best meals I've ever had. The specials were reasonable, especially since this seems a rather upscale place. The ambiance of the restaurant is nice, and the service is good.

    Favorite Dish: I had stuffed sole. The stuffing had crab and scallops in it. It was so good! It was served with veggies and rice, and was exactly the right amount of food.

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    by joraew Written Oct 13, 2003

    April Point resort is located on Quadra Island. You must take a free water taxi from Painter's lodge in Campbell River for a 10 minute boat ride. It is a beautiful restaurant right on the ocean, overlooking the cruise ships that pass by. Some people like to dress up to the nines, while other tourists prefer to dress casually, the chose is yours.

    Favorite Dish: My favorite dish is the sushi. They use fresh crab, salmon, prawns that taste better than anywhere else I have ever eaten. They always have a special seafood dish, whether it be halibut or salmon, it always tastes good.

    Related to:
    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
    • Food and Dining
    • Spa and Resort

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Campbell River Warnings and Dangers

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    by Darby2 Written Sep 30, 2002

    The remains of Ripple Rock still lurk below the surface in Seymour Narrows. Occaisionally, pods of killer whales (orcas) can be seen in this area.

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Campbell River Sports & Outdoors

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    by epicult Written Oct 25, 2004

    This toewn is known as the salmon capital of the world with some of the world's largest salmon the "Tyee".

    While the fisheries are next to dead these days, there are still a few boats that call these waters home. A friend pictured here with a prize halibut.

    Equipment: Hahaha... good luck in successfully reeling one of these in.!

    A Small Halibut :-)

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    by kalaika Updated Aug 7, 2004

    If you're a fisherman looking for King Salmon and Coho ... you'll want to plan a visit to April Point Resort located on Quadra Island. The guides are legendary in their ability to find the best locations in the Discovery Passage.

    Equipment: 17' Boston Whalers, tackle, bait, rain gear and rubber boots are all included in the fishing packages. Salmon fishing licenses, meals and beverages are not included.

    April Point Resort
    Related to:
    • Whale Watching
    • Family Travel
    • Fishing

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  • by Poopaw Updated Jul 31, 2011

    Favorite thing: Stop into town every few years. We are from Houston, Tx. First time for 33 lb Tyee on town pier with all the Dirt Merchants from Alberta. Those farmers are the salt of the earth and among the friendliest people I have met. Spent a fantastic week living in motel over looking Inside Passage. Wife loved the Cruise Ship Parade. FISH and CHIPS. There are no bad places to eatem. Ask the Townies though as choices change from time to time. Rest of food is cheap but just a little bit ordinary.

    This year caught the Pink Salmon run in the river. 1and 1/2 million fish in the river. Wow! Little suckers are fun on light fly rod and green nymphs. Locals say the big Chinook are not coming thru now but they are getting good runs on Coho. Please catch and release. Your grandchildren need to catch them too.

    Please eat the Halibut. So fresh, so good.

    Fondest memory: Friendl folk

    Trout withe the

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