Top 5 Locations Near Campbell River to Visit by Boat

Campbell River and the surrounding waters are famous for their fishing and boating. With plenty of stunning islands, wildlife, and views the area truly is a boater’s paradise.

Are you planning a trip to the Campbell River area? Here are five locations that are definitely worth checking out by boat.

Quadra Island

Located directly across from Campbell River, on the other side of Discovery Passage, is Quadra Island. Home to a wide array of arts and recreation, this should certainly be on your list of places to visit while you’re in the area.

If you’re looking for somewhere to stop for a bite to eat there’s Tsa-Kwa-Luten Lodge or the Heriot Bay Inn. And if you’re in the mood for adventure there are plenty of hiking trails to keep you occupied, including Rebecca Spit and Shellaligan Pass. Plus, many artists and sculptors reside on Quadra Island, making it a hub for the arts.

Cortes Island

East of Quadra Island is Cortes Island, a small community full of culture and spectacular scenery.

One of the most popular activities here is kayaking, with Manson’s Landing and Smelt Cove providing the perfect combination of calm waters and gorgeous views. Cortes also has a vibrant arts scene. Craft markets are held weekly and there are a number of shops where you can purchase locally made goods. For those looking to get closer to nature, be sure to explore K’was Park and Carrington Bay.

Desolation Sound Marine Provincial Park

Desolation Sound is British Columbia’s largest marine park, with over 6,350 acres of shoreline and water to enjoy. The park includes three major destination anchorages: Prideaux Haven, Tenedo’s Bay, and Grace Harbour. Each location features calm waters surrounded by a variety of islands, cliffs, and mountains.

The waters in Desolation Sound are known to get warm in the summertime, making it the perfect spot for swimming and scuba diving. The park also features a campsite for those who are interested in an extended stay.

Refuge Cove

Near Desolation Sound is Refuge Cove, a small community of around 30 residents. It features a general store with plenty of supplies and the Refuge Cove Restaurant which is known for their delicious home-style cooking. There’s also a local gallery that offers a variety of local crafts, prints, cards, pottery, clothing, and more.

You can take advantage of their free four-hour moorage and overnight stays are available for a small fee. If you want to stay on land there are campsites as well.

Octopus Islands Marine Provincial Park

Octopus Islands Marine Provincial Park can be found along the northeast coast of Quadra Island. This group of small islands provides a number of safe anchorages for boaters, as well as marine accessible campsites and resting areas.

The area is perfect for fishing, swimming, scuba diving, and hiking. A portage route to Small Inlet Provincial Park can be accessed from the park, and from this trail you can get Newton Lake, which is the perfect location for a freshwater swim.

Cortes Island
Desolation Sound
Heriot Bay
Octopus Island
West Redonda Island