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Annual Fundraising Book Sale

The Museum's Annual Used Book Sale & Fundraiser is at hand!  We are now taking donations of your gently used books.  Drop off your previously loved books to the Museum (470 Island Highway) from Tuesday to Sunday between noon and 5:00 p.m. until March 1st, at the...

Boats in My Blood

The name Farrell is synonymous with quality boats to those in the know up and down the British Columbia coast. Working in and around Pender Harbour on the Sunshine Coast, Barrie's father, Allen Farrell, was a much loved eccentric and noted wooden boat builder who created...

Poetry for Zombies and Vampires, workshop with John Donlan

Poetry for Zombies and Vampires Zombies and Vampires have the same hopes, dreams, fears and loves as all of us.  However, Zombies’ poor motor skills prevent them from reaching out to express themselves through poetry.  Vampires are often too busy pursuing beautiful...

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 It’s not every day that you celebrate getting new shelving, but that’s just what the Museum at Campbell River is doing.  For years now they have had their storage at maximum capacity, but finally this February they are getting the long-awaited museum-grade mobile shelving units installed in their artifact storage room.  The artifact storage room houses not only approximately 6,000 artifacts, but also archival holdings including manuscripts, diaries, photographs and other records that document the history and development of the region.  Maintaining these documents and making them available to the public as needed is one of the critical roles that the Museum plays in the community.

“I can’t tell you how gratifying it will be to finally have top of the line museum quality shelving to house the “community treasures” in the Museum’s collection.  As is often the case with less appealing behind the scenes equipment projects such as this, securing funding is infinitely more challenging than, in our case, a higher profile exhibit.”  Parrish goes on to note “Unfortunately in 1994 when the Museum relocated to this purpose built building the available funding did not extend to installing the specialized shelving necessary to house the collections.  Over the years we have made do with what we could but the need to improve the shelving had become critical in order to preserve the collection.”

The first phase of shelving will allow the Museum to re-house their archival holdings, including important collections such as the Elk River Timber co. records, the papers of Roderick and Ann Haig-Brown, former MP Tom Barnett’s local office papers and numerous other holdings relating to our unique coastal history.  It will help to preserve these documents for future generations.

The archival holdings have to be moved during the installation process, so the Museum Archives Research Centre will offer only very limited service in January and February.  For information about the Museum Archives contact .  The online archival resources offered by the Museum will not be affected by the move.

This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.  Numerous private donors also contributed to this project and without this community support this project would not have been able to go ahead.

The Museum can be contacted at 250-287-3103, or for more information go to


The Museum presents an opportunity to learn about the significance of our watershed, which begins in Strathcona Provincial Park at Buttle Lake, and the role it plays in providing our community with potable drinking water, recreation and hydro electric power.  

The story of the watershed is a complicated one; people living and working in this area have tried to balance the needs of industry and resource gathering with the needs of environmental longevity and protection, especially since the time when the potential for hydro electric power was observed. 

Through a series of interpretive panels and an interactive touch-screen, visitors can learn the history of the watershed prior to industrial development and find out what stewardship initiatives have been undertaken in the Campbell River and its estuary in more recent years.

Museum staff are on hand at the John Hart Interpretive Centre off Brewster Lake Road 3 days a week. Call the museum to confirm hours (250) 287-3103.