School Programs

Our Hours:

Summer (May 18 - Sept 30)
Daily : 10am - 5pm

Winter (Oct. 1 - May 17)
Tuesday - Sunday : 12pm - 5pm


The education programs offered by the Museum at Campbell River are intended to complement and enrich specific areas of the school curriculum.

The content of these programs reflects the Museum's extensive collection of historic and ethnographic artifacts from Northern Vancouver Island.

Working on the premise that children learn and remember through personal involvement, participatory and "hands-on" activities form an important component of all museum visits.

Our staff present the guided museum programs with trained museum volunteers called docents.  

Recommended grade levels are listed on some programs, however every program can be customized to any grade level.  

The cost of the programs is $30 per class.



Other Times, Other Ways

What is it like to live in a house that's 600 feet long?  Or go to Quadra by canoe instead of by ferry? Students will explore continuity and change in the First Nations communities of this area.

Length 1.5 hours, recommended for grades K-2


First Nations of Northern Vancouver Island

Students will have the opportunity to learn more about the First Nations of this region, past and present, and to experiment with traditional technologies. 


Length 2 hours, adaptable to different grade levels



Voyage of Discovery

Step into our Transitions gallery, which focuses on European exploration and the impact of colonization on local First Nations.  Students will have the opportunity to try some of the mapping technology used by Spanish and British explorers.

Length 2 hours, recommended for grade 4


Salt Chuck and Stump Farms

Ever wonder what it was like to live 100 years ago?  Step into Mr. Curtis' log cabin and find out.  Students will explore how families lived, played and worked in the days before cars, stores and the TV.

Length 1.5 hours, recommended for grades K-1

Pioneer Communities

How did Campbell River come to be? Using slides, gallery exploration and lots of hands on learning, students will discover how pioneer communities in this area grew and evolved.

Length 2 hours, recommended grades 2-3


Fishing for a Living

First Nations, Chinese and Japanese people all had specialized roles in the salmon fishing industry.  Students will explore the sociological and technological evolution of this 'pioneer industry'.

Length 2 hours

Logging in the Jungles

While other parts of the province experienced a gold rush, here on the island we had a timber rush.  Find out how this industry shaped settlement on the north island.  Students may even try their hands with a "Swedish Fiddle"!

Length 2 hours


The Impact of Colonization

In the 1770’s Juan Perez and James Cook ‘discovered’ lands that Kwakwaka’wakw and Nuu chah nulth nations had called home for thousands of years.  This program explores European exploration and settlement of the central coast, contact and trade with First Nations, colonization and residential schools.

Length 1.5 hours, adaptable to different grade levels


Stones, Bones and Middens – an introduction to central coast archaeology

How do archaeologists decipher the past?  In this program students are taught how to ‘read’ artifacts.  Using real artifacts recovered from local sites they explore the more than 8,000 years of human history on this part of the coast.  They also use pre European manufacturing techniques to make a xwádlayu  (ground slate fish knife) to take home.

Length 2 hours



Hallowe'en Special

Take a tour of the galleries that have been decorated for the season. But beware, this visit will be interrupted by visits from Hallowe'en Spirits! Limited bookings available October 24-28, 2016.

Lenth 1 hour, grades 2-3

Christmas Special

This programs has been developed for kindergarten and grade 1.  Children travel back in time to help prepare the cabin for Christmas.  Available in December only.

Length 1 hour, grades K-1




Where Are the Children?

This program explores the legacy of Canada’s residential school system.   Students put themselves in the place of First Nations children in a residential school setting to gain insight into the impact residential school policies had on the lives of First Nations children and their families.The availibility of this program is guest speaker dependent and an additional cost may be added.

Archival Research  
Students are introduced to the Museum’s Archives Research Centre and have an opportunity to access and use archival resources to learn about pioneer families, heritage buildings or the industrial development of the region. Subject matter can be tailored to complement the Individual classroom focus.

Basketry Traditions Around the World    

Containers are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to basketry.  Clothing, shelter, even bridges were all made using basic basket making techniques. After a short slide presentation students use simple Kwakwaka’wakw basket making methods to make a project they can take home.  Can be adapted for all ages.

LEGO For the Classroom     

Let your class build and display these specially designed Lego kits featuring heritage buildings of Campbell River and vintage north island logging and fishing equipment.  The kits (12 in total) include Campbell River’s first school, the BeeHive Café, Lourdes hospital and a 1914 steam donkey.$30.00 rental fee