Exhibits

Current Temporary Exhibit

Exhibits

Cover Stories: Photography by the Baldwins

This photographic exhibit looks at what was happening in Campbell River from the period 1949-1963 through the lens of the local newspaper and the photography of Godfrey and May Baldwin. Before the Baldwins arrived on the scene, there were almost no local photographs to be found in the newspapers. Pictures …

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Permanent Exhibits

Permanent Exhibits

First Nations

The Museum sits on the traditional territories of the Laichwiltach First Nation. Within the collection area represented by the Museum are over 30 First Nations, including three separate language and cultural groups, the Kwakwaka’wakw, Nuu-Chah-Nulth and Coast Salish. This gallery strives to illustrate the longstanding history of the first peoples …

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Permanent Exhibits

Transitions Gallery

The Transitions Gallery explores some of the difficult parts of our past – a past that includes devastating population loss, Indian Residential Schools and the marginalization of native peoples. It is a past that is still very much with us.

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Permanent Exhibits

Logging in the Jungles

Since the 1880s, logging has played an important role in the development of this region. The area north of Powell River, stretching up to Drury Inlet known by loggers as the “Jungles” is a complex maze of islands, inlets and channels. Don’t miss the outside logging exhibits – the Hayes-Anderson …

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Permanent Exhibits

Log Cabin

Built of Douglas Fir logs, the Museum’s log cabin is modelled after one built in the late 19th century near Bates Beach (south of Campbell River) by British settler James Curtis. Paintings by Curtis’ brother George were used as the basis for details in the exhibit. The cabin’s 12′ by …

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Permanent Exhibits

The Willows Hotel

A Campbell River landmark during the town’s early years, the Willows Hotel served both an international sportsfishing clientele and the rough and ready loggers from isolated camps. This permanent exhibit shows the Willows’ façade and entrance through which visitors step into the hotel lobby as it would have appeared c. …

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Permanent Exhibits

Coastal Lifestyle: The Floathouse

The floathouse represents a lifestyle that evolved on the British Columbia coast a hundred years ago. It was an answer to economic necessity and the rugged terrain that defied road construction. Floathouses provided a portable home base that could be moved from one working location to another. On a coast …

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Permanent Exhibits

Sportsfishing

Adjacent to the Willows Hotel, a dockside area reflects the sportsfishing activity which made Campbell River famous, including specially made rowboats for Tyee fishing, boatbuilding tools and an array of fishing tackle. 

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Permanent Exhibits

Commercial Salmon Fishing

Fishing has provided sustenance to the peoples of coastal British Columbia throughout the ages. With the arrival of Europeans in the 19th century the harvesting of fish, particularly salmon, became an industry as well as a food source. To learn about another type of commercial fishing, check out the cod …

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Outdoor Exhibits

Exhibits

West Coast Garden

Winding paths lead through gardens containing 80 different species of plants native to the region; their succession of blooming times and subtle variety of flowers, fruit and foliage offer interest throughout the year. Illustrated signage identifies the wild plants by their First Nations, English and Latin names, also describing their …

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Exhibits

1930 Hayes-Anderson Logging Truck

This truck is displayed in an outdoor exhibit at the Museum at Campbell River. It represents an important era in the progression of log hauling techniques, complementing the interior logging exhibits that include oxen hauling and early skid roads. Local members of the North Island Vintage Vehicle Preservation Society authentically …

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Outdoor Exhibits

Thunderbird Bear Pole

The beautiful “Thunderbird Bear Pole” was inspired by a pole carved by Sam Henderson in the 1960s. This pole was carved by Sam’s son Bill and grandsons Junior, Greg and Will. Thunderbird Bear Pole Museum at Campbell River In 1966, Sam was commissioned by the Department of Highways to carve …

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Exhibits

Soyokaze (Gentle Wind)

This 37 foot cod fishing boat was built circa 1939 by the Kishi Boatworks in Steveston for Shigekazu Matsunaga of Quathiaski Cove. Built for a cost of $3600, the carvel hulled vessel was outfitted with a 1 cylinder 8-10 Easthope engine. Openings in the central part of the hull permitted …

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Exhibits

Steam Donkey

In the late 1800s, steam technology replaced horse and oxen hauling and increased logging production enormously. “Get rid of that dribbling pot and bring back the bulls!” was the reaction of one logger on being introduced to a steam donkey, but the machines proved so versatile their use rapidly became …

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May to August 2020

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Historic Boat Tours

The Museum at Campbell River will once again offer its summer historic boat tours in partnership with Discovery Marine Safaris.  Each trip explores the history of the region from the comfort of a 30-passenger boat that includes both indoor and outdoor seating areas, and an on board washroom.  As well as an experienced Captain, there is an on board naturalist who is constantly on the lookout for wildlife to point out, and a Museum Guide to share historic points of interest.

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