Campbell River and District Museum and Archives Society

The Collection Area

The Museum collection comprises ethnographic, historic, archaeological and archival material of the northern Vancouver Island area, specifically from Oyster River east to Desolation Sound and north to Rivers Inlet, including off-shore islands; west to Gold River and beyond to the outer coast at Estevan Point, and north to the tip of Vancouver Island.

The Building and Exhibits


A Sports Fishing Lodge Exhibit

The Museum began with an exhibit in the lobby of a sports fishing lodge in 1958, that was collected and presented by a group of people interested in the human history of Northern Vancouver Island and in particular in First Nations art and culture. The Museum was registered as a non-profit society in 1961, governed by a Board of Trustees.


Planning for a New Facility

By 1978 the collection had outgrown this facility, and planning for a new facility began in 1987.


A 21,000 square foot facility

Eleven recognized experts on the history and ethnology of the region helped to develop an outline of potential topics. By 1989 a floor plan and basic scale model was made of the major exhibits plan. A 21,000 square foot facility was completed in 1994, and includes 7,000 square feet for a major exhibits gallery and 1,700 square feet for temporary exhibits.


Offering Indoor and Outdoor Activities

Located on a seven-acre wooded site, it has a commanding view of Discovery Passage (an active shipping lane running between Campbell River and Quadra Island). The forested site offers excellent opportunities for outdoor activities, displays and interpretation.

May to August 2022

Book early to reserve your spot

Historic Boat Tours

The Museum at Campbell River will once again offer its summer historic boat tours in partnership with Campbell River Whale Watching and Adventure Tours.  Each trip explores the history of the region from the comfort of their boats 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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