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OCTOBER
7

Thrilling Whitewater Rafting at Campbell River BC

posted by BEST WESTERN PLUS Austrian Chalet  on October 7, 2011
Whitewater rafting trips on Vancouver Island are based out of Campbell River. Here you will fine temperate climates, unspoiled scenery, pristine rain forests and challenging rivers.

The north east coast of Vancouver Island is famous for its untouched wilderness, ocean views and natural vistas. Here you can also spot a bald eagle or catch a glimpse of a whale or the abundant salmon.

Campbell River is a 1.5 hour drive from Nanaimo or 3 hours from Victoria where the ferry terminals are. There is also airline service to Campbell River.

Whitewater Rafting Options


There are a number of whitewater rafting options that allow you to spend a few hours to a multi-day adventure.

Pick up a waterproof camera as you have some great photo opportunities.

Campbell River


Campbell River (the river not the town) rafting is rated as class I – II so it is suitable for beginners or the faint of heart. During the month of August you can swim or snorkel with the spawning salmon. The best time of year for rafting is from May to August.

Upper and Lower Nimpkish River


The Upper Nimpkish is the more extreme part of the river with more difficult rapids that are closer together to add to the adventure. Upper Nimpkish is rated as class III-IV so only consider these rapids if you are quite experienced.

On the lower Nimpkish River you will encounter around 40 sets of rapids but they are the mild version so are suitable for beginners. You can even stop off for a swim or explore a cave. Lower Nimpkish River is rated as Class II – III.

The best time of year is from May to August. Keep an eye out for spotting wildlife like deer, cougars, bears and elk.

The Nimpkish River is on north central Vancouver Island about a 90-minute drive northwest from Campbell River.

Southgate River


Southgate River, rated as class I – II, is on the mainland but the best way to get there is via Campbell River. Here you get to raft on glacier green waters fed by the Homathko Icefields.

The only access to this remote area is by helicopter or by boat, so it a multi-day trip. The best time of year is late summer – August to September.

Tour Operators for Whitewater Rafting


Destiny River Adventures, based in Campbell River, offers professionally guided river rafting tours for the beginners to expert whitewater enthusiasts. As part of the tours you can enjoy other activities including fishing, wildlife spotting, swimming and caving.

Their tours cover half day rafting, full day rafting or 4 day expeditions on the Campbell River, Oyster River, Nimpkish River and Southgate River.

Reservations are recommended.

Contact Info:

For those that prefer telephone or regular mail our contact information follows:
Phone: 250-287-4800 Fax: 250-287-4857 Toll Free: 877-923-7238

Destiny River Adventures
1630 North Island Highway, Campbell River, BC, Canada V9W 2E5

www.destinyriver.com

Campbell River Accommodations


There are a number of hotels, motels and bed & breakfasts to pick from including our sponsors, Best Western:
BEST WESTERN Austrian Chalet is a full-service hotel in Campbell River, British Columbia located across the street from beautiful Pacific Ocean beaches. You’ll be close to the Campbell River, shopping at Discovery Harbour Mall and golf at both Sequoia and Storey Creek Golf Courses, and a short drive from Elk Falls Park, the Saratoga Speedway and Mount Washington. The property’s 60 traditional guest rooms include suites, two-level suites and kitchenettes, making it the perfect getaway for a whole-family vacation.
Contact info: BEST WESTERN Austrian Chalet, 462 S. Island Highway, Campbell River,
Campbell River, BC V9W 1A5
Toll Free: (800) 668-7797 Telephone: (250) 923-4231 Fax: (250) 923-2840.
Email: info@bestwesternaustrianchalet.com

Enjoy all that Campbell River has to offer and please tell your friends.

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SEPTEMBER
27

Great golfing in Campbell River BC – Northern Vancouver Island

posted by BEST WESTERN PLUS Austrian Chalet  on September 27, 2011
Golfing in Campbell River BC – Northern Vancouver Island.

There is exceptional golfing in Campbell River BC on Vancouver Island. Golfers can enjoy two 18 hole courses close to downtown: the Sequoia Springs Golf Course and the Storey Creek Golf Course. In addition there is a 9 hole course, the Pacific Playground Golf Course.

Great Golf at Sequoia Springs Golf Course in Campbell River


Sequoia Springs Golf Course in Campbell River is an 18 hole course with public access. The course is about a mile from the centre of Campbell River. The course is quite park like with lush fairways, magnificent tress and flowers. The waterways and bunkers make it a challenging course to veterans but is enjoyable by everyone. The greens in particular are considered exceptional.

The clubhouse built in 1999 is a place to relax and unwind. There are even antiques and vintage cars for added leisure pursuit.

The clubhouse with full catering can host weddings including a chapel, banquets and even small business meetings. Or you can host a barbeque in the Garden Patio.

Contact Info – Sequoia Springs


700 Peterson Road
Campbell River, BC V9W 3H7
Take the Willis Road exit off the Island Highway.
Pro shop: (250) 287-4970
email: sequoiasprings@telus.net
www.sequoiasprings.com

Play on the Championship Storey Creek Golf Course

The 18-hole Storey Creek Golf Course in Campbell River is a semi-private course just 14 km (9 miles) from downtown. The course designed by Les Furber is considered one of the best in British Columbia. Known as a championship course it received a 4.5 star rating from Golf Digest. It is also Audubon Certified in Environmental Preservation and Planning.

Enjoy challenging golf while passing through old-growth forests, wildflowers and an abundance of wildlife. Don’t be surprised to see wild deer sharing the green with your foursome. After golfing you can enjoy a drink or a meal at the Creekside Grill.

Contact info – Storey Creek


300 McGimpsey Road
Campbell River, BC V9W 6J3
(250) 923-3673
Toll Free 1-866-923-3674
http://www.storeycreek.bc.ca/

Try the 9 hole Pacific Playground Golf Course


Located at Saratogo Bearch south of Campbell River you can enjoy par 4 golf at this 9-hole executive course, driving range and pro shop. Casual golfers are welcome and the green fees are reasonable.

Contact info – Pacific Playground


Saratoga Beach RR#1
Campbell River, BC V9W 3S4
(250) 337-8212

Campbell River Accommodations


There are a number of hotels, motels and bed & breakfasts to pick from including our sponsors, Best Western:
BEST WESTERN PLUS Austrian Chalet is a full-service hotel in Campbell River, British Columbia located across the street from beautiful Pacific Ocean beaches. You’ll be close to the Campbell River, shopping at Discovery Harbour Mall and golf at both Sequoia and Storey Creek Golf Courses, and a short drive from Elk Falls Park, the Saratoga Speedway and Mount Washington.
The property’s 60 traditional guest rooms include suites, two-level suites and kitchenettes, making it the perfect getaway for a whole-family vacation. Contact info: BEST WESTERN PLUS Austrian Chalet, 462 S. Island Highway, Campbell River, Campbell River, BC V9W 1A5 Toll Free: (800) 668-7797 Telephone: (250) 923-4231 Fax: (250) 923-2840.
Email: info@bestwesternaustrianchalet.com
Enjoy all that Campbell River has to offer and please tell your friends.
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SEPTEMBER
12

Campbell River: Best Salmon Fishing on Vancouver Island

posted by BEST WESTERN PLUS Austrian Chalet  on September 12, 2011
The soul of Campbell River is captured in its rich history steeped in coastal tradition. Where the east coast of Vancouver Island intersects the 50th parallel, you’ll find the perfect blend of soothing sea breezes, the rich resources of its namesake river and peaceful forests kept green by the mild Pacific Coast climate.

"The Salmon Capital of the World"

When British journalist Sir Richard Musgrave caught a huge King salmon at the mouth of the Campbell River more than a century ago, he didn’t keep it to himself. He wrote so persuasively of the area’s ample supply of fish and natural beauty that Campbell River quickly became known as the "Salmon Capital of the World".

Today, this angling mecca attracts many of the world’s foremost fishermen and fisherwomen to the sheltered passages and bays afforded by numerous islands between Vancouver Island and the mainland. Most fishing is done within sight of land. And summer isn’t the only season for landing salmon. Anglers find excellent fishing in early spring, late fall and throughout the winter months. You can even buy your recreational fishing license online.

Campbell River Golf

Nestled between the Vancouver Island Mountain range to the west and the snow-capped peaks of the Coast Mountain range to the east, the three golf courses of Campbell River offer inspiring scenery and challenges for both the beginner and low handicapper.

Sequoia Springs Golf Course, an 18-hole course near Campbell River’s downtown, has been described as “a stroll through a beautiful park!” The greens are reputed to be the best on Vancouver Island. Sequoia Springs is situated just minutes from downtown and resort areas and has easy access from the new Inland Island Highway, at the Willis Road exit.

Storey Creek Golf Course is truly a “course in nature.” Carved out of the dense, mixed-growth forest just south of Campbell River, this 18-hole championship course receives a four-star award from Golf Digest’s “Places to Play.” The course is considered among the best in British Columbia and a favourite of all who visit.

Pacific Playgrounds is a nine-hole, par four executive course located at Saratoga Beach and offers a full-service pro shop, driving range and modest green fees. Casual golfers and families are welcome.

Campbell River Hotels

A message from our sponsors.

BEST WESTERN PLUS Austrian Chalet Campbell River Hotel

This full-service hotel in Campbell River, British Columbia is located across the street from beautiful Pacific Ocean beaches. You’ll be close to the Campbell River, shopping at Discovery Harbour Mall and golf at both Sequoia and Storey Creek Golf Courses, and a short drive from Elk Falls Park, the Saratoga Speedway and Mount Washington ski resort.

The Best Western Plus Austrian Chalet, rated three diamonds by the AAA-CAA, is family - and pet-friendly. Room types range from traditional guest rooms to suites, two-level suites and kitchenettes, making it the perfect getaway for a whole-family vacation. Start your morning right with a complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, enjoyed from a seasonal patio with stunning ocean views.

Unwind in the indoor, heated pool, hot tub, sauna and exercise room. Enjoy a round of mini golf with your family or challenge your friends to Ping Pong. Cook up some great memories in our private courtyard, equipped with two bar-be-que grills, tables and more ocean views. Stay connected-if you choose-with the hotel’s free high-speed Internet.

The friendly hotel staff will be happy to help you schedule a salmon fishing tour, tee time, whale watching trip or kayaking expedition.

Fifty-four of the property’s 60 rooms are non-smoking. And there’s meeting space for up to 150 people. Seven restaurants are within three kilometers, ranging from pub fare and steak and seafood to Japanese, Thai and Italian cuisine.

Contact info: Best Western PLUS Austrian Chalet, 462 S. Island Highway, Campbell River, Campbell River, BC V9W 1A5 Toll Free: (800) 668-7797 Telephone: (250) 923-4231
Fax: (250) 923-2840 Email: info@bwcampbellriver.com

Enjoy all that Campbell River has to offer and please tell your friends.

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SEPTEMBER
12

Elk River Provincial Park: Hike, Bike, Swim, Fish, Enjoy!

posted by BEST WESTERN PLUS Austrian Chalet  onSeptember 12, 2011
If you’re planning a visit to Campbell River, make time to see Elk River Provincial Park. This lushly forested slice of heaven covers 1,087 hectares and was established in 1940. The location couldn’t be more convenient; it’s just two kilometers north of downtown Campbell River on Highway 28.
Although its Quinsam campgrounds, situated between the Quinsam and Campbell Rivers, are well-equipped, the Park holds plenty of appeal for those preferring the comforts of nearby lodging on vancouver island. The Park’s day-use area, where you’ll find the trailhead to the Park’s namesake Elk Falls, is just three kilometers from its Quinsam campgrounds. Drive to the day-use area and park in one of its two parking lots, which are linked by a trail. The first is next to a scenic overlook. The second has picnic tables, an information shelter and pit toilets.

Picnic at The Falls

Consider packing a lunch to enjoy on the rocks near the stunning 25-metre waterfall of the Campbell River. Take a dip in the swimming hole near the falls, but keep in mind that there are no lifeguards on duty at Canada’s provincial parks. A wildlife viewing platform near the falls offers spectacular views of the falls and canyon.

Take a Hike!

Are you up for a hike? The Park’s extensive system of trails spans six kilometers. Bone up on your knowledge of the local flora and fauna by looking for posts identifying the Park’s trees, shrubs and flowers. Sharp-eyed bird watchers might spot great blue herons, chestnut-backed chickadees, golden-crowned kinglets and killdeer.

This Wildlife is Not in a Zoo

The Park is also home to a variety of mammals, including deer, squirrels, voles, raccoons, mink, river otters, muskrat and beaver. As you might expect, bears and cougars also call the park home, so be Bear Aware and check with the Park to learn details of recent sightings.

How About a Bike Ride?

If you bring your bicycle or mountain bike, don’t forget your helmet; they are mandatory in British Columbia. Bicyclists have to keep to roadways and mountain bikers must use authorized trails or risk an $86 fine.

Go Fish

Autumn is salmon-spawning season, and because the Park’s campground straddles the Quinsam and Campbell Rivers, it offers outstanding fresh water fishing. But don’t forget your fishing license!

Salmon Sightings

If you would rather watch than catch Pink, Coho, Chinook, Steelhead, Cutthroat salmon, take a self-guided tour of the Quinsam River Hatchery. From the campground, follow the Quinsam Nature Trail to the Hatchery. It’s open year-round from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Optimum viewing times vary by species; pink salmon is September; Chinook is October to November; Coho is October to December. The Hatchery conducts egg-takes and group tours can be arranged.

LINKS FOR MORE INFORMATION

The Elk River Provincial Park is open all year. For more details, visit http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/elk_falls/. Learn more about the Quinsam River Hatchery at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/sep-pmvs/projects-projets/quinsam/quinsam-eng.htm.

Campbell River Accommodations

There are a number of hotels, motels and bed & breakfasts to pick from including our sponsors, Best Western:

BEST WESTERN PLUS Austrian Chalet is a full-service hotel in Campbell River, British Columbia located across the street from beautiful Pacific Ocean beaches. You’ll be close to the Campbell River, shopping at Discovery Harbour Mall and golf at both Sequoia and Storey Creek Golf Courses, and a short drive from Elk Falls Park, the Saratoga Speedway and Mount Washington. The property’s 60 traditional guest rooms include suites, two-level suites and kitchenettes, making it the perfect getaway for a whole-family vacation.

Contact info: BEST WESTERN PLUS Austrian Chalet, 462 S. Island Highway, Campbell River, Campbell River, BC V9W 1A5 Toll Free: (800) 668-7797 Telephone: (250) 923-4231
Fax: (250) 923-2840 Email: info@bestwesternaustrianchalet.com

Enjoy all that Campbell River has to offer and please tell your friends.

Creative Commons Attribution: Permission is granted to repost this article in its entirety with credit to Amazing Vancouver Island and a clickable link back to this page.
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