We like to talk lots about the amazing diving we have here, ranked as some of the best cold water diving in the world. What we sometimes neglect to mention is what is also topside.
Located on the edge of discovery, Campbell River lies at the gateway to the Discovery Islands along the inside passage, a popular route for vessels and visitors seeking the wildlife viewing opportunities that this part of the world is famous for.
Campbell River is enhanced by the diversity and abundance of wildlife that inhabit the area. Fish propagate in the protected coastal waters as well as the inland lakes and rivers. Five species of Pacific salmon return to their natal waters in and around the protected coastline waterways of Campbell River. This abundance of species and diversity of migration periods offer some of the most unique fishing experiences.
With the salmon follow the eagles, whales and bears that feed on them. Deer, Elk, Wolf, and Mountain Lion are also part of the surrounding population. Wilderness areas and nature reserves like Strathcona Provincial Park provide habitat for wildlife as well as opportunities for hiking, biking, skiing/snowboarding, camping, canoeing/kayaking, and of course diving.
In addition to diving tours, there are a number of companies that operate zodiac tours to places like Knights inlet to see the Grizzly bears and they often see whales on route. Black fish (Orcas) are the most common whales we see along the inside passage and arguably the most impressive to view in the wild. Many of our students take the weekend to go off on a zodiac or kayak tour to explore the many natural wonders of the island.
March 2022 – Occupational SCUBA Diver.
July 2022 – Unrestricted Surface Supply Diver.