Monday morning (June 15) Jim and I headed north to Campbell River. Jim has been a fan of the writings of master flyfisherman Roderick Haig-Brown for years, including books such as A River Never Sleeps. We camped at Elk Falls Provincial Park for three nights.
On Tuesday it rained quite a lot, making it the perfect day to go to museums. We enjoyed the Museum at Campbell River and the Maritime Heritage Centre. Both were cool, but we particularly enjoyed the second one as it is much more hands on. An image of the seiner BCP 45 once adorned the back of the Canadian five-dollar bill. The vessel has been restored here.
Jim loved being able to climb all over the boat and discuss the details of the engines with the tour leader:
The city of Campbell River has many miles of walking/cycling trails along the ocean. It was rather blustery so we didn’t use these a whole lot this trip. Something I definitely want to take more advantage of next time!.
Wednesday the weather cleared up quite nicely and we went for a hike to see the Elk Falls. The falls were nice enough, but the hike was great!
For Father’s Day, Jim bought himself a pair of chest waders and fished the Quinsam River just as Roderick Haig-Brown used to do:
We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Campbell River and would love to go back. It’s a beautiful community and has so many more draws that we didn’t have time to explore.