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Why live in Campbell River?

Campbell River is a coastal city located on Vancouver Island. It is situated on the island’s east coast, roughly 40 minutes north of Courtenay and Comox. It has a population of just over 35,000 people and has been nicknamed the “Salmon Capital of the World.” Why? The waters around Campbell River are home to all five species of salmon, which makes it a popular fishing destination, especially in the summer months. More than fishing, Campbell River is an ideal spot for all kinds of outdoor activities, like hiking, golfing, boating, camping, wildlife-watching, cross-country skiing, and more. It’s also less than 40 minutes from Strathcona Provincial Park, the oldest in British Columbia and the largest on Vancouver Island. Other reasons to live in Campbell River? The city has tons of character and charm that attract both young families with children and retirees. In terms of infrastructure, Campbell River is roughly 2 hours north of Nanaimo, which offers ferry services through BC Ferries to Horseshoe Bay in Vancouver. It is also three hours north of Victoria, home to Victoria International Airport. Campbell River also has its own regional airport offering flights to and from Vancouver. North Island Hospital has an extensive range of healthcare services, including a 24-hour emergency room, testing facilities, inpatient care, and outpatient care. Although Campbell River is relatively affordable compared to other places in British Columbia, especially the major cities of Vancouver and Victoria, it is somewhat higher than other smaller cities, especially those on the island, so buyers should be prepared for this extra price tag. At the end of the day, Campbell River has lots to offer residents, including a pleasant climate, excellent schools, including French Immersion options, a high standard of healthcare, and breathtaking nature and wildlife that is accessible year-round.

Quality and diversity of education in Campbell River

The Campbell River School District, or School District No. 72, is made up of 17 schools serving 5,500 students. Carihi Secondary School and Timberline Secondary School are both located in Campbell River. There are also multiple French immersion, Catholic, and private options in the area. As far as post-secondary schools go, North Island College is in nearby Comox and Vancouver Island University is roughly one and a half hours south of Campbell River in Nanaimo. Of course, if you’re willing to make the trek to Victoria, the province’s capital city and the largest city on Vancouver Island, you will find even more post-secondary options, like the University of Victoria, Camosun College, Royal Roads University, and the Vancouver Island School of Art.

Most populous cities in Campbell River

The top neighbourhoods in Campbell River are Campbellton, Ocean Grove, Duncan Bay, Quinsam, and North Campbell River.

Quality of infrastructure for Campbell River

The provincially-run BC Transit provides a network of local buses in Campbell River. However, to travel regionally, you can also take the Island Link Bus and Vancouver Island Connector, which travel from Campbell River to Parksville, Nanaimo, Victoria, and more. Campbell River has its own airport, the Campbell River Airport, which conveniently connects passengers with Vancouver. You can also travel to Nanaimo by bus or car and take a ferry to Vancouver or drive just over three hours south to fly out of Victoria International Airport, the only international airport on Vancouver Island. Healthcare in Campbell River can be accessed at the North Island Hospital Campbell River & District. Nanaimo Regional General Hospital is also an hour and a half away.

Safety and security for Campbell River

The Campbell River detachment of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) secures Campbell River and the surrounding areas. In an emergency, dial 9-1-1.

Campbell River property market

The housing market in Campbell River is still very affordable and boasts a variety of property types to suit all kinds of residents. Interested buyers will find bungalows, semi-detached homes, detached homes, townhomes, apartments, and condos in Campbell River.

Standard of living in Campbell River

The standard of living in Campbell River is extremely high. Between the area’s affordability to the favourable weather and natural beauty, there is so much to love about Campbell River. Plus, despite its more remote location, it still offers residents easy access to top-notch healthcare, educational, and public transportation facilities. Campbell River’s spectacular scenery also doesn’t hurt, situated near Discovery Passage, Quadra Island, the Coast Mountain Range, and Strathcona Provincial Park.

Something wonderful about Campbell River

Campbell River has long had a reputation for the incredible salmon fishing that goes on here. In fact, it is affectionately known as the Salmon Capital of the World. Fishing enthusiasts will find five types of Pacific salmon in Campbell River: Chum, Coho, Pink, Sockeye, and Chinook. Depending on the time of year you visit, you may find different types of salmon. Much of the area’s tourism revolves around salmon fishing, with all kinds of tours and charter boats available to take you on a fishing adventure. Although salmon fishing was once concentrated at the mouth of the Campbell River, there are now plenty of spots to engage in sport fishing.

Population & demographics

Total population


Population age (%)

0-19 (20%)20-34 (15%)35-49 (18%)50-64 (22%)65+ (26%)


Average household income


Household composition (%)

Single person (31%)Multi person (5%)Single Family (64%)

Owners / Renters (%)

Owners (72%)Renters (28%)

Mother Tongue (%)

English (94%)Others (4%)French (1%)