Explore the Local Area
When you’re ready to explore, there are plenty of great Campbell River and Quadra Island tourist attractions just moments from Painter’s Resort. You’ll find a few of the more popular attractions below and our friendly staff members are always happy to share their local favorites, hidden gems and off-the-beaten-path landmarks with you.
Elk Falls Suspension Bridge
If you love spectacular views and heights are not an issue, then this incredible suspension bridge is the perfect place to visit. Stretched over Elk Falls Canyon, the bridge offers absolutely breathtaking perspectives of Campbell River’s dramatic headwaters.
Discovery Fishing Pier
Extending six hundred feet into Campbell River, Canada’s first and longest public saltwater fishing pier offers gear rentals and fishing licenses. Grab an ice cream or a basket of fish and chips for some delicious snacks. Then relax and soak up the clean, crisp ocean air.
Rebecca Spit Marine Provincial Park
Rebecca Spit Marine Provincial Park includes a number of beach areas consisting of coarse sand on the west side to gravel and small boulders off the east side. Also located on the beach is a large amount of driftwood that has piled up from all the winter storms and strong winds throughout the year. From here, a short trail winds around Drew Harbour to the very tip of Rebecca Spit where there is a light beacon with a great view of northern Quadra Island, Reid Island and Cortes Island in the north and east directions.
Canyon View Trail in Elk Falls Provincial Park and Protected Area
Elk Falls is one of the most popular provincial parks on Vancouver Island. Conveniently located just 2km from downtown Campbell River, visitors can bike, walk, or drive to shops and amenities. Park visitors to Elk Falls will enjoy the extensive forest trail network and the hiking and biking opportunities available. Impressive waterfalls serve as a beautiful backdrop while hiking through coastal forests.
Rotary Sea Walk
The Rotary Beach Seawalk is a 6 kilometre (3.4 mile) paved walkway that follows the pebbled and sandy shores of the Discovery Passage. The walkway is very popular activity route. Some use the walkway for exercise or as a transportation route while others use the walkway for relaxation and sightseeing. Some of the activities enjoyed on the walkway include dog walking, hiking, jogging, roller bladding and biking.The well maintained Seawalk is also baby stroller and wheelchair friendly.
Heriot Bay offers many services for locals and visitors alike including, groceries, liquor, post office, a library, craft shop, a Government Wharf, boat & kayak rentals, there's accommodation at resorts, b&bs and campgrounds, some camping & boating supplies and is also home to the local branch of the Canadian Legion.
Cape Mudge Lighthouse
This southern point lighthouse offers stunning views of Campbell River and the other Discovery Islands to the south. There’s plenty of rock and shell exploring to be had too. And you won’t want to miss out on building a driftwood fort.
RIPPLE ROCK TRAIL
The Ripple Rock Trail is an 8.0km out-and-back hiking route near Campbell River, BC that will take you out to a scenic lookout with views of Menzies Bay and the Seymour Narrows. In addition to featuring breathtaking scenery, this is also the historic site of one of the largest non-nuclear explosions in history, when the Canadian government reshaped the waterway to make it safer for ships to pass.
Quadra Island Hiking Trails
There are numerous hiking trails on Quadra Island, ranging from easy walks along Rebecca Spit to more strenuous climbs up Chinese Mountains. Enjoy shoreline views along Shellaligan Pass, Maud Island, Kay Dubois and the Lighthouse trails. Explore forest views on Morte Lake, Haskin Farm and Community Centre trails. Take in the panoramic views up Chinese Mountains, Nugedzi Lake, Mt Seymour and Beeches Mountain trails.
Main Lake Provincial Park
Main Lake Provincial Park on the east side of Quadra protects an exceptional biological area, with over 72 bird species and 234 plant species. Wildlife in the park includes wolves, cougars, owls, Bald Eagles, hawks, Osprey, Peregrine Falcon, and wintering swans. Recreation includes hiking, wilderness camping, canoeing and kayaking. A panel of pictographs in red ochre on Main Lake records past native presence in the park.