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Maritime Heritage Centre

621 Island Highway, Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
+1 250-286-3161
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Befitting a large city

What an investment and incredible achievement for a medium sized town. A full size remodeled... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Dietger H
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Hope
A really nice museum overlooking the water.

A guide takes you around and gives historical information on the exhibits. It's a very nice museum... read more

Reviewed 18 August 2017
kitkat283
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Round Lake, Illinois
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The Campbell River Maritime Heritage Centre is home to the historic BCP45 seine fishing boat. The boat was pictured on the Canadian five dollar bill from 1972 to 1986. She was brought to the centre in 2002 and was restored on site by a crew of volunteers. Today visitors can go aboard the BCP45 and explore the galley, bunks, engine room, the head(bathroom) and wheelhouse. In addition to the BCP45 the centre boasts a large collection of marine related artifacts ranging from vintage outboard motors, weapons, navy paraphernalia and navigational instruments to the Margaret M a sailboat built by Arthur Barnes a blind one armed man and so much more. There are also activities for kids, in addition to exploring the boat children can learn to tie nautical knots at the rope board and how to spell their name in flag language. Guided tours are offered from 12-4 and are included with the price of admission. The Maritime Heritage centre is self-funded and support themselves through rentals of various rooms. The centre is also home to the Campbell River Genealogy society. After visiting the Maritime Heritage Centre, many guests also like to take advantage of the free parking and visit the nearby aquarium, the pier and downtown Campbell River.
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“fishing boat” (11 reviews)
“on display” (4 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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621 Island Highway, Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
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Reviewed 4 days ago

What an investment and incredible achievement for a medium sized town. A full size remodeled trawler, restored ship engines, models of historic sailing ships and modern tugs and freighters, incredible workmanship, all by local craftsmen. Then total paraphernalia of the sea going trade. It will...More

Thank Dietger H
Reviewed 18 August 2017

A guide takes you around and gives historical information on the exhibits. It's a very nice museum. I happened to be there on Sunday when the farmers market was in the parking lot. I would recommend walking there instead of driving if you go on...More

Thank kitkat283
Katrina C, Manager at Maritime Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2017

We are so pleased you decided to visit us while you were at the Market! Our tour guides are invaluable and a fountain of information. They are also all volunteers! We are open Sundays until the end of August. Back to regular hours starting in...More

Reviewed 2 July 2017

I brought my Father and family here recently and we all just loved this place. There's an elevator for mobility challenged, although the walkway onto the $5 boat could be more user friendly. But I did get my Dad Frank on board safely and he...More

1  Thank Paulshappy
Katrina C, Manager at Maritime Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 July 2017

We are so pleased Frank enjoyed the tour. We have several volunteers who donate their time and give tours of the museum. They are invaluable to us and are a wealth of information. Thank you so much for visiting!

Reviewed 29 June 2017

Excellent fishing / marine history exhibits including the restored fishing boat formerly depicted on the Canadian $ 5 bill and a small aquarium

Thank Ed I
Katrina C, Manager at Maritime Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 30 June 2017

Thank you for visiting us...enjoy your summer!

Reviewed 17 May 2017

Some museums are dark and present an overwhelming amount of material. The Maritime Heritage Centre shows a lot of information about a narrow range of subjects - shipping, fishing, and underwater exploration primarily - and 90 minutes or so is a good length of time...More

Thank CruiserYT
Katrina C, Manager at Maritime Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 18 May 2017

So glad you decided to stop in for a visit! Thank you for your informative review.

Reviewed 24 April 2017

Great tour. great history. A lot of work by volunteers was done. Outstanding job. Hope that the museum stays forever.

Thank Chuck715
Katrina C, Manager at Maritime Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 25 April 2017

So glad you enjoyed your time here. Thanks for visiting!

Reviewed 27 March 2017 via mobile

My wife and I enjoyed our walk around this center. Very interesting displays and written articles. Our most favorite was meeting Ted the tour guide, who gave us the personalized tour of the inside of the ship. He was so knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. My...More

Thank Marty M
Katrina C, Manager at Maritime Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 25 April 2017

Thank you for your kind words :-)

Reviewed 25 January 2017

This "museum" does have the original fishing boat that was on the $5 Canadian bill, but other than the odd assortment of maritime artifacts, it isn't as good as the Campbell River Museum. We felt that this is more of a rental venue. We were...More

Thank jjhhcw
Reviewed 17 January 2017

I have brought visitors here many times. It is an informative, interesting visit for people not familiar with the fishing culture of Campbell River in the last 100 years.

Thank John H
Reviewed 9 January 2017

We visited the Maritime Heritage Centre this past week and spent the better part of a morning with a guide, touring the centre. Brian, our guide, had been involved from the end of the restoration project (of salmon fleet boat BCP 45) and had a...More

Thank 1972Pat
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