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Maritime Heritage Centre

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Address: 621 Island Highway, Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
Phone Number:
+1 250-286-3161
Today
10:00 - 16:00
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Campbell River Maritime Heritage Centre is home to the historic BCP45...

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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Excellent historical perspective

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.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
John H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 wealth of information to share. Besides the maritime and military memorabilia donated by local collectors,... More 

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Campbell River, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

You can get a sense of life on the coast in 'the olden days' at this gem of a Museum? Exhibit? One of those places that can make an entire trip more memorable.

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Thank Ken H
Duncan, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

remolding this boat was just fantastic all the work that went into this boat and all of the hours and hard work all of the volunteers did was just awesome.

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Campbell River, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

If you like maritime exhibits this is excellent and informative. Most everything is relative to the area

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Bognor Regis, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

We were looking for somthing to do and came across this, the guide was very knolageable and informative. They have put allot of time into this musiem and it is worth a visit, the boat is beautiful and very well restored.vg

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Campbell River, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Do you remember the fishing boat that was, for many years, pictured on the back of the Canadian $5.00 bill? That boat really existed, and fished the waters around Campbell River. The boat has been preserved restored in the Maritime Heritage Centre where knowledgeable volunteers will entertain and educate you about the boat, fishing methods and gear and the culture... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

The fishing legend, the west coast has to offer is all for the taking in this amazing experience and you can walk to boat that is on the old five dollar bill.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

Saved this for a rainy day. Loved the fishing boat tour. Docent shared some personal experiences as a commercial fisherman which enriched the experience. Interesting maritime history of the area.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

We stopped here because it was raining hard than usual and a tad chilly. The tour guide was very nice and gave us some background on island history. There is this big fishing vessel that is featured on the 5 dollar bill (BCP45) as the focal of the museum. Also featured are a local optometrist's personal collection of maritime artifacts.... More 

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