Maritime Heritage Centre
Maritime Heritage Centre
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
About
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. 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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Starcruizer
Ramah, NM5 contributions
Aug. 2023 • Family
The museum was amazing ! Our guide Ian was equally amazing with his knowledge of Maritime history and the exhibits. He was very personable and helpful as well. We especially loved the tour of the purse seine boat. Hope to return.
Written September 28, 2023
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avrilritchie
Dundee, UK320 contributions
Jul. 2023
Loved the tour by a very friendly and knowledgeable guide- sorry didn’t get his name. A small but interesting local museum with many interesting items. Recommended.
Written July 23, 2023
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Kermit2010
Vancouver, Canada256 contributions
May 2023
A really interesting maritime historical centre for those who are into coastal boats and history. Our tour by a volunteer who had been one the people who helped restore the BC Packers B.C.P. 45, that was on the Canadian $5 bill, was excellent. Lots of historic items nicely presented.
Written June 14, 2023
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James G
38 contributions
Dec. 2019
This is a great stop. I came with my daughter and we both found the displays very interesting and informative.
Written January 4, 2020
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EagerB
Campbell River, Canada1,215 contributions
Oct. 2019
The Maritime Heritage Centre was the venue for advance polls to the upcoming federal election, so this was our first time to glimpse a a part of the museum. From the brief time we had there it looked amazing. We shall endeavour to attend at a future date and really take all in that this is attraction has to offer.
Written October 21, 2019
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Mary C
Midlothian, VA45 contributions
Sep. 2019
An excellent guide talked us through the reconstruction of the huge tug boat that sits in the middle of the museum. The displays are minimal, but they focus on the specific maritime heritage of the area.
Written October 8, 2019
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Chris D
New Westminster, Canada3,136 contributions
May 2019 • Solo
Here I was expecting another small town museum. Well, what a pleasant surprise this turned out to be! The centrepiece HAS to be the rebuilt fishing boat that once graced the Canadian five dollar bill. Our guide had personal knowledge this boat, which lent an air of credibility to its history and renovation that story boards just can't match. Also fascinating was the discussion of gill-nets, and why there are different sizes and colours. Our guide also had background knowledge on the Easthope engine - this clearly someone who has spent much of his life on the waters in the area. Enjoyed the story about the cruise ship running aground due to the fast tides in the area. I could go on, but should save something for when you visit. Well worth the $5 charge, lots of free parking.
Written June 5, 2019
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Thank you so much for visiting. Our tour guides always enjoy hearing their tours have been enjoyed. Hope you can visit again soon.
Written June 6, 2019
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Matelot1969
Oliver, Canada64 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
We had a really well delivered guided tour by Bill (tour guide). The rebuilt fishing boat - what a great job of rebuilding (repairing) that tired old lady. The museum had lots of local maritime history + some really great ship models.
Written May 24, 2019
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We are so happy you decided to visit our Museum. Thank you for your kind feedback. Our tour guides are amazing and we are so lucky to have these knowledgeable men providing tours for our guests. Thank you!
Written May 25, 2019
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Connie D
18 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
Maritime Heritage is a big and roomy centre with a fantastic little museum as well as many function rooms ready to rent. There is a certified kitchen, and rental rooms of varying size. It is clean and comfy and quite unique right downtown Campbell River. It's on the water and right by the fishing pier!
Written May 17, 2019
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Thank you for your review! We are pleased to offer very clean, affordable rental space for any type of event in addition to our exhibits. Please visit again!
Written May 25, 2019
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Susan M
Bowser, Canada116 contributions
Sep. 2018
Finally made it to this Maritime Museum of the Pacific Coast. For me it was a walk down my history timeline as I am a West Coast native. Born & Bred. Scenes from my youth confronted me at every turn. After all, I was raised in a Post War Marine Chandlery.
Written September 30, 2018
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We are pleased were able to visit and hope you enjoyed the exhibits. We are happy to have been on your list of things to see!
Written October 1, 2018
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MARITIME HERITAGE CENTRE - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)

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Maritime Heritage Centre is open:
  • Mon - Fri 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Sat - Sat 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.