NEWS RELEASE November 20, 2014
Millions of reviews, best of attractions – the Museum at Campbell River is rated as one of top 10 Museums in Canada by Trip Advisor’s Traveller’s Choice Award 2014!
Campbell River’s regional, human history museum ranks with the biggest and the best across Canada. Listed in the category of attractions, the Museum at Campbell River shares the top 10 award with the Royal BC Museum, the Royal Ontario Museum, the Canadian War Museum, the Royal Tyrrell Museum, (Drumheller) the Musée des Beaux -Arts (Montreal) , the Museum of Anthropology (Vancouver), the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Canadian Museum of History and the Canadian Children’s Museum.
“All these museums are much larger in scope, so we are justly proud of this award,” says Sandra Parrish, Executive Director. At times, we feel like the little engine that could, as we are out there in an award category that includes Provincial Royal status museums with multimillion dollar facilities and budgets.
We offer an engaging experience that is highly commented on by visitors from over 32 countries. Visitors and locals are encouraged to enjoy, learn, experience and share the history of our area, told in fresh, interactive ways.”
A spokesperson for TripAdvisor is quoted as saying “It’s not a survey. It’s not a matter of voting. Instead, we look at the quality, quantity and recency of reviews to determine the best attractions, hotel and restaurants. We have over 315 million visitors each month and more than 190 million reviews and opinions on the site, so it’s the wisdom of the crowds [that determines the rankings]”
The Museum at Campbell River is open year round. From October 1 to May 17, the Museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 12-5pm, in December daily from 10am to 5pm and from May 18 to September 30 from 10am to 5pm.
NEW WATERSHED HISTORY EXHIBIT
The Museum presents an opportunity to learn about the significance of our watershed, which begins in Strathcona Provincial Park at Buttle Lake, and the role it plays in providing our community with potable drinking water, recreation and hydro electric power.
The story of the watershed is a complicated one; people living and working in this area have tried to balance the needs of industry and resource gathering with the needs of environmental longevity and protection, especially since the time when the potential for hydro electric power was observed.
Through a series of interpretive panels and an interactive touch-screen, visitors can learn the history of the watershed prior to industrial development and find out what stewardship initiatives have been undertaken in the Campbell River and its estuary in more recent years.
Museum staff are on hand at the John Hart Interpretive Centre off Brewster Lake Road Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 9:30 to 4:30 until December, 2014