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History Tour of Quadra Island

The Museum at Campbell River is offering a unique opportunity to explore Quadra Island’s rich history.  Jeanette Taylor, the author of The Quadra Story and Exploring Quadra Island, will take you off the beaten path to see some of the sights that visitors to Quadra Island...

Sybil Andrews in Campbell River - Talk by Ken Blackburn

Delve deeper into the life of artist Sybil Andrews and into the new exhibit at the Museum at Campbell River.  Exhibit curator Ken Blackburn will speak about this renowned artist's life and work. This talk is from 1 to 3pm and the cost is $5 per person.

The Nootka Sound Crisis

In 1904, the American scholar William Manning, author of The Nootka Sound Controversy, described Friendly Cove (Yuquot) on Nootka Island: “both the Spanish and the English deserted the place.  Neither nation ever reoccupied it.  Nootka is still inhabited by Indians.”...

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 It’s not every day that you celebrate getting new shelving, but that’s just what the Museum at Campbell River is doing.  For years now they have had their storage at maximum capacity, but finally this February they are getting the long-awaited museum-grade mobile shelving units installed in their artifact storage room.  The artifact storage room houses not only approximately 6,000 artifacts, but also archival holdings including manuscripts, diaries, photographs and other records that document the history and development of the region.  Maintaining these documents and making them available to the public as needed is one of the critical roles that the Museum plays in the community.

“I can’t tell you how gratifying it will be to finally have top of the line museum quality shelving to house the “community treasures” in the Museum’s collection.  As is often the case with less appealing behind the scenes equipment projects such as this, securing funding is infinitely more challenging than, in our case, a higher profile exhibit.”  Parrish goes on to note “Unfortunately in 1994 when the Museum relocated to this purpose built building the available funding did not extend to installing the specialized shelving necessary to house the collections.  Over the years we have made do with what we could but the need to improve the shelving had become critical in order to preserve the collection.”

The first phase of shelving will allow the Museum to re-house their archival holdings, including important collections such as the Elk River Timber co. records, the papers of Roderick and Ann Haig-Brown, former MP Tom Barnett’s local office papers and numerous other holdings relating to our unique coastal history.  It will help to preserve these documents for future generations.

The archival holdings have to be moved during the installation process, so the Museum Archives Research Centre will offer only very limited service in January and February.  For information about the Museum Archives contact .  The online archival resources offered by the Museum will not be affected by the move.

This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.  Numerous private donors also contributed to this project and without this community support this project would not have been able to go ahead.

The Museum can be contacted at 250-287-3103, or for more information go to


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 3 days a week. Call the museum to confirm hours (250) 287-3103.