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Maritime Heritage Centre

621 Island Highway, Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
+1 250-286-3161
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Fun, bright and easy to digest

Some museums are dark and present an overwhelming amount of material. The Maritime Heritage Centre... read more

Reviewed 17 May 2017
CruiserYT
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Whitehorse, Canada
museum worth seeing. they don't charge enough!

Great tour. great history. A lot of work by volunteers was done. Outstanding job. Hope... read more

Reviewed 24 April 2017
Chuck715
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Muskoka Lakes, Canada
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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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Hours Today: 10:00 - 16:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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621 Island Highway, Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
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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

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Trish W, Manager at Maritime Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 27 January 2017

The Maritime Heritage Centre has a once a year event, the first 3 Sundays in December, which hosts a Christmas Market (Farmer's Market brought indoors) and most of the artefacts have to be moved to accommodate the vendors. It is each Sunday only so the...More

Reviewed 18 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
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.

Thank Ken H
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.

Thank Ginas220
Reviewed 13 October 2016

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

Thank thomas838
Reviewed 5 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

Thank Chris_JNP
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