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Address: 621 Island Highway, Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
Phone Number: 12502863161
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Campbell River Maritime Heritage Centre is home to the historic...

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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fantastic display

Look at the 'old' $10 bill and see the original of the fishing boat that you get to see in the museum.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 23, 2015

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

Look at the 'old' $10 bill and see the original of the fishing boat that you get to see in the museum.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

This is a great place to visit. I'm from Chicago we was aloud on the boat went down in the lower deck into the sleeping quarters and the top deck where the captain be. But it was a little sailboat there that was hand build by a blind get is one arm Japanese man. Amazing!!!

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

We had a great time exploring this little museum! Brian was a wonderful guide and we really enjoyed looking at and reading about all the different exhibits. The building itself is lovely and being able to actually get on-board the B.C.P 45 was a really neat experience. We would definitely recommend stopping in if you have the chance!

Thank Lauren V P
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

On a rainy day, Maritime Heritage Centre is the place to be. Because we went there early, the guided tour didn’t start till 12 noon, so one of the ladies gave us the orientation about the centre. Now I know a little bit history of Clover Leaf canned sea food and the story of BC Packers #45 fishing seiner that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

Excellent value. Staff gave us a quick personal orientation and brief history behind the museum. Ask for it if it's not offered. Worth the ten minutes. Kid friendly. Marine engine and equipment displays for the motor heads. Boat display was staff answered a million questions we had about the boat and her history.

Thank Mike V
Richmond, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

This was such a cool place to visit because we got to see the boat that was featured in the old Canadian$5 bill and this sail boat that was built by a blind man. You will need to set aside some time for this museum because they have a guided tour that explains the history, etc. Definitely worth a visit... More 

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Moncton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Went here a few times from 2006 to 2014. Has stayed pretty much the same, but is always a cool, fresh experience. The horn blasts at noon, and is actually a bit louder than a cruise ship horn (or so it seems). Great photo ops here, but i'm pretty sure it's more appealing to young kids and history fanatics. The... More 

Thank Quinn L
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Just visited the maritime centre while stopped in Campbell River for the day. Great local history, mostly based around the wonderfully restored BCP45 which featured on the old $5 bill. You can go inside the boat also. Very friendly and knowledgeable guide Tom, and an introduction from Trish. Great visit!

Thank Jacqui P
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Where else can you see a complete boat that fished the coast - you have to see this museum and if you are there on Sundays - you can visit Campbell River's Farmers market

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

I liked the tour of the BP45 fishing seiner which appeared on the old Canadian five dollar bill! What a beautiful job bringing the old girl back to life! Congratulations to all who worked on her!!

Thank Herb P

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