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Address: 621 Island Highway, Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
Phone Number: 12502863161
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: The Campbell River Maritime Heritage Centre is home to the historic BCP45...
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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

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.

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Richmond, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

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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Duncan, British Columbia, 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 

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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!

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Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
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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!!

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Sunshine Coast, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

We had an excellent tour at the Maritime Heritage Centre. I was entertaining a business traveler from California, and we were both suitably impressed. Lots of interesting artifacts, spotlessly clean, and well educated employees. Worth the small price of admission, and a wonderful way to spend a couple of hours.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Came here to see the eagle and other predatory bird festival which was in the Maritime centre so one got to go in and see most of the other exhibits too. Lots of interesting maritime and nautical artifacts though there is no central theme. The main attraction is the BCP 45 fishing vessel that featured on one of the older... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

The guides were very friendly and knowledgable. There was a surprising amount of items on display. We spent over two hours.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We stopped in after taking in the pier. A lot of information in a small place. Had a very friendly and informed tour guide who took his time to explain all the articles to see. The physical fishing boat from the Canadian 5 dollar bill is able to be seen, photographed and boarded with guide. A nice history to the... More 

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