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Maritime Heritage Centre

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Address: 621 Island Highway, Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
Phone Number: 12502863161
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 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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Got to see the boat that was on the back of the old $5 money. It's been restored and is absolutely amazing job. The tour guide was part of the restoration project, so he was very... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Whitehorse, Canada

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Whitehorse, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Got to see the boat that was on the back of the old $5 money. It's been restored and is absolutely amazing job. The tour guide was part of the restoration project, so he was very informative. Plus all the artifacts there are great to see.

Thank lulubelle99ca
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent evening filled with great food and superb wines. Well organized event! The Silent Auction was fantastic and I received the prized item I was bidding on!

Thank Bev H
Vancouver Island, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely little museum. The boat is well preserved and great to look around. The staff were so helpful and knowledgable. Although coming from Yorkshire and being told that York, near Scotland you know .... Bless! Worth a stop if you are in town.

Thank Raquelle1
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

I was taking a Marine Naturalist Course ( MERS ) at the Heritage Centre and it was a great location. We had lots of opportunities to visit the Heritage Centre and there was lots to look at. Trish, the Director was very helpful and engaging. I'll be back!

Thank 158catherinew
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

Although one draw for the Maritime Heritage Centre is the BCP45, the seine boat once pictured on the reverse side of the Canadian $5 bill, there are plenty of artifacts depicting marine life and the marine way of life on the BC coast. The facility also had a beautiful room well attended for weddings and other events.

Thank IslandWest
Ladysmith, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016

We visited this centre and were guided around by a volunteer who was very knowledgeable in the marine field. We spent almost 2 hours going over the reconstruction of the BCP 45 through pictures and actually getting on board for a tour. He also knew a lot about the area. Don't miss this one if you are marine oriented.

Thank knight12
Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2016

I love the ambiance. It uses beautiful old wood recycled from a previous community centre for flooring, has the fabulous BCP45 from a previous $5 bill, and is suitable for lunches, weddings, festivals or just for the museum like collection of marine effects.

Thank RuthAnne M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016

Very well done maritime museum. The centrepiece, the BCP 45, was features on the back side of the Canadian $5 bill way back, and has been restored to pristine condition. But it is only the start of a great museum experience. The many display pieces on exhibit give a great history of not only the nautical life of Campbell River,... More 

Thank Conrad N
Campbell River, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2016

We have been at the Maritime Heritage Centre several times. It has a great overview of the maritime history of the area. This centre also is home to a few other organizations. Weight Watchers meets there, there are a number of very large Craft Fairs in the building Especially Christmas Craft Fair, two floors of wonderful local talent. The Genealogy... More 

Thank Sue D
Richmond, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

We sponsored a series of workshops for two days in early December. The wild weather distracted us visitors but it turned out to be an excellent location for workshops and networking for people from Campbell River and vicinity.

Thank Lawrie P

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