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Maritime Heritage Centre

621 Island Highway, Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
+1 250-286-3161
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A gem

expected to be bored but turned out to be a fabulous visit. Very interesting, our guide Bill was... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
KitRaetsen
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Victoria, Canada
Excellent recent history

Local recent history wonderfully displayed. Absolutely incredible work done by volunteers to... read more

Reviewed May 17, 2018
William C
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Campbell River, 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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621 Island Highway, Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
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+1 250-286-3161
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Reviewed 4 days ago

expected to be bored but turned out to be a fabulous visit. Very interesting, our guide Bill was wonderful. Definitely recommend visiting this centre.

Thank KitRaetsen
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Katrina C, Manager at Maritime Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

We are so pleased you decided to give us a chance! Thank you for visiting, and we hope to see you again.

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Reviewed May 17, 2018

Local recent history wonderfully displayed. Absolutely incredible work done by volunteers to rebuild this ship which is a piece of Canadian history. Beautiful setting and excellent tour guides

Thank William C
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Katrina C, Manager at Maritime Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded May 18, 2018

Many thanks for visiting our museum. Our tour guides are fantastic, and I am happy you had the opportunity to take a tour with one of them.

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Reviewed April 17, 2018

A nice little maritime museum with beautiful pieces. The boat is amazing. You can go inside the boat, see the cabins, the engine room. Our guide was great.

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Katrina C, Manager at Maritime Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded April 20, 2018

We are pleased you enjoyed your tour. We are very proud of the BCP45 and love to show her off to our visitors! Thank you for visiting.

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Reviewed January 12, 2018 via mobile

We had a workshop here. Hung around during break; and it was nice to see some historically important marine transport stuff. Great to visit!

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Katrina C, Manager at Maritime Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded January 13, 2018

We encourage you to return when you have some time and take a tour with one of our wonderful volunteers. There is more than meets the eye here at the Maritime Heritage Centre. Our tour guides are here to share their vast knowledge with you!

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Reviewed December 28, 2017

Had a great visit and an amazing tour. Went to the nearby market and wandered in. We were shown round and then others joined us. Amazing history and so much to see. We loved it. Thank you.

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Katrina C, Manager at Maritime Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded January 2, 2018

So happy you decided to check us out while you were visiting the farmer's market. Our volunteer tour guides are wonderful and we are so fortunate to have them share their knowledge. Thank you!

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Reviewed November 10, 2017

Located next to the ocean and Campbell River's famous fishing pier, the Maritime Heritage Centre is worth stopping in for a look. See the boat that was on the old $5 bill.

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Katrina C, Manager at Maritime Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded November 14, 2017

Thank you for visiting Heather!

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Reviewed October 19, 2017

What an investment and incredible achievement for a medium sized town. A full size remodeled trawler, restored ship engines, models of historic sailing ships and modern tugs and freighters, incredible workmanship, all by local craftsmen. Then total paraphernalia of the sea going trade. It will...More

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Katrina C, Manager at Maritime Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded October 23, 2017

We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit! We are very proud of our collection. Many volunteer hours went into the building of the Centre and the restoration of the artifacts. We continue to have volunteers donate their time on a regular basis in many...More

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Reviewed August 18, 2017

A guide takes you around and gives historical information on the exhibits. It's a very nice museum. I happened to be there on Sunday when the farmers market was in the parking lot. I would recommend walking there instead of driving if you go on...More

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Katrina C, Manager at Maritime Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded August 20, 2017

We are so pleased you decided to visit us while you were at the Market! Our tour guides are invaluable and a fountain of information. They are also all volunteers! We are open Sundays until the end of August. Back to regular hours starting in...More

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Reviewed July 1, 2017

I brought my Father and family here recently and we all just loved this place. There's an elevator for mobility challenged, although the walkway onto the $5 boat could be more user friendly. But I did get my Dad Frank on board safely and he...More

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Katrina C, Manager at Maritime Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded July 4, 2017

We are so pleased Frank enjoyed the tour. We have several volunteers who donate their time and give tours of the museum. They are invaluable to us and are a wealth of information. Thank you so much for visiting!

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Reviewed June 28, 2017

Excellent fishing / marine history exhibits including the restored fishing boat formerly depicted on the Canadian $ 5 bill and a small aquarium

Thank Ed I
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Katrina C, Manager at Maritime Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded June 30, 2017

Thank you for visiting us...enjoy your summer!

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