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“The boat that was on our Five dollar bill!!”

Maritime Heritage Centre
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access
Reviewed December 28, 2011

The Maritime Heritage Centre is a very interesting place. There is a glass blowing shop with local artisans making all kinds of unique glassware and jewellery. In the actual centre, there are all kinds of machinery looked after by many dedicated volunteers. Upstairs there is a large hall in which choirs sing, weddings take place, fundraisers happen, and you can watch cruise ships pass through the Discovery Passage in the summertime. The Maritime Heritage Centre is also the home to the boat that was on our Canadian five dollar bill. Many venues happen on the boat , especially students who visit as part of their Canadian history lessons. In the summer there is a farmer's market every Sunday on one of the parking areas in front of the Maritime Heritage Centre. Local produce and artisans sell a cornucopea of hand made items.The Maritime Hritage Centre is worth a visit, but check for hours of opening.

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