Antiques in a window (David Gluns photo)
Soak up the culture and history of First Nations peoples along with the story of European settlement, logging, fishing, and maritime activities by visiting two museums in town.
Campbell River Museum
A sun mask offers a surprise welcome to visitors as they begin their tour of the imaginatively designed exhibition spaces at the Campbell River Museum – arguably one of the best on Vancouver Island alongside Victoria's Royal BC Museum, and the museums in Nanaimo and Port Alberni.
The First Nations exhibit is highlighted by the Treasures of Siwidi, an audio-visual retelling of a hero's journey through the supernatural underworld. It's a riveting story as spot lighting illuminates a collection of exotic masks carved by some of Vancouver Island's finest artisans.
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470 Island Hwy
Campbell River, British Columbia
Visitors call the Museum at Campbell River on Vancouver Island "a gem of a place". Located conveniently on the Island Hwy, the Museum houses a fine collection of permanent exhibits that represent the unique culture & history of Northern Vancouver Island. Highlights include First Nations carvings & artifacts, the history of the logging & salmon fishing industries & interactive exhibits like a touch screen kiosk that especially intrigue young visitors. While you are here, be sure to watch our film about the famous Ripple Rock explosion & explore the Museum Gift Shop for local books & unique Northwest Coast art.
34 Weway Rd
Quathiaski Cove, British Columbia
Nuyumbalees means "The Beginning". The Nuyumbalees Society was founded in 1975 by Hereditary & Elected Chiefs of the KwaKwaKa' WaKw people, to negotiate the return of their Potlatch Treasures & Regalia (Kikasuw). The society is entrusted with the care & preservation of a priceless & historic collection of original KwaKwaKa' WaKw Kikasuw returned in February, 1979. The Kwagiulth Museum opened in June that same year.
A visit to the Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre is a fascinating journey that forms a link between the past, the present & the future of the Kwakwaka'wakw People. Beautiful treasures include: masks, regalia, whistles, rattles & carvings of the Sacred Potlatch Collection.