Transportation & Maps
Campbell River is just north of the geographic midway point on Vancouver Island's eastern shoreline.
Like every major community on the island, it is served by a modern highway system and a full range of transportation options (apart from passenger train service). Campbell River is also a featured stop along several scenic driving routes.
The double-lane Highway 19 allows drivers to speed along at a maximum 110kph/68mph amidst light traffic from Parksville/Qualicum Beach north past Courtenay and Comox. Hollywood action chase sequences have been filmed along this scenic ribbon of tarmac north of the Comox Valley.
Nanaimo is 153km/93mi to the south, while drivers from Victoria can expect to reach Campbell River in a little over three hours barring no pit stops along the way. Skip the highway by meandering along the wonderfully scenic Oceanside Route (Highway 19A). It hugs the coastline beginning in Parksville and extends right into the heart of downtown Campbell River. Car rentals are available from several operators in town.