our 2023 hours

May 19 – June 23:
Open daily 9:30am-5:30pm
June 24 – Sept 15:
Open daily 7:30am-6:30pm
Sept 16 – Oct 8:
Open daily 9:30am-5:30pm
Winter Season:
Available for charters on our
covered, heated vessels anytime

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Our locations

Downtown Campbell River Marine Adventure Centre

Painter’s Lodge Marine Centre

Getting Here

1 hour 45 mins from Nanaimo 
3 hours 25 mins from Swartz Bay
Travelling from Nanaimo Ferry Terminal Duke Point 
  • Head North to Campbell River via the BC-19 North Hwy  
Travelling from Nanaimo Ferry Terminal Departure Bay
  • Take BC-19A North to BC-19 North Hwy in Nanaimo  
  • Continue onto BC-19 North to Campbell River 
Travelling from Victoria Swartz Bay Terminal
  •  Travel along the BC-17 Hwy. Merge onto route 1 North Trans Canada Hwy/BC-1 North
  • Merge onto BC- 19 North. Follow the signs to Campbell River
Entering Campbell River
  • Turn right at Jubilee Parkway at the Airport junction
  • Travel East down Jubilee to the Island Highway/BC-19A North along the shoreline
  • Travel into downtown Campbell River and follow the shoreline to Discovery Marina Plaza
  • Big Animal Encounters Downtown Marine Adventure Centre is located in the Plaza alongside the Marina 
  • Look for the Blue and Yellow storefront attached to the Riptide Pub 


Getting to Painter’s Lodge 

  • Travel through Campbell River on BC-19 North towards Port Hardy
  • Turn right onto McDonald Road
  • Turn right at the Painter’s Lodge sign
  • The Painter’s Lodge Marine Centre is located at the entrance to the dock