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“A fun look at local maritime history”

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: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / lift
British Columbia
Level 5 Contributor
61 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“A fun look at local maritime history”
Reviewed 16 August 2013

As others have noted, this is a small museum, centred around BCP 45. It is bright and airy and the displays are all very well maintained. There are a few hands on things for children (rope tying, magnetic signal operations) and many beautiful model ships for the enthusiasts. We found it to be an enjoyable rainy day activity.

Visited August 2013
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Campbell River, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Historic boat retires at home as a Heritage site.”
Reviewed 6 August 2013

This site was the result of many years of volunteers effort. The main display is the boat that was on the Canadian Five dollar bill for decades. There are also items reclaimed from ship wrecks in the area as well as some historic tools used in centuries past by the sea men who lived in this area.

The staff are mostly volunteers who have taken a major part in building this site. They say you can rent the site for special events which is very uncommon for a Museum . Across the parking lot is a pier that sells ice ream and snacks. Enjoy a couple hours in this area especially with children..

The fee for the Museum is $ 5.00

Visited July 2013
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Texada Island, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
852 reviews
645 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 345 helpful votes
“Working boats”
Reviewed 31 July 2013

Our large group ranging in ages from 3 to 89 was entertained for about 1-1/2 hours. Worth it if you have an interest in boats or would like to learn more, and local history.

Visited July 2013
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NorCal
Level 4 Contributor
46 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Wonderful 1 hour visit”
Reviewed 2 July 2013

The museum has a great knowledgeable, friendly staff. The exhibits are very Interesting and well presented. A great way to spend an hour +/-..

Visited June 2013
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Sydney
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168 attraction reviews
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“Very basic Museum”
Reviewed 20 June 2013

The entrance fee was $5.00 but the musuem is pretty same with only one large boat and a small sailing skiff on display. You are not missing anything if you don't have time to visit this museum

Visited June 2013
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