Discovery Pier

Experience living history  at Canada’s first saltwater fishing pier. The Campbell River Discovery Pier is located beside the Government Wharf in downtown Campbell River and is a main attraction that provides a fun, authentic, and relaxing break for all visitors.

The pier extends 150 feet from the shore, is 600 feet long, and offers high-quality recreational fishing.

Open 24 hours a day, it is wheelchair accessible and fully lit. The pier features built-in rod holders, bait stands, fish cleaning tables, covered areas, picnic tables, and benches. Additionally, the concession stand is well-loved by locals for its delicious ice cream cones and wraps.

History of the Pier

The concept of a fishing pier was first discussed in 1983 by a newly elected council led by Mayor Robert Ostler, amidst an economic slump affecting communities nationwide.

To foster economic stimulation, the Waterfront Enhancement Board was formed, comprising staff, board members, and community representatives who identified development opportunities.

Al Hodgkinson, a municipal building inspector with an engineering design background, sketched the initial concept for the pier, identifying the area around the government wharf as ideal.

Despite competition from other coastal communities like Nanaimo, Victoria, and White Rock, Campbell River’s thorough preliminary exploration and professional presentation impressed the senior officials, leading to it being chosen as the site for Canada’s first saltwater fishing pier.