Spirit Square Campbell River

Spirit Square serves as an outdoor community venue located in the heart of downtown Campbell River, at the corner of Shoppers Row and 16th Avenue, right next to the Tyee Plaza.

Spirit Square hosts a variety of regular events, including the Campbell River Farmers Market and Arts Fair, free summer concerts and performances, and other recreational activities organized by the city.

Annual events such as Remembrance Day, Canada Day, National Indigenous Peoples Day, Pride, and the renowned holiday truck parade are also hosted at the square.

What’s the History of Spirit Square?

Spirit Square was part of the Provincial Spirit Squares Program. The program kicked off in 2006 to celebrate BC’s 150th anniversary and got cities to create these community spots.

Our Spirit Square in Campbell River opened in December 2009. It was funded by the Province of British Columbia, the City of Campbell River, and the Island Coastal Economic Trust. We opened just in time to celebrate the Cross-Canada Olympic torch relay.

Campbell River’s Spirit Square was designed to be a place where we can host community events, performances, farmers’ markets, and festivals. It has seating areas and open spaces for all sorts of activities. It’s become a popular spot for local artists, musicians, and cultural groups to show off their talents.

Since it opened, Spirit Square has hosted many events, like concerts, theater performances, holiday celebrations, and public ceremonies.

The Provincial Spirit Squares Program helped many cities around BC create these special places. For example, there are Spirit Squares in Kelowna, Victoria, and Prince George. These squares have become important gathering spots, just like ours here in Campbell River.

There are multiple free concerts each week during the summer, plus the farmers market every Sunday.