We were looking for a cabin on the ocean that slept four, as well as a location that had either its own marina or at least a boat launch. I also knew I wanted to head north. After much research, Brown’s Bay Resort in Campbell River ticked all the boxes.
Quick Resort Facts
- Cabins, Suites and Glamping tents
- RV Park with full hook-ups available, all with an incredible ocean view
- Tenting sites in the forest
- Onsite store and restaurant
- Resort hot tub (1)
- Clubhouse and Fitness Room
- Communal firepit
- Washrooms with hot showers
- Fishing pier with a fish cleaning station
- Marina and Fuel Dock
About Brown’s Bay Resort
This full-service resort near Campbell River overlooks Seymour Narrows, a 5 km section of Discovery Passage known for its strong tidal currents and the infamous Ripple Rock. (More about Ripple Rock can be found below).
There are 5 large fully-stocked log cabins and a full beach-house available to rent, all with gorgeous ocean views. Sit on your private deck and watch the many large vessels navigating the narrows, or possibly even some wildlife. While we were there, we spotted a group of otters mingling on the large rocks just below our deck and a pod of dolphins swimming through the passage.
Float suites and rooms are also available at the onsite marina.
Glamping tents provide a bit more rustic charm but are still full of many of the features we have all come to know and love. The deluxe, luxury oceanfront tents are fully equipped with everything you need, including a full three-piece bathroom with hot water! The cliff-side tents come with power but are geared towards those looking for a more tent-like experience (although you still aren’t really roughing it!). Kitchen essentials, bedding, linens and towels are provided with any of the Glamping tents.
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If camping in your own RV or tent is more your thing, then you might be interested in setting up at the Ripple Rock RV Park. Part of Brown’s Bay Resort, this RV Park offers 57 full-service sites both on the water and in the trees. Although these sites aren’t overly private, your view will most likely make up for that. There is also a dedicated tenting area hidden among the large trees.
The resort has a large clubhouse, featuring a full kitchen, plenty of seating, a wood-burning stove and a pool and foosball table. Next to this building, you’ll find the indoor hot tub, a small fitness room, and a small outdoor playground. Please note, Covid changes the way these facilities can be used and may not be available at all times.
The Fishing Pier is a great spot to cast your line or just sit back and enjoy your surroundings. For those that do catch a fish, a fish-cleaning facility is right there for you. This area is also where you will find the communal firepit.
The office and store offer many necessities, including ice, beverages, sundries, RV supplies, clothing, and an assortment of giftware.
Narrow’s Floating Restaurant features a wide array of menu options. It’s open seasonally for lunch and dinner and provides beautiful bay views.
Near the tenting sites, you’ll find a lovely little trail that winds its way through a mature forest. It’s a great spot to stretch your legs and get away from the hot sun.
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The Marina and Fuel Dock
The full-service marina features the following amenities:
- Moorage – Daily, Monthly, or Annually with accommodation for large vessels up to 100 feet
- Power and Water
- Shower Facilities
- Boat Ramp
There are two boat ramps available onsite. One near the marina while the other is near the cabins. Both ramps are quite steep, and no dock is provided. For this reason, launching the boat into the water and taking it back out again requires a higher tide. Having no dock to tie up to or stand on also makes it a two-person job, one to drive the boat, the other to drive the vehicle and boat trailer to the parking area.
At the Fuel Dock one can get:
- Gas, Diesel, and Oil Services
- Ice and Bait
- Boat Supplies, including local fishing maps and tackle
- Snacks, Ice Cream, and Beverages
Brown’s Bay Resort is located 23km north of the city centre of Campbell River. Getting to the resort requires driving on a gravel road for approximately 4.8 km.
From Campbell River:
- Follow Hwy 19 through Campbell River heading north towards Port Hardy
- Turn right onto Brown’s Bay Road (this is where the gravel starts)
- Use the signs to guide you
This underwater mountain was responsible for either sinking or damaging more than 120 vessels and claiming 114 lives. In 1958, the mountain was destroyed (blown up with explosives), and 635,028 tonnes of rock and water erupted in a blast that reached 1,000 feet.
To this day, the destruction of Ripple Rock mountain is considered a marvel of engineering. A 4km (one way) hiking trail leads to a spectacular view overlooking this famous site. What you see now is a clear and safe path for the many vessels travelling through the area.
The Ripple Rock trailhead is found off Hwy 19, approximately 7 km’s south of Brown’s Bay Resort.
Things to Do Nearby
Nearby Campbell River has much to offer visitors. There are a number of tours available for those who wish to see wildlife, both on land and in the ocean, as well as fishing charters. Fishing is a popular sport in Campbell River. In fact, it’s nicknamed the ‘Salmon Capital of the World’ for its unbeatable fishing experiences.
Here are a few recommendations of some great guided tour ideas that leave from Campbell River:
- Discovery Passage Helicopter Tour
- Grizzly Bear Expedition
- Whale Watching Tour
- Big Animal Encounter
- 3-Hour Coastal Adventure
- Kayaking with Whales and Wildlife
- Whales, Wildlife & Culture
- Indigenous Culture & Wildlife Tour
- Seymour Narrows 2-hour boat tour
- Guided Hike to Ripple Rock
- Self-guided tour of the amazing driftwood sculptures in and around Campbell River
I highly recommend checking out Octopus Islands, which is found off the northeast side of Quadra Island, for anyone who owns their own boat.
Have you been to Brown’s Bay Resort? Let us know about your experience in the comment section below.
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