Aerospace & Aviation
By 2011 the runway at Campbell River airport is to be extended to 6500' from the current 5000'. This will allow virtually all types of private and commercial jets to use the airport. In addition, the terminal will be expanded and upgraded to improve passenger service, reflecting a commitment to the aerospace industry that is so vital to this community's continued growth.
Aquaculture has brought a new dimension to the fishing industry in Campbell River. For over twenty years the deep-water inlets and protected coves have provided ideal conditions for raising salmon for markets around the world. While the methods and technology of rearing penned fish are continually evolving, the local industry has proven to be an important and sustainable economic resource for Campbell River.
Campbell River has seen steady growth over the last decades and construction has kept pace. The value of residential building permits increased 262% from 2007 to 2008. About a quarter of all Business Licences issued in Campbell River are in the construction sector, including building, repairing, renovating and engineering, and in land development.
Energy and Power Production
Campbell River's historic development was jump-started with the completion of the John Hart Dam in 1955, allowing the operation of a pulp mill that for 50 years anchored the city's economy. Today energy production is still a vital player in plans for the city's growth.
The Campbell River region offers many memorable locations to inspire any film producer or videographer. From the highway to logging roads, from the downtown oceanfront to the airport or the deep woods, major studios have used the area as an aesthetically rich and practical venue for filming romance, adventure and horror.
For over a century the forest industry was the backbone of Campbell River's economy, providing good wages and secure employment. This solid economic base allowed the city to invest in modern infrastructure including leading edge information and transportation networks. Campbell River is now a cosmopolitan city with a myriad of recreational, leisure and cultural opportunities that surpass cities many times its size.
Campbell River has a long history of innovative manufacturing born of its marine and timber heritage. Necessity is the mother of both inspiration and invention, assets well represented in a community that grew out of the wilderness, on an island, well removed from any established industrial center.
Two major mining operations near Campbell River are the Myra Falls mine and Quinsam Coal. The Myra Falls Mine is owned and operated by Breakwater Resources to produce zinc, copper, gold and silver. It is an underground mining operation at Buttle Lake, in Strathcona Park, about 80 km southwest of Campbell River employing 236 local equipment operators, engineers and support staff.
From videographers, photographers, designers, artists and programmers, Campbell River is at the deep end of the talent pool. These professionals are here because they want to be where they can have a superior quality of life as well as the chance to showcase their expertise – Campbell River is well wired with leading edge services by Shaw Communications Inc.
Downtown Campbell River supports a variety of healthy retail businesses. In addition to a solid core of small shops such as bookstores, craft, clothing, gourmet cafes & restaurants, and sporting goods, we have a Home Depot, Zellers, Great Canadian Superstore, and a full service Wal-Mart.
When the Inland Island Highway connected the ends of Vancouver Island, it brought modern highway access to the North Island and placed Campbell River as the gateway and hub of service to points north.