Short Stay in Campbell River: Eating at Fresh Start Bistro and Ideal Cafe

Travel Diary:

We drove up north to Campbell River and check in to the Anchor Inn hotel which is by the water. Every room has an ocean view since the hotel is built into the side of a cliff. 

We were hungry from the ride up there so we stopped by the Fresh Start Bistro which we had found by searching Campbell River on the Happy Cow app. 


We got their appetizer platter to start which had veggies, hummus, salsa and chips.
For our mains, we got the mac and cheese, pesto fettucini special and the roaded veggies plate with mashed potatoes.
We were stuffed by the time we left.

We checked in to our hotel and admired the view of the ocean. During our time in Campbell River, we drove to Elk Falls Provincial Park and went on a short hike to the Elk Falls suspension bridge. You can read about in the separate post we made on our visit to
We also made a short vlog on the Elk Falls suspension bridge.
We were hungry from our walk so we went to a place we found through Facebook that has a whole vegan menu. It's called Ideal Cafe and it looks like your typical 50's diner.
We tried the nourish bowl which had beyond sausage in it.
And we also tried their burgers which have some nice house-made bean patties. We really enjoyed the cafe.
We also walked around Campbell River and checked out the downtown area which had some interesting stuff to see like giants spiders, totem poles, and we checked out quite a few second-hand stores.
We really enjoyed the waterfront area and the weather was excellent. Not quite summer weather but reasonably warm to walk around.

Campbell River also has a Japanese Torii Gate which was a present from Ishikari their sister city for over 10 years.

We had a relaxing time in Campbell River and it was fun to get to see some spots there we'd never checked out before. It's a city we've been to a few times but it was fun to check out a few places that offer vegan food. If you liked reading about Campbell River then check out some of our other posts on Vancouver Island.

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