About Us - History


Under same-family ownership since 1964, River Sportsman is a landmark business in North Central Vancouver Island. Its historic location right on the river (we keep an eye on the fish!) gives it a unique appeal and our new store, with 7,000 square feet of retail space, boasts over 13,000 items in stock. If it has anything to do with fishing, hunting or camping around the island you can find it at River Sportsman.

Established in 1964 by Ed Enns, River Sportsman is now owned by sons Ken and David. Since we have been serving the Vancouver Island market for over 45 years, the family is well aware of what matters to the anglers, hunters and campers who live here or come to visit. There are some incredible places to see around North Central Vancouver Island and a thousand things to do. We will listen to your plans--where to go, what to do and what you want to see and because of our knowledge and experience, we can offer tips and suggestions that will help you make the most of your expedition. It may be something as simple as "Don't forget the ice!" or it may be a recommendation on a certain type of fly in a certain lake at this particular time of the season. We pride ourselves on staying on top of the latest fishing, hunting and camping news.

Whether you live here and are on the water or in the woods every week , or if you've come to Campbell River to explore the myriad outdoor opportunities, a visit to River Sportsman can be an important part of your entire North Island experience. Come by and check out our store, say hello and let us know what you're up to. We love to talk about fishing, hunting and camping on Vancouver Island because it's why we've been here for over 45 years!