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Store History

Under same-family
Ownership since 1964!

Opening its doors in 1964 by Ed Enns, River Sportsman has become a landmark business on Vancouver Island. It’s the simple philosophy of offering exceptional customer service from knowledgeable staff and quality products at competitive pricing that led River Sportsman to become one of the most trusted and respected sporting goods businesses in the industry.

Taking the helm from their father in 1985 , Ken and David have been the running the store ever since. With the great combination of Ken’s deep passion for the outdoors and David’s attention to detail and business sense, they brought River Sportsman to where it is today.

A major transformation to River Sportsman happened in 1998 when a new building was built within casting distance of the world renowned Campbell River. Wanting to expand in outdoor apparel and camping the new store allowed them to do so with over triple the retail floor space while offering a breathtaking view of the Campbell River.

As the years fly by products change, styles change and fisheries change but the core philosophy of River Sportsman has not. The coffee is always on and the tales of the one that got away are still being told. Since 1964 our mission statement remains the same. Offer quality products at competitive pricing backed with great customer service. It’s that philosophy that has kept our customers coming back for over 50yrs.

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