Gold River, Vancouver Island, British Columbia
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Gold River

Gold River, a beautiful and sometimes tumultuous stream so named by Spaniards seeking gold in the late 1700s. Situated on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, bordering Strathcona Provincial Park, the community of Gold River offers accommodation, shopping, services and outdoor activities such as golfing, hiking and fishing.

Fresh-water fishermen find the Gold River area an excellent site for year-round catch-and-release steelhead fishing. The Gold River features two runs of Steelhead per year. It is a short coastal river with a relatively steep gradient, easily accessed from several places along its banks.

Nootka Sound is a hot spot for Tyee salmon in July and August. Halibut of 15-50 lbs. are usual, while some up to 175 lbs. are also taken. Red Snapper, Rock Cod and Ling Cod are also available, and extend the season from mid-April to mid-October. The Steelhead season starts in early December and unquestionably finds us on the Gold River. This river system has the largest and most returning Winter Steelhead on Vancouver Island.

Gold River is home to the BC Speleological Association and a spelunker's paradise. The Upana Caves, 17 km (10 miles) from Gold River, require approximately an hour. A footpath leads to the entrance where you can take a self-guided tour of various limestone formations. The proximity to spectacular Strathcona Provincial Park makes this area a mountain climber's dream with Kings Peak, Elkhorn Mountain and Crest Craggs. 19 rock faces of various degrees of difficulty, with anchored carabeners in place, just waiting for you to rig up and "climb away". Contact "The Heathens" climbing club via Gold River"s John Put, (250)-283-7359; they can introduce you to the challenges at Red Pillar 2,031m (6600 feet), Kings Peak 2,065m (6711 feet), or the Golden Hinde 2,200m (7150 feet).

Gold River

Camping facilities nearby are the Peppercorn RV Park and tenting ground and the Lions Campground. Strathcona Provincial Park has sites at Buttle Lake and Ralph River, and there is a forestry service campsite located at Muchalat Lake about 11 km (7 miles) from the village. A selection of campsites in 44 provincial parks can be reserved by calling 1-800-689-9025 from the U.S. or Canada outside Vancouver. In Vancouver, call 689-9025.

Tours include trips to Friendly Cove, Hot Springs Cove, Rugged Point Provincial Marine Park and Nootka Sound. Scenic hiking paths nearby range from a 20 minute forest walk to the one-hour Antler Lake Nature Trail. Buttle Lake features several hiking trails ranging from 30 minutes to six hours in length. The Great Walk, a 65 kilometre (40 Mile) walkathon between Tahsis and Gold River, is held each June to raise money for various charities. The Walk Chairman can be contacted at (250)934-6667, through the Tahsis Chamber of Commerce, or visit their official website at .

Recreation Facilities
Aquatic Centre - Ice Rink - Curling Rink - 4 Ball Fields - 9 Hole Golf Course - Tennis Court - Wading Pool

Location of the Village of Gold River

Elevation 110.6metres /(363 ft.) a. s. l

Latitude 49 degrees, 46 minutes north
Longitude 126 degrees, 3 minutes west
Distances From Major Centers

Campbell River 91 km (57 miles)
Courtenay 136 km (86 miles)
Nanaimo 243 km (153 miles)
Vancouver (after ferry) 243 km (153 miles)
Victoria 355 km (224 miles)
Victoria Sidney by the Sea Sooke - Port Renfrew Duncan
Nanaimo Parksville - Qualicum Port Alberni Tofino
Ucluelet Comox - Courtenay Campbell River Tahsis
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