Posted by: cherylyoung | August 11, 2013

Gold River is the launch point for sportsfishing enthusiasts who kow a secret that others are just discouvering

Gold River is located at the west end of Highway 28,


a scenic one hour drive from Campbell River.

Many visitors use it as a base for exploring the

surrounding wilderness and rainforest trails or

as a gateway to Nootka Sound.

The Municipal Wharf at Gold River is home port to

the MV Uchuck III, Air Nootka seaplane service,

and the launch point for sportsfishing enthusiasts

who know a secret that others are just discovering.

A relatively young community, Gold River was built

in the 1960’s to house the workers in the local

forestry-based industries.

Recently the focus of the local economy has

diversified to include adventure tourism,

capitalizing on the incredible natural surroundings

of the village and region.

Each year, hundreds of new visitors discover why

this region is considered “The Cave Capital of


The Upana Caves are easily accessible and offer

novices a safe, self-guided introduction to the

sport of spelunking.

If you would rather get your exercise above ground,

choose from rock climbing at Crest Creek Crags,

mountain biking on one of the most challenging

trail systems in Western Canada, or hike one of

our many picturesque trails.

For wildlife viewing opportunities take a prearranged

tour of the Conuma Hatchery, located 36.5km

past the Gold River Info Centre, and watch the

spawning salmon, or drive 2.4km further and

visit the Conuma River Estuary (take the Moutcha

Bay access road) to catch a glimpse of a black bear,

elk, or coastal black-tailed deer.

Gold River continues to impress fisherman with

consistently large and lengthy runs of Chinook,

Coho, Sockeye and Chum Salmon.

Fisher men and women can enjoy sheltered,

relaxed fishing in the protected waters of Nootka

 Sound or they can venture off-shore to enjoy a

true wild west cost fishing or marine wildlife


Visitors to Gold River have a number of choices for

accommodation in hotels and B&B’s as well as great

restaurants to enjoy and galleries that exhibit the

work of local artists.

Other amenities include a Visitor Center,

2 campgrounds, aquatic and community centre,

golf course, service stations, grocery store,

liquor store, post office, drug store as well as other

shopping opportunities.

Within the community there are baseball fields,

basketball and tennis courts, playgrounds,

churches and incredible hiking and biking trails.

So for a day trip or a longer excursion check out

Gold River and the surrounding area.

Consider also a visit to Antler Lake, Star Lake

and Scout Lake.

For more information: Village Office 250-283-2202 Visitor Info Centre 250-283-2418

(open mid May-Labour Day)

BC A Day At A Time

Cheryl Young, www.cherylyoung


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