Yuquot, Gold River & South En d of Nootka Trail Photo Province of BC

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Gold River

Gold River serves as a base for such famous activities as the Nootka Island trek, hiking the Elk Lake trail, mountain-climbing up Golden Hinde (Vancouver Island’s highest peak), and the Great Walk. But Gold River has much to explore. Gold Muchalat Provincial Park, located northwest of Gold River offers a pristine wilderness environment for sports fishing, wildlife viewing and rustic hiking. Whitewater kayaking and rafting are also available.

Upana Caves, Gold River Photo Province of BC

Upana Caves, Gold River Photo Province of BC

The Upana Caves are spectacular and accessible to everyone, from novice to experienced spelunker. The caves offer fascinating formations including stalactites and stalagmites. For climbers, Crest Creek Crag has over 100 routes to test your climbing stamina. These rock walls draw climbers from around the world.  A picnic area nestled up to the shores of the Gold River offers an opportunity to enjoy your meal as you watch the kayakers and canoes floating by. Next door are the beautiful fairways and greens of the local golf course. Bring your own boat, rent one, or hop on the MV Uchuck III – it all begins at the Gold River government wharf near the old mill site. The protected waters of Nootka Sound, the fiords and channels, the maze of islands, and the smaller communities scattered throughout are a boater’s paradise.

Gold River, Photo Province of BC

Gold River, Photo Province of BC

Location

Located in central Vancouver Island, at the end of scenic Highway 28, 90 km (55 mi) west of Campbell River. Traveling from the north or south on Vancouver Island, exit easily from Island Highway 19 and follow the signs through Strathcona Park, then across the bridge between the lakes.

A Step Back in Time

Taking advantage of its deep water and abundant forests, Gold River developed in 1967 as a logging and pulp & paper industry community. Gold River quickly sprang into prosperity and established excellent community facilities. When shifting world markets brought the mill closure in 1998, many of Gold River’s inhabitants were forced to relocate. Since then, the village has capitalized on its idealistic setting among picturesque mountains, lakes, rivers, ocean, and forests to develop tourism and sport fishing as its main economic generators.

Gold River also serves as a historic point, being the closest village to the famous Yuquot, or “Friendly Cove”, where British explorer Captain James Cook first set ashore.

Contact Information

www.goldriver.ca

Gold River & Nearby Accommodations

19 Listings

Bates Beach Oceanfront Resort

Bates Beach Oceanfront Resort

Courtenay

Enjoy the spectacular view of the Inside Passage to Alaska at Bate Beach Oceanfront Resort. Located just north of Courtenay, adjacent to Seal Bay Nature Park on Georgia Strait, there are excellent hiking and cycling trails, canoeing, beach-combing and more. We offer different styles of accommodation ... Read more
Bradsdadsland Campsite

Bradsdadsland Campsite

Hornby Island

A family campground, a family experience. We offer spacious, unique and private campsites. Each site has it's own unique qualities and charm. ... Read more
Brown's Bay Resort

Brown's Bay Resort

Campbell River

Surrounded by the wonderful sights and sounds of the wilderness, Brown’s Bay Resort is the ideal getaway to relax and enjoy the beauty nature has to offer. Nestled on the shoreline, we have spectacular views of the serene oceans, majestic mountains, and lush trees. Choose from our different styles ... Read more
Cumberland Lake Park Campground

Cumberland Lake Park Campground

Cumberland

Located on beautiful glacier-fed Comox Lake, Cumberland Lake Park offers sandy beaches, swimming float, concessions, campground with 18 serviced sites, 41 unserviced sites, group campsite, boat launch, dock and hiking trails. The park is operated by the Cumberland Lake Wilderness Society (CLWS) a no ... Read more
Driftwood By The Sea Inn and RV Resort

Driftwood By The Sea Inn and RV Resort

Campbell River

Welcome to our outstanding Resort with wonderful ocean,wildlife and cruise ship views. Enjoy a fantastic stay at Driftwood By the Sea Inn & RV Resort, where all your expectations will be exceeded by our inviting hosts. We take pride in providing genuine hospitality and sparkling clean accommodation ... Read more
Heriot Bay Inn & Marina

Heriot Bay Inn & Marina

Quadra Island

Overlooking the beautiful Heriot Bay on Quadra Island, Heriot Bay Inn & Marina is located on the waterfront with beautiful views and a relaxed atmosphere. Whether your visit is for a family vacation, a personal event, wedding or retreat, the staff of the Heriot Bay Inn is ready to help create a memo ... Read more
Mae Mae Motel

Mae Mae Motel

Campbell River

Situated only a two minute drive to Campbell River downtown, our motel is the ideal destination for guests wanting to explore Campbell River and the surrounding areas. Located on the shores of the river, guests are spoiled to fantastic views right on our private dock. Our motel offers rooms and cabi ... Read more
Maple Pool Campground & RV Park

Maple Pool Campground & RV Park

Courtenay

Secluded Getaway on the Tsolum River by the City - located the heart of the beautiful Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, Maple Pool Campground is minutes from Courtenay's city centre, shopping, theatres, golf courses, ski resorts, boat rentals & fishing, and recreational sports centres; it is an idea ... Read more
Moutcha Bay Resort & Marina

Moutcha Bay Resort & Marina

Tahsis

Moutcha Bay Resort is part of the Nootka Marine Adventures family, located at the mouth of the Conuma River, just 40 minutes west of Gold River, in the beautiful sheltered waters of Nootka Sound, BC. Seasonal onsite amenities include a marina, fuel sales, boat launch, covered boat storage, boat rent ... Read more
Nootka Marine Adventures Ltd.

Nootka Marine Adventures Ltd.

Tahsis

Moutcha Bay Resort is part of the Nootka Marine Adventures family, located at the mouth of the Conuma River, just 40 minutes west of Gold River, in the beautiful sheltered waters of Nootka Sound, BC. Seasonal onsite amenities include a marina, fuel sales, boat launch, covered boat storage, boat rent ... Read more
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