Before the 1960s, the
community of Gold River did not exist and there was only wilderness that was the
traditional territory of the Mowachaht and Muchalaht people of the
Nuu-chah-nulth First Nation. The name Gold River appears on maps dating back to
1871, named for the gold that was taken out by Chinese prospectors in the 1860s.
The population in Gold River today is about 1,300 to 1400 people. Gold River is
located on central Vancouver Island, 90 km west of Campbell River. To get to
Gold River take Highway 28 from just north of Campbell River.
town Gold River was built in 1965, it was the first all electric
town in Canada and the first in Canada to incorporate
underground wiring. Gold River was incorporated on August 26,
1965 and received village status in January 1, 1972.
Gold River was always dependant upon the Pulp Mill and the
forest industry. Since the closure of the Pulp Mill in October
1998, Gold River has focused on rebuilding the community and
attracting many new residents to the town, along with many new
skills and interests. I think you will see great eco tourism
based businesses flourish here, offering whale and bear
watching, birding, mountain climbing and hiking/biking
opportunities for the young and old alike. I think Gold River is
becoming world renowned place to visit for nature based
adventures and can see it only
Many visitors to Gold River are looking for outdoor activities
and trips, adventurers can take a trip aboard the Uchuck lll as
it makes its way up to Kyuquot and back, stopping places like
Friendly cove, Zeballos and other camps and communities on the
west coast. I have had many adventures on this boat travaling to
and from various camps and towns on the west coast.
River runs past the west side of town and flows 14 more km
before emptying into Muchalat inlet. The Heber River flows on
the east side of town. The Heber river has some great swimming
and diving opportunities as it flows through the Heber Canyon on
the edge of the town. The Heber joins the Gold just at South end
The Nootka Sound area is a great spot for salt water fishing,
with big springs, while plenty of Coho, red snapper, rock cod
and halibut are also plentiful. The Gold River is considered to
be one of the premier steelhead fishing rivers in the province.
The river has a summer and a winter run of Steelhead per year,
offering year round steel head fishing. The Gold River region
has many freshwater lakes, many of these lakes are stocked with
cutthroat and rainbow trout. Trout sizes vary from lake to lake
but rainbow trout weighing 2.5. kilos or cutthroat trout
of over 3 kilos are not that uncommon. Muchalat Lake, Star Lake,
and Antler Lake all offer good trout fishing.
There are many hiking trails located close to Gold River, there
is the Heber River Trail, which follows the beautiful Heber
Canyon. The trailhead is at the bridge on Matchlee Drive. The
Antler Lake Nature Walk starts at the end of Scout Lake Road,
follows Scout Lake for a short distance, and then heads up the
mountain. This trail is an easy walk through bush, winding and
shaded most of the way. At the side of the mountain the trail
starts a steep descent out into the open and joins a dirt road.
Now just follow the road down to the lake. The Peppercorn
Trailhead is at the Gold River bridge and ends at the Peppercorn
Park, which features swimming and a diving cliff.
Campbell River is the nearest town to the east of Gold River 90
km. This community is known for its incredible salmon fishing
and serves as the gateway to the North Vancouver Island
including Gold River.