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Gold River sits right at the heart of Vancouver Island, BC. Here you will discover a wealth of recreational pursuits and a clean, modern and safe riverside community. We are a Village with a future and we want you to be part of it! Escape the crowds and visit Gold River any time of year.

Tucked in between the Gold and Heber Rivers, The Gateway to Historic Nootka Sound on Canada’s pacific coast, this is where the road ends and true Canadian wilderness begins. Easy ocean access to the world’s best salmon and halibut fishing. Wilderness and wildlife abound; this is the land of discovery!

Fresh glacier fed rivers and lakes make Gold River a fly fisherman’s paradise. Visit the site of a 4300 year old First Nations village. Walk the beach where Captain Cook first met Chief Maquinna, heralding the birth of British Columbia. Kayak and surf, climb a mountain, explore a cave, hike the Nootka Trail, do it all right here.

Enjoy the arts and crafts that the cottage industry provides throughout the whole region.  Local aboriginal artists, artisans, painters, photographers, sculptors, soap makers, wood carvers and many more all showing off their wares for the world to see.

The highway (28) into Gold River has been named in the top 5 best biking roads for the last 20 years because of its natural winding path with nicely banked curves.  The scenery that follows the highway is some of the best in the world. Motorcycle enthusiasts travel along its pavement every year for the shear enjoyment and excitement of everything it has to offer to bikers.

There are so many places to visit and things to do for people of all ages. Seniors can have just as much fun on an ocean cruise to Friendly Cove on board the Uchuck as the extreme hikers testing themselves on the Nootka Trail.

Whether you get your kicks fishing for halibut and salmon weighing over 30 lbs, mountain biking remote trails through old growth forest, spelunking hundreds of feet underground, or surfing set after set of perfect waves coming in off the Pacific on a deserted beach, Gold River is your start and end point.

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