Gold River – Sayward – Tahsis – Zeballos
“The Village of Gold River is the gateway to Nootka Sound and a jumping off point for wilderness adventures on central Vancouver Island and the Pacific Ocean. Located adjacent to Strathcona Park at the end of Hwy. 28 from Campbell River (54 mi) the village has a population of over 1400. Gold River was Canada’s first ‘all-electric’ town when constructed in the 1960s to house families for the newly constructed Tahsis Company Ltd. pulp mill (located where the mouth of the Gold River meets Muchalat Inlet). Muchalat Inlet could be utilized for deep sea shipping, and water supplies were available from the Gold River. Once constructed the village of Gold River’s amenities rivalled those found in much larger centres – an aquatic centre and recreation complex, skating and curling arena, town square, underground wiring, numerous parks with baseball diamonds and sports fields, a golf course, and a full compliment of retail and professional services. It’s now a central hub for marine and seaplane access to the smaller communities, fishing lodges and wilderness camps that dot this section of the pacific coast of Vancouver Island and the home port of the MV Uchuck, a coastal freighter which also carries tourists and drops off and picks up kayakers and hikers exploring remote areas of Kyuquot and Nootka Sound.The pulp mill which the community was built to serve is now gone, and the village and people have experienced a rebirth in the past decade. As many families left, they were replaced by new residents attracted to the wilderness setting, the affordable housing, the family friendly community, and the many opportunities for growth. Gone is the reliance on a single resource industry, replaced by a new mix of enterprises that focus on a broader range of tourism and recreation activities as well as smaller scale manufacturing, aquaculture, and forest based resources. Blessed with a moderate climate, clean air, fresh water, and room for expansion, this Village of 1400 is home to a mix of retired folks who like the affordability and the weather, and young families with children who appreciate the small town friendliness and the opportunity to build a life in a beautiful wilderness setting.” Village of Gold River
Gold River Chamber of Commerce: http://www.goldriver.ca/
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