Campbell River is located 1 hour and 40 minutes North of Nanaimo by car or 3 hours from Victoria by car, on the eastern shore of Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
The scenery is exquisite, with snow-covered mountains to the west and the famous Inside Passage, known locally as the Strait of Georgia, to the east.
From Campbell River, you can see many of the islands of Desolation Sound including Quadra Island, Cortes Island and Mitlenach Island, which is a nature sanctuary.
Campbell River Airport is served by Canadian Airlines and Air Canada - Air BC. You can also reach Vancouver Island from the mainland by BC Ferries from Powell River and Vancouver, BC, and from Port Angeles and Seattle in Washington State.
Be sure to check for ferry and flight information under the Campbell River links tab.
Gold River plays an important part in BC's history. It is the closest village to Friendly Cove or Yuquot where British explorer Captain James Cook met Chief Maquinna of the Mowachaht Nation. The name Gold River first appears on maps from the 1860s, when Chinese settlers were remvoing Gold from the area, however, the town itself was built in 1965 to support the logging industry. It was BC's first all-electric, all underground services community, and this is a large part of Gold River's appeal today. After a scenic one hour drive from Campbell River along paved Highway 28, you round the corner and the Village of Gold River appears, nestled in the mountains between the Gold River and the Heber River, without utility lines to spoil the view.
The pulp mill was the reason the village was created, but fishing and tourism are also mainstays. The mill closed in 1998, but logging still plays an important part in the community's economy, and aquaculture is expanding. Gold River has excellent services, such as doctors, 24 hour medical care, super market, fitness centre, ice rink, curling rink, swimming pool, golf course, pharmacy and much more.