Gold River Houses for Sale
Search all Gold River Houses for Sale and real estate listings below. Gold River is a small community in Vancouver Islands' northern region and gateway to the wild west coast. Gold River has much to offer from hiking, fishing and even white water rafting! Not to mention the delicious pizza from the Shell gas station.
Gold River is deemed the nearest village to Friendly Cove, where Captain James Cook touched down. Be sure to register for a free account so that you can receive email alerts whenever new Gold River properties come on the market.
Gold River Real Estate Market
Gold River, British Columbia, is a lovely safe and close-knit community with plenty to offer real estate buyers in today’s market. The village has a mix of new residents, retired folks, creatives, young families, entrepreneurs, and people who have called Gold River home for generations. It is the heart of Vancouver Island, with lush rainforest and mountain surroundings, a moderate climate, and all the amenities you and your family will need to live a comfortable life in a stunning, rugged wilderness setting. Due to the affordability, the moderate climate, and the clean, fresh air, this area will only become more popular as time goes on.
Whether you are looking to purchase a townhouse, condo, half-duplex, or single-family home, Gold River offers homes that provide a quiet and peaceful lifestyle that brings you closer to nature, living in comfort. You may find a 2-bedroom townhouse with a large yard where the kids can play, a renovated character home with beautiful mountain views and a mortgage-helper suite downstairs, or a well-landscaped mid-century house with plenty of natural light.
This riverside community offers properties with well-established trees in the yard, garages, or workshop spaces, plenty of storage and parking, and a location near all amenities like schools, hiking trails, and the village center. There is even bare land for sale zoned for multi-family residences, where you can build your dream home or investment property.
There is no such thing as a bad neighbourhood in this family-friendly community. If you want to live where the road ends and the Canadian wilds begin, ask your realtor about buying a home in Gold River, BC today.
About Gold River
Gold River is a small village municipality located on the “north island,” as the Vancouver Island locals say. However, it is technically near the geographic center of the British Columbian island on the west coast of Canada. Approximately 1300 people live in this heavily forested area, enjoying its lush vegetation and the eponymous Gold River.
The village of Gold River was built in the 1860s, becoming popular during the gold rush, and was Canada’s first electric town. It was then established as a pulp and paper community, and when the mill closed in the late 1990s, the community rebranded itself into a tourist and sport-fishing locale.
The amenities in Gold River rival those of larger communities and include a recreation complex and aquatic centre, a skating and curling arena, a golf course, several sports fields and parks, restaurants, retail stores, and professional services. There is regular residential curbside garbage and recycling pick-up, a volunteer fire department, and the Nootka Sound police detachment services the area.
Getting to Gold River
Gold River is located approximately 90 km west of Campbell River, taking about 1 hour and 11 minutes to drive via the Gold River Highway (BC-28 W). If you are travelling from further north or south, take Highway 19, following the signs through Strathcona Park, crossing the bridge between the lakes. The road to Gold River is long and windy, surrounded by trees, giving the community of Gold River a remote feel.
Gold River Weather
The climate in Gold River BC is “marine west coast,” meaning it has mild, rainy winters and warm, dry summers. In the summer, the temperature ranges from a high of 25.4°C to a low of 10.8°C. Temperatures range from a high of 4.7°C to a low of -1°C in winter, with lots of rain due to the low-pressure systems coming off the Pacific Ocean. There is always the chance of snow appearing during the colder months, but it does not last long on the ground.
Gold River Culture
The community is proud of its roots and celebrates the arts. Although small, Gold River is steeped in indigenous culture and traditions, with local aboriginal artists selling handmade soaps, sculptures, wood carvings, and paintings. Stop by the Clayworks Café for great coffee and locally made handcrafts, then head to the Gold River Art Gallery to see local fine art. There is also a Vancouver Island Regional Library in Gold River, with a collection of nearly 10,000 items, printing and photocopying services, and free public Wi-Fi.
Gold River Health Care
The Gold River Health Centre is the primary source of care for illness, injury, disease management, preventative care, and palliative care. They also offer adult mental health and addiction services, child health clinics and home support, medical imaging, laboratory services, and access to physiotherapy. There is an urgent care center for acute health issues due to injury or illness in the same building. Gold River also has dentists, massage and acupuncture practitioners, and residents often utilize telehealth doctor services.
Gold River Education
The community of Gold River is a part of School District 84. Schools located within the community are the Ray Watkins Elementary and the Gold River Secondary, and there are several elementary and secondary school options within a short distance.
The Zeballos Elementary Secondary is in nearby Zeballos, BC. Kyuoquot Elementary Secondary is located adjacent to the Kyuquot-Checleset First Nation, with most of the students from the remote village of Houpsitas.
Captain Meares Elementary Secondary in Tahsis offers an individualized learning program that focuses on skill-building. Continuing education programs are also provided through the school district, including adult graduation diplomas and GED certificates.
Things to Do in Gold River
The Gold River area offers plenty of outdoor activities, ranging from family-friendly day trips to rugged outdoorsy excursions. Hiking adventures include the Elk Lake Trail, the Nootka Island Trek, and the Tahsis Great Walk. You can take a dip in the glacial waters of the Gold River itself in the Herber River Canyon or tube down the rapids. Mountain climbers can climb Vancouver Island’s highest peak, the Golden Hinde, or head to Strathcona Park, where there are over 100 routes at Crest Creek Crags alone.
The 100+ Upana Caves are only 17km from Gold River via Head Bay Forest Road. With 15 known entrances, this is an incredible network of long passages and large rooms. Beginners are recommended to take a guided tour, and make sure you dress warmly. It gets cold down there in the dark.
You may also go golfing at the 9-hole Golf River Golf & Country Club, fish for red snapper, rock cod, tyee, and halibut in Nootka Sound, go mountain biking through old-growth forests, canoe or kayak on the nearby Muchalat, Star, and Antler lakes, or go camping in the Strathcona Provincial Park.
Gold River Realtors
Are you thinking of buying or selling a home in Gold River? If you’re looking to buy a home, contact our Loyal Homes real estate agents, who can answer all your Gold River community, neighbourhood, and real estate questions.
If you’re thinking of selling your Gold River, BC home, our associated Listing Realtors can provide information on recently sold comparable properties, up-to-date real estate market information, and professional tips to help you prepare and sell your house for top dollar.