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My wife and I enjoy visiting the Gold River area annually for some golf, hiking, camping and of course, cruising aboard the MV Uchuck III.
Our adventure began the night before... Our intrepid crew of six kayakers showed up at Gold River the evening before we were to embark on a nine day sea kayaking journey to the Nuchatlitz Group on the outer coast of west Vancouver Island.
I am normally sitting at my desk at Get West Adventure Tours taking reservations and organizing tours. I love booking the trips and talking with you on the phone but there is nothing like going on a trip to really get acquainted.
A 74 Year old proves he can still do it...This trail had long been on my must-do list, so I’d studied the maps and route descriptions. Having done longer and more difficult treks, it seemed relatively straightforward. However, I’d only recently recovered from a bout of ‘walking pneumonia’ along with a ruptured spinal disk, both acquired in Nepal the previous year. And though I’d prepared for this trip, I was still uncertain about how I would perform carrying a 50 lbs+ pack in tough coastal wilderness for a whole week.
I’ve told many people about our trip on the Uchuck. They all can’t believe they’ve never heard about it before and such an opportunity exists! It’s one of those amazing adventures that inspire learning and imagination in a special way. We made the mistake of marking the day of our Uchuck trip on the calendar a month in advance. Our seven year old had been counting down the days and you know how long a month is when you’re seven! A month of counting down, and we were sure not disappointed! The trip exceeded our expectations in so many ways. It gave us a rare glimpse into a part of BC’s coast, lifestyle and history that few people experience. I felt like I’d seen BC for the first time.
My life on Vancouver Island has been framed by Nootka Island & Friendly Cove. When I was a young girl my family traveled to Nootka on our boat, as we lived in the married quarters in a logging camp in Kendrick Arm. I was visiting Friendly Cove during the 70s, climbing up the enormous chain ladder from our 21 foot boat, strolling through the sweet aroma of wild roses (still my favourite smell in the world), and playing with the endless bounty of beautiful polished stones on the beach. When I had the chance to do the Nootka trail 15 years ago, I jumped on it. It was my first multi-day hike and one of the best ever and I was able to spend my birthday at Friendly Cove with friends.
When you think of a Vancouver Island Getaway destination, most likely Gold River does not come to mind. Originally built as a service community for a pulp mill, her primary industries are now logging and fish farming since the mill closed down in 1998. It has also become a hub for marine and seaplane access to remote communities, west coast lodges, fishing camps, marine parks and some of the best salmon and halibut fishing on the west coast. Take a closer look and you will see there is ample opportunity for wilderness adventure in this village in the mountains.