Set in a remote location on the bank’s of the Northern Vancouver Island’s Gold River, the Lodge at Gold River is an angler’s paradise. Located at a stone throwing distance from the Strathcona Provincial Park the Lodge is accessible by a few options only. One can take a plane up to the Campbell River Airport or alternatively take a beautiful car and ferry journey from Vancouver. The Lodge at Golden River is famous for fly-fishing, especially salmon and steelhead, something that was made popular by fly-fisherman Roderick Haig-Brown.
Built out of spruce and pine the Lodge has a total of 18 guestrooms, with each room complete with its own fireplace, seating area, an outdoor patio to enjoy the sights and sounds of nature, and of course a direct access to the Gold River. There is a Great Room in the Lodge which is like the main lounge, a place for the visitors to unwind, relax and share their experiences. It has its own grand fireplace, a library, a bar, sitting room and a dining room. The cuisine is predominantly West Coast and offers a choice of fresh sea food, Vancouver Island venison and Metchosin lamb. The room is tastefully decorated with a fine collection of sculptures from all around the world along with carvings and native west coast masks. The Lodge has 1200 feet of river front together with a large casting pond, a tastefully landscaped garden with an adorning collection of native shrubs and a massage tent.
The primary attraction of the Lodge is however for heli-fly fishing, river fishing and lake fishing. The Lodge sees avid fly-fishers flocking all through the year for river, lake and even salt water fly-fishing. Both experts and amateurs come here to hone their skills in angling. Spring Cutthroat Trout is a favourite among the more experienced and patient anglers who prefer to tread deep into the remote inlets of the west coast. On the other hand early spring is the right time for steelheads which are teeming in these waters of the Gold River. Again, the intrepid Chinook salmon is the attraction that brings battle-hardened anglers to venture out into the ocean in the summer months. During late fall once again Coho and Chinook throws a different challenge when they start reaching the fresh waters and demand a different approach to fly-fishing.
For amateurs looking to get some experience there are plenty of options to try out starting with the casting pond or from a launch boat on the Muchalat Lake. But angling is not all that the Gold River and the Strathcona Provincial Park has to offer. If you are coming with your family then there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy a lovely picnic or taking a day out hiking in the Strathcona Provincial Park under the lead of a local guide. You can also enjoy a leisurely wild life watching experience on a boat or simply enjoying the back country. You can also take a trip to the nearby Friendly Cove which is the ancestral home of the Muchalat people or to the Hot Spring Cove which is famous for its hot natural springs.
At the end of the day you can always come back, relax at the Great Room and enjoy a fine tale of fishing and hiking in the country side in the company of friends and family. The Lodge at Gold River is open all through the year and a three-night package of fishing starts at $2065 CAD.