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Does Your Non-Profit Group Need Help Fundraising?

June 11, 2017

The Ridge would like to help local sporting groups and other non-profit groups raise money by hosting Beer & Burger Nights.  It's alot of fun and a great way to raise money for your group.  To find out more call The Ridge.

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Does Your Non-Profit Group Need Help Fundraising?

June 11, 2017

The Ridge would like to help local sporting groups and other non-profit groups raise money by hosting Beer & Burger Nights.  It's alot of fun and a great way to raise money for your group.  To find out more call The Ridge.

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Does Your Non-Profit Group Need Help Fundraising?

June 11, 2017

The Ridge would like to help local sporting groups and other non-profit groups raise money by hosting Beer & Burger Nights.  It's alot of fun and a great way to raise money for your group.  To find out more call The Ridge.

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L'il Roadies is open at 4 p.m. Thursday, Friday & Saturday.

The Ridge winter hours are Noon to Close

Monday thru Saturday.

 We will be closed on Sunday's till further notice. 

Hikers Rescued in Strathcona Park

February 11, 2019

Three people and a dog were stranded near Mt. Washington on Friday night.

According to reports, the three individuals and their dog were near Mariwood Lake in Strathcona Park. The Comox Valley Search and Rescue team were called on Friday afternoon to help locate the trio.

Rescue crews and the residents were not able to leave the area until early on Saturday morning. Initial reports stated that the dog was injured but when the rescue team reached the group, they found that one individual had also sustained an injury. 

Congratultions Patricia McDougall!

February 11, 2019

Congratulations to Patrician McDougal, she is on her way to Vancouver in a couple of weeks to watch the Canucks take on the New York Islanders, compliments of The Ridge and Classic Rock Bingo.  We had a contest where all the bingo winners were entered in a draw for tickets to the game and Patricia score the big win.

We're doing it again, this time for a hockey game in March.


February 09, 2019

CAMPBELL RIVER, B.C- Hundreds of guns have been seized from a Campbell River home.

According to a news release from the Campbell River RCMP, the firearms were found in the home of 55 year old Campbell River resident Tony Green, who does not appears to have a previous criminal history.

He was originally arrested after allegedly pointing a loaded handgun at an off-duty officer in the city’s Beaver Lodge Lands on January 28th. The search of his home was started the same evening, and continued until January 31st.

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Council Minutes From Feb 4th

February 06, 2019

Gold River Village Council - February 4, 2019

Suzanne Trevis

Present at the regular council meeting were Mayor Brad Unger, Councillors Brenda Patrick, Rachel Stratton, and Kirsty Begon. Councillor Joe Sinclair was absent.  Deputy Corporate Officer, Maxine McLean was also filling in for Village Administrator, Larry Plourde, who is on holiday. There were three members of the public, and the press, in the gallery.

There were a number of questions from the public during Open Session this week.

Is there a backup plan in the event our highway is impassible for more than a few days?  We have no grocery store, people need medications etc etc.  Councillor Patrick, who was our Provincial Emergency Services coordinator, explained that large emergency situations are coordinated regionally.  There are alternate routes out of the community and other options such as air transport can be arranged if necessary.  She did mention that the community is looking for a new PES coordinator, as the position is currently open.

We have some nice signage now at the top of Scout Lake hill, can we get dog refuse bags put at the trailhead?

It was thought that there was a station for refuse bags in the area. Council will have staff look into it.

Would council consider providing a free garbage/debris coupon to residents to encourage town clean up?

Council discussed some options, including bringing the chipper around to neighbourhoods (when the weather gets warmer) to help deal with yard clean up.  They decided to refer the issue to staff for recommendations.

When was the last time the pool/arena had a mock drill of some kind to deal with a possible gas leak, for example? Staff advised council that there was a test of the chlorine system and emergency procedures about a year ago, after an ammonia accident in Fernie killed three workers.  They are also planning a mock propane emergency later this month in conjunction with WCB.

How often are bylaws reviewed?  The parking bylaw hasn’t been updated since 2008?

There was some confusion over this. Bylaws are usually adjusted when mandated by other levels of government or on an as needed basis within the community. If there is no obvious need to change a bylaw, it might not come up for some time. Council asked staff to look into the parking bylaw and come back with a recommendation.

A Presentation that had been scheduled regarding a Hatchery Proposal did not show up, so council moved on to their regular business.  There were no additions to the agenda and council approved the minutes from the Regular Council Meeting held January 21st.

There were four Reports tonight. The first from Councillor Patrick gave a nicely detailed summary of the Library Board’s Annual General Meeting held Jan 19.  With the elections last fall there was a large turnover of members, so they’re seeing a bit of a learning curve. This year’s theme is “Innovation and Inspiration” with libraries being recognized as ‘vibrant civic spaces’.  There will be a per capita increase this year of $1.48. However, it was pointed out that since 2011 we have seen 11 branches  within our system renovated or built new.

The next two reports were Payment of Accounts for December and January, which were both received.

Councillor Stratton recused herself for the next report due to conflict of interest. The village had approached local contractor Reg Stratton for some advice regarding the pavilion planned for Nimpkish Park.  Council has looked at a few different designs, but for one reason or another the price just keeps going up and was becoming unaffordable.  At a meeting last fall, Mayor Unger and Councillor Patrick began talking to WFP about the possibility of sourcing materials from them at a better rate.  The advice from Mr Stratton will help them determine what materials are needed and how they could move forward with village crews and local contractors rather than hiring a company to bring something in.  He offered a few suggestions on sizes and materials and assured council that time spent corresponding with staff and engineers through the planning stages would be at no cost.  Council received the report for information and deferred it to budget talks which begin Feb 23rd.

There were a few Council Information Items tonight.  Mayor Unger had been asked about Family Day at our recreation facilities.  Village operations are usually closed on statutory holidays, and special events run in the past have not been well attended.  It was generally felt that being the first long weekend of the year, many people head out of town. Staff had decided against doing any special events around the ‘family holiday’.  Some years ago we used to run ‘February Fitness’. Programs and classes at the rec centre would be free or reduced rate in February so people could ‘test drive’ activities they might want to try, but didn’t want to commit to an entire program.  We are obviously too late to start this up again this year, but it was felt that perhaps we could put it back on the calendar for next spring.

The Mayor also mentioned the recent fire at the trailer park and the fact that we have lost two more homes from our community. He thanked our volunteer fire crew for their hard work and LRS Contracting for donating their own time and machinery to help with the firefighting efforts.

Councillor Began reminded everyone of the RCMP musical ‘Love Bomb’ which is showing, free of charge out at Tsaxana on Wednesday night, Feb 6 at 7pm.

Councillor Stratton gave a quick verbal report on the Chamber of Commerce AGM that she attended last week.  She was encouraged by the enthusiasm of the new executive. She and Councillor Begon look after Economic Development and Tourism and she thinks the three groups will work well together.  The theme for Gold River this year is Vancouver Island Wildlife.  Councillor Stratton also gave a quick update on senior housing, which has been discussed by the Economic Development committee.  A few members of the team had sat in on a webinar that addressed seed funding, research and steps needed to begin construction.  She assured everyone that a lack of infrastructure, grocery store, bank, etc is not an impediment to funding, but partnerships are very important.

There were only two items of correspondence this week. The first was a letter of apology from Roger Steele regarding his previous correspondence about cell service, that went to the Regional District. He advised that the letter should have been a personal item, not addressed from the Chamber of Commerce.  The second was a copy of a letter from MP Rachel Blaney regarding cell coverage on highway 19 (Campbell River to Port Hardy).  Both were received for information.

With no further business to discuss, Council moved to adjourn in camera pursuant to the Community Charter section 90(1)(c) labour relations or other employee relations and 90(1)(e) the acquisition, disposition or expropriation of land or improvements.

The next Council Meeting will take place Tuesday, Jan 19th, 2019 at 7pm

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RCMP Investigates Fire

January 31, 2019

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January, 30, 2019

Structure Fire


On Wednesday January 30th, 2019 the Nootka Sound RCMP assisted the Gold River Fire Department with a report of a structure fire at 601 Matchlee Drive in Gold River.  A male occupant of the residence was transported to the Gold River Medical Clinic with non-life threatening injuries by EHS.   The investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing which appears to be accidental in nature.

Cst.D.R.Walker 55623

Nootka Sound RCMP

Family Nature Club

January 31, 2019

Gold River

Family Nature Club

Want to get your family outdoors more?

The Family Nature Club, is a FREE outdoor program put on by Children’s Health Hub; it will take you to different trails around our community and provide activities to help children engage in nature.

The following is a list of our dates and times, locations and planned activities for each outing:

Friday February 8, 10:30-11:30: Forest Trail Marshmallow Roast

-Meet in the Elementary School Parking Lot. We will hike up the Forest Trail to the fire pit and have a small marshmallow roast.

Friday February 22, 10:30-11:30: Peppercorn Trail Nature Scavenger Hunt

-Meet in the Peppercorn Parking Lot (in front of 1st Beach). Families can hike around the trails where kids can search for everything on their scavenger hunt list!

Friday March 8, 10:30-11:30: Peppercorn 1st Beach-Rock Painting

-Meet in the Peppercorn Parking Lot (in front of 1st Beach). We will be going on a small walk to gather natural elements which we will then use to paint river rocks.

Friday April 5, 10:30-11:30: Outdoor Craft Day on Heber Trail

-Meet in the front High School parking lot (beside the bridge). Kids will be given a paper stencil of an animal, and can collect elements on their walk in order to make it.

Friday May 3, 10:30-12:00: Star Lake Tree Discovery.

-We will meet in front of the Health Hub (500 Trumpeter Drive), where a school bus will be provided for transportation. Each family will be given a Tree List for a scavenger hunt around Star Lake.

Friday May 17, 10:30-12: Big Bend Natural Art Day

- We will meet in front of the Health Hub, where a school bus will be provided for transportation. Once we arrive at Big Bend, kids will go and collect natural elements to create pictures in the sand.

Friday May 31, 10:30-12: Gold River Trail Micro Day

 -We will meet in front of the Health Hub, where a school bus will be provided for transportation. Each group will be given a magnifying glass so kids can look up close at different elements in nature.

Friday June 14, 10:30-12:00: Lady Falls Hike

-We will meet in front of the Health Hub, where a school bus will be provided for transportation. We will do the short hike up to beautiful Lady Falls.

*Please contact Children’s Health Hub to sign up for one or all of our outings at or 250-283-7108.

Play Classic Rock Bingo & Win Tickets To The Canucks

January 30, 2019

All Bingo winners will be   entered in the draw for two  tickets to see the Canucks thump the New York Islanders. Winner will be selected after  Bingo on February 8th.

It's A Love Bomb!

January 30, 2019

Nootka Sound RCMP Present:  Love Bomb 

A rock musical examining Human Trafficking,Wednesday February 6, 2019 7 PM

House of Unity - Tsaxana Appropriate Age 13 and older


A Good Time To See Elk Falls

January 28, 2019

BC Hydro is increasing flows at the Elk Falls Canyon, but this time, not because of a storm.

The utility will be testing out equipment in the new underground powerhouse on Monday. Spokesperson Stephen Watson said they will raise water flows from 4 cubic metres (m3/s) to 80 m3/s. Flows will then drop down to 10 m3/s on Tuesday, and back to 4 m3/s by Saturday.

Residents are advised to stay away from the area until the water flow down the falls drop back to normal.

Watson wrote in an emailed statement that the Campbell River flows should stay the same, as it is downstream from the powerhouse and the falls.

Anglers entering the river below the generating station from now until February 15th are also advised to go with caution. BC Hydro is within a six-week period where they can adjust operations to respond to various demands. This means river flows may change very quickly from about 128 m3/s to approximately 80 m3/s.

GRSS Ladies Basketball 1st Win!!! Great work! (Thanks Kar Ford for picture)

January 25, 2019

RCMP Release Daniel Lockhart- It's Been A Year

January 25, 2019


Nootka Sound RCMP File 2018-13

Last Seen: January 6, 2018 on Burman Court in Gold River, B.C.

Physical Description: Caucasian, 61 years old, 5 feet 9 inches tall, 229 pounds; balding with shoulder length hair and a long grey/white beard.


On the morning of January 6, 2018 Daniel LOCKHART went missing from the Gold River area.  Mr. LOCKHART was last seen on that morning, wearing a red and black paid shirt/jacket, blue jeans, black running shoes with white soles.  Mr. LOCKHART was last seen near the Burman Court area in Gold River.

Despite extensive search efforts and enquiries conducted by Nootka Sound RCMP, Comox and Campbell River Search and Rescue, including members of the Gold River Canadian Rangers group, and further searches conducted by family members and friends, Mr. LOCKHART was not located.  

At the time he went missing Mr. LOCKHART was known to suffer with health concerns.  Mr. LOCKHART remains missing and the Nootka Sound RCMP file remains open.

If you have any information, please contact the Nootka Sound RCMP at 250-283-2227.          


Chamber Of Commerce AGM & Elections

January 23, 2019

Electiions for Executive Members and Directors: January 30- 7 p.m.

Interested in making a difference in Gold River?  Do you havve business ideas?  Now is the time to share your thoughts and come to the Vault in the Plaza across from the Pharmacy.  To find out more contact Linda at 283-2902.

You Want Webcams? We Have Webcams!

January 23, 2019

Our good friends at have put together a website that will give you a clear view, via video as to what's going on in our area.  It's a webpage that has direct links to over 50 webcams,  a few of the cams include:  Campbell River West & East, Roberts Lake, Qualicum Interchange, Hanson Island Sea Lion Beach,

Strathcona Park, Thasis, Muchalat Inlet and many many more.

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