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Record heat breaks records across Vancouver Island

August 04, 2017

Despite the smoky haze that has enveloped much of Vancouver Island this week, a number of temperature records for Aug. 2 were broken yesterday.

The hottest spot on Wednesday was Port Alberni. It reached a high of 36.8 degrees, breaking the previous record of 35 degrees set in 2009.  Other areas also reaching new highs for Aug. 2 were the Malahat area – 32.5, Port Hardy – 23.1, and Tofino – 31.5. Both temperature records set in the Malahat and Tofino broke previous records from 1993, while it hasn’t been that hot in Port Hardy on this date since 1961.

Gold River Mountain Biking

August 02, 2017

Quite a number of years ago some locals in Gold River decided they would build some mountain biking trails in the Scout Lake area to practice and hone their skills. The project took on a life of its own and a decade or more later some of the trails still exist.

As of this writing, most of the trails still exist with the exception of the northern portions due to recent logging that took place a few years back. Those trails were left alone and have now become overgrown but still accessible for those who like a challenge.

The most popular trails are located between Highway 28 and Antler Lake. These trails are used every day by hikers and bikers so they are still in good shape. The trail from Antler Lake to Scout Lake is the most used by mountain bikes as the trails provide everything from extreme to easy riding.

Because the trails are used by hikers and walkers make sure to make some noise and be patient and courteous to others users of the trails. Everyone has a right to use and enjoy the trails provided and safety should always be first on everyone’s mind.

The Antler Lake Trail Loop is the most popular by far for all users with hikers being the most dominant. The trail starts about 300 yards west of the lake with a small pullout on the south side of the road access where you can park your vehicles. From there you can walk across the road to the entrance which will take you down towards the creek leaving the lake with a nicely crafted board walk to get to the other side. Than you climb back up to the ridge where you wind your way along the creek to the lake.

Once you arrive at the lake you enter the old growth forest that encompasses the northwestern side of the lake. Here you will ride among some giant Douglas Firs, Western Red Cedars and old Maple trees that have existed for hundreds of years.

The trail is very well maintained and has benches and board walks at various points along it’s length for resting or photo opportunities. Follow the blue dots on the trees and you will not get lost. There are logs where mountain bikers can ride across to avoid hikers or just experience the thrill of mountain biking at its best.

Once you leave the old growth forest and enter the second growth forest the trail will wind around the bottom of the lake on the east side. Here you will venture through an old rock slide that occurred decades ago. The rocks are the size of buses and the trail works its way through them before coming to a branch in the trail which leads up to the road or continues on over a board walk heading towards the south side of Antler Lake.

As you pass the beaver den in the lake you will come to a fork in the trail that offers you a choice to proceed alongside the lake or head up to the road where you will cross (look for the blue dot on a tree) and continue up to the summit (Shovel Head Junction) where the trail branches off towards Scout Lake or continues on to the parking area where you started.

The trail that branches to the right and follows Antler Lake isn’t for bikers as it still is in need of some maintenance in one spot that goes up and over a steep bank alongside the lake. However, by heading up towards the road and the summit you will find all the trails originally created just for mountain biking.

Once at the summit aka Shovel Head Junction, you will see the sign that points towards Scout Lake and the other mountain bike trails in the area. The trail starts an upward climb towards Scout Lake and passes by the View Point.

Along the way there are trails like “High Log Ride”, “Monkey Motion” and “Scout Lake Loop” that meet up with the main trail. Other like “Heaven’s Gate” or “911” can be accessed on the southern side of the “Scout Lake Loop”.          This story comes to us from the Gold River Chamber of Commerce

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Ryder Bachman Returns To Gold River For Gold River Days- Aug 26 Performance at The Ridge

July 31, 2017

Ryder (Paxton) Bachman was born in BC but raised in Winnipeg ’til he was 11 and relocated back to Vancouver. Before he could walk he was enamoured with his parents record collection, which was stacked with Disco, Stax & Motown records as well as records of his Fathers and Uncles bands ~ BTO and The Guess Who!

As a youngster raised by musicians he was exposed to the best music by Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Freddie King, Leon Russell, George Benson, Steely Dan, The Beatles and many more.

Ryder has toured Canada as guitarist and musical director for Texas blues legend, Sonny Rhodes. He has toured across Canada with Sonny and opened for such Blues Icons as 10 Years After, Robert Cray and Jeff Healy.

He has performed on stage rawkin’ out with his famous Uncle Randy in arenas & clubs as well as with the Doobie Brothers, playing a whole encore with them in the USA. He has had guests appear on his stage, such as Marc Ford (Black Crowes, Ben Harper) and the Booker T Band.

A couple of years ago, Ryder took a break away from the Industry to get his head together and moved to Vancouver Island. He wanted to play music on his own terms and prove himself without being attached to his famous last name.  During that revitalization, he regrouped, started writing again and put together a band, all the while calling himself Ryder Hawkins. The Ryder Hawkins Band have been touring the Island and fine tuning their act and are ready to take their show on the road, with a pocketful of great original songs and some classics, too.  He is also ready now to proudly reclaim his family name after proving to himself he can make his music as he sees fit, under his own terms.

When people hear Ryder perform they cannot help but be engrossed in the feeling and passion he exudes. In years to come, those in Ryder’s audiences today will be able to say they saw the legend in the making and one day soon, his Uncle and Father will be asked, “hey, are you from the same family as RYDER? ” Funky, Blusey RnB, Rock n Roll!!

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Attention Gold River!

Gold River & Claire Travena

July 29, 2017

The Daily Gold is arranging an interview with Claire Travena and we need your input.

If you could sit down and discuss Gold River with Claire, what would you ask?  Please send us an email with your questions and we will ask Claire.  Please email us at

27,000 Karaoke Songs At The Ridge

July 29, 2017

The Ridge has a new online Karaoke system that features over 27,000 songs. For the month of August, The Ridge will offer both Classic Rock Bingo and Karaoke every Friday night.  Bingo starts at 7 and Karaoke starts at 9.

So it's time to release your inner rock star and come on up to The Ridge  Friday's at The Ridge

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Local Golfer Wows Them In Toronto

July 24, 2017

 Preston Lightle finished second place at Golf Canada National Future Links Canadian Finals at Glen Abbey, Ontario Saturday.  There were 658 golfers go through stages of qualifying and the the top 22 make it to Toronto.
Preston golfed in the Team Puma tournament on Sunday winning his match 3 and 1 shooting 2 over par.
Preston would like to thank Kent and Gary from The Lodge at Gold River for their support.

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Job Opportunity

July 25, 2017

 SD 84's International Summer Program is looking to hire a casual driver able to work a flexible schedule between Tuesday August 14th and Friday August 25th, 2017. The essential qualifications include a class 5 driver's license, a clean criminal record, and a clean driver's abstract. The successful candidate will be someone who enjoys kids and is culturally sensitive. The position entails driving students in a 6-passenger van to and from their summer camp destinations. The rate of pay is $15/hour. If you have any inquires or wish to apply, please contact me via Facebook Messanger or at Thank you

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