The Bears are Here

It’s that time of year again when the bears come looking for easy meals in the Village.

They have been spotted in just about all areas of Gold River and at all times of the day and night.  Yesterday one bear was spotted in the afternoon crossing Nimpkish Drive, then heading up the hill towards Chamiss Crescent.

As most of us know by now:

  • Keep garbage secured
  • Pick any fruit left on trees and berry bushes
  • Take down bird feeders
  • Keep pet food indoors
  • Clean BBQ’s after use
  • Properly manage compost

*For those of you with chickens in your backyard, it is recommended that you install electric fencing around your chicken coop and run.



To report bear interactions where public safety is at risk, please call Conservation at 1-877-952-7277.  As per the Ministry of Environment, Conservation Officer Service website:

“Conservation Officers respond to conflicts with dangerous wildlife where there is a risk to public safety. Examples of these situations include responding to attacks, bears breaking into buildings, repeated dangerous wildlife encounters at or near public locations, and situations where dangerous wildlife has become habituated (no longer afraid of humans) or food conditioned (dependent upon human provided foods) and now presents a risk to public safety.

Conservation Officers do not respond to routine sightings, normal wildlife behaviour, such as wildlife transiting through greenbelts or forested areas, nuisance conflicts or conflicts that do not pose a risk to public safety, or to situations where the complainant can take simple measures to address the problem, such as securing garbage, removing bird seed, or properly managing compost.”

If there is an immediate threat to public safety, please call the Nootka Sound RCMP at 250-283-2227.

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News From the Gold River Chamber of Commerce


First of all, the Chamber would like to congratulate all those who organized and volunteered to make Gold River’s 50th birthday such a huge success. You did an outstanding job! Thank you for all your hard work. It was wonderful to see so many people returning to join in the festivities at a place many still call home.

The Chamber would like to thank the sponsors of the Blossoming Boot Contest, Nootka Sound Services, Gold River Nursery and the Gold River Deli who generously donated the prizes. Thank you also to all those who took the time to plant and decorate boots and enter the contest. We had over 20 contestants with a wide variety of designs. The first place winner of the day cruise for two to Friendly Cove onboard the Uchuck was Jean Steele, the second place winner of the large pottery vase was Harry Bomback and the third place winner of a $50.00 gift certificate to the Manila Grill was Catherine Wilson. We also had entries made by Chad Frame, Jackson Foster, Ezme and Easton Watt, Lexon Frame, Blake Levy and the children at the Literacy Centre, all of whom received ice cream cones. A pizza party is also being planned for the kids in the near future. Congratulations to all of you. We are hoping to have the contest again next year during Gold River Days. The winner of the framed photograph by Paul Smith, in the business card draw, was Neil and Anita Lawrence of the Clayworks Café and Studio. Congratulations to you both.

The Chamber wound up the weekend with an evening of music, appys and desserts at the Vault. We would like to thank Nootka Sound Services for offering the Uchuck as our venue but unfortunately the weather wasn’t conducive for an outdoor event and we had to move it uptown. Our guests were entertained with wonderful music and songs performed by Julie Schimunek, Marion Last, Noelle Miffin and Yon. Thank you to all of you, it was absolutely wonderful. The winner of a day trip to Friendly Cove for two on the Uchuck, as the door prize, was Pierrette Reid. Congratulations!

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