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  • Community Information
    The scenic community of Gold River is located on north central Vancouver Island with the silhouette of Mount Elkhorn in the distance and a multitude of rivers and lakes nearby. Gold River is 85 kilometers west of Campbell River and was built as a planned community in the later 1960s and early ’70s. The mill that employed the main work force closed in the late 1990s. While forestry plays a prominent role in the economy, today the town is in the process of building a new, more diversified industrial tax base.  For the outdoor enthusiast, the Gold River area boasts some of the best salmon and halibut fishing in the world, as well as opportunities for caving, mountain climbing, camping and hiking.

    Nearby there is the Tsxana reserve which is home to 230 members of the Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nations, and 65 kilometers away is the small community of Tahsis.

    INDUSTRY:
    Forestry, sport fishing,  tourism and fish farming


    • Population

      Town Population: 1,267 (BC Stats, 2011 Census)

      Ages of Population:

      0-17: 19.2%

      18-2: 9.5%

      25-64: 56%

      65+: 15.3% (BC Stats, 2010 Figures)

    • Health Administrative Information

      Health Authority: Island Health

      Health Service Delivery Area: North Vancouver Island

      Regional District: Vancouver Island

      Rural Designation: RSA community

      RRP Designation: A

      RRP Points: 23.55


    • Practitioners

      General Practitioners: 2 (www.cpsbc.ca)


  • Gold River Health Centre is a community health centre serving the town of Gold River and the surrounding areas. The Centre has two MDs, two nurses on weekdays, and a nurse and MD coverage on weekends and nights.


    • Health Centre Info

      Gold River Health Centre

      Box 400, 601 Trumpeter Drive

      Gold River, BC, V0P 1G0

      P: 250 283-2626 | F: 250 286-6679

      Hrs: Mon-Fri 8:30 am – 5:30 pm

      find.healthlinkbc.ca

    • Emergency Room

      There is a limited service Emergency Room that provides emergent care for patients who have acute, life-threatening injuries or severe illnesses. It is open from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm; practitioners are available on-call after hours via pagers, there is presently no cellphone coverage.

      Urgent labs are done through iStat and similar machines at any time by nurses, and blood is drawn to be sent out 8:30am – 11:30 am, Monday – Friday.

      Number of Visits per Year: 3,375 (2009/2010 Statistics: VIHA)

      Travel Distance to Nearest Hospital: 241 km to Nanaimo

    • Health Centre CAEP and CTAS

      CTAS Level

      CTAS Level V (Non Urgent)

    • Maternity

      Midwives from Campbell River service this area.

      Ocean Grove Midwifery

      142 Thulin Street

      Campbell River, BC, V9W 2K5

      P: 250 287-8343 | F: 250 287-8334

      www.oceangrovemidwiferycare.com

    • Lab services

      Gold River Health Centre Lab

      Box 400, 601 Trumpeter Drive

      Gold River, BC, V0P 1G0

      P: 250 283-2626 | F: 250 286-6679

      Hrs: Mon-Fri 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

      Services: Blood collection and testing, hematology, chemistry, microbiology, urinalysis and stool analysis.

    • Imaging services

      X-Ray

      Gold River Health Centre Imaging

      Box 400, 601 Trumpeter Drive

      Gold River, BC, V0P 1G0

      P: 250 283-2626 | F: 250 286-7561

      Hrs: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Thursday & Friday

      Mammography

      Mammography services provided by BC Cancer Agency twice a year. See www.bccancer.bc.ca for details.



    • BC Ambulance

      BC Ambulance Service provides coverage to this community.

    • Pharmacy

      People’s Pharmacy #239

      Box 730, 375 Nimpkish Drive

      Village Square Shopping Centre

      Gold River, BC, V0P 1G0

      P: 250 283-9042 | F: 250 283-9043

    • Physiotherapy

      Back Active Physiotherapy

      Box 1174, 601 Trumpeter Drive

      Gold River, BC, V0P 1G0

      P: 250 283-2541

    • Mental Health and Addictions

      Gold River Health Centre

      Box 400, 601 Trumpeter Drive

      Gold River, BC, V0P 1G0

      P: 250 283-2626 | F: 250 286-6679

      Hrs: Twice monthly, alternating Wed, 10 am – 3 pm