Gold River is the gateway to Nootka Sound. If you're driving and on the mainland, you will first need to take the BC Ferries to Vancouver Island. You will want to see the BC Ferries website to find out which route best fits you. When on Vancouver Island, you will want to head to Campbell River, then proceed west across the island on Highway 28. It's a long trip across the island so you'll want to make sure you have enough fuel and to take it safe and slow when needed. As you leave Campbell River, there will no longer be cellphone coverage, so if you need to make a call, be sure to do so before you make the trip.
When you arrive in Gold River, you should visit the Gold River Visitor Centre as they have a lot of free information for you and you'll be more than ready to stretch your legs!
Directions to Nootka Sound
If you're planning to launch your boat in Gold River and head to Nootka Sound, you'll want to go through town and launch your boat at the government dock. Traveling by boat into Nootka Sound is approximately 20 miles up Muchalat Inlet. If traveling by boat, you're likely going to a lodge and you will want to get directions from the lodge so you know exactly where to go to get there. We also suggest printing out maps from Google or Bing Maps of Gold River to help you with navigation around town.