Each owning equal shares. It may be covered in fallen trees or have a stream rushing out of it. Then, after a bunch of bushwhacking, you will come across a large  mossy covered pit in the forest. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. ( Log Out /  Rubber boots allow me to walk through the biggest of puddles, coveralls mean I can slide down sand or mud piles on my bum and work gloves mean I can grab as many thistles as I want! The Karst rainforests on Vancouver Island are beautifully unique and fragile ecosystems. where do you get good maps of the truck roads. Gordon Bay Provincial Park, Lake Cowichan: See 53 reviews, articles, and 9 photos of Gordon Bay Provincial Park, ranked No.5 on Tripadvisor among 12 attractions in Lake Cowichan. We drove east, “upstream” and came out to civilization near Honeymoon Bay at Cowichan lake. Please enter your username or email address. - … I tried to find the gordon river caves. Map. But once you have found the entrance it is just a matter of diving in and keeping an open mind on how your body may twist, turn or squeeze through the tunnels. Modular and Manufactured homes offer you a cost effective alternative to conventional construction methods. This cave requires basic ropes to drop yourself down into a couple different chambers. More logging roads than that back roads logging roads book that’s published by mussio ventures. ATVs and bikes can get past them, but not most 4 wheel vehicles. The Top 10 Fly Fishing Rivers on Vancouver Island Cowichan River. It was in this cave that I first encountered cave crickets and spiders. The river starts close to Cowichan lake but flows southwest to Port Renfrew and the Pacific. It requires lots of squirming right from the beginning and leads to a fork in the road- which is probably why it is named Banana Split! Vancouver Island new listings and properies for sale updated several times a day. Get out there Roger We walked for a little ways further up the road but got tired slogging in the snow. When I was there a few days ago with my dad, we think we found the logging road TR 4A which sandwiches the caves (according to the map) between itself and gordon river main. 5:13. . Now what you see is second growth, Doug Fir, Hemlock, some small cedars. Vancouver Island Classic…..Gordon River. As you take in the majesty of the rainforest you keep your ears alert for sounds of streams as these often lead you to the caves. Explore Vancouver Island Free Daily. It would have been mostly Douglas Fir and Western Red Cedar, big trees. In 1944 a Patrol Plane crashed near the top of Mt Boldoc, south of Cowichan Lake, near Gordon River. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. At 66 meters tall and estimated to be 1000 years old Lonely Doug is Canada's second tallest known Douglas Fir. Pacheedaht Beach is exactly what you would hope for in a Vancouver Island, west coast beach. There are caves distributed all throughout this region. Last week my son and I headed out to explore a bit of the Gordon River watershed. I spoke with a retired truck driver, he told me that it is short drive on Tr6. Here are some pic of the recently logged area, showing some old grey stumps from the first cut. Looks like a great trip It was extremely humbling. As soon as we started we saw small (2 ft wide-4 ft down) caves cut into the limestone which encouraged us to continue, but never found the caves. ( Log Out /  Nice country, you use any special map for the island? Another cave I explored is called Stream. North America. I need to get an iPad with gps and topo mapping software to get really modern, I’m still stuck with paper maps. #21 by Matt on November 13, 2019 - 9:05 pm, That’s ok. Take an island rich in limestone, immerse it in a rainforest, and voilà, a cave-rich paradise has been born. And Herb Domans industries. #10 by albell on July 14, 2011 - 11:06 am. The San Juan River, flowing into the Pacific Ocean on the southwest coast of Vancouver Island, feels different than most island rivers. Oh, I do have some ratty photocopies of macblo logging road maps that they published back in the seventies. At that point we could walk down to the left to the creek pictured in the post. Gordon River… Upper and Middle. By pressing your back along one side and feet along the other side of the chimney you can suspend yourself in this vertical tunnel and slowly inch your way up to a second level in the cave. For more angling opportunity we fish the Gordon River, Harris Creek and Caycuse River. Gordon river near port renfrew on vancouver island, british columbia, canada. thanks for the trip report … no pictures of airplanes or con-trails ??? Found a trail marked with surveyor tape Exploring this forest is beyond magical- in fact you feel like you are in another world. Last year we went on a WetWestie camp up Nat Forest roads (logging roads, we picked them up just off I-90 at Snoqualmie Pass) and for the most part they were on the GPS. However it wasn’t until the mid-seventies and beyond that the Gordon began to be known as a great stream among steelheaders of Southern Vancouver Island. According to Campbell River fire chief Thomas Doherty, crews were called to the 3700-block of the South Island Highway at 3:36 a.m. and found a single-story home engulfed in flames. I’ll see about having a look up there I think in early September. It's one of the bread and butter runs of the southern kayak zone that has multiple sections which tolerate a variety of water levels, and it remains runnable for a long window after it rains. Gordon River Caves – Moss & Mist Vancouver Island has a magical secret! I’m guessing most of the watershed, was logged by the middle of the last century. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Valley: Gordon River Valley, Port Renfrew area, Vancouver Island Since coming to power, the NDP government has so far continued with the destructive status quo of massive old-growth forest liquidation. Canada. This beautiful island is home to the largest concentration of caves in Canada, with over 1000 caves recorded and surely many more yet to be discovered. #2 by albell on March 27, 2011 - 11:47 am, Not even a hint of a plane or helicopter, which on reflection seems odd. Image of renfrew, vacation, temperate - 104232347 In 1991 with my uncles. It is one of the classic rivers on the Island.. After a number of facebook messages and texts between Chase and Clay, I had decided to head out on Sunday morning along the winding coast road through Sooke onwards to Port Renfrew and finally along the logging roads of the Gordon river … Maybe it was the old pics or text somewhere that I got the idea the Gordon camp was the largest. Saw elk tracks though. Eventually, we managed to some how find the cave at night by following the sounds of streams. Gordon River is situated northwest of Pacheena Indian Reserve 1, close to West Coast Trail Information & Orientation Centre. One of my caving visits out to Gordon River ended up being quite the adventure, as a group of myself and two others ended up getting lost in the forest in an effort to retrieve some ropes that were left in a cave. By the way, do you know how gated the Sad Creek area is? Macmillan Bloedel Franklin River Logging Camp was actually the biggest live in camp. Image Editor Save Comp. You smell moss and soil, but hear nothing but the steady and calming drips of water. Next day we headed on, again being foiled by steep snow covered spurs, and we decided to try to get to the trail head for Mount Sutton. Gordon River Gordon ... Vancouver: Vancouver Island: Lower Mainland: Thompson-Okanagan: Tourists don't know where they've been, travelers don't know where they're going. It is the largest island on the west coasts of the Americas. The biggest stumps I saw were about 60 cm diameter. For information on other species please refer to the B.C. Low water helmet camera footage from Vancouver Islands Gordon River. I remember the camp 1985 it was torn down a year later sadly. Traversing both ancient and working forests, and wild coasts, while joining Island communities, the Trail in its entirety will be a 2-3 month-long journey. Take more pics if you go I’d love to see them. Port Renfrew is the western terminus of the Juan de Fuca Trail. Vancouver Island has a magical secret! on that trip we approached the old Gordon River camp from the west (road that ends up at Port Renfrew), and we continued on to Honeymoon Bay at Cowichan lake. Hi, I have found a couple of errors in that backroads map book, so I’m not 100% confident in it. Gordon River… Upper and Middle. The Gordon River Watershed is located to the north and adjacent to the San Juan Watershed. Loved reading your very vivid descriptions of surroundings and caves as you go from adventure to adventure. You will receive a link to create a new password via email. The ceiling opens up at times so that you can walk hunched over but mostly it is a combination of crawling and squirming to move through the cave- until you reach  a sump. the Back Road Map Book is not very helpful. Vancouver Island is in the northeastern Pacific Ocean, and part of the Canadian province of British Columbia.The island is 456 km (283 mi) in length, 100 km (62 mi) in width at its widest point, and 32,134 km 2 (12,407 sq mi) in area. If you bump the spiders they begin to “breathe” together in a synchronous way, presumably to scare off the predator. Yes, the water was clear and this colour. The island, like the Sunshine Coast, has a lot of places to explore. The forest has a pulse; the trees, the moss, the rock all seem to live. It started to rain that night, and the next day. I Actually have another forest map from Canfor. We headed out from home to Port Renfrew then made our way "upstream". In response to this challenge, I decided to take up caving. I haven’t explored that area, it looks interesting though. I’ll edit the post and include them. The southern trailhead is at the mouth of the Gordon River at the Pacheedaht campground near the town of Port Renfrew. Rayonier Canada decided to sell there western Canadian division. Last time I tried (20 yrs ago!) Gordon River, Vancouver Island, The Gordon River runs from north to south from near Lake Cowichan to Port San Juan just north of Port Renfrew on the southwest coast of Vancouver Island. The ceiling of this cave was also memorable, with beads of water collecting on the cold rock. #11 by raym on September 4, 2011 - 10:25 pm, the logs on the truck in the pic are some of the logs my crew yarded. For over 40 years, Gordon’s Homes Sales has been leading the way in providing Vancouver Island with a quality product that is designed to each customer’s personal requirements at a very competitive price. #18 by albell on August 8, 2016 - 6:38 pm. Upper and Middle Gordon River, Vancouver Island, Canada - Duration: 5:13. The end of this cave is very beautiful as there is a waterfall which is supplying the abundance of water in the stream! I recently decided that I was going to do at least one thing a month that pushes me out of my comfort zone. Vancouver Island has beaches, world-famous trails, picturesque towns, and an award-winning ski resort. I have my dads company hat still. The following is a partial list of rivers of British Columbia, organized by watershed.Some large creeks are included either because of size or historical importance (See Alphabetical List of British Columbia rivers).Also included are lakes that are "in-line" connecting upper tributaries of … Then offline use on the device with either the bullying in gps or external garmin glo Bluetooth receiver gets me located pretty well. Part of what makes caves so magical is the complete void that you become surrounded by when you are in them. Photo about Gordon river near Port Renfrew on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Gordon River Stump Circumference: 40ft Diameter: 13ft Species: Redcedar Valley: Gordon River, Port Renfrew area, Vancouver Island Estimated Date Cut: March 2010 Photographer: TJ Watt. It brought back memories of the fobia I have when in tight quarters…YIKES! This is the first bridge across the river, near… Last week my son and I headed out to explore a bit of the Gordon River watershed. You will receive a link to create a new password via email. Vancouver island.Canada. Steeped in Nuu-chah-nulth culture dating back thousands of years, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is your gateway to the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Gordon River is a locality in British Columbia. Just a high note. Vancouver Island new listings and properies for sale updated several times a day. Lonely Doug Gordon River Valley, Port Renfrew, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. I’d like to have a look around there, maybe walk the creeks. The rivers were chanting, the trees were buzzing with energy and the entire forest had much more control of my life than I did. . Island Health acknowledges and recognizes these homelands and the stewardship of Indigenous peoples of this land; it is with humility we continue to work toward building our relationship. My wife and I got rescued by some loggers early on a Monday morning, late eighties or early nineties ( can’t recall exactly ) when we got three flats and only two spares on a trip exploring the new road being pushed into carmanah. Pretty well nothing remains of the camp now, but if you dig around this site you can find some info and pictures of how it used to be. Ive been trying to find the caves, but no luck as of yet, #12 by albell on September 4, 2011 - 10:57 pm, I’ll have to look at the map again (that book-form back road maps of Van. Have you tried to get to Tuck lake recently? The park, situated on the shores of Cowichan Lake, is accessed via Hwy #18 off Hwy #1. Then there is Big Bear which features a grand entrance- sort of like what I wold imagine a bear’s hibernation cave would look like. I tell you. But really, we are steps away from living, breathing Karst rainforest. This one summer we were camping in dads 1968 Ford pickup and we broke a front shock We limped the truck to Caycuse Logging camp. I remember my dad and I hunting in a bcfp fallers 4×4 pickup. THis was a wicked weekend. If you're driving from Victoria of South Vancouver Island travel east to the town of Sooke. https://mossmist.wordpress.com/2016/12/13/gordon-river-caves However, access is available to South Island and South West Island areas where rivers like the Sooke, Gordon and Harris creek provide quality steelheading opportunities. Originally a small settlement for loggers in the 1880s, home to the Low-Flying Early Warning Radar System for the Royal Canadian Air Force in … Your description of traversing through the caves reminded me of the cave system we visited in South Dakota. Aunt Elsie. The Gordon river is Located on southern Vancouver Island near the Town of Port Renfrew on the west coast. Sad to see lake cowichan with no mills humming or smoke stacks puffing. Green white orange colour trucks, #22 by albell on November 13, 2019 - 10:11 pm. Hey Sam! Further west we drove up the north side of the valley, again through logged areas, up steep (measure 29 degrees on one section) spurs, and again foiled by heavy snow. That’s how it used to be back in the 1980’s early 90’s. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. I can still see in my mind the beautiful old BCFP Logging Trucks hauling first growth Timber. However, access is available to South Island and South West Island areas where rivers like the Sooke, Gordon and Harris creek provide quality steelheading opportunities. Vancouver Island new listings and properies for sale updated several times a day. Gordon moved with his family in 2018 from the Isle of Skye, Scotland to Vancouver Island. It is named that for the stream rushing through the rather large entrance etched into the side of a rock wall. When it was sold to BC Forest Products. 2013 Kayak Session Short Film of the year Awards - Winners Reel - Duration: 13:29. One benefit of traveling on active logging roads is that they are graded often. There is a limit to the amount in cache, but usually good enough. please continue to enjoy but I think I will just continue to read your stories and enjoy the photos A signature recreation destination in Canada, the Vancouver Island Trail will span more than 770 km from Victoria to Cape Scott. Flowing from Lake Cowichan to Duncan, the Cowichan River is one of the world's best fishing spots, hands down. Thank you for printing this page from IslandHealth.ca. the bridge over Nitinat river was blocked. Victoria Peak, Vancouver Island's second largest mountain at 7200 feet is the headwaters of the White river… Not really wilderness but almost. We backed down a few meters and found a room with a view. Gordon River Trailhead The southeastern trailhead, the Gordon River Trailhead and Registration Office is located 4 km north of Port Renfrew. Bright the truck in hoisted it up changed out the shock and away we were off. Forest recreation map from 1990’s very detailed. I doubt any mapping software would have logging roads on them, but having the topo data and location via GPS would be a boon. Finally, Nitinaht Village has the Nitinaht Motel or campground there as well. Daddy O, Hi Samantha, You think there is no where left to explore, until you look up. Southern Trailhead: Port Renfrew/Gordon River. The Top 10 Fly Fishing Rivers on Vancouver Island Cowichan River. ( Log Out /  Have GPS with you? I dare not disturb the delicate balance of life fuelling this majestic and lively organ. Vancouver Island Classic…..Gordon River. The Gordon river is Located on southern Vancouver Island near the Town of Port Renfrew on the west coast. Lots of old relics. First off, getting to the caves is half the fun! It was a fun trip with a few more dents added to the syncro. Last week my son and I headed out to explore a bit of the Gordon River watershed. With temperatures hovering around 12 degrees Celsius it proved to be a good day to attempt a motorcycle ride from Honeymoon Bay to Port Renfrew via the Gordon River Forest Service Road (FSR). Fly fishing is particularly good in the summer, peaking in June. You will never get first class mechanical service like this these days!!! This road starts at the site of the old Gordon River logging camp, which at its peak (1950?) One strange relic remains, a Mk III Cortina under a fairly large section of cedar log. This entry was posted on March 27, 2011, 11:20 am and is filed under syncro, trips, vanagon. This ended up being one of my favourite experiences to date, because I had the chance to explore the forest at night, with only my head lamp to illuminate my surroundings. Until 1984. Getting back down the chimney is fun! We tried yesterday. The company names you mentioned are from a different time eh? I’d send you a picture but this site doesn’t give the option to attach pictures. He has a lifetime’s experience of kayaking in all its forms and well over thirty years coaching sea kayaking at the highest level. My dad wearing his company hat. You feel as though you are at the same level as the plants and birds that live here. There is a limestone quarry blocking the logging road with gates, so we hiked up from the G R main side. In this beautiful ecosystem, you are a guest. It could be a large or small hole in the ground. You can drive to Port Renfrew via paved roads from the Victoria and Duncan areas. Mount Washington Alpine Resort is in the top 10 for best powder in Canada, according to specialist ski publication Ski Canada Magazine.It also has a very high annual snowfall of 38ft (11.5m). You are likely wearing rubber boots, leather working gloves and coveralls- a classy outfit but also super practical and fun for bushwhacking through the forest! Gordon River from Mapcarta, the free map. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site. Then from Sooke you're about a hours drive north to downtown Port Renfrew. The plane struck the summit of Mt Bolduc, where the tips of the wings were torn off, it then continued over a gully and crashed into a lower summit. As for maps, well I used the standby of the back road map series for quite a while. Not for beginners, this network of impressive and beautiful caves offers up endless exploration opportunities. Would you now anything about their location? The river starts close to Cowichan lake but flows southwest to Port Renfrew and the Pacific. This majestic coastal river ecosystem is of a scale one is more accustomed to seeing on the mainland. Flowing from Lake Cowichan to Duncan, the Cowichan River is one of the world's best fishing spots, hands down. As the light from my headlamp hit these beads they twinkled like bright white stars in a night sky. Oh and another thing, what’s the story about the house and workshop at the old Gordon River camp? It was another steep and snow covered spur, but we did manage to find a small waterfall and have lunch. Well, we had a bit of a view and no shortage of table material. Too bad about the caves, no one seems to know their exact location. The San Juan River, flowing into the Pacific Ocean on the southwest coast of Vancouver Island, feels different than most island rivers. He has a lifetime’s experience of kayaking in all its forms and well over thirty years coaching sea kayaking at the highest level. my dad worked at Gordon River when it was owned by Western Forest Industry a Division of Rayonier Canada. Coming in from Honeymoon Bay would be the quickest, and you can’t miss the Cortina as you get to the camp. Follow the disappearing creeks and rushing rivers. There is a vertical “chimney” in the ceiling. I think my son and I did drive on some of TR 4A, but were blocked in places by snow. Honeymoon bay mill apparently was closed permanently 1981. ... close up of temperate rainforest growing by the gordon river on the west coast of tasmania, australia; a view of rain forest and reflections on a gordon river cruise on the west coast of tasmania, australia; We ended up at a spot in a recently logged area, about 50 meters below where the snow started. Island) to see if the road I thought led to the caves is named correctly, and compare to some old MacBlo maps I have. I haven’t looked at the caving websites to see if I can get better info (spelunkers are often frugal with info unless you are in the club, makes sense). Easter weekend extravaganza. I look around in each app while iPad is connected to Internet and I keep the images in cache. Further down some old logging roads we come across a few more advanced caves. THis was a wicked weekend. The B.C. From Duncan: By paved road via Lake Cowichan (turn south at the community of Mesachie Lake). Karst is a topography featuring vertical shafts, sink holes, disappearing springs, complicated drainage systems and cave systems. Although I was worried at the time that I would freeze if I had to stay over night in the forest (I had only a base and mid layer on and it was November! #19 by Matt on November 13, 2019 - 12:16 am. Stephen Hunt 1,158 views. But eventually the ceiling of the cave lowers and you have to slither around on your tummy to move through the cave. We found the access road on the north side of the river to be choked with alders. GoPro (Jan 26, 2021) We had no GPS or compass, only a CB radio to connect to others in our party who stayed at the camp. Image of nature, columbia, rain - 113947081 ( Log Out /  Vancouver Island (Region 1) This table refers to fishing for salmon only. Vancouver Island new listings and properies for sale updated several times a day. A word about logging in this valley. that day my son and I went up what we thought was (according to the map) the access road to the caves. Travel 26 km west on Hwy #18 to Lake Cowichan, then 14 km on South Shore Road. North Island - Central Coast. The Gordon River is often the first river that comes to mind when people speak of kayaking on Vancouver Island. It knows more about our Earth than I ever could. My very first (and probably favourite to date) cave I ever explored was called Mudslick- a muddy cave with a small entrance through the moss covered stone ground in the middle of nowhere. Thanks for the correction. Camping at the Darling River campsite. The Gordon River is often the first river that comes to mind when people speak of kayaking on Vancouver Island. Chinook, coho, chum, and steelhead all run this river. provide spots for surfing. That section in above picture had around 50-60 growth rings. In Canada. Gold River 49°47′00″N 126°02′37″W  /  49.78333°N 126.04361°W  / 49.78333; -126.04361  ( Gold River (The Ridge) Nanaimo/Gabriola Island (Health Clinic) Heliport In Vancouver. Take an island rich in limestone, immerse it in a rainforest, and voilà, a cave-rich paradise has been born. They were useful back in the day but not now. Those were the days. WFI remained in the area eventually selling off there Timber Holdings. But for the last few years I’ve just used google maps and apple maps ( each have their pluses and minuses for sat image data, neither one is excellent for Vancouver island backroad use but they compliment). In bushes. It is a lot like going down one of those tunnel slides on the playgrounds when you were a kid. Once there, you get to do a few handstands and other random twisting movements through windy narrow tunnels, until finally reaching an open room which contains some cool stalactites. NEWS; SPORTS; TRENDING NOW; BUSINESS; ENTERTAINMENT; LIFE; OPINION; VIDEOS; WEATHER; TRAVEL When I go there, I will take pics. The Gordon Watershed has a drainage area of 308 km2and mainstem length of 50 km. Dad had the keys to locked gates. Change ), Daswolgang – Andy's T3 Atlantic blog, good stuff here, Ed's blog of his Syncro Westy major rebuild. Our next mini trip is to McClure lake to fish. Located in the Gordon river valley on Vancouver Islands west coast stands Big Lonely Doug. here in Powell River there are many places like this but we are currently too busy to go on even day trip camping excursions You have to be alert for logging trucks, there was about one every 10 minutes. alistair. the San Juan and the Gordon River ? Gordon Bay Provincial Park is located 35 km northwest of Duncan on southern Vancouver Island. Unless otherwise stated in the table below, the daily limit for all waters in Region 1 is zero (0). When he worked for Western forest industries. And Western forest products and TimberWaste. This 4 bed, 2 bath single family house is offered for sale at $1,288,000 in Campbell River. Nice pics- just explored that area with help from a backroad map. Clayoquot Sound. I have mostly explored caves in one particular part of Vancouver Island, namely, near Gordon River. Exploring the tip of the south island really puts the size of the island into perspective. was one of the biggest camps on the island (google map ref). ... Old Growth Management Areas (OGMAs) in Caycuse, Gordon, Nitinat, San Juan and Walbran Landscape Units - Map (PDF, 7MB) ... South Island Timber Supply Areas: Arrowsmith, Pacific. Fly fishing is particularly good in the summer, peaking in June. NEWS; SPORTS; TRENDING NOW; BUSINESS; ENTERTAINMENT; LIFE; OPINION; VIDEOS; WEATHER; TRAVEL One is named Wood Hole because of the fallen tree trunks that form a primary entrance to the cave, leading eventually to a smaller tunnel etched into the rock ground. From Victoria: By car on Highway 14 (2 hours) or bus (PBM Transport West Coast Trail Connector Bus). My ears were working over-time, listening for creeks and rivers to help us find our way. I was always amazed at the mountain range of bark chips at the western end. cheers, What road were you on that led you to the cortina? Port Renfrew is a community on the west coast of Vancouver Island, located about a 2-hour drive west of Victoria, BC. If not, I still want to go check it out, #14 by albell on April 15, 2012 - 9:04 am. for supplying some of the images. Port Renfrew’s two river mouths ? Did you ever venture out to crown zellerback camp at Kissinger lake? There is also Hourglass, a cave which looks like a large vertical crack in the ground and requires some basic ropes to string your way in. Thanks for the tr6 tip. The river starts close to Cowichan lake but flows southwest to Port Renfrew and the Pacific. When you find a cave entrance you may be surprised! First there is Easter Cave which requires rappelling into and ascending back up using single rope techniques. I feel invincible in my caving clothes. You also look out for a pit or large drop in the ground, and ‘Devil’s Club’, a thorny stick of a plant that seems to grow abundantly near caves and leaves some uncomfortable prickles if you happen to accidentally grab a hold of some. My dad worked briefly at The BCFP Youbou Sawmill Division. The cave spiders are particularly interesting because they are rather large (similar to daddy long legs) and live in groups. I really want to explore the sad camper creek area near PR before the rains start, if I make it I’ll do the circle route again and have another quick look for the caves. At times they were labled with the FS number and at other times ‘local roads’ but they were there. Google maps has some pics posted of clear cuts etc. What a day today on Southern Vancouver Island. I suppose like most , I thought that was the way logging would be for a while. ( Log Out /  Photo about Gordon River near Port Renfrew on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. In 2016 he completed a Masters degree (Stirling University) in Performance Coaching with… Gordon River has the Pacheedaht First Nations Campground and Pachena Bay has the Pachena Bay Campground. Map. Went up Tr4. Gold River 49°47′00″N 126°02′37″W  /  49.78333°N 126.04361°W  / 49.78333; -126.04361  ( Gold River (The Ridge) Nanaimo/Gabriola Island (Health Clinic) Heliport Vancouver Island … Will certainly put this area on my ” to visit soon ” list !! Mill was demolished 1982 western forest industries by this time was owned by the three companies BCFP Whonnock industries. Campfires have been banned . This is the first bridge across the river, near Port Renfrew. Rainforest, and starts off as a small hole in the ground limit for all waters Region! 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