Town of Golden
The Town of Golden embodies the best of the west with its charm and scenery. Remnants of early 1900s architecture and Swiss mountain guide settlement harmonize with the town’s shops and restaurants. Downtown is the Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge, North America’s longest free standing, timber frame bridge. In addition, there is Spirit Square, a venue for free concerts and farmers’ markets. Adventure activities are a Golden specialty. The BC Visitor Centre, 111 Golden Donald Upper Rd, north of Hwy 1, is open 9 am-4 pm. Call Tourism Golden, 1-800-622-4653, for more information.
Highlights – Summer
- The Columbia Wetlands connect Golden with Invermere. At 15,070 hectares, this is one of North America’s longest and most biologically rich wetlands. Take an eco-tour or rent a boat. 1-888-244-7117.
- Get fishing licenses at Service BC, 1-250-344-7550, and guided trips through The Golden Gillie, 1-250-344-1217.
- Road cyclists ride the Golden Triangle: Golden-Radium-Lake Louise-Golden. Mountain bikers take Rotary Trails from town to over 100 km of routes at Mountain Shadows, Moonraker and CBT.
- Mount 7 summit is accessible by road. This acclaimed paragliding destination is also great for sightseeing and downhill biking.
- Kicking Horse Mountain Resort offers lift-assisted downhill biking and interpretive tours of the Grizzly Bear Refuge where ‘Boo’ resides. The gondola rises to Eagle’s Eye, Canada’s highest restaurant, as well as summit hiking trails. Try a guided via ferrata climb with fixed cables, ladders and a suspension bridge. 1-250-439-5425.
- Rocky Mountain Riders rents ATVs and side-by-sides for trail riding near the resort. 1-877-950-7533.
- Guided raft trips on the Kicking Horse River range from mild to wild! The Middle and Lower Canyons are wild whitewater favourites. See raft companies at tourismgolden.com/rafting. Local operators also offer guided SUP and inflatable kayak tours.
- Golden Golf Club offers 18 holes and mountain scenery. 1-866-727-7222.
- Golden is close to six of Canada’s most stunning national parks, the highest concentration of national parks in the world.
- Hire an ACMG-certified guide for mountaineering at Rogers Pass or Bugaboo National Park. New to climbing? Start with a learn-to-climb course at Dogtooth indoor climbing gym. 1-250-344-6444.
- The town is a gateway to vast wilderness and dozens of backcountry accommodations. Canadian Mountain Holidays (CMH) 1-800-661-0252, operates wilderness lodges with modern amenities, accessible only by helicopter. Enjoy guided heli-hiking, zipline treks and North America’s longest via ferrata with a suspension bridge 600 m / 2,000 ft over the valley floor.
Highlights – Winter
- Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, 1-866-754-5425, is 13 km / 8 mi from town. Golden Eagle Express Gondola rises to an upper ridge and allows an exhilarating 1,260 m / 4,133 ft run to the bottom. Four other lifts include Stairway to Heaven quad that accesses Feuz Bowl, former heli-ski terrain. Adult lift tickets and the Banff/Lake Louise Powder Express Ski Bus, 1-877-565-9372, that includes a lift pass are both $100. Kids can enjoy the Pony family ski zone, a Learning Centre for lessons and camps, and a childcare facility. The Eagle’s Eye is Canada’s highest restaurant. The resort boasts The Tube Zone and on-site lodging.
- Cross-country ski Dawn Mountain Nordic Centre has 35 km / 22 mi of groomed classic and skate trails as well as their chalet. Golden Golf & Country Club has 6 km / 4 mi of classic groomed trails. At Moonraker Trails, ski or snowshoe by Cedar Lake.
- Heli- and cat-ski companies, as well as backcountry lodges, offer wilderness powder bowl skiing, boarding and touring.
- Snowmobilers delight in 240 km / 150 mi of groomed trails. Family-friendly West Bench Trail connects to Quartz Creek and Gorman Lake where advanced sledders tackle steep terrain. Rocky Mountain Riders, 1-877-950-7533, offers backcountry tours including a moonlight option, snowcat tours, snowmobile rentals and free transport from Lake Louise, Banff and Canmore. All gear as well as lunch and snacks are provided.
- Travel snow covered trails by dog sled on a tour with Golden Dogsled Adventures. 1-250-272-6874.
- Ice fishers snag trout at backcountry lakes.
- Skate or play shinny at the Golden Arena and play basketball, badminton and volleyball at Mount 7 Rec Plex. Both can be reached at 1-250-344-2271 ext 225.
- Curl at Golden Curling Club, 1-250-344-7457 or climb and boulder at Dogtooth Climbing Gym, 1-250-344-6444.
Highlights – Year-Round
- Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge, downtown, is North America’s longest freestanding timber-frame river crossing. Watch for free summer concerts and the farmers’ market Wednesdays and Saturdays at adjacent Spirit Square.
- Golden Museum & Archives interprets early days through exhibits on Swiss Guides, the first Sikh people, geographer David Thompson and Columbia River riverboats. 1-250-344-5169.
- Northern Lights Wildlife Wolf Centre promotes awareness and conservation. See nine resident wolves and take some great photos. Tours are offered year-round – the Walk with the Wolves photo tour is a favourite.
- The World’s Largest Paddle is 26 km south of town, is proportionally correct, scaled up 13 times and stands over 60 feet. 1-888-244-7117.
Winter 2018/2019 Events
- Art Gallery of Golden Fine art and home-grown gifts.
- Big Bend Café Local history and flavours of Golden like pancakes, chorizo eggs Benedict and huevos rancheros.
- Columbia Wetland Adventures Wildlife watching float tours.
- Eleven22 Restaurant Fresh Canadian and Asian cuisine with European flair.
- Golden Golf Club 18-hole course beside the Columbia River with mountain backdrop, pro shop, lessons, driving range, practice bunker/green and RV park.
- Hydra River Guides Raft trips on the Kicking Horse River.
- Island Restaurant Asian and European twists on local favourites for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- Rockwater Bar & Grill Live music, pool tables and riverfront patio.
- The Taps Restaurant & Pub Great beer, food and live music, pool table and patios.
- Tourism Golden Information: Lodging, activities, restaurants, shops and more; vacation packages and itineraries.
- Whitetooth Bistro Award winning local fusion cuisine.
- The Wolf’s Den Rustic Mountain Restaurant Fresh, prepared-from-scratch dishes; unique burgers and Certified Angus steaks.