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Getting to know the Canadian Rockies through Golden

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Golden, British Columbia

Among the many incredible towns in the Canadian Rockies, like Banff, Jasper, and Canmore there are some that receive less attention and benefit as a result. Golden is one of these. Saying that Golden is in one of the most perfect and beautiful locations in the world might sound like a grandiose statement, but it’s not so outrageous once you look at the facts…and look out the window.

Golden's famous walking bridge.

Golden's famous walking bridge.

Golden is situated just below the Canadian Rockies on the north end of the Columbia River Wetlands – an area 180 kilometres in length that supports over 300 species of birds and mammals. Coming from the east, Golden is the provincial gateway to British Columbia and the majestic Purcell and Selkirk Mountains.

Coming from the west, Golden is the gateway to the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Golden is close to six of the most stunning National Parks Canada has to offer: Banff, Glacier, Jasper, Kootenay, Mount Revelstoke and Yoho. These parks offer some of the best scenery and outdoor recreation adventure opportunities available anywhere in the world.

Ask any local their favourite thing about Golden, and chances are they’ll say ‘climate.’ Golden has four very distinct seasons, each with their own virtues: Spring is a bright and renewing season – the perfect time to shed those long johns and get out for a hike; summer is a time for long, hot summer days ideal for mountain biking or playing in stunning aquamarine rivers; fall is a crispy cornucopia of brisk, fresh temperatures that give way to a magical winter season that boasts some of the driest and most abundant champagne powder.

Winter also brings world-class skiing, riding and snowmobiling. The community remains true to its industrial heritage – its two main employers, the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) and Louisiana Pacific anchor the north and south ends of the town.

Golden is a vibrant, rapidly diversifying town with a profound sense of community spirit. With tourism playing an increased role in its personality, Golden is attracting people who want to experience a real, authentic B.C. community in a natural, unspoiled mountain setting. Proud home to gorgeous hotels, endless activities and some of the earth’s friendliest people, it’s a lot to be proud of, we know. It would be easy to swagger around like we owned the place. Yet, this down to earth town is a community in the truest sense of the word. The people here are warm and friendly and those who have chosen Golden as their home speak humbly about how much this special place means to them.

Location and Maps

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Location and Map

Ideally situated in the heart of the Mountain Parks, just 1 hour from fabulous Lake louise, 2 hours from banff and 2.5 hours from the Columbia Icefield.

Two great rivers confluence directly within the Town of Golden in the Rocky Mountain Trench: the Columbia with its vast wetlands supporting hundreds of bird and amphibian species–many of which are indigenous to this area only; and the Kicking Horse, famous for world class white-water rafting and awesome views.

Golden, British Columbia and Area - Location and Maps

Accomodations and Services

alpine-meadows-lodgeAlpine Meadows Lodge

Small Timber frame mountain lodge on a large private reserve in Golden, BC. Just minutes from town. Great location. breakfast included. Spanish spoken. Very memorable place to stay.

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Purcell Mountain Lodge

Purcell Mountain LodgeEscape to a place with no roads, no publicized hiking trails, no cars, no crowds, no noise, no pollution. Yet, despite its remoteness, Purcell Lodge offers modern accommodation and facilities that belie its isolation.

Here, you will discover private bedrooms with hand-crafted furniture, wild-flower comforters and balconies on which you can revel in your magnificent surroundings.

Wilderness Hiking Lodge of the Year – 1995
Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report

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River to Peaks Inn

rivertopeaksSleep alongside the Kicking Horse River in Golden, BC in this charming bed and breakfast. It’s the perfect cozy accommodation for skiers in the winter or any summer traveler looking for a quaint Canadian Rockies experience.

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Sportsman Lodge

1200-12th ST NE

Sportsman Lodge is located in Golden and local attractions include Kicking Horse Resort.

Ramada Limited Golden

1311 12th St N

Ramada Limited Golden is in the business district and local attractions include Kicking Horse Resort.

The Palliser Lodge

1420 Palliser
Lodge Tr.

The Palliser Lodge is located in Golden and local attractions include Kicking Horse Resort.
Recreational amenities include a spa tub…

Travelodge Golden BC

915 10th Avenue
South Hwy 95

Travelodge Golden BC is located in Golden and local attractions include Kicking Horse Resort.

Aspens at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort

1340 Palliser Tr.

Located in Golden, Aspens at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is in the mountains and close to Kicking Horse Resort.

Vagabond Lodge at Kicking Horse Resort

1581 Cache Close,
Box 177

Located in Golden, Vagabond Lodge at Kicking Horse Resort is in the mountains and close to Kicking Horse Resort.

Highland Lodge and Spa

1593 Cache Close

Located in Golden, Highland Lodge and Spa is in the mountains and close to Kicking Horse Resort.

Whispering Pines

1336 Palliser Tr.

Balconies offer mountain views. Rooms are individually furnished. Beds come with premium bedding. Furnishings include fireplaces and sofa beds. At the 3.0-star property, accommodations include kitchens with full-sized refrigerators/freezers, stovetops, microwaves, and dishwashers

Emerald Lake Lodge

Emerald Lake Rd.

Emerald Lake Lodge is located in Field and local attractions include Yoho National Park.

Rondo Motel

824 Park Dr.

Located close to both Yoho and Banff National Parks, the Rondo Motel is the ideal choice for a great value hotel in Golden, Shuswap . Lake Louis and the Kicking Horse Mountain resort are within…


1049 TRANS

This elegant full service hotel located in an incomparable setting of majestic mountain peaks glacier carved river valleys and rugged landscapes offers luxurious accommodation…