Towns of the Canadian Rockies – Golden
The name of the place alone makes it beautiful and in real life, it only becomes more so. Whereas Banff has quite a touristy feel about it for example, Golden feels quite authentic. Golden, itself, is located in one of the most beautiful places in the world set between Banff, Glacier, Jasper, Kootenay, Mount Revelstoke and Yoho. The list of activities to do takes up a big page with Kicking Horse (one of the best and most challenging ski hills around) during winter and some of the Rockies’ best hiking in summer.
If biking is your scene, then you are coming to the right place. Golden hosted the longest singletrack downhill mountain bike race in the world (Psychosis) for 10 years. Though this race doesn’t exist any more, the trail is still there for anyone who wants to challenge themselves. If you want to do something a bit more relaxing, the Kicking Horse Gondola provides unbelievable panoramic views. In fact, it has the highest elevation sightseeing Gondola of any resort in BC.
The rafting on the Kicking Horse River is second to none in summer with several different options ranging from the ‘Oh this is fun’ level to the ‘Oh God I am going to die but I love it’ level. Golden is only about a beautiful 90 minute drive from Banff (one hour from Lake Louise) and is definitely somewhere you should take time to visit.