Golden, British Columbia
By John McKiernan
There are many activities to keep the most restless visitor happy in Golden and the Canadian Rockies. However, snowmobiling has become the natural choice for many B.C. and out of province snowmobilers, simply because of its beautiful scenery and terrain, light and dry snow and convenient location.
Golden is the perfect base and a friendly place to get out and have some snowmobiling fun. Golden even got the prestigious mention as one of the best places for powder and scenery by the SnoRiders Choice Awards. For sledders, this is sheer paradise.
The options for riding are virtually endless here: Quartz Creek, Gorman, Silent Pass, Hope Creek, Susan Lake, and Chatter Creek to name just a few. Wide varieties of trails are perfect for novice sledders and offer adventurous yet safe family routes. Those seeking greater challenge and adventure will be happy to hear there is no end to the steep and deep possibilities.
For a great family outing with plenty of powder and virtually no risk of avalanches, check out the Blaeberry River Trail; this 160 kilometre route follows the steps of great Canadian explorer David Thompson. Or, try West Bench Trail; this route features 100 kilometres of logging roads and powder playgrounds.
The Golden Snowmobile Trail Society and the Golden Snowmobile Club work together to keep the trails in top-notch condition by grooming trails, maintaining bridges and cleaning cabins. As well, a number of hotels have designated parking spots for trucks with trailers and offer special rates for snowmobilers. There are few better ways to see this gem of the Canadian Rockies than by roaring around on a snowmobile. Happy sledding!