Golden, BC – Things To Do

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Written by Patrick J. Smith posted on Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

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Find great things to do in Golden, BC

Golden, BC offers great Rockies activities and attractions all year round, with great Golden hotels and lodging to keep you cozy during your stay.

Dogsleding is a popular Golden, BC activity.

Much of the summer revolves around the Kicking Horse River, where you can take whitewater rafting trips. Also during the summer, paragliding, mountian biking and wildlife viewing are popular activities.

In the winter, come play in the deep snow and enjoy a range of cold weather activities.

Golden, BC Winter

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is Golden’s local resort, and home to some of the best downhill skiing and snowboarding in the Rockies.

During the winter, you’ll also find opportunities to go nordic, heli, and backcountry skiing, on self-guided tours or with a guide based out of one of many backcountry lodges around Golden.

Cat Skiing is offered locally at Chatter Creek Lodge. From this helicopter-accessed mountain lodge, skiers and snowboarders can access more than 58,000 acres of glaciers and alpine bowls, with excellent gladed slopes.

Golden also offers up terrific snowmobiling opportunities.

Golden, BC summer

Go rafting in Golden, BC.

There’s a million things to do during Golden’s summer, so here’s a couple suggestions to get your started. Yoho National Park, just 30km/20mi east of town, has some of the Golden BC area’s best hiking. You could go hiking at Gorman Lake – the 4×4 access road is bumpy, but the hike is an easy and rewarding 45 minutes.

Cool off by swiming at Cedar Lake, in the Moonraker area, located south of town on the lower slopes of the Dogtooth Range. Cedar Lake is shown on the Mountain Bike Trail Map available from the Golden Visitor Centre. You’ll also find great horseback riding in the Golden, BC area.

For biking, take a ride on the Golden Triangle on your road bike. In May there is an organized three-day ride, but this scenic ride is possible at any time during the summer months. The three points of the triangle are Golden, Lake Louise and Radium Hot Springs.

Hardcore Golden, BC mountain biking begins at the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort summit. Beginner and intermediate terrain is at the resort and the Moonraker mountain bike trails.

To see some amazing Golden, BC wildlife, check out a grizzly bear in the Grizzly Bear Refuge at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, or visit the Northern Lights Wildlife Wolf Centre. Also, watch for wolf signs and turn off the TransCanada Highway approximately 10km/6mi west of Golden.

To get some golfing in, hit the Golden Golf Club.

Golden, BC rafting and kayaking

Go river rafting on the legendary Kicking Horse River. Seven rafting companies operate on this class III – IV whitewater.

You may also want to go kayaking on the class IV lower sections of the Kicking Horse – all the way to downtown Golden. More moderate class II water can be found on Blaeberry Creek. Unfortunately, you’ll have to bring your own kayak, as there are no kayak rentals available in Golden.


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