Golden, British Columbia

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Written by Patrick J. Smith posted on Saturday, November 8th, 2008

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Tiny Golden will win your heart

GOLDEN, British Columbia – Just through the Gateway to the Rockies lies a beautiful mountain community called Golden in British Columbia. Surrounded by the Columbia Valley Rocky Mountains to the east and the Purcell Mountain Range to the west, Golden is one of the foremost locales for resort and adventure tourism. Easily reached by the Trans-Canada Highway in the east and west and Highway 95 in the south, Golden is approximately three hours west of Calgary, four hours north of the Idaho state border, and approximately seven hours east of Vancouver. Golden, British Columbia can also be accessed by air or Greyhound Bus. Car rentals and taxi services abound, and a shuttle serviced is provided by the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort from Calgary, Banff, and Lake Louise.

An ideal rafting and fishing resort, Golden, British Columbia is located on the Kicking Horse River, where the white waters meet the Colombia River. With five National Parks surrounding the area – Yoho, Mount Revelstoke, Kootenay, Jasper, Glacier and Banff – Golden is a perfect getaway for the adventurer and outdoor enthusiast.

If skiing is your game, 2,750 acres of champagne powder, vertical drops and inbound chutes make Golden’s famous “Kicking Horse Mountain Resort” the ideal spot for the seasoned skier.

Downtown you can become immersed in Golden’s history. There you will find the longest single span timber-frame pedestrian bridge in Canada, built by volunteers in cooperation with the community.

Golden, British Columbia’s History

Golden, British Columbia’s history begins with Sir James Hector, a geologist who was part of a famous expedition in the 1850s. After being kicked by a horse, he named the valley “Kicking Horse Pass” and the river that flows through it, “Kicking Horse River.” Later when surveyors came to build the transcontinental railway in 1882, they named the settlement “Golden” in rivalry with a nearby camp named “Silver.”

Ever since the very first settlement, the Canadian Pacific Railway has played a major part in the region by providing assistance to coal miners and employing mountaineering guides from Switzerland. The many Swiss chalets that dot the Golden mountainsides are reminders of Golden’s railway history. More of Golden’s history can be found by visiting the Golden and District Museum.

As an incorporated community with a mayor and town council, Golden is one of the most important mountain communities in the area.

Activities in Golden, British Columbia

Golden, British Columbia is famous for backcountry skiing as well as for providing heli-skiing services and breathtaking cross-country trails. Take the mountain bike trails on Mount 7, enjoy the services of a mountaineering guide as you explore Golden’s rich wilderness, experience the exhilaration of white water rafting, play a round of golf, send the kids to the local concrete skating rink and take the whole family to see one of Golden’s rodeo shows. Guided horseback tours, ice hockey games and swimming are other activities that make visiting this Canadian Rockies vacation destination a pleasure. With fine dining, entertainment and a wide choice of accommodations, Golden, British Columbia is the ideal choice for a mountain vacation.

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