If you’re looking for an authentic mountain town experience, Golden is about as good as it gets. Surrounded by six of Canada’s most stunning National Parks, there really is no limit to the adventures waiting for you. So, if you’re a fan of mountains and fresh air, then it’s time to put Golden at the top of your destination list.
No matter what the season, there’s plenty to see and do. As snow is finally melting, we’ve mapped out some of the amazing things you could plan for your summer trip!
Mountain or Road Biking
With some of the best biking terrain in North America, if you like cruising on some cross country trails or roads, Golden is the place for you. Check out Totally Spoked Bike Fest at the end of May, or go at your own pace and map out your own perfect ride. For more information on both downhill and cross country options, visit Tourism Golden website.
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Raft down the Kicking Horse River
Catering to all rafting abilities, from first to tenth timers, a ride down the Kicking Horse is a must-try wild experience. Surrounded by the breathtaking Rocky Mountains, the scenery along with the wild river will leave you in awe. For a list of rafting companies to find one to fit your group, visit the Tourism Golden website.
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Try sky diving or gliding
With mountain ranges, valleys, rivers and endless blue sky, Golden is the place to tick this one off the bucket list. It’s an experience you won’t soon forget!
Spend the day fishing
Situated on the stunning Columbia River and surrounded by numerous lakes, you can try for some delicious rainbow trout, bull trout, or char. Not only is it great to catch some dinner, but spending the day out in the beautiful landscape is therapeutic all on its own.
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Kick back at Summer Kicks
Check out live music every Wednesday during the summer months in Spirit Square (next to the pedestrian bridge). Free and family friendly, the laid back atmosphere really is one of a kind. Bring your lawn chairs or set up a picnic on a blanket in the grass and enjoy the impressive musical lineup.
Surrounded by six National Parks, the hiking trails are endless. To start off, you can take a stroll through town on the gentle Rotary Trail, across the Kicking Horse River and stop for some photos at Reflection lake.
Next, tackle Terminator Ridge to sit on top of some of BC’s tallest mountains in record time with lift-accessed alpine hiking. The Eagle Express Gondola at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort will take you up 7,700 feet where you’ll begin the hike along a stunning mountain ridge.
If these activities aren’t enough for you, you can also check out some of the amazing climbing areas such as Jubilee Mountain.
Located near downtown Golden, the Prestige Inn is your ideal hub for exploring Golden. With a pool, hot tub, and onsite restaurant, it’s the perfect place to relax after a day in the wild outdoors.