Set on the Kicking Horse River, Golden is dream destination for nature lovers, offering access to six of Canada's top national parks with snow-capped peaks, lush wetlands and evergreen forests. Explore the historic downtown district or sign up for a variety of adventure sports.
Things to do in Golden
Golden is one of North America's top white-water rafting destinations, set at the confluence of the Columbia and Kicking Horse rivers. You can also enjoy stunning views of Yoho National Park or opt for a laid-back tube float down Clear Creek.
Golden offers a unique chance to get up close with iconic Canadian wildlife. At the Northern Lights Wolf Centre you can view a small pack of grey wolves and huskies. Nearby, the Grizzly Bear Interpretive Centre houses Boo, a full-grown grizzly who was rescued as an orphaned cub in 2003.
West of the river, Kicking Horse Resort offers world-class skiing and stunning views of the Rocky Mountains. In summer, the resort transforms into an outdoor playground for hikers and mountain bikers. A scenic gondola will whisk you to the summit of Kicking Horse Mountain where you can splurge on Canadian fusion cuisine at Eagle’s Eye Restaurant. Wash it down with a specialty Caesar cocktail.
For the best pub grub in town, head to Wolf's Den, an atmospheric tavern serving hearty fare accompanied by live music and BC beer. The Golden Farmers Market is a great place to stock up on local produce including artisan cheese, organic vegetables and freshly-baked bread.
Getting around Golden
Downtown Golden is easy to get around on foot or with a bicycle, especially along the scenic Kicking Horse River trail. A rental car is best for exploring Golden and Kicking Horse Country.