Golden, BC, Canada

Golden, BC, Canada

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A rustic mountain town in British Columbia

An authentic mountain town surrounded by stunning national parks, Golden is a wilderness paradise with a rich history. Originally a railway and logging town, Golden has emerged as an outdoor adventure hotspot with opportunities for paragliding, hang gliding, and mountain biking during summer, and snowboarding, snowmobiling, and backcountry skiing when the snow falls. Golden may be small, but its culinary heart is huge, offering up craft beers and wine-paired gourmet meals with stunning views of mountain ranges and rushing rivers. A Golden vacation rental makes an excellent base for exploring this picturesque region and charming mountain town.

A haven for thrill-seekers and nature-lovers

Once the winter snow melts, the rivers are full and surging, perfect for thrilling rafting adventures over rushing rapids. For a quieter pace, you can rent a sturdy horse and ride the broad trails in nearby national parks where you can see soaring mountains, thundering waterfalls, and perhaps an elk or beaver. Floating platforms make for a peaceful way to traverse nearby wetlands on a balmy summer's day. Golden vacation rentals are also wonderful places to warm up after winter adventures in the mountains. You could learn ice climbing, or board a helicopter and be swooped into the back country for cat-skiing.

Gondolas and mountain dining in Golden

Golden is home to the Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge, the longest freestanding timber frame bridge in Canada, and a lovely spot to take a stroll and watch the sunset. For breathtaking 360-degree views of the Rocky Mountains, you can take a gondola ride at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. The misty beauty of the Columbia Wetlands can be explored by foot or by floating down the Columbia River, while guided snowmobile tours and cross-country ski trips embrace the magic of winter and build an appetite for a scrumptious dinner at the Eagle's Eye Restaurant, Canada's highest dining experience.

Mountain adventures and river excursions

Surrounded by mountains, Golden escapes the intense cold of the eastern side of the Rocky Mountains, but still has cold and snowy winters. Summers are warm, but rarely hot, with average summer temperatures in the high 50s to low 60s. Such temperate summers are ideal for vigorous outdoor activity such as river rafting, mountain biking, hiking, and paragliding. Golden vacation rentals provide a warm haven in winter – perfect for coming home to after clear, cold days outside backcountry skiing, snowboarding, heli-skiing, and snowmobiling. Craft beer and wine tastings are a refreshing option any time of year.

Wildlife sightings in Golden

Nestled in the Columbia River Valley, Golden is surrounded by the towering Rocky Mountains and other mountain ranges, as well as swathes of wilderness including Jasper National Park, Glacier National Park, and Kootenay National Park. Located around a 3-hour drive from Calgary, Alberta, Golden is a riverside community offering exciting wildlife sightings of black and grizzly bears, big horned mountain sheep, elk, beaver, mountain lions, and wolves. Bird lovers should also keep an eye out for herons and magnificent bald eagles.