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Ideal base for touring Canadian Rockies. Kicking Horse, BC

2 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Minimum Stay
3 nights


Golden Chalet Rental Photos and Description

4 Double ensuite bedrooms sleeps 8 adults in comfort plus room for children.

Architect designed, timber frame house built in 2005, with a floor area of approximately 3,000 sq. ft. Three bedrooms are on the lower floor, together with laundry facilities, access to the hot tub, and a double garage. A new, fourth bedroom recently added. The first floor is open plan with vaulted ceilings and large windows with views to the mountains and out across the Columbia River valley. There is a large lounge area with satellite TV, DVD, a formal and informal eating area, the den, and a fully equipped kitchen with breakfast bar. There is a covered deck at the front of the property suitable for BBQs. The house is set in its own plot with simply landscaped gardens and its own locally crafted 'Inukshuk'. The property is situated about 300m from the base of the main gondola giving access to the ski and mountain bike terrain of the Kicking Horse mountain. It is a 10 minute drive from an excellent golf course in Golden. Located conveniently for visits to Banff and Lake Louise.

Day trips: Inukshuk is a nucleus for site seeing and adventure in the Canadian Rockies. Within 1 1/2 hours drive time you can reach Banff, Lake Louise, Emerald lake Lodge, Rogers Pass, Radium Hot Springs, Invermere, Revelstoke. All worth a visit.

Play on the excellent Golden Gold Course, located in the valley next to the Columbia River.

Go fishing / hunting.

Great local attractions include the Northern Lights Wolf Centre and Buffalo Ranch open to visitors, located in the Blaeberry Valley.

Things to do in and around KH during the winter:

Ski / Board Kicking Horse Mountain. Enjoy deep powder snow.

Go on a Back Country adventure. See Scott Belton,

Learn or improve your Telemarking / Freeheeling with Paula Steinheber (former national team member)

Go heli-skiing with Purcell Heliskiing or Great Canadian. Go CAT skiing at Chatter Creek.

Nature / the great outdoors.: Fantastic hiking and spectacular wildlife viewing; Whitewater rafting on Kicking Horse river; Paragliding from Mount 7.

Wildlife: you can see in safety Boo the Grizzly Bear, plus visit Bison and Wolves in the Blaeberry Valley (30 - 40 mins drive).

Mountain Biking: Use the gondola in the summer to descend from the summit at Eagles Eye, 7,700 ft to the base of the gondola at 4,000ft. Annual Downhill Race with top competitors travelling from all over BC and Alberta.

Explore the less challenging but no less interesting the many cross country trails, especially the Moonraker trails around Cedar lake.

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible

John Lush
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
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About John Lush

Retired airline pilot, formerly with British Airways. Living in Sussex, England. Married with wife and three children. Two children living in the uk, one in Sydney Australia.

Misspent youth as a ski instructor in Mayrhofen, Austrian Tirol

John Lush purchased this chalet in 2004

Why John Lush chose British Columbia Mountains

I wanted to be involved in the design, so bought the land and then engaged an architect. It is often described as one of the best houses in Kicking Horse - judge for yourself.

Open plan living with fabulous uninterrupted views

What makes this chalet unique

Sit at the valley end of the great room and watch the sunrise.

Ski back to the front door after a day on the slopes.


2 traveler reviews

Ideal base for touring Canadian Rockies. Kicking Horse, BC
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews

If only Carlsberg did skiing holidays............

  • 5 of 5

It is very difficult to sum up just what an amazing ski trip we have just had and a small part of us does't want to share our knowledge of this special place with anyone else!

We flew to Calgary and spent 2 nights in Lake Lousie on our way to Kicking Horse.

We arrived at Inukshuk on Saturday evening and were immediately impressed by the space and luxury of this stunning chalet.

Compared to chalets in Europe it is huge and there was no need to debate who had which bedroom as they are all a good size with large beds and ensuite facilities. The only question is who controls access to the outside hot tub and who gets the spa bath!

The bedrooms are downstairs off a large entrance hall which also has acces to the double garage which is heated and perfect for boots and skis.

The first floor is a massive open plan space with two dining areas, a well equipped kitchen and a cozy lounge area with a massive fire, and lots of windows with stunning views.

We self catered and did our shopping in Golden on the way. We were concerned there might not be enough space for our food but there is plenty of storage including a large fridge freezer (the shop in Kicking Horse itself is limited).

The chalet is a little way from the lift station but we only had to walk about 100m to the end of the road before putting on skis and sliding to the lifts. At the end of the day we skied back to the end of the road and it is the closest to ski in ski out we have ever had in Canada.

As for the mountain and the skiing I am not sure I have enough words left to do it justice. We had a completely mixed group of six with two complete beginners through to some fairly competent skiers. The slopes provided everything we wanted and more.

The area at the bottom of the mountain has got some great beginner slopes and the tuition was excellent so I am told! The rest of the mountain has everything from a selection of intermediate pistes through to four superb bowls which have everything including steeps, chutes, tree skiing and fantastic snow!!!

The other amazing thing about this holiday was how quiet the resort is. There were some short queues for the lift at the weekends and when there was lots of fresh snow but once on the mountain you could ski from top to bottom and only see a handful of people. The locals are also extremely friendly and we skied with a number of people who showed us some great runs.

An amazing experience would recommend it to everyone. Can't wait to go back. Thanks.

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2012
  • Stayed: Jan 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Adventures and Relaxation in Absolute Luxury

  • 5 of 5

One of the most beautiful, spacious and luxurious homes we have ever stayed in, far exceeding all expectations. The accommodation is truly 5 star, tasteful and lavishly furnished, every need catered to and 360' views of the surrounding mountains. Kicking Horse is a picturesque mountain village with good restaurants and an abundance of things to do and see for all ages. We managed to fit in white-water rafting, pony trekking, hiking, canoeing, water skiing & wakeboarding, hot springs, visits to numerous waterfalls, mountain lakes, National Parks, Boo the local grizzly bear and the wolf sanctuary. Evenings were spent relaxing on the balcony with a glass (or two) of wine, or in the jacuzzi, taking in the beautiful views. An absolute dream week and would fervently recommend to anyone.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2009
  • Stayed: Jul 2009
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Nearest Airport
250 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
Golden Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
14 Kilometres
Trans Canada Highway
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Copper Horse Grill
Nearest Ski
200 Metres
Kiching Horse Mountain Resort
Car: recommended

The house is located in Kicking Horse Resort above the town of Golden, British Columbia. Golden is on the main Trans Canada Highway - the primary east west route - about two and a half hours drive from Calgary. Vancouver is seven to eight hours drive further west. Golden is on the Columbia river at the confluence with the Kicking Horse river. The valley runs north south and is part of the Rocky Mountain trench. The location is ideal for easy access to other resort areas; Banff, Lake Louise, Canmore, Radium Hot Springs, and Invermere, all with one and a half to two hours drive time.

The house itself is located on Golden Avenue, a cul de sac of just 15 houses, approximately 300m from the base of the gondola, the main lift access from the centre of the resort to the top of the local mountain and the Eagle's Eye restaurant. Golden Avenue is the third turning on the right after passing the gondola.

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Other Activities: Wolf sanctuary. Grizzly Bear refuge. Day trips to Banff, Lake Louise

Golf: Excellent golf course in Golden, close to the Columbia River.

Golden's 11th hole rated best par 4 in BC.

Other great courses nearby at Invermere and Canmore

Ski: Kicking Horse Mountain Resort has the second highest vertical in Canada (after Whistler), but because it is inland has better snow - champagne powder.

The resort is better suited to the competent skier/boarder as many of the runs are challenging, but there are good beginner areas and a very capable snow school.

There are cross country and snow shoeing trails. Dawn Mountain Nordic Club

The Eagle's Eye restaurant at the top of the gondola has won the award for the best mountain restaurant in North America for three years in succession - great food, but not expensive.


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Fall 2016
Sep 6 2016 - Dec 16 2016
3 night minimum stay

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1/3 deposit to secure booking and remainder due upon check-in. 21 days notice of cancellation required for deposit refund. £50 (Canadian $100) cancellation fee applies. To be confirmed at time of booking when rates agreed and payment details finalised with property managers based in Canada.

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Golden Chalet Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chalet (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 280 m²
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Resort
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 16 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Master Ground Floor: jacuzzi bath with shower over. Heated floor. Beds 2 & 3: ensuite showers. Bed 4: Bath with shower. Underfloor heating.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , Either configuration
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , Either configuration
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Either configuration
  • Bed 1, 2 and 3 all ensuite; Jacuzzi bath in bed 1 plus shower; Beds 2 & 3 with showers; Bed 4 is on the higher floor and has the main bedroom configured as King bed or split King, with an additional area off ideal for children or family guests where there is one queen and one single bed. Toilet / washing facilities adjacent.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 2 garden chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Whirlpool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Staff
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • ski lift privileges
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Inukshuk has a private outdoor hot tub on the back deck overlooking the Columbia Valley and Rocky Mountains. Great for a soak after a hard day of golf, skiing, snowboarding, biking, or hiking. Private chef can be aranged on ad hoc basis.

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