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Golden
Travel Guide

Revelstoke showing landscape views, tranquil scenes and mountain biking

Base yourself here to hike in the surrounding national parks, get your adventure fix on the slopes year-round and dine out in Canada’s highest restaurant.

Situated at the confluence of the Kicking Horse and Columbia rivers, with the Purcell Mountains and the Canadian Rockies providing a backdrop, Golden is set in a true natural wonderland.

Start off with a stroll around this friendly little town of just under 4,000 residents to take in the scenery. Cross over the Kicking Horse River on the Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge, which at 150 feet (46 meters) is one of Canada’s longest pedestrian bridges. Watch the kayakers and rafters zoom beneath the bridge in summer.

Have lunch in the highest restaurant in Canada by taking the gondola from the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort up to the scenic Eagle’s Eye Restaurant.

Get your pulse racing by trying kayaking and rafting for yourself. Make a visit to Mount 7 for paragliding or try the Moonraker Trails for spectacular mountain biking. Of course, you can also take your activities at a gentler pace, with horseback riding or a round of golf.

Visit in winter to take advantage of the great range of wintersports available. Head up to the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort for skiing and snowboarding on its 4,133 feet (1,260 meters) of vertical terrain. Have a blast on one of the many snowmobile trails in the area or go extreme with heli skiing in Bugaboo Provincial Park.

Head out into the surrounding national parks to experience the vastness and diversity of the region. Glacier National Park and Yoho National Park are in close proximity while four other parks are a bit farther out. Immerse yourself in the stunning scenery with one of the many hikes available. Visit in spring to see colorful wildflowers set against the backdrop of snowcapped peaks.

Relax in the evening with drinks or a tasty meal in the town of Golden. At The Golden Taps in the center of town try one of the craft beers and meet the friendly locals.

Golden may seem dwarfed by the vast landscape surrounding it, but a big heart beats within the town, a great base to explore that majestic wonderland.

Emerald Lake Lodge
Emerald Lake Lodge
3.5 out of 5
Emerald Lake Road, Field, BC
The price is CA $159 per night from Apr 27 to Apr 28
Situated on a lake, this romantic hotel is 10.7 mi (17.3 km) from Upper Spiral Tunnel Scenic Viewpoint and 11.3 mi (18.1 km) from Lower Spiral Tunnel Scenic ...
4.2/5Very Good! (980 reviews)
"it was a very beautiful.place to spend the night. The rooms were a little out dated, but clean and comfortable. There is no tv or wifi in the rooms, but there is a wood burning fireplace."

Reviewed on Apr. 10, 2021

Emerald Lake Lodge
Travelodge by Wyndham Golden Sportsman Lodge
Travelodge by Wyndham Golden Sportsman Lodge
2 out of 5
1200-12th Street North, Golden, BC
The price is CA $93 per night from Apr 26 to Apr 27
Located in Golden, this family-friendly hotel is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Golden Golf Club and Kicking ...
3.8/5Good! (989 reviews)
"The hotel rooms were clean and the beds comfortable. The water slide was a blast and open for long hours. My only complaint was that there was no system in place to ensure compliance with the Public Health orders. The maximum 10 person limit was often exceeded. We should be swimming and other groups ..."

Reviewed on Apr. 15, 2021

Travelodge by Wyndham Golden Sportsman Lodge
Ramada Limited Golden
Ramada Limited Golden
2.5 out of 5
1311 12th St North, Golden, BC
The price is CA $88 per night from May 2 to May 3
Situated in the mountains, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Columbia Mountains, Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge, and British Columbia Visitor Centre at Golden. ...
3.9/5Good! (987 reviews)
"Room was spacious and clean"

Reviewed on Apr. 11, 2021

Ramada Limited Golden
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Mountain View Cabins
Mountain View Cabins
3 out of 5
2383 Forde Station Road, Golden, BC
The price is CA $75 per night from May 1 to May 2
Situated in the mountains, this cabin is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Columbia Mountains and within 6 mi (10 km) of Burges James Gadsden Provincial Park and Northern ...
4.2/5Very Good! (453 reviews)
"It was a very nice and clean and inexpensive stay in the mountains highly recommend it"

Reviewed on Sep. 2, 2020

Mountain View Cabins
Swiss Village Inn
Swiss Village Inn
2 out of 5
1107 14th St. North, Golden, BC
The price is CA $60 per night from Apr 21 to Apr 22
Located in the heart of Golden, this campground is within 2 mi (3 km) of Columbia Mountains, Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge, and Golden and District General ...
3.4/5 (642 reviews)
"There was built up dirt around the bathroom drain; not sure about cleanliness due to this problem."

Reviewed on Mar. 17, 2021

Swiss Village Inn
Downtown - Mountain View Cabin - Private Space
Downtown - Mountain View Cabin - Private Space
Golden, BC
Located in the center of Golden, this family-friendly apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Columbia Mountains and Golden and District General Hospital. ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (4 reviews)
great owner to a really sweet mountain view stay.
"Taj is really a good owner, he is there for you if needed and is a really nice guy. The suite was perfect for me and my brother, we went skiing and everything needed is close in golden !"

Reviewed on Feb. 27, 2021

Downtown - Mountain View Cabin - Private Space
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Golden

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5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 30, 2020

Beautiful town, I wish I had more time to explore it.

4/5 - Good

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Mar 3, 2020

Developing town

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 15, 2020

Though we have usually only stopped in Golden on our way through, we were happy to have made it a destination this time - lots of enjoyable hikes in the area with beautiful property options nearby!

2/5 - Disappointing

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Jan 27, 2020

Would never go back, the town is a joke, nothing to do and nothing to see. Not really any good restaurants and the ski hill is made for either double black skiers or beginners. The line for the gondola is a long wait most days.

4/5 - Good

TRAVIS

Jan 4, 2020

Town seems to be very welcoming of snowmobilers

5/5 - Excellent

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Dec 12, 2019

The Wolf Den restaurant was awesome

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