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GoldenCanada

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.

Top Hotels in Golden

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 $84 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

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! (956 reviews)

"Room was clean. Bed was super comfortable. Tv worked well. Microwave, fridge, ironing board and iron and coffee maker were in the room. No complaints."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 18, 2020

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 $84 per night from Oct 31 to Nov 1

Situated in the mountains, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Columbia Mountains, Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge and British Columbia Visitor Centre at ...

3.8/5Good! (955 reviews)

"Good value hotel. The staff were nice and welcoming."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 21, 2020

Ramada Limited Golden
Holiday Inn Express Golden-Kicking Horse
Holiday Inn Express Golden-Kicking Horse
2.5 out of 5
1120 14th Street North, Golden, BC
The price is CA $116 per night from Oct 29 to Oct 30

Situated in the mountains, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Columbia Mountains, Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge and Golden and District General Hospital. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (801 reviews)

"We had a great stay. The hotel is new, very clean and we felt very safe from COVID and in general."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 6, 2020

Holiday Inn Express Golden-Kicking Horse
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.

Vacation Rentals in Golden

Mountain View Cabins
Mountain View Cabins
3 out of 5
2383 Forde Station Road, Golden, BC

Situated in the mountains, this cabin is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Columbia Mountains and within 6 miles (10 km) of Burges James Gadsden Provincial Park and Northern ...

4.2/5Very Good! (443 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 $67 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Located in the heart of Golden, this campsite is within 2 miles (3 km) of Columbia Mountains, Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge and Golden and District General ...

3.3/5 (623 reviews)

"Room was very clean and had been recently redone - washroom was really clean and up tp date. Sound insulation between room above ours wasn’t great and we could hear people walking quite clearly."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 30, 2020

Swiss Village Inn
Blaeberry Mountain Lodge
Blaeberry Mountain Lodge
3 out of 5
1680 Moberly School Road, Golden, BC

Situated in a rural location, this cabin is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Northern Lights Wildlife Wolf Center and within 6 miles (10 km) of Burges James Gadsden Provincial ...

4.3/5Excellent! (48 reviews)

"A beautiful and convenient place to stay in the Golden area! We enjoyed having our own cabin with so many amenities - we didn’t have to eat out at any point during our trip (we could cook everything in our cabin!), which really helped us to have that getaway feeling we wanted. Their dog friendly ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 15, 2020

Blaeberry Mountain Lodge
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.

Popular places to visit in Golden

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort
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Kicking Horse Mountain Resort

4.5/5(126 reviews)

This mountain resort draws experienced skiers and snowboarders in winter and lures them back for summertime fun as well.

Yoho National Park
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Yoho National Park

4.5/5(171 reviews)

Find out why this national park is named after a Cree word for awe and wonder when you see its sheer rock walls, waterfalls, deep-blue lakes and wild rivers.

Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge
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Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge

4.5/5(70 reviews)

Stroll across Canada’s longest freestanding wooden frame bridge and take photos of the structure’s elegant design constructed from Douglas fir timber.

Top things to do in Golden

Lake Louise & Yoho N.P & Moraine Lake 1-Day Tour
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Lake Louise & Yoho N.P & Moraine Lake 1-Day Tour

CA $99
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Private Session with a Local Photographer in Lake Louise
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Private Session with a Local Photographer in Lake Louise

CA $462
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Lake Louise Summer Gondola Experience
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Lake Louise Summer Gondola Experience

CA $42
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Lake Louise & Yoho N.P & Moraine Lake 1-Day Small Group Tour
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Lake Louise & Yoho N.P & Moraine Lake 1-Day Small Group Tour

CA $138
Per adult
Photo Walk About at Lake Louise
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Photo Walk About at Lake Louise

CA $76
Per adult
Lake Louise to Calgary YYC Airport – Private Shuttle
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Lake Louise to Calgary YYC Airport – Private Shuttle

CA $259
Per adult

Reviews of Golden

4.1

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
187
5 - Excellent 28.376327769347498%
4 - Good
347
4 - Good 52.655538694992416%
3 - Okay
112
3 - Okay 16.99544764795144%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 1.2139605462822458%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.7587253414264037%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 30, 2020

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

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

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

Verified traveller

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

Verified traveller

Dec 12, 2019

The Wolf Den restaurant was awesome

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