Golden is located 148 km (90 miles) east of Revelstoke
and 143 km (83 miles) west of Banff on the Trans-Canada Hwy 1 and
104 km (65 miles) north of Radium
Hot Springs on Hwy 95.
The first Europeans into Golden were led by explorer David Thompson
in 1807 along the Columbia River. Situated in a large valley called
the Columbia Valley, Golden lies in the heart of the Rocky Mountains
offering a recreational paradise.
National Park Heaven
Golden is situated in the National Park Heaven of Canada. The area
has six National Parks close by with Banff, Glacier, Jasper, Kootenay,
Mount Revelstoke and Yoho all within two hours' travel. If you love
the outdoors, the hiking and sightseeing doesn't get any better.
Golden has some excellent recreational activities to go along with
all the beautiful scenery. Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is located
on a scenic bench, just 14 km (9 miles) from the Trans-Canada Hwy
1. Top-level snowboarding, downhill skiing and back-country adventure
plus excellent mountain biking is all offered here.
Then there are the wilds of all the local rivers with jet boating
and whitewater adventure happening in the summer months. All the
exploring and hiking throughout the miles and miles of back-country
roads and trails are also totally awesome.
Junction Point for Hwy 95
Golden is a very important junction point while travelling on the
Trans-Canada Hwy 1. If you head south from Golden on Hwy 95 you
follow the Columbia River upstream to the resort areas of Radium
Hot Springs, Panorama Mountain Resort. If you golf this area of
British Columbia offers many excellent courses all within an hour's
Lake Provincial Park
Whiteswan Lake Provincial Park featuring Lussier Hot Springs is
also located close by at Canal Flats.
on the Trans-Canada Hwy 1
Golden has a very good selection of motels and accommodation if
you decide you need a rest while travelling on Hwy 1. It is also
a last chance spot to fuel up before you drive to Revelstoke or
through to Banff on the Trans-Canada.
If you're hungry Golden has quite a good selection of restaurants
in town, but a real favourite is the Golden Grizzly Cookhouse. Located
at 1002 Trans-Canada Highway, the Golden Grizzly serves up very
big portions of steaks, pizzas and pasta in a nice family atmosphere.
If you would like to trace the route that David Thompson took in
1807 to cross the Rocky Mountains, head to the Blaeberry Valley.
Blaeberry is located just north of Golden on Hwy 1, the Trans-Canada,
by 15 km (9 miles) or so.
The back-country road takes off towards the east following the Blaeberry
River eventually to Cairnes Creek. The road is very picturesque
with great westerly views of the Columbia Valley with the Purcell
and Selkirk Mountains behind.
Once at Cairnes Creek you can take the 39 km (24 miles) historic
Howes Pass trail over the Rocky Mountains to Saskatchewan Crossing
in Banff National Park. You need a wilderness pass and permission
from the local First Nations to use this trail, please contact Banff
National Park authorities for more information.
in Bear Country
Just remember you are deep in bear and cougar country so be sure
to familiarize yourself with back-country safety plus possible encounters
with wild animals including wolves.
Golden is located at a point where there is good access to Kinbasket
Lake. The back-country road to the lower Columbia Reach is near
Marl Creek Provincial Park and Donald Station just 27 km north of
Golden on Hwy 1.
The Bush River Road follows Bluewater Creek through the Blackwater
Mountain Range to the Bush Arm on Kinbasket Lake. At Bush Arm there
is a recreation site complete with boat launch providing you with
further access to explore and fish on the lake.