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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.

Columbia Valley
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.

Canada's 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.

Kicking Horse Country
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.

Whitewater Adventure
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.

Important 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 travel.

Whiteswan Lake Provincial Park
Whiteswan Lake Provincial Park featuring Lussier Hot Springs is also located close by at Canal Flats.

Travelling 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.

Golden Grizzly Cookhouse
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.

Blaeberry Valley
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.

Very Picturesque
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.

Historic Howes Pass
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.

Deep 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.

Kinbasket Lake Area
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.

Bush Arm
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.

Information on Golden





Map of Golden, British Columbia
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Historic Golden
Historic Golden


Kicking Horse River
Kicking Horse River


Across Kicking Horse River
Across Kicking Horse River


Scenic trail located along river
Scenic trail located along river


Kicking Horse Mountain Resort
Kicking Horse Mountain Resort


Golden Grizzly Cookhouse
Golden Grizzly Cookhouse

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