Golden
Travel Guide

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 £98 per night from 8 Apr to 9 Apr

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! (989 reviews)

"So nice to have the shuttle, and the option to hole up in your room or go to the lodge. Love the hike around the lake"…"

Reviewed on 6 Mar 2021

Emerald Lake Lodge
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 £61 per night from 11 Mar to 12 Mar

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! (851 reviews)

"friendly stuff, clean room, quiet place, grab and go breakfast"…"

Reviewed on 14 Feb 2021

Holiday Inn Express Golden-Kicking Horse
Glacier Mountaineer Lodge
Glacier Mountaineer Lodge
2.5 out of 5
1549 Kicking Horse Trail, Golden, BC
The price is £91 per night from 6 Apr to 7 Apr

Located near the slopes, this Golden lodge is situated in the mountains, within 1 mile (2 km) of Columbia Mountains and Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, and is ...

3.8/5Good! (445 reviews)

"I liked the ease of access to hill. What i did not like is the dog poop on the deck."…"

Reviewed on 8 Mar 2021

Glacier Mountaineer 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.
Swiss Village Inn
Swiss Village Inn
2 out of 5
1107 14th St. North, Golden, BC
The price is £39 per night from 10 Mar to 11 Mar

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 ...

3.4/5 (639 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 30 Aug 2020

Swiss Village Inn
Cedar House Restaurant & Chalets
Cedar House Restaurant & Chalets
3.5 out of 5
735 Hefti Road, Golden, BC

Situated in the mountains, this holiday home is within 9 mi (15 km) of Golden and District Museum, Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge and British Columbia Visitor ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (73 reviews)

"The place had a stunning view with the jacuzzi and was very pleasant. However some of the amenities listed are not working such as the iPod dock, and upstairs Heater. Overall it was a great stay and would highly recommend."…"

Reviewed on 30 Dec 2020

Cedar House Restaurant & Chalets
Relaxing All Season Chalet - Cabin # 4
Relaxing All Season Chalet - Cabin # 4
2924 Kicking Horse Road, Golden, BC

Set in Golden, this family-friendly holiday home is 3.4 mi (5.4 km) from Yoho National Park and 5.6 mi (9 km) from Wapta Falls Trailhead. Golden and District ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (4 reviews)
Our stay

"Beautiful spot, lovely cottage. Would definitely stay here again."…"

Reviewed on 4 Jan 2021

Relaxing All Season Chalet - Cabin # 4
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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Lots of good restaurants

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4 Sep 2019

Bridge was good! Worlds biggest paddle nearby was weird but enjoyable and we saw a black bear on route!

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3 Jul 2019

It’s a nice place in a very nice setting and it is a lot less expensive than Banff whilst being close to the National Parks.

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