Golden Mountain Festival

Golden Mountain Festival May 20th - 22nd 2016

Sitting at the confluence of the Columbia and Kicking Horse rivers, and surrounded by the Canadian Rockies, Selkirk and Purcell Mountain Ranges, Golden BC is well known as a paradise for outdoor adventure activities. Here you will find an historic town, lived in and loved by a community who are proud of their heritage of intrepid exploration and mountain tourism which has defined the area over the centuries and which still plays an important part in everyday life and culture of the town today.

Each May, Golden BC in Canada's Rocky Mountains, hosts the annual Golden Mountain Festival event to celebrate the many facets that define Golden as a real mountain town, from our history of exploration and mountain tourism to the modern day adventure activities and athletes that influence our community today.

Exploring our Rivers and Wetlands 
May 20th - 22nd 2016

The Kicking Horse and Columbia rivers meet at Golden BC where they not only influence the lives of the community today, but have moulded the history of the town of Golden for centuries.

The Kicking Horse River descends swiftly from the ice fields of the Canadian Rockies, and as an ecological, recreational, and historical jewel of the Canadian West, the Kicking Horse enjoys the distinction of being the first river in British Columbia to be recognized as a Canadian Heritage River.     

The Columbia River is the largest river in the Pacific Northwest region of North America.  The river rises in the Canadian Rocky Mountains of British Columbia and flows northwest through Golden to Revelstoke where it turns south and then west before emptying into the Pacific Ocean. The Columbia River is home to the Columbia Wetlands and provides the life support system for hundreds of thousands of birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians and mammals.

Both rivers were vital arteries for the exploration and trade expeditions that established important trade and transportation routes from east to west and north to south. Today, they provide recreational and environmental sustenance to the local community and its visitors; from whitewater rafting on the famous Kicking Horse River to canoeing through the Columbia Wetlands.

The 2016 Golden Mountain Festival takes place May 20 – 22 and invites visitors and locals alike to explore and celebrate these magnificent rivers and wetlands. Get onto the rivers and into their stories with fun and fascinating events and activities throughout the weekend. The weekend events feature an evening with wilderness adventure writer and photographer Bruce Kirkby and includes an evening of musical entertainment and short film showcase,a friendly river boat battle and a fun weekend long Adventure Card Contest.

See the full schedule of events here.

See offers and discounts and Adventure Card contest details here.

With thanks to our sponsors, without whom this event would not be possible.