Summer Activities

Golden, BC has plenty of summertime activities for the whole family to enjoy

Get out and enjoy everything Golden has to offer this summer, from the wild to the mild…

  • Explore our beautiful mountain town with your family. 
  • Hike our many trials in and around Golden. 
  • Take a stroll along the longest freestanding Pedestrian bridge in North America.
  • Take a swim at Cedar Lake or at the municipal swimming pool. 
  • Enjoy a horseback ride for a full backcountry experience in the Rockies.
  • Stroll our rotary trails and browse the farmers market or watch a live band at the Spirit Square in the evening by Kicking Horse River. 
  • Head to Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and take a gondola ride and enjoy 360 degrees views from 7,700 feet.
  • Ride on over 100 km of mountain bike trails or have a go at the pump track in Golden. 
  • Experience the Canadian Rockies from the air with a tandem paragliding flight or for the more adventurous try a tandem skydive. 
  • Play a round of Golf at the award winning Golden Golf Club. 
  • Explore the backcountry on a quad bike/ATV or take a guided tour. 
  • Float down the Columbia River on wetlands tour. 
  • Walk with wolves or watch them in their natural habitat. 
  • Try to catch a glimpse of Boo at the Kicking Horse Grizzly Bear refuge.
  • Enjoy the 6 national parks close to Golden. 
  • Raft the legendary Kicking Horse River. 
  • Rock climb at one of the nearby climbing areas or at the local climbing gym. 
  • Summit one of the many mountain peaks on a mountaineering adventure with a local guide.
  • Visit our museum and learn about our interesting past. 
  • Enjoy our many boutique stores and galleries.

Golden really does have something for everyone to enjoy and we invite you to discover why Golden continues to grow as a top destination in BC.

Fast Facts for Summer in Golden and Kicking Horse Country

  • Golden is located in the Rocky Mountain Trench and is surrounded by the Rocky, Purcell and Selkirk mountains
  • Close to six National Parks; Banff, Glacier, Jasper, Kootenay, Mount Revelstoke and Yoho
  • At the confluence of two historic rivers; Columbia River and Kicking Horse River
  • The Columbia Wetlands extends for 180 km and is the largest intact wetlands in North America. 
  • Eagle’s Eye Restaurant, is Canada’s highest dining experience at 7,700 feet
  • Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge is the longest freestanding timber frame bridge in Canada
  • Over 100 members of the Canadian Timberframers Guild came over from all over US, Europe, and Canada to help build the pedestrian bridge
  • Golden Golf Club has won several Top Tracks awards from the PGA of British Columbia and has received a silver award for the most scenic golf course in British Columbia from GolfWest Readers Choice
  • The Kicking Horse River is one of the wildest and most intense recreational waterways in Canada
  • The Columbia River has the second largest population of great blue herons in western Canada
  • Kicking Horse River was the first river in BC to recognised as a Canadian Heritage River
  • Only place in Canada where you can walk with wolves
  • Kicking Horse Grizzly Bear Refuge is the world’s largest and protected grizzly bear habitat
  • Over 100 km of mountain bike trails waiting to be enjoyed
  • Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is home to the highest bike park in Canada at 2,450 metres (8,033 feet)
  • Golden hosted the longest singletrack downhill mountain bike race in the world (Psychosis) for 10 years. The race may be a thing of the past, but the trails still beckon riders each year
  • Mount 7 is Canada's premier launch pad for paragliding and hand gliding (considered within the world's Top 5) – 1,219m/ 4,000 feet above the valley floor
  • 8 world gliding records for distance and speed have been set from the launch at Mount 7
  • Each Summer when the snow off Mount 7 is almost gone a snowy 7 appears on the mountain side, hence the name ‘Mount 7’.  This is then skied or snowboarded by many locals…ski the 7!
  • The only place where you can skydive between two mountain ranges
  • A destination hot spot for weddings and stag and stagette parties
  • Only place in Canada where you can see a grizzly bear, a herd of buffalo and a pack of wolves safely in one day.  Visit Kicking Horse Grizzly Refuge, Rocky Mountain Buffalo Ranch and Northern Lights Wildlife Wolf Centre

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