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Golden Mountain Festival

Golden Mountain Festival May 19th - 22nd, 2017

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.

150 Golden Years

Golden Mountain Festival 2017 “150 Golden Years” is a 4-day festival celebrating Golden as an authentic mountain town, it's people, history and the resources that connect them. Situated at the confluence of the Columbia and Kicking Horse Rivers, played an important role in Canada’s history of exploration, trade and natural resource industry development. 

Golden was first visited by David Thompson in 1807 (210 years ago in 2017) and as a supplies cache camp and base for the surveying of the Canadian Pacific Railway from 1882 (135 years ago in 2017) became an integral part of the historic completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway connecting east and west and in the lumber and tourism industries that evolved subsequently. The Town of Golden was subsequently established in 1957 (60 years in 2017).

Golden Mountain Festival 2017 will celebrate these key milestones in Canada's history, along with the many people who have shaped Golden's history; the Swiss Mountain Guides brought in by the CP railway to promote mountain tourism in the early 1900s, the Sikh influence in Golden's forestry industry, and more recently the multicultural mountain community of the town as influenced by the tourism industry.

Activities to celebrate and promote these influences and milestones include:

  • tours of forestry resources including the local mill and harvesting sites
  • a children's concert celebrating Golden's history
  • tours of the Swiss Village and the Sikh Temple
  • a homecoming dinner and celebration
  • bus tours to areas of historic interest such as Glacier and Yoho national parks and the Columbia River and;
  • a paddle brigade on the Columbia River

A key part of the Festival is the Adventure Card that encourages participants to visit points of interest and festival events.  

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.