Golden is located in the Rocky Mountain Trench, surrounded by the Rocky, Purcell and Selkirk Mountains and is close to six of the most stunning National Parks in Canada (Banff, Glacier, Jasper, Kootenay, Mount Revelstoke and Yoho). These parks offer world class climbing and mountaineering opportunties.
Head to Yoho National Park for a good variety of mountaineering and climbing routes in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The Canadian Rockies are made up almost entirely of sedimentary rock including limestone and dolomites.
Glacier National Park is a favorite area for some classic North America alpinism. It offers fine climbs at all standards of difficulty and is a great spot for the intermediate mountaineer. In 1888, British mountaineers Rev. William Spotswood Green and Rev. Henry Swanzy completed the first recreational technical climbs in the Selkirk Mountains. In doing so, they established Glacier National Park as the birthplace of mountaineering in North America. 11 years later Canadian Pacific hired Swizz climbing guides Edward Fuez Sr. and Christian Hasler to work at Glacier House in Rogers Pass, where they were guiding and at the same time promoting mountaineering in the Selkirks.
For more information on climbing and mountaineering in the national parks visit Parks Canada