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Emergency Information

While there are several wildfires and widespread smoke across British Columbia, there are no wildfires of concern close to Golden. The density of smoke changes from day to day, and these conditions may change depending on where you choose to recreate around Golden.

On August 18 the Province of British Columbia declared a provincial state of emergency to support ongoing response and recovery efforts caused by wildfire. This State of emergency does not include any travel restrictions at this time. See the latest updates here.


Check Conditions Before Travelling

Weather patterns in the mountains change conditions frequently, which may affect travel, closures, and smoke in the summertime. Always plan ahead and check conditions before setting out on your trip. Here are some resources you can use:


BC Wildfire Service

Stay up to date on current wildfires with the BC Wildfire App

Check fire bans and restrictions


Air Quality

Smoke density in the area can change from day to day, for a first-hand view of the conditions in Golden we recommend visiting the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort's live webcams

You can also check the smoke forecast with


National Park & Recreation Closures

Check Park bulletins for important updates, trail conditions, restrictions, and more. Always check trail conditions before you recreate in the Parks. 

Recreation Sites & Trails BC

Yoho National Park

Glacier National Park

Kootenay National Park

Mount Revelstoke National Park

Banff National Park

Jasper National Park


Driving Conditions

Road conditions are constantly changing with conditions and closures. Always check conditions and know your route before you go. 

DriveBC is the best resource for highway conditions in British Columbia, they have live webcams and consistent updates.

There is construction on the TransCanada Highway 1 east of Golden with nightly closures and delays, check the Kicking Horse Construction Calendar to see the times/dates that the highway is closed. 


Responsible Travel Resources

Traveling from community to community in a responsible manner includes mindfulness of what kind of impact you might have on the people, culture, and landscapes that you visit, whether these impacts are positive or negative. Planning ahead to come prepared ensures your experience is positive and that it's respectful to your hosts.

Learn about responsible travel and how you can plan ahead on our responsible travel page