Golden lies on the banks of the Columbia river nestled between the Canadian Rockies and the Columbia Mountains. It is known as “the heart of the parks” as it is surrounded by 9 National and Provincial Parks. The Golden area holds opportunity for exciting fun and recreation in all seasons. Bring your camera, it’s a special place for photography.

The Canadian Rockies hold endless possibilities for fun and adventure!

Winter Activities

In the winter you’ll find Golden a playground for winter sports. We are just minutes from world class skiing and snowboarding at the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, famous for it’s “champagne powder”! (Voted the best powder in North America and second best steeps by Skiing Magazine).

Nearby we also have heli-skiing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, sledding, snow-shoeing, ice climbing and ice fishing.

Summer Activities

In the summer enjoy hiking or biking the many trails within the region. Drift down the river in a Kayak or canoe and try to spot wildlife on the banks of the river.

Golden is a great place to experience many activities including white water rafting, horseback riding, fishing, golf, paragliding and more!


Containing a variety of ecosystems, Golden provides habitat for a multitude of animal species year round.
Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, elk, mountain goat, and deer are just some of the large animals that can be found in the area.

Banff National Park

Created in 1883, Banff National Park was Canada’s first national park and the third in the world. Containing natural hot springs, it’s the perfect place to relax or enjoy any number of attractions within the 6,641 square kilometres of national park.

Yoho National Park

With an abundance of hiking trails, picturesque landscape, plenty of history and fossil beds to be found, there’s something for the whole family. Visit the deep turquoise waters of Emerald Lake or Lake O’Hara, and don’t miss Takakkaw Falls, one of Canada’s tallest waterfalls.

Glacier National Park

Located in the Columbia Mountains of British Columbia, these rugged mountains are home to a wide variety of plants and animals native to this region. The park contains unique stands of old-growth cedar and the country’s first major national transportation route.

Kootenay National Park

Located in the south-western region of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, this park is home to a rich diversity of landscapes. Running parallel to Banff National Park, this parks changes from high, rugged peaks to grasslands and meadows along the rivers edge.