Golden, British Columbia, CA: Outdoor Sportsman’s Paradise

(PRWEB) July 15, 2002

Golden, British Columbia, CA: Outdoor Sportsman Paradise

Golden sporty exterior is the perfect destination, offering a variety of the year activities.

gold is a village of 10,000 inhabitants located at the confluence of British Columbia and Kicking Horse rivers in a long deep valley between the Rocky and Purcell mountain ranges in eastern British Columbia, at an altitude of 790 m [2591 ft] located in the heart of six mountain national parks:

Yoho, Banff, Jasper, Kootenay, Glacier, Mount Revelstoke. Yoho National Park, the “adopted” the community park is a half-hour east of Golden.

You can climb the mountain of your choice per vehicle, climbing or ice climbing in mid-November to March, or in the gondola at Kicking Horse Resort.

There are a variety of ways to descend along the steep mountain sides. From May to September mountain biking, hang / paragliding, bungee jumping. And, of course, snowboarding and skiing are popular winter.

Tourism became popular in the 1900s, when the CPR Swiss Guides. The appeal of fresh, unconquered peaks and indeed, the prospect of seeing and living the wild child of a European country and attracted eastern Canadians to fill CPR passenger cars and hotel rooms.

Swiss employees feel more comfortable, the PC built Swiss-style chalets and called their accomplishment Edelweiss Village. Today, the homes of origin is given gold as the city attracts more tourists.

Golden, Banff is l15 miles east, Calgary is 263 km to the east, Lake Louise, about an hour east on Highway 1 in Vancouver, 713 km the west Glacier National Park is two hours east on Highway 1 and north on Hwy 93, Kootenay Natl Park is an hour south on Highway 95, Mt Revelstoke National Park is 1 1 / 2 hours west of Highway 1. And Yoho National Park is 1/2-hour is on Highway 1

Winter activities

Sledge, skating or Nordic skiing through rolling trails wind through forests – and mid-November to late March: skiing, snowboarding, heli-skiing cat, snowmobiling, dog sledding and ice climbing.

Downhill (Alpine) & Cat Skiing / Snowboarding:

The new station

Kicking Horse Mountain is developed in a 250-acre resort with views of the Canadian Rockies, encompassing 4005 acres of skiing and snowboarding. The new cable car climbs to the top of the Cordillera Dogtooth at an altitude of 7705 feet [2350 meters], where the Eagle news? S Eye Restaurant is located. The excellent snow conditions will include a vertical drop of 4133 feet [1260 meters] from the elevator at the top, making it the second highest in Canada. The ski season is from early December to late April.


Track-side trails are just minutes from the city to the Golden Golf Course. More difficult trails can be found at Dawn Mountain Nordic Trail system at the base of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. Many more tracks set by XC-enthusiasts can be found in the Columbia Valley and Blaeberry. The season is from December to April.


Season lasts from late November to April.

Ice climbing is popular

in mid-November to March, or in the gondola at Kicking Horse Resort.

Snowmobile trail is popular with too numerous to mention.

Summer activities


all over the world flock to Mount 7 at the site of gliding and para gliding. Horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, golf, fishing, and sightseeing operations, world-class rafting, mountain biking, motocross, rock climbing and attract international thrill.

Also popular are the birds and wildlife viewing, slow floats, wetland tours of scenic forest.

Boating and fishing are common activities

on recreation sites. Most sites allow car top boat launching only. This means you can launch the canoes by hand only, kayaks and boats small enough to be carried on top of your car. Boats on trailers can be launched safely and conveniently from those sites with ramp facilities. In most cases, the ramps are only suitable for boats of small and medium size.

an airplane or a helicopter flight will show you the Selkirk, Purcell and Rocky Mountain ranges and glaciers. You can even land on a glacier for a closer look. Air Tours are available all year round.

local history, there is the Gold Museum where you can learn about the important role of Swiss mountain guides have played in the birth of Canadian mountaineering traditions. Or Ray & Antique Museum collection, you can browse through the old farm equipment and old tools. Take a guided walk way, back [some 515 million years] and visit the famous fossils of the Burgess Shale in Yoho, or, if art is your scene, there are many local art shops.



the many mountain roads. Tour season is [weather permitting] from May to October.

Bird / Wildlife Viewing:

Rocky Mountain Trench is a critical migratory path, and a large variety of birds also settled in the Columbia Valley. 265 transient and resident species were counted in gold so far. Reflection Lake, the Edelweiss Slough and Moberly Marsh are spots birding favorite. You can do bird watching all year, although there are several species during the spring migration [April-June] and fall [September to October].

Canoe / Kayak Tours:

the Columbia River, you can see birds of prey, herons and ducks.

Paddle River Blaeberry for more action. Kicking Horse River is the place to be for great live action. For very experienced kayakers down the canyon with its Class IV rapids is ideal. Season:. May to October


In 1912, six

Swiss mountain guides and their families have moved permanently to Golden. Canadian Pacific Rail hired as a professional mountain guide for the many tourists who wanted to explore the Canadian Rockies. Today, there are many ACMG certified mountain guides who live and work in Golden and the surrounding mountains. Golden attracts climbers from around the world.


gold is the center for the Tour “Golden Triangle” where you cross the Continental Divide twice. You can go at your own pace or book a package with one of the companies’ excursion.

Freshwater Fishing

/ Ice Fishing / Heli-Fishing:

fishing opportunities in the region are endless, from rainbow trout, early and late, cutthroat trout in alpine lakes char in the river and the giant Ling [turbot] and Dolly Varden in the hydraulic tank. Guides can take you to the type of fishing you prefer and to provide all the equipment of fishing vessels by helicopter.

one of the most popular is Lake south of Golden, near Parson and Brisco. Many lower lakes open early in May, and more fishing can be found at higher elevations as summer arrives.

A lake is popular

Mitten Lake. Also excellent are the Cleland and Jade lakes and Blackwater Lake to the west. In stock rainbow trout up to 24 inches can be caught in these areas.

north / northwest of gold are Susan and Jeb Lakes in the area of ​​Big Bend Road and are generally open in early July. Both lakes are known for their brook trout. Anglers should note that the waters north stay fresh longer in the summer and often provide a more robust fish that the fish sluggish waters of the south. Many alpine lakes higher, which open at different times later in the summer offer exciting and picturesque fly and spin-casting opportunities. The most popular areas include Gorman, Quartz and Silent Lakes – and all starting points are 25 minutes from the city. Hiking range of distances of several kilometers for much longer.

river fishing, the Columbia opens early spring providing rainbows and arctic char. With a red and white spoon or a wet fly, you’ll probably get one. Also available in the Columbia are Dolly Varden, whitefish and Kokanee.

Creeks and streams open officially on June 14. A lightweight fly rod is recommended. In Glacier and Yoho National Park is fishing great but you need a special permit outside of your regular license to encourage catch and release in these areas.


Golden Golf & Country Club is ranked among the top 10 in British Columbia, the best course of 75th Canada by Score magazine, with the Golf Digest rating it three and a half stars. Whether you play pro or a beginner, facilities and comprehensive services in 18-hole championship listed. The season is from mid April to October. The course ranges from 5380 meters to 6818 meters. A hole, the 11th, has this background that the parties have used fine wedding spot for photographs. It is a par 4, running 385 meters of descent from an elevated tee, with Holt Creek running beside him. This course offers a pro shop, which may completely equip all the needs of golf. Similarly, there is a full service restaurant with lounge and outdoor terrace.

Hang glider


Mount 7

gliding site is one of the top ten sites in the world. Mount 7 is year after year the site of national and international championships. If a novice, you can take a tandem flight with an experienced instructor. The season is [weather permitting] from May to October.

heli-hiking / ski

gold is the birthplace of sport and one of the best in the world. You can book every day for a week packages for heli-hiking and skiing.


~ hiking guides:

Take a walk along the dike of the Kicking Horse River or along the many trails in the alpine on your own or join a group in a remote alpine lodges accessible only by helicopter or a guided tour of World Heritage site of the Yoho-Burgess Shale. The trail day hike to Lake Gorman is the most popular. Activities and observations of mammals bear, muskrat, fox, and many others are not uncommon just strolling in the woods. Some areas are known for abundant wildlife shelter.

the back country campsites:

The lake offers excellent

fly fishing. You can find marmots and pikas along talus slopes and goats on the cliffs above. The walk is three miles long, ends at the lake, and takes about 90 minutes.

The Moonraker Trails

at Canyon Creek are popular for hiking and biking and horseback riding.

There are some 45 kilometers of loop trails stretching from the Cedar Lake area in Canyon Creek. It is just minutes from town but home to wild mountain goats and bears.

Mummery Glacier Trail

is three miles long through the old-growth cedar and hemlock and spectacular views of the glacier for which he is appointed. After a short hike to an old creek bed and into the creek by a bridge, you reach the immense moraines left by the glacier. The trail ends at one of these moraines, near the top where there is a view of the glacier and waterfalls above – but look out for calving off the glacier ice


Quartz Lake Trail west of the city is a three-mile hike and is recommended for the pristine beauty of the region.

The recent elimination of the program of the Ministry of Forests recreation can result in the removal of signs, toilets and picnic tables on some recreation sites, but you can find a guide to the library of Golden.

Hiking Horseback Riding


find horses specially trained for the beginner to expert. Tours range from short walks to multi-day trips. Riding season is from mid-June to October.

Hunting / Guide Outfitters:

Although most people like to go hunting with their cameras, some take a gun and want to come back with a trophy. The BC government allows hunting of black bears, mountain goats and other animals in the limited quotas and led by certified guide outfitters. Hunting seasons vary by species.


7700 vertical meters of terrain enthusiasts can climb the mountains themselves or with guides, which are available at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, where they launch their runs down the mountain. For the price of a lift ticket for one day you can bike 4200 vertical feet, accessible by cable car. Mount 7 is the location of the legendary Mount 7 Psychosis downhill with a 12 km downhill drops, slopes and playgrounds joinery technique. People can pedal up, with several trails jump-off at three, five and six kilometers. Shuttle truck 15 km to the summit is a popular option.

Mountain bike cross-country

gold has a town trail and a trail system of 45 km on the west bank of the Columbia River along the Canyon Creek Trail along the deep, narrow canyon, which is a steep climb to a long roll downhill. Motocross Racing Or just at the end of May


gold was well known for its climbing since the late 19th century with the advent of Swiss guides of the Selkirk Mountains and the Rockies. The local climbers have developed several areas around Golden in recent decades. The most popular area is Jubilee Mountain near Spillimacheen, 45 minutes south of the city. It offers over 70 climbs, mostly sport [bolted] ranging from 5.8 to 5.12. Another popular area is easer low angle of climb is Mount 7 road parking 6 km, with most climbs slabs in nature with a handful of short, pumpy climbing. Difficulty ranges from 5.6 to 5.11, some bolted and some mixed. A rope of 60 meters is recommended for top-roping routes more.

new climbing area in the Kicking Horse Pass, 10 km

east of Golden called ‘the Glen’ after nearby creek Glenogle. This is an area of ​​quartzite and provide a wide range of climbing, from slab to severely overhanging and difficult routes. Another quartzite rock of the short, east to the forest service road on the west bank of the Columbia River near Nicholson [five kilometers south of Golden]. It is a steep sport climbing wall, with about 10 climbs 5.10 to 5.11 and more.

Whitewater Rafting

the Kicking Horse River originates from glaciers ice west boundary of Yoho National Park and 20 km long, a class three and four rapids careening through a canyon and right into Golden.

There are about a dozen rafting companies in the canyon. They attract thousands of visitors from May to September each year. Rafting starts from the canyon above the first set of Class IV rapids known as Shotgun and Portage followed by a dozen Class III rapids. He continues in the lower canyon where Class IV rapids, Double Trouble, Riptide, and the nozzle extends over three kilometers. Many companies offer a variety of guiding day trips to multi-day raft trips and even heli-rafting, which takes advantage of other nearby rivers, one being the river Blaeberry.

flat water excursions:

Available through the valley of Columbia Wetlands, a popular destination for kayaking and canoeing.

Before leaving

However, the new pedestrian bridge is a must-see. This was completed in fall 2001 by volunteer coaches from the Golden Wood, Europe and the United States. Because of high water in autumn, the installation of the gateway does not occur until October 25, with the help of Sterling Cranes from Calgary, who took three full days, inch by inch along and on a level off temporarily, and finally on the far shore where it was installed in its concrete abutments. The bridge is 150 feet long, with a structure 210,000 pounds arc flash. The cost of the bridge is estimated at $ 250 000, but given the volunteer time and donated materials its value would more than double that amount.

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