Base yourself here to hike in the surrounding national parks, get your adventure fix on the slopes year-round and dine out in Canada’s highest restaurant.
Situated at the confluence of the Kicking Horse and Columbia rivers, with the Purcell Mountains and the Canadian Rockies providing a backdrop, Golden is set in a true natural wonderland.
Start off with a stroll around this friendly little town of just under 4,000 residents to take in the scenery. Cross over the Kicking Horse River on the Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge, which at 150 feet (46 meters) is one of Canada’s longest pedestrian bridges. Watch the kayakers and rafters zoom beneath the bridge in summer.
Have lunch in the highest restaurant in Canada by taking the gondola from the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort up to the scenic Eagle’s Eye Restaurant.
Get your pulse racing by trying kayaking and rafting for yourself. Make a visit to Mount 7 for paragliding or try the Moonraker Trails for spectacular mountain biking. Of course, you can also take your activities at a gentler pace, with horseback riding or a round of golf.
Visit in winter to take advantage of the great range of wintersports available. Head up to the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort for skiing and snowboarding on its 4,133 feet (1,260 meters) of vertical terrain. Have a blast on one of the many snowmobile trails in the area or go extreme with heli skiing in Bugaboo Provincial Park.
Head out into the surrounding national parks to experience the vastness and diversity of the region. Glacier National Park and Yoho National Park are in close proximity while four other parks are a bit farther out. Immerse yourself in the stunning scenery with one of the many hikes available. Visit in spring to see colorful wildflowers set against the backdrop of snowcapped peaks.
Relax in the evening with drinks or a tasty meal in the town of Golden. At The Golden Taps in the center of town try one of the craft beers and meet the friendly locals.
Golden may seem dwarfed by the vast landscape surrounding it, but a big heart beats within the town, a great base to explore that majestic wonderland.
Reviewed on 7 Dec. 2019
Reviewed on 29 Nov. 2019
This mountain resort draws experienced skiers and snowboarders in winter and lures them back for summertime fun as well.
Find out why this national park is named after a Cree word for awe and wonder when you see its sheer rock walls, waterfalls, deep-blue lakes and wild rivers.
Stroll across Canada’s longest freestanding wooden frame bridge and take photos of the structure’s elegant design constructed from Douglas fir timber.
The ski towns of Banff and Lake Louise are home to the distinctive mountain resorts of Banff Sunshine, The Lake Louise Ski Resort and Mt Norquay. The three resorts boast nearly 8,000 acres of skiing, 2 gondolas, 26 chairlifts and 30 feet of feather-light, dry Canadian Rockies powder annually.
A vast frozen lake surrounded by sparkling snow and an amphitheatre of snow-dusted mountain peaks – Lake Louise is postcard-perfect in winter. Lake Louise transforms into a real life snow globe in the winter that has to be seen to be believed.
Set out for a full day immersed in the striking natural beauty and rugged landscapes of the Canadian Rockies. Snowshoe along the shoreline of shimmering Lake Louise, snap photos of the luminous teal waters of Emerald Lake, and see the Natural Bridge that arcs over the roaring rapids of Kicking Horse River.
Enjoy breathtaking views while taking your first steps in snowshoes. Our Snowshoe Tours tour will take you to the top of the mountain to experience a view previously only accessible to skiers and snowboarders.
Connect with a local photographer to capture your most memorable Lake Louise moments during this private photo shoot. Get insider tips on what to eat, see and do and return from your trip with beautiful, high quality, holiday memories. The best souvenir ever.
Cruise for fourteen glorious minutes in a fully enclosed gondola to one of the Banff National Park's greatest views! From 2088m (6850ft), the spectacular scenery is yours to explore at will.