Yoho National Park, Golden, Photo Destination BC Ryan Creary

Golden

Golden is located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, where the Kicking Horse River and the Columbia River meet and offers access to some of the most pristine backcountry around. Hiking in the area provides stunning scenery. Whitewater rafting on the Kicking Horse River provides an exciting 32 km (20 mi) journey through Yoho National Park and the Canadian Rockies. The Columbia River Wetlands, known as the “Serengeties” of North America, contain an abundance of wildlife with several hundred species of bird coming here during their annual migration. Paragliding and hang-gliding on Mt. Seven is one of the world’s best areas for this sport and you can take a walk with the wolves at the Grizzly & Wolf Interpretive Centre.

The community of Donald is just 28 km (17 mi) northwest along highway 1. Donald was once a growing community when there was plans for the Canada Pacific Railway to travel through the town. Plans changed and the railway went through Revelstoke instead, and the town shrank down again. Now the community is primarily a tourism location, due to its remote, untapped, natural beauty.

Nature at the Golden Golf RV Park.

Location

Situated at the cross roads of the Trans-Canada Hwy (Hwy 1) and Hwy 95 South, Golden is 713 km (443 mi) north-east of Vancouver, 268 km (166 mi) west of Calgary and 562 km (349 mi) south-west Edmonton.

Nature at the Golden Golf RV Park.

A Step Back in Time

Originally known as “The Cache”, Golden was a base camp for Major Albert Bowman Rogers and his survey crew during the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway’s tracks. When a camp to the east became known as “Silver City”, Rogers and his survey crew renamed their camp “Golden City”. After four years, “City” was removed from the name, as it seemed pretentious for a place that only had tents and some quickly-made buildings.

Tourism became popular in the early 1900s with the hiring of Swiss guides by the Canadian Pacific Railway. The lure of fresh, unconquered peaks and the prospect of viewing and experiencing the untouched wilderness of an infant country enticed Europeans and eastern Canadians to fill Canadian Pacific Railway passenger cars and their hotel rooms.

To make Swiss employees feel more at home the Canadian Pacific Railway constructed chalets of Swiss concept and called their accomplishment Edelweiss Village. Today the original homes stand overlooking Golden.

Contact Information

Tourism Golden
www.tourismgolden.com/

Golden & Nearby Accommodations

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Golden Golf Club RV Park
Golden Municipal Campground

Golden Municipal Campground

Golden

Located in the Rocky Mountains, Golden Municipal Campground is situated along the majestic Kicking Horse River. The campground has access to RV and tent sites, firewood, power, water, picnic shelters and bath house The campground is near outdoor pool, playground, hiking and cycling trails and the do ... Read more
Whispering Spruce Campground & RV Park

Whispering Spruce Campground & RV Park

Golden

Welcome to Golden's oldest campground, Whispering Spruce campground. You will return home with many unforgettable memories. Our treed and shaded campground offers over 60 tenting sites, (some with 15amp electricty). Over 20 pull thru RV sites (with 15amp electrity and water), and over 30 of Golden's ... Read more
Ponderosa Motor Inn

Ponderosa Motor Inn

Golden

Resting on five beautiful landscaped acres with mountain views and glacier fed creeks in Golden, Ponderosa Motor Inn offers stunning views and clean accommodation for guests. With 85 spacious units, rooms feature air-conditioning units, fridges and wireless internet. Our hotel offers kitchen units, ... Read more
Kicking Horse River Chalets

Kicking Horse River Chalets

Golden

Nestled in the depth of the wilderness away from urban noise is Kicking Horse River Chalets. Join us for a family vacation in our rustic red-roofed cabins for a relaxing and peaceful holiday. Wake up in the morning to sounds of tranquility and breathe in the fresh-mountain air. Our cabins are spacio ... Read more
Campers Haven RV & Tent Park

Campers Haven RV & Tent Park

Donald

Welcome to Campers Haven RV & Tent Park, the ideal destination for RVers and campers seeking the rest and relaxation atmosphere! Located off Highway 1 in Donald, BC, our campground offers peaceful and scenic sites for guests to enjoy a good night’s sleep. Our sites are big rig friendly as we offer ... Read more
Yoho National Park

Yoho National Park

Field

Located in eastern BC in the Rocky Mountains. Waterfalls, emerald alpine lakes, 400 km of trails. Visitor services and campgrounds are available mid-May through mid-October. Some road and areas close for the snowy season; updates can be found on their website. ... Read more
Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park

Rogers Pass

Trans Canada Hwy between Revelstoke and Golden. National Park Entry Pass also required. Illecillewaet Campground open late June to Thanksgiving; Loop Brook and Mount Sir Donald Campgrounds late July 1st to mid-Sept. First come, first served basis. ... Read more
Kinbasket Lake Resort

Kinbasket Lake Resort

Golden

Nestled in hidden valley near Glacier Park and Rogers Pass rests the Kinbasket Lake Resort. Away from the urban sounds and surrounded by the serene wilderness, our resort is the ideal destination for families or friends to spend quality time with one another and nature. Enjoy fantastic views, fishin ... Read more
Quinn Creek Campground

Quinn Creek Campground

Parson

Quinn Creek Campground offers majestic mountain views and scenic hiking trails. Full-service sites and tenting shelters. Laundry available. ... Read more
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