Parson is located on the upper reaches of the great Columbia River in a region known as the Columbia Valley. With its stunning backdrop of two mountain ranges, the Rocky Mountains and Purcell Mountains, Parson provides many outdoor opportunities for hiking, biking and golfing. As well, with the Columbia River right on its doorstep, kayaking, fishing and exploring the wildlife of the Columbia Wetlands are all here to experience.
The region also houses several landmarks that are worth the attention of visitors. In the Columbia Wetlands is the world’s largest paddle, at 60ft long and 9ft high. This site is listed in the Guiness Book of World Records, but it isn’t the only notable site in the area. At 46 m (151 ft) across, the Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge, is the longest freestanding timber frame bridge in Canada.
Located 35 km (22 mi) south of Golden and 68 km (42 mi) north of Radium Hot Springs on Hwy 95. Golden is situated on the Trans Canada Hwy 1 263 km (163 mi) west of Calgary, Alberta and 360 km (224 mi) east of Kamloops, BC.
The small hamlet of Parson is named after Henry George Parson, a merchant, who lived in Golden, BC. Born in 1865 in England he found his way to Canada in 1883, living in Ottawa, Ontario for 2 years when he moved to Banff, Alberta and shortly thereafter to Golden, British Columbia. Parson was elected to parliament, representing the Columbia region as a Conservative from 1907 to 1912. He died in Vancouver at the age of 70.