BY MANDI RINGGENBERG | Photo © Tourism Golden
WHICH DESTINATION HAS THE GREATEST CONCENTRATION OF BACKCOUNTRY LODGES IN CANADA?
The highest mountain restaurant? Six national parks close by? If you guessed Golden, British Columbia, you nailed it.
Golden prides itself on being a year-round playground and, in winter, the adrenaline thrills of winter sports on the slopes of the Purcell Mountains, combined with the charming amenities of the mountain town, make it a scenic and exhilarating winter paradise.
With one cat-ski and four heli-ski operations in Golden’s backyard, backcountry adventures are definitely on the agenda. In fact, Golden offers the only in-town accessible heli-skiing in Canada. With its backcountry lodges and countless ski-touring options (including the world famous Rogers Pass), Golden has become a hub for winter enthusiasts.
Those who seek more peace and quiet than the chop-chop of helicopter blades or the rumble of a cat engine opt for dog sledding through the pristine wilderness. Also, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and fat biking let you experience the blanketed quiet of Golden’s winter terrain on its extensive network of trails, just minutes from downtown. Cross country skiing and snowshoeing are also available at the Dawn Mountain Nordic Centre at the base of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort as well as at the Golden Golf Club.
Known as the “Sledding Capital of B.C.,” Golden has miles of groomed trails, deep snowfalls of champagne powder and spectacular scenery. Thrill seekers head to nearby Gorman Lake for steep tracks. And new for families is a gentler, family-friendly sledding area.
The predominant ski resort is Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, known as the “Champagne Powder Capital of Canada.” At the resort, take the gondola and dine at Canada’s highest-altitude eatery, Eagle’s Eye Restaurant. And save money with a stay & ski package.
In the mountain town of Golden, located at the confluence of the Columbia and Kicking Horse Rivers, stroll across the Kicking Horse River Pedestrian Bridge, the longest covered, free-standing pedestrian bridge in Canada made from timbers.
Golden is located on the Trans-Canada Highway, a 3-hour drive from the Calgary International Airport in Alberta, a 2.5-hour drive from the Rocky Mountains International Airport in Cranbrook, B.C. and four hours from the U.S. border. To plan your winter vacation in Golden, visit tourismgolden.com.