Golden, British Columbia
Golden is a small town with a population of only 4200, with about 3100 in the surrounding areas. What it lacks in size it makes up for in outdoor recreation. Golden boasts some of the best paragliding, mountain biking, skiing, hiking, and river rafting. Surrounded by six Canadian National Parks, Golden is situated between the Purcell Mountains and the Rocky Mountains, where the Columbia River and the Kicking Horse River converge. The biggest employers are the Louisiana-Pacific plywood plant, the Canadian Pacific Railway, and expanding tourism led by Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. In winter, the attractions are downhill skiing and snowboarding, backcountry skiing, cross-country skiing, heli-skiing and snowmobiling. In summer, river rafting, heli-hiking, wildlife viewing, paragliding, camping, canoeing and kayaking, and mountain biking will consume you days. Come stay for awhile, we will do our best to accommodate you.