Golden - Bears Paw Heights BC Homes & Real Estate
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Golden is a British Columbia town situated in the Columbia Valley, between the Purcell and the Rocky Mountains and about 4 hours away from Calgary. Surrounded by some of Canada's best national parks: Yoho, Glacier, Banff, Jasper, Kootenay and Mount Revelstoke, Golden is the best place to live if you want immediate access to plenty of recreational opportunities all-year-round. From parks and trails to refreshing sceneries and waterfalls, Golden has a lot to experience. Homes for sale in Golden feature styles such as mobile homes, cottages, luxury homes, and character homes. You may also find houses with spectacular views of the lake or water access for swimming and docking. The town features lots of amenities including, a Safeway, Petro-Canada, Tesla Supercharger, restaurants, retail stores and a whole lot more. The towns nearest to Golden are Revelstoke to the west, Edgewater to the south, and Canmore to the southeast. These towns are accessible via Highway 95, however, the drive may take several hours. Golden Airport also provides a faster means for transport.
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In 1807, David Thompson, an explorer/cartographer, came to the area to find a trading route to the lucrative trading territories of the Pacific Northwest for the North West Company. David and his group named their base camp 'The Cache' however, they changed the name to Golden City (hence the name of the town) as they were competing with a nearby group who had named their camp 'Silver City'.
In 1881, A. B. Rogers, a surveyor, was hired by the CPR to find a rail route through the Selkirk and Rocky Mountains, which he successfully found in 1882. The CPR then brought rail workers to build the railway and after the work was complete, some left while others remained and began to build a community. In the 1880s, Golden became the supply station for communities settled in the south of the Columbia Valley. During the 1900s, Golden became a tourist destination as people were attracted to the mountain peaks in the area. Today, with the construction of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and the establishment of outdoor adventure companies, Golden has reinforced itself as a top tourist destination.
Golden Recreational Activities
Kicking Horse Mountain Resort
Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is situated just outside the town to the west. It holds the title of “Champagne Powder Capital of Canada” and is one of the best places to have fun during the summer and winter months. During the winter, the resort offers about 2,800 skiable acres, a gondola, heli-skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling, offered by Rocky Mountain Riders. More adventure awaits during the summer, including mountain climbing, hiking trails, and mountain biking, all of which offer you the chance to enjoy the breathtaking views of the mountain ranges. You can access the Kicking Horse Bike Park via a scenic Gondola Ride and enjoy more than 50km of trails. The resort also serves as a Grizzly Bear Refuge, where you can observe the resident beer, Boo, who lives in an enclosed 20-acre natural habitat.
Glacier National Park is Canada's second-oldest park and is known for mountain climbing, deep snow and breathtaking wilderness vistas. The park features numerous hiking trails, some with abandoned trail-grade, stone bridges and trestle supports, and snow sheds. Yoho National Park offers the chance to explore Emerald Lake. Situated just one hour away, the lake is a great place to take a walk on the lake trail, paddleboard or canoe. Out of Yoho's 61 lakes, Emerald is one of the most frequented so try to visit during the early or late hours to avoid crowds. Another notable lake is Sherbrooke Lake, which is just as stunning as Emerald Lake but without the crowds. Banff, Jasper, Kootenay and Mount Revelstoke are also great lakes that offer beautiful scenery, trails, mountains and a whole lot more to discover.
The Golden Golf Course is situated a few minutes west of Golden. Surrounded by the Purcell and the Rocky Mountains, golfers get to play a round of golf while enjoying the beautiful mountain vistas. Also, the nearby Columbia River and wildlife make the golf course the perfect place to spend an afternoon. They also have a great RV Park and restaurant serving great food and drinks.
The Golden area is home to some of the best water bodies that offer a wide variety of fish and lots of natural vistas. Mitten Lake is one of the popular lakes in the area as it offers easy accessibility and lots of recreational opportunities like swimming, fishing and waterskiing. The lake is stocked with Gerrard rainbow trout. Kinbasket Lake is situated to the north of Golden, and it can also get busy during the summer. The lake features rainbow, bull trout, whitefish, and kokanee. Other nearby lakes include Wilbur Lake, Cedar Lake, and Susan Lake.
Golden is a tourist destination, so becoming a resident in the area means you'll never get bored with the numerous opportunities available. If you want to learn more about Golden's history, Golden Museum and Archives feature memorabilia, artifacts and texts about Golden's history, culture and development. Golden is also home to the World's Largest Oar, certified by the Guinness World Records. Weighing 5300 pounds and with a length of over 60 feet, the paddle is a must-see attraction located just 26 km south of Golden.
Other recreational activities worth trying include mountain biking through the Golden Triangle, a breathtaking cycle circuit that takes you through a Rocky Mountain Trench situated between Golden and Radium Hot Springs. Golden is also famous for its thermals, perfect for hand-gliding and paragliding, so try that if you're not afraid of heights. You can also go camping in the numerous campgrounds in the area, take an aerial tour, or go rafting in the Kicking Horse River, either way, you can never exhaust all the fun activities available in the area.
Best Food in Golden
Eleven 22 is a popular and upscale restaurant serving great food in a cozy atmosphere decorated with local art. They also offer a wide selection of regional wines and beers. Their popular dishes include pasta and the Dragon Boat, a mix of seafood in a buttery sauce.
Turning Point Restaurant is the best place to enjoy delicious pizzas and burgers on a nice patio. They also serve other delicacies like Calamari, butter chicken and french onion soup.
Big Bend Cafe is the best place to enjoy a home-cooked style breakfast in a homey atmosphere. They also have self-serve coffee and tea and a large selection of hot sauce.
Whitetooth Bistro is the perfect place if you want to enjoy your meal on a rooftop patio with spectacular mountain views. They offer a nice variety of bistro eats and drinks.
There are many eateries in the area, so try to explore to find the best dishes.
There are 4 schools in Golden: Alexander Park Elementary School, Lady Grey Elementary School, Nicholson Elementary School and Golden Secondary School. For higher education, students can attend the College of The Rockies Golden Campus situated within the town.