Summer Activities at Kicking Horse

Biking and Hiking

With Golden’s proximity to Glacier and Yoho National Parks guests also have the option to head into the parks for a day of hiking or walking on many trails of varying difficulty. A Parks Canada Pass is required for guests parking within the Park limits. An informative website for local hiking trails is www.goldenhikes.ca. There are also several Forest Service Roads (FSR) in the area, that allow explorers access to hiking and walking trails without the additional cost of a pass. Listed below are some of the many places to explore.

  • Kicking Horse Mountain Resort
    Mountain bike through a series of trails designed for all levels. During the summer season the Gondola is open for guests to enjoy high alpine sightseeing and hiking. For more information on the Gondola schedule and fees please contact the number below, or visit the Kicking Horse website.
    Ph: 250.754.5425
    kickinghorseresort.com/mountain/activities/hiking-summer.aspx
  • Dawn Mountain
    Located on Hector Trail (turn right before entering the Purcell Woods loop), the cross country ski trails that are cared for by the Golden Nordic Ski Club in the winter are also enjoyed by bikers in the summer.
  • Golden and Area
    Golden has several hiking and walking trails including the Rotary Trail system which meanders through the town proper. There are also several easy to moderate hikes and walks that require a short drive to the trailhead.
  • Moonraker Trail System
    The Moonraker is a great mix of superb single tracks and old roads. The majority of trails are rated Intermediate in difficulty. The upper Network is reached by turning off the Kicking horse trail road 6.5 km from the Columbia River Bridge. To access the lower network, drive south of Golden to Nicholson, turn towards Sander Lake and drive 5.4 km to reach the parking lot at Sander Lake.
    tourismgolden.com/pdfs/Map_Moonraker.pdf

Gym/Fitness

There are several local gyms and fitness centres in the area that welcome guests.

  • Golden Lotus Ayurveda
    Dalia Yanai brings her love and knowledge of Yoga, Ayurveda, reflexology, herbs and cooking into her practice of Holistic Health.
    914 11 Street South, Golden, BC
    Ph: 250.344.8685

Museums

Museums are a great way to learn about the Golden area – both the past and the present.

  • Golden & District Museum
    1302 11 Avenue South, Golden, BC
    Ph: 250.344.5169
  • Art Gallery of Golden-Kicking Horse Culture
    516 9th Ave N, Golden, BC
    Ph: 250.344.6186

Spa & Massage Services

  • Winston Lodge Spa
    1593 Cache Close, Golden, BC
    Ph: 250.344.7272
    winstonlodge.com/thespa
  • Personal Touch Hair & Body Dayspa
    902 - 9 Street South, Golden, BC
    Offering a variety of hair and spa services
    Ph: 250.344.6413
    personal-touch.ca
  • Kinbasket Massage
    201 421 9th Ave N, Golden, BC
    Ph: 250.344.6631
    kinbasketmassage.ca

Movies / Theatres

  • Golden Cinema
    Enjoy the latest Hollywood feature films
    802 Avenue South, Golden, BC
    Ph: 250.344.5510
  • Movie Rentals
    Curl up in the evenings with a bowl of popcorn and a movie. Rentals are available on mountain at the Glacier Lodge.

Golf Courses

  • Golden Golf Club
    The Golden Golf Club is a not-for-profit society that delivers a great golfing experience at excellent value. Located in the beautiful Columbia Valley, just west of the Rockies, and east of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. The surrounding forests, rivers, and mountains offer stunning views in every direction. Experience the award winning Golden Golf Club just an 8 minute drive from the Resort or challenge any of the numerous exceptional championship golf courses located within a two hour drive of Golden. 
    576 Golf Course Drive, Golden, BC
    Ph: 250.344.2700
    golfgolden.com

Paragliding

  • Altitude Adventures
    Soar to new heights in tandem paragliding flights with an experienced pilot from the launch pad at the top of Mount 7, Golden BC
    Ph: 250-344-3214
    altitudeadventures.ca

Rock Climbing

  • Dogtooth Climbing Gym
    Dogtooth Climbing Gym is a state-of-art facility offering: 3600 sq. feet total climbing area, top-roping, lead-climbing, bouldering cave.
    806 9th Street North, Golden, BC
    Ph: 250.344.6444
    dogtoothgym.com

Wild Life Watching

  • Northern Lights Wolf Center
    The Center offers awareness and educational information about wolves in BC and throughout western Canada.
    1745 Short Road, Golden, BC
    Ph: 250.344.6798
    northernlightswildlife.com
  • Grizzly Bear Refuge (Seasonal - Summer months)
    Located within the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort area, the Guest Information & Tour Center can be accessed by taking the Catamount Chair Lift up to the mid-station. Boo was an orphaned Grizzly Bear that now lives in the world's largest, enclosed, protected Grizzly Bear habitat. Multiple times a day, one-of-a-kind interpretive tours are offered where visitors can view a grizzly bear interacting much as they do in the wild; foraging, hunting, playing, swimming, snoozing and exploring. Tours run regularly during the spring and summer months.

Water Activities

  • Kayaking & Canoeing
    Golden’s proximity to several National Parks and backcountry areas allows explorers access to a variety of lakes and rivers to enjoy a gentle day of canoeing or the rush of whitewater kayaking.
  • Fishing & Ice Fishing
    The Golden area offers numerous locales for fly fishing and ice fishing.
  • Golden Outdoor Swimming Pool
    The 25-metre outdoor pool is open during summer months. 
    1408 9 Street South, Golden, BC
    Ph: 250.344.2118
    golden.ca
  • Alpine Rafting
    Offering half day and full day whitewater rafting trips on the Kicking Horse River for families and adrenaline seekers alike. 
    1416 Goldenview Road, Golden, BC
    Ph: 888.599.5299
    alpinerafting.com
  • Glacier Raft Company
    Offering scenic family float trips on the Columbia River and Blaeberry River as well as half and full day packages on the Kicking Horse River. 
    612 7th Street North, Golden, BC
    Ph: 250.344.6521
    glacierraft.com
  • Wet N’ Wild
    Wet N' Wild Adventures takes you whitewater rafting on the Kicking Horse River. 
    1509 Lafontaine Road, Golden, BC
    Ph: 250.344.6546
    wetnwild.bc.ca

Places to See near Kicking Horse Lodging

Extraordinary Places to See near from your base camp at Kicking Horse Lodging in the Canadian Rockies.

  • Takakkaw Falls
    Takakkaw Falls is a waterfall located in Yoho National Park, near Field, British Columbia, in Canada. Its highest point is 302 metres (991 ft) from its base, making it the 45th tallest waterfall in eastern British Columbia.
  • Emerald Lake
    Emerald Lake is located in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada. It is the largest of Yoho's 61 lakes and ponds, as well as one of the park's premier tourist attractions.
  • Natural Bridge
    The Kicking Horse River, a Canadian Heritage river, originates in the Wapta and Waputik icefields in the park. This river has created a natural bridge through solid rock. This formation is located 3 km west of Field, accessible from the road to Emerald Lake.
  • Wapta Falls
    Wapta Falls is a waterfall located in Yoho National Park in British Columbia, Canada. It is the largest waterfall of the Kicking Horse River, at about 30 metres (98 ft) high and 150 metres (490 ft) wide. Its average flow can reach 254 cubic metres per second (9,000 cu ft/s). The name stems from a Nakoda Indian word meaning "river".
  • Northern Light Wolf Centre
    The Center offers awareness and educational information about wolves in BC and throughout western Canada.
    1745 Short Road, Golden, BC
    Ph: 250.344.6798
    northernlightswildlife.com
  • Burgess Shale
    The Burgess Shale Formation is a fossil field in the Canadian Rockies of British Columbia, Canada. It is famous for the exceptional preservation of the soft parts of its fossils. At 508 million years (Middle Cambrian) old, it is one of the earliest fossil beds containing soft-part imprints.
  • Lake O’Hara
    This unparalleled hidden gem is home to exquisite hanging valleys, jewel-blue lakes and breathtaking vistas. An excellent trail network for the region is maintained by the Lake O’Hara Trails Club and Parks Canada. Book early – advanced reservations are required.
  • Nakimu Caves
    The Nakimu Caves are a cave system located in Glacier National Park in British Columbia, Canada. The caves run for six kilometres in the central region of the park. The name means "grumbling spirits" in the Shuswap language. They were formed by the action of Cougar Brook on a soft limestone strata. The access is through Balu Pass.
  • Spiral Tunnels
    When British Columbia joined Confederation in 1871, it was on the condition that Prime Minister John A. Macdonald would build a railway to link the province to the rest of the country. Building a railway across such a large continent was a major undertaking and one of the most serious obstacles was the Rocky Mountains. Several passes were considered for the route and despite its rugged terrain, Kicking Horse Pass was chosen because of its proximity to the US border and its shorter distance to the Pacific Coast. This choice was so significant to the history of Canada that Kicking Horse Pass was designated as a National Historic Site in 1971. Learn More.
  • World Largest Hand Paddle
    Certified by GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® title as the 'Largest Hand Paddle / Oar' and based on an actual paddle, this proportionally correct monolith is scaled up 13 times to over 60 feet - perfect for a 78-foot giant! Nestled below the towering Canadian Rocky Mountains, the World’s Largest Paddle provides breathtaking views of the surrounding Columbia River Valley near Golden BC. Learn More.

 

Kicking Horse Lodging offers a multitude of on-mountain properties to suit every taste and budget.