What to do and see in Golden, Kootenay Rockies: The Best Free Things to do

May 14, 2022 Agatha Simes

Explore the rugged landscape of Kicking Horse Country from your base in Golden. Sate your appetite for adventure here, from hiking, kayaking and river rafting to ice climbing, sledding and heli-skiing. If you really love a challenge, stay at any of the area's B&Bs and lodges that are only accessible only by helicopter.
Restaurants in Golden

1. Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge

8th Ave North, Golden, British Columbia Canada +1 250-344-2271 http://www.tourismgolden.com/activities/other/142
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4.5 based on 322 reviews

Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge

Reviewed By 574tracyb - Ladner, Canada

Beautiful construction. You can tell it’s not an old bridge. But still a beautiful wooden covered bridge.

2. Rotary Trails

Golden, British Columbia V0A 1H0 Canada +1 250-344-0072 [email protected] http://www.mappery.com/Rotary-Trail-Map
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4.5 based on 38 reviews

Rotary Trails

The Rotary Trail is a great hike on days when you only have a brief period of time available, or when you just do not feel like anything more strenuous. Entirely inside town limits, it includes riverside walks, great views, and has a pub halfway along. What more can you ask?

3. Columbia River

Golden, British Columbia Canada +1 250-344-2925
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4.5 based on 27 reviews

Columbia River

Reviewed By Goldenite07

The Columbia River flows through Golden BC on it's way to the Pacific Ocean. Just south of Golden is a gorgeous wildlife viewing area. We left one car in Golden and then drove to a a little town called Nicholson which is about 9 km south and put our kayaks into the water there. There is small parking area next to the river so it doesn't take much to get down to the bank especially when the water level is high. From there you just basically float down to Golden. It took us about 2 and a half hours but we were battling some winds in our face at times. The views are fabulous especially the birds. We saw at least 3 bald eagles and osprey and herons and more. Outstanding. The best place to park in Golden is at the Airport. There is a small parking area next to a good take-out landing but there are other options. This trip is for everything from a beginner to expert kayak. There is no whitewater. The only thing to watch for are low branches along the bank. Inflatable kayaks can be rented from Selkirk Sports at Kicking Horse Resort for $40 a day. Good deal and easy to inflate.

516 9th Avenue North, Golden, British Columbia V0A 1H0 Canada +1 250-344-6186 http://kickinghorseculture.ca/art-gallery-of-golden/
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4.5 based on 12 reviews

Art Gallery of Golden

5. Spirit Square

8th Ave North, Golden, British Columbia V0A 1H0 Canada +1 250-344-2271 http://www.golden.ca
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4.5 based on 13 reviews

Spirit Square

The plaza in the centre of town. A beautiful place where people gather next to the timber frame pedestrian bridge. There flowers, a fountain, farmers market, concerts and a little outdoor pub steps away.

Reviewed By 5cottie - British Columbia, Canada

A fine River side walk will take you to Spirit Square and the amazing Covered woodern Bridge and the adjoining walks make Spirit Square a must see in Golden. Listen to the samll water feature and smell the garden flowers or take a break in one of the adjoining patios and truly smell the coffee (or in my case taste a cold beer!).

6. Whitetooth Brewing Company

623 8th Avenue North, Golden, British Columbia V0A 1H0 Canada +1 250-344-2838 http://whitetoothbrewing.com
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4.5 based on 65 reviews

Whitetooth Brewing Company

Whitetooth Brewing Company crafts small batch Belgian-inspired and West Coast influenced beers in the town of Golden, BC. You will find our brewery nestled between the Purcell Range and the Rocky Mountains near the confluence of the Kicking Horse and Columbia Rivers. Our goal is to combine the best experiences that our expansive mountain playground has to offer with the perfect beverage afterwards. Our tasting room is open from 2pm until 10pm, everyday. Must be 19+ to enjoy the tasting room & patio.

Reviewed By k8brit - Kelowna, Canada

I've enjoyed WhiteTooth beer at beer festivals and my from my local private liquor stores, so I wanted to stop in when we were passing through Golden for a night. They have a great tasting room and patio. There was live music and a food truck the evening we were there which was enjoyable. The flight of beer was delish and overall experience was nice. Only downside was that the patio isn't pet friendly. There is a spot to tie up your dog on the outside of the patio but you can't sit with them. I understand everywhere has their own rules but our dog is family so when we are traveling with her it's always nice to find pet friendly establishments... but that aside we would definitely visit again!

7. Golden Visitor Centre

1000 Trans Canada Highway, Golden, British Columbia V0A 1H1 Canada +1 250-439-7290 [email protected] http://www.tourismgolden.com/plan-trip/visitor-services
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4.5 based on 14 reviews

Golden Visitor Centre

The Golden Visitor Centre is now CLOSED for the 2020 season. We would like to thank everyone who came by to learn more about Golden and look forward to seeing you again in 2021. When the Visitor Centre is open, our local, knowledgeable counsellors are the best resource for insider tips on where to stay, what to eat and how to make the most of your mountain adventure. We offer free local maps and guides, trip planning advice and free wifi. Parks Canada passes and a selection of souvenirs are also available for purchase. Our building and washrooms are fully accessible. Our picnic tables make for a great place for lunch while your dog enjoys a break in the dog run.

8. World's Largest Paddle

2629 95 Hwy, Golden, British Columbia V0A 1H4 Canada +1 888-244-7117 [email protected] http://www.worldslargestpaddle.com
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4.0 based on 22 reviews

World's Largest 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.

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