About the Town of Golden and the Canadian Rockies...
GOLDEN, British Columbia, Canada
Though the town of Golden is deep in the Columbia River Valley, it is surrounded by Mountains and is likewise at the centre of no less than six national parks. The combination of mountains, lakes, rivers, valleys as well as protected park lands, essentially makes Golden a world-class base for the pursuit of outdoor activities of all kinds. In fact, Golden has quite a long history as an "eco-tourist" destination. In the late 1800's The Canadian Pacific Railway imported a number of mountain guides from Switzerland in support of the CPR's promotion of the area as a great place for wealthy European mountaineers to make ascents of the many unclimbed peaks that could be accessed from the town.
Today, Golden is an all-season adventure hub for any number of outdoor pursuits from family float trips on the Columbia river, to world class birding and wildlife viewing in the famous Columbia wetlands, to unparalleled, mountain biking on Mount 7 and at the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. In summer The Kicking Horse River is renowned for whitewater rafting and kayaking. Mount 7 has a world reputation amongst foot-launched pilots with a hang glider and paraglider launch some 1200 metres above the valley floor that is accessible by two wheel vehicle. The thermals rising from the valley below are legendary. More recently Mount 7 has become a much talked about mountain bike destination because of the verticals and large trail network. Climbing and Hiking are, of course, natural pursuits with any number of peaks, alpine meadows and backcountry trail circuits to explore.
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