Golden Activities & Area Attractions
Going to or from Wild Water Adventures RiverBase, there are plenty of stops, ranging from a few minutes to several hours, that you may want to fit into your agenda as you prepare for the best white water rafting Golden, BC has to offer!
Things to do in Golden, BC not surprisingly, involve being in the great outdoors. Golden is, after all, nestled between two massive mountain ranges and two massive rivers. Whether before or after your whitewater rafting adventure, take the time to enjoy the charming attractions this cozy mountain town has to offer.
Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge: While exploring the charming downtown area of Golden, wander towards the river to see the longest free-standing timber-frame bridge in Canada. It is a beauty. The bridge spans the Kicking Horse River and serves as a connector for the 7km of Rotary trails winding their way around the town’s perimeter.
Golden Farmer’s Market: Twice weekly throughout the summer, on Wednesdays and Saturdays, visitors can eat local, buy local and enjoy local!
Live Music: Every Wednesday evening, down by the timber-frame bridge, live music fills the air. Bands, quartets and duos perform to fun-loving crowds in the square and surrounding restaurant patios.
Art Gallery of Golden: Kicking Horse Culture starts and stops at the local Art Gallery, located in the heart of downtown on 9th Avenue North. The surrounding natural features inspire a vast assortment of local artisans: Carvers, weavers, photographers, jewellers, potters, and more.
Roadside Stops Along The Way
Whitewater rafting in Golden, BC involves travelling a remarkable section of the TransCanada Highway in order to arrive at our RiverBase. The Kicking Horse canyon is notorious not only for rafting and kayaking, but for cars and trucks, too, with near-vertical elevation above and sheer drop-offs below. It is an incredible marvel of nature.
East of the canyon stands another marvel, a man-made marvel. The Park Bridge towers almost 300 feet above the river, and 1,200 feet across. It is a sight hard to miss. Pull over at the Kicking Horse Rest Area and saunter down the old highway, passing directly underneath the modern structure, and see where you’ll be rafting later in the day!
Just a few minutes drive beyond the RiverBase is Wapta Falls, in Yoho National Park. A gentle 20-minute trail leads to a thundering river-wide drop that is spectacular at any time of the season. This is the Kicking Horse River, but not a section of the river that we raft!