Activities in Golden, BC, are varied and plentiful, even on a rainy day. One may think of Golden as an extremely picturesque, yet sleepy, small town nestled between the Rocky and Columbia mountain ranges. When Mother Nature decides to test human patience on a rainy day, however, there is no shortage of rewarding and enjoyable options from which to choose.

1. Start With A Hearty Breakfast

Rainy Day Activities in Golden, BC Rainy day activities in Golden, BC start at the breakfast table. There is nothing like inclement weather to make the tummy rumble. Head over to one of the many local digs for mouth-watering dishes sure to satisfy the biggest of morning hungers. A favourite place for the Wild Water Crew is the all-day breakfast at Big Bend Café, right in downtown Golden. The menu has as many options as the Kicking Horse River has rapids! Enjoy COVID-19 friendly options by either sitting outside on the ‘Polar Patio’ or take your meal to go.

2. Rafting in Golden, BC

Rainy Day Activities in Golden, BC Rafting in Golden, BC while it’s raining just makes perfect sense. You’re going to get wet from the waves anyway, right? Does it really matter if a few raindrops fall from the sky when everyone is hooting and hollering together downstream? It’s not as if anyone is going to melt because of a little rain!

And as for keeping comfy and cozy on the rafts, Wild Water Adventures has that covered. Rafters are provided with an extensive wardrobe of gear so to keep everyone grinning from ear to ear … even in the rain. Wetsuits, neoprene booties & gloves and spray jackets are donned in our spacious and heated indoor RiverBase change rooms. For guests who like to be extra cozy, and possibly consider themselves as thermally challenged, bring along your own polar fleece sweater (i.e. synthetic fleece or merino wool) as an extra layer. Please … NO cotton! Let’s not forget about the assortment of hot beverages served after every trip, or the BBQ lunch upgrade option with morning departures.

3. A Little Bit of Culture

Rainy Day Activities in Golden, BCKicking Horse culture is alive and well in Golden, whether it be outdoor concerts in the summer, live performances at the Golden Civic Centre, or bands playing at the local pubs. On cool, damp days there is nothing finer than perusing through the Golden Museum and/or the Art Gallery of Golden. Learning a bit of the local history enhances appreciation for all those who wandered the region before us. The museum houses permanent collections as well as vast arrays of photographs from days gone by. Local artists (of which there are many) display their wide-ranging and talented works at the art gallery. Both destinations are definitely worth checking out, rain or shine!

4. Fuel Up Again!

Rainy Day Activities in Golden, BC Activities in Golden, BC, require a constant flow of energy. After a day of exploring and, of course, rafting, the tummy will need topping up again. When dinnertime rolls around, choose from a vast array of international eating establishments. Golden’s restaurant scene includes a cosmopolitan selection, ranging from food trucks to burger joints to fine dining, and everything else in between. My personal favourite for beer and a burger … The Golden Taps Pub, right across the street from the Art Gallery of Golden, with plenty of outdoor seating both in front and out back!

5. Evening Movie and/or Music

Rainy Day Activities in Golden, BC When the rain is falling, daytime or evening, cuddle up with a bag of popcorn at the local movie theatre. Golden Cinema houses two screens (that’s right … two!) and runs box office hits on a rotating weekly schedule. Currently, the cinema is offering exclusive private screenings for families and small groups. Who needs the big city to see your favourite flick? And, if popcorn isn’t your thing, have a scoop or two of some of the best ice cream in town! After the movie, wander into one of the many bar and grill joints and take in the local music and beer scene. Whitetooth Brewing, Golden’s local beer maker, can no doubt be found at most of the area’s watering holes (all of which have outdoor patios!).

In summation …

Activities in Golden, BC, even when it’s raining, still offer excitement and not-to-be-missed holiday moments. Sunshine or not, there’s plenty of fun to be had. Golden is a great place to visit!


For rafting reservations, no matter the weather, simply call us at 1-888-647-6444,

or click the yellow ‘Book Today’ button on any Wild Water Adventures website page.

Wild Water Adventures is your premier outfitter for family rafting trips on the Kicking Horse River.

The 2022 Rafting Season ‘Kicks’ Off On Saturday, May 21st.

See You Soon On The River!

Things to do in Golden, BCWild Water Adventures

Author: Deborah Wade

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