This 4,000 resident community lies where the Kicking Horse River joins the Columbia. Golden is the popular jumping-off point for both Glacier and Yoho national parks. There are a number of white water rafting companies offering exciting one day or multi-day adventures.
Annual Events: Kinsmen Home & Trade Fair (April), Bear & Bird Festival (May), Mt Psychosis Mountain Bike race (June), Show 'n' Shine Car Rally (July), Canadian Paragliding Championship (August), Golden Rodeo (August),
The city is served by Nicholson Elementary *K-7), Alexander Park Elementary (K-3), Lady Grey Elementary (4-7), Golden Secondary School (8-12) and Golden Alternate School (9-12).
Golden is a major market centre for the Columbia Valley and has extensive shopping, including malls.
Golden has a movie theatre, and is home to two ski hills: Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and Whitetooth Mountain. It lies on the Trans-Canada between Yoho National Park (with white water rafting on the Kicking Horse River) and Glacier National Park (which includes Roger's Pass). Boating & fishing is nearby at Kinbasset Lake, behind the massive Mica Dam.
Recreational homes can be bought near Kicking Horse in the $200,000 to $500,000 range.