Uniquely situated between six national parks and flanked on either side by the Purcell and Rocky mountain ranges, this tiny town should be on your must-visit list when exploring the area. It’s also just a 90-minute drive from Banff. The friendly locals, charming downtown and robust food scene, perfectly compliment the endless outdoor adventure Golden has to offer. Here’s how to make the most of a weekend in the mountain town.
When you arrive, get a feel for Golden by wandering its quaint downtown and poking around in the variety of shops—don’t miss the Art Gallery of Golden to find unique pieces from local artists. Then, unwind in the tasting room at Whitetooth Brewing Company while sampling some of its Belgian-inspired small-batch brews.
For dinner, head to Whitetooth Mountain Bistro, a casual yet upscale spot located downtown. You’ll find classic bistro items on the menu such as steamed mussels and steak frites, and along with the everchanging cocktail lineup, there’s an impressive selection of wines from the Pacific Northwest so you can ensure your meal is perfectly paired.
Start your morning with a coffee and a breakfast sandwich to-go from Bluebird Cafe. Then get your heartrate up on one of the many hikes in the area. There are plenty of options for a variety of fitness levels but, to get the lay of the land, try Rotary Trails—Golden’s in-town loop that circles the downtown core. This trail runs along the banks of the Kicking Horse River, through residential streets and past Reflection Lake.
Spend the day at Golden’s newest must-visit attraction, Golden Skybridge (opening May 2021). Two suspension bridges cross a vast canyon, offering epic views of the canyon’s thundering waterfall and rushing rivers, as well as the area’s craggy peaks and stunning forest views. Wander along the kilometres of trails on either side of the bridges to one of the viewing platforms to score killer photos of the Rocky and Purcell mountains. After, let the little ones run around at the onsite kid’s park complete with mini bridge and a treehouse.
Back in town, head for dinner at Eleven22 restaurant. The menu from owner-chef Konan Mar is bursting with modern comfort food and plenty of international flair—the Stilton fondue, duck Shepard’s pie and ratatouille are must-try dishes.
You can take your time getting to Big Bend Cafe, a popular, all-day breakfast spot. The menu here is extensive, serving everything from eggs Benedict, frittata and pancakes to burritos and huevos, so bring a healthy appetite before hitting the road.
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