Palliser: Activities in the Area
Golden, BC and the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort area are thriving with activities for the outdoor enthusiast and serenely inviting for those who wish to relax and reflect. At Bellstar Hotels & Resorts our Guest Services team is committed to ensuring that each and every guest receives the required assistance in designing a recreational itinerary distinctive to their vacation style.
Biking and Hiking
With Golden’s proximity to Glacier and Yoho National Parks guests also have the option to head into the parks for a day of hiking or walking on many trails of varying difficulty. A Parks Canada Pass is required for guests parking within the Park Limits. An informative website for local hiking trails is goldenhikes.ca. There are also several Forest Service Roads (FSR) in the area, that allow explorers access to hiking and walking trails without the additional cost of a pass. Listed below are some of the many places to explore. If you’d like more information please contact Guest Services by dialing “0”.
- Kicking Horse Mountain Resort
Mountain bike through a series of trails designed for all levels. During the summer season the Gondola is open for guests to enjoy high alpine sightseeing and hiking. For more information on the Gondola schedule and fees please contact our Guest Services team, call the number below, or visit the Kicking Horse website.
- Dawn Mountain
Located on Hector Trail (turn right before entering the Purcell Woods loop), the cross country ski trails that are cared for by the Golden Nordic Ski Club in the winter are also enjoyed by bikers in the summer.
- Golden and Area
Golden has several hiking and walking trails including the Rotary Trail system which meanders through the town proper. There are also several easy to moderate hikes and walks that require a short drive to the trailhead.
- Moonraker Trail System
The Moonraker is a great mix of superb single tracks and old roads. The majority of trails are rated Intermediate in difficulty. The upper network is reached by turning off the Kicking horse trail road 6.5 km from the Columbia River Bridge. To access the lower network, drive south of Golden to Nicholson, turn towards Sander Lake and drive 5.4 km to reach the parking lot at Sander Lake.
There are several local gyms and fitness centres that welcome guests.
- Fitness Centres at Glacier Mountaineer Lodge
Hours: 8:00am – 10:00pm
Palliser Lodge has a Fitness Centre adjacent to the kitchen area.
- Golden Lotus Ayurveda
Dalia Yanai brings her love and knowledge of Yoga, Ayurveda, reflexology, herbs and cooking into her practice of Holistic Health.
914 11 Street South, Golden, BC
Spa & Massage Services
- Personal Touch Hair & Body Dayspa
902 9 Street South, Golden, BC
Offering a variety of hair and spa services
- Kinbasket Massage
201 421 9th Ave N, Golden, BC
Museums are a great way to learn about the Golden area – both the past and the present.
- Golden & District Museum
1302 11 Avenue South, Golden, BC
- Art Gallery of Golden-Kicking Horse Culture
516 9th Ave N, Golden, BC
Movies / Theatres
Enjoy the latest Hollywood feature films
802 Avenue South, Golden, BC
Curl up in the evenings with a bowl of popcorn and a movie. Rentals are available on mountain at the Glacier Lodge.
Golden Golf Club
The Golden Golf Club is a not-for-profit society that delivers an exceptional golfing experience at excellent value. Located in the beautiful Columbia Valley, just west of the Rockies, and east of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. The surrounding forests, rivers, and mountains offer stunning views in every direction. Experience the award winning Golden Golf Club or challenge any of the numerous exceptional championship golf courses located within a two hour drive of Golden. For more information contact Guest Services by dialing “0”, or contact Golden Golf Club at the number below.
576 Golf Course Drive, Golden, BC
Located beside the Catamount Chairlift, tickets can be purchased at Resort Guest Services inside the Day Lodge.
Skiing & Snowboarding
Kicking Horse Mountain Resort
Kicking Horse offers incredible verticals, deep ‘champagne’ powder and a truly spectacular and unique terrain mix. The fourth highest vertical drop in North America, the raw ruggedness of our mountain, the amazing always-fresh powder, and the sheer beauty of the pristine scenery set Kicking Horse apart as one of the most exceptional ski resorts in British Columbia.
- Winter & Summer: Golden Eagle Express Gondola - 8-Passenger
- Omega III Gondola: 3,413 metres (11, 266 feet), Ride Time - 12 minutes
- Winter & Summer: Catamount - 4-Passenger fixed grip chairlift
- Winter: Stairway to Heaven - 4-passenger fixed grip quad
- Winter: Pioneer - 2-Passenger fixed grip chairlift
- Winter: Pony Express - surface lift
1,260 metres (4,133 feet)
- Top of Kicking Horse: 2,450 metres (8,033 feet)
- Mid-Mountain: 1,722 metres (5,646 feet)
- Bottom of the lowest chair: 1,190 metres (3,900 feet)
- Beginner: 20%
- Intermediate: 20%
- Advanced: 45%
- Expert: 15%
Visit kickinghorseresort.com/mountain/information/trail-maps.aspx for an interactive trail map of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. Please contact Guest Services by dialing “0” for information about lift tickets, resort operations, and trail inquiries.
The trailhead is located on Palliser Trail across from the entrance to Parking Lot # 1 offers 2km and 4km loop trails that are ideal for any ability.
- Rocky Mountain Riders
Offering a variety of tour packages for all riding abilities and customizable trips for those experienced riders or the return guests who want to try a new trail. Please contact Guest Services for more information. Click here to view a PDF with more information about snowmobile tours and rentals from Rocky Mountain Riders.
Kicking Horse Trail, Golden, BC
- White N Wild Adventures (Wet N Wild)Offers guided snowmobile tours.
1509 Lafontaine Road, Golden, BC
Kicking Horse Mountain Resort
Located behind the Catamount Chair Lift just up the mountain from Mountaineer Lodge, the Village Rink is open for skaters of all abilities during the ski season. Skate rentals are available onsite. One night a week is designated for hockey! For more information contact Guest Services.
Lessons, Guiding and Kids Ski School
Kicking Horse Mountain Resort
Visit the Ski School Booking & Information Desk located inside the Day Lodge. Programs range from free one hour orientation tours to private guides who show guests all the best techniques and powder stashes. Children’s ski programs are also available for all ages and abilities with lodge pick-ups available.
Gear & Equipment
- Canyon Creek Outfitters
Offering a variety of ski and snowboard accessories as well as Kicking Horse branded merchandise.
Located at the back of the Glacier Lodge on the plaza (beside the Learning Centre)
- Selkirk Source For Sports
Offering a variety of ski and snowboard accessories as well as riding equipment, thermal layers and outerwear.
4 - 1549 Kicking Horse Trail, Golden, BC (beside Canyon Creek Outfitters)
- Kicking Horse Gear Exchange
New and used sports equipment, clothing, outerwear and accessories.
420B 9th Avenue North, Golden, BC
- Derailed Sports
Tuning and repair services for skis and bikes as well as a variety of bikes, helmets and accessories for sale.
804 Park Drive, Golden, BC
Offering a variety of ski/board equipment clothing, outerwear, accessories and footwear 517 9th Avenue North, Golden, BC
- Top Notch Clothing Emporium & Brent’s Board Shop
Offering a variety of clothing, outerwear, and accessories.
419A 9th Avenue North, Golden, BC
Purcell Helicopter Skiing
The Golden area and Purcell mountains are famous the world over for its champagne powder and backcountry skiing. Purcell Heli-Skiing offers guided heli-skiing excursions for high intermediate to advanced skiers and snowboarders.
438 Lafontaine Road, Golden, BC
Cross Country Skiing
Dawn Mountain Nordic Trails
Trailhead located on Hector Trail (turn right before entering the Purcell Woods loop). Please see our Guest Services team for maps and fee information.
- Golf Course Trails
Trailhead located by Golf Club House. Please see our Guest Services team for directions, maps and fee information.
Offering multi-day cat skiing trips that include meals and accommodation.
203 - 806 9th Street North, Golden, BC
Canadian Off-Road Adventures
Offering a variety of off road adventure tour options for beginners and experienced ATV riders.
Soar to new heights in tandem paragliding flights with an experienced pilot from the launch pad at the top of Mount 7, Golden BC
Dogtooth Climbing Gym
Dogtooth Climbing Gym is a state-of-art facility offering: 3600 sq. feet total climbing area, top-roping, lead-climbing, bouldering cave.
806 9th Street North, Golden, BC
Wild Life Watching
- Northern Lights Wolf Center
The Center offers awareness and educational information about wolves in BC and throughout western Canada.
1745 Short Road, Golden, BC
Grizzly Bear Refuge
Located within the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort area, the Guest Information & Tour Center can be accessed by taking the Catamount Chair Lift up to the mid-station. Tours run regularly during the spring and summer months. Please contact Guest Services for more information on tour schedules and prices.
- Kayaking & Canoeing
Golden’s proximity to several National Parks and backcountry areas allows explorers access to a variety of lakes and rivers to enjoy a gentle day of canoeing or the rush of whitewater kayaking. Please contact Guest Services by dialing “0” for more information.
Fishing & Ice Fishing
The Golden area offers numerous locales for fly fishing and ice fishing. Please contact Guest Services by dialing “0” for more information.
- Golden Outdoor Swimming Pool
The 25-metre outdoor pool is open during summer months.
1408 9 Street South, Golden, BC
- Alpine Rafting
Offering half day and full day whitewater rafting trips on the Kicking Horse River for families and adrenaline seekers alike.1416 Goldenview Road, Golden, BCPh: 888.599.5299
- Glacier Raft Company
Offering scenic family float trips on the Columbia River and Blaeberry River as well as half and full day packages on the Kicking Horse River.
612 7th Street North, Golden, BC
Wet N’ Wild (White N’ Wild)
Wet N' Wild Adventures takes you whitewater rafting on the Kicking Horse River. 1509 Lafontaine Road, Golden, BC