Choosing A Hotel in Golden
What Golden is all about
Golden is also known as Kicking Horse Country, not because residents go around kicking horses in their free time - because that would be cruel, but because a geologist named Sir James Hector from the mid-1800s was kicked and almost killed by his horse in a kerfuffle while crossing a river on an expedition to find the most optimal route through the mountains. Long story short, the name stuck and now a bunch of roads, bridges and resorts are branded with the 'Kicking Horse' label. One of these structures is the Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge, the oldest freestanding timber framed bridge in Canada - giving you goosebumps yet? Thought so.
Winter brings lots of skiing opportunities as visitors are surrounded with numerous options, including a handful of Heli skiing operators. In fact, it has been said that Heli skiing was born in Golden in the mid-1960s. Summer brings excellent hiking, golfing, boating, fishing and 4X4 exploring. This truly is a place to stay busy all year round.
How to choose and save on a hotel in Golden
Finding a hotel in Golden can be somewhat of a challenge unless you plan ahead. Rooms tend to be booked fast because there are not a lot of accommodations available to begin with. If you are traveling on a budget, try to book one of the standard brand name hotels for a basic but affordable accommodation. If, on the other hand, you'd like to pamper yourself and have a few extra dollars to spend (OK, a lot of extra dollars), opt for one of the inns or resorts instead. The price difference for a resort or an inn can be at least double or more compared to a standard hotel.
Sandwiched between Glacier National Park and Kootenay National Park it's the perfect spot for visitors hoping to get a glimpse of Canada's beautiful wilderness. In addition, Jasper National Park is about a 3 hour drive to the north. Finally, Golden is an hour and 20 minute drive from Lake Louise and just under 2 hours west of Banff.