Things to Do
Purcell Mountain Lodge in Glacier National Park (Wilderness lodge, Purcell Mountains (David Gluns photo)
Golden offers myriad activities and attractions all year round.
Plunge into Kicking Horse River's white water on a rafting trip, take to the skies by paragliding or check out the local wolf and bear population. Come winter, snow enthusiasts are spoiled for choice with numerous ways to play in the champagne powder.
The skiing options start with Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, and continue with nordic, heli, and backcountry, either self-guided or from one of the backcountry lodges in the mountains around Golden.
Cat skiing is available from Chatter Creek Lodge. From this beautiful helicopter-accessed mountain retreat, skiers and snowboarders have snowcat access to more than 24,000ha/58,000ac of glaciers and alpine bowls, with excellent tree skiing.
Go snowmobiling. For travelers coming from the Prairies, this is the first snowmobiling area west of the national parks.