Transportation & Maps
While most visitors arrive in Golden in their own car, recreational vehicle or by motorcycle or bicycle, there are other options for transportation and getting around town. However, a vehicle is necessary to take advantage of the area's unique driving routes.
From Vancouver, Golden is a one or two day 713km/443mi drive on Highway 1, the Trans-Canada Highway. Calgary is 262km/163mi further east, a journey that should take three hours. Highway 95 intersects with the Trans-Canada Highway in Golden, and heads south to the Kootenay Rockies communities of Radium Hot Springs (105km/65mi) and Cranbrook (284km/154mi), and then connects with US Hwy 95 at the US border.
Cars and trucks can be rented from the National Car Rental agency in Golden. Winter tires or chains are essential for winter driving in these mountains. Avalanches can cause road closures in the Rogers Pass area. Carry food and extra warm clothing when travelling in winter.