Destination guide

You won't have a lackluster time at Golden vacation rentals

Grab your outdoor gear and head for the hills – Golden is a nature lover's dream! At the confluence of the Columbia and Kicking Horse rivers, Golden offers easy access to the Rocky and Columbia mountain ranges, where you can find all the hiking, camping, and mountain biking you could want. Powder hounds flock to the area's ski resorts during the cold season, while adrenaline junkies can enjoy mountain biking, paragliding, and hang gliding in the summer. You can find a number of national parks in the area, too – Banff, Yoho, Jasper, Glacier, and Kootenay are all just a short drive away.

History

Settled by explorers during the early 19th century, Golden has a rich history of adventure and discovery. The town expanded when the Canadian Pacific Railway built the transcontinental railroad, connecting Canada's eastern and western coasts. You can get a closer look at the city's heritage at the Golden & District Museum, then pose for a quick selfie at the Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge – the picturesque 46-metre-long bridge across the Kicking Horse River is made up of thousands of Douglas fir beams, in homage to Golden's past as a logging hub.

Activities

Activities and attractions in and around Golden

Do you want to find things to do during your stay? Travelers enjoy fun activities like horseback riding, biking and skiing. Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable vacation rental, you'll want to experience everything that makes Golden a one-of-a-kind vacation spot. These are some of the top attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Golden Golf Club (3.2 mi / 5.1 km)
  • Kicking Horse Mountain Resort (3.9 mi / 6.2 km)
  • Northern Lights Wildlife Wolf Center (8.3 mi / 13.3 km)
Weather

Seasonal weather in Golden

Golden is well known for its skiing. If you're interested in winter sports, you might consider visiting in February, January, March or December, when snowfall averages 83.00 inches and temperatures average 20°F.

Natural features

Exploring the mountains and other natural features in Golden

Whether you're looking for fun outdoor activities or just want to appreciate the scenery, Golden is a great spot to appreciate mother nature. Here are some of the area’s most enchanting sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Burges and James Gadsden Provincial Park (8.5 mi / 13.7 km)
  • Wapta Falls Trailhead (17.5 mi / 28.2 km)
  • Three Island Lake (20.8 mi / 33.4 km)
  • Parson Recreation Park (21.2 mi / 34.1 km)
  • Yoho National Park (22 mi / 35.5 km)
  • Glacier National Park (23.7 mi / 38.1 km)
How to get around

Navigating your way around Golden vacation rentals

Since it's so close to such a wide variety of outdoor adventure, you'll probably want to rent a car during for your trip to Golden. The city lies just off the Trans-Canada Highway, which connects it to Calgary in the east and Vancouver in the west. The highway is also the easiest way to get to national parks like Banff, Yoho, Glacier, and Kootenay. Alternatively, hop on Golden-bound Greyhound buses from Vancouver, Calgary, Alberta, or Cranbrook. If you'd rather travel on just two wheels, Golden also lies along the Golden Triangle, a popular 330-kilometre-long cycling route between British Columbia and Alberta.

Food & drink 

Eat your heart out at Golden's restaurants, bars, and cafes

With so many different outdoor activities available, you're sure to work up an appetite in Golden. Although many Golden vacation rentals offer full kitchens and BBQ grills, you'd do well to try out at least a few of the local dining establishments. You can find rustic eateries serving up classic regional fare with a side of scenic mountain views, and there's a number of bars and old-timey saloons. The town is dotted with cafes – some of which boast organic fare – where you can caffeinate and fuel up for your next mountain adventure.

Essential info

What you need to know for your Golden vacation rental stay

Located in southeastern British Columbia, Golden is a small town with a population of just over 3,700. It lies within the Rocky Mountain Trench at an elevation of 800 m above sea level. The nearest city, Calgary, is about 3 hours' drive to the east along the Trans-Canada Highway, and Highway 95 connects Golden to the US state of Idaho in the south. Canada's 2 official languages are English and French, but English is by far the most common language in Golden. The currency throughout the country is the Canadian dollar. For emergencies, you can call 911.

Where to stay near Golden?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 155 house rentals near Golden. From 59 Houses to 30 Chalets, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Golden for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when travelling to Golden?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Golden. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • British Columbia Visitor Centre at Golden: 155 home rentals
  • Golden and District Recreation Centre: 155 home rentals
  • Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge: 155 home rentals
  • Edelweiss Village: 155 home rentals
  • Wapta Falls Trailhead: 50 home rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Golden listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Golden?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 59 Houses in Golden. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Golden include:

  • Chalets: 30 lodging choices
  • Cabins: 13 lodging choices
  • Cottages: 13 lodging choices

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation homes including Condos/Apartments and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with internet/wifi in Golden?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with internet/wifi among our 142 vacation homes with internet/wifi available in Golden.