Golden (British Columbia)

Golden is a town in southeastern British Columbia, Canada, approximately 262 kilometers by road from Calgary, Alberta in the east and 713 kilometers by road from Vancouver in the west away. Golden is located in the Columbia Valley, the Columbia - Shuswap Regional District and is home to a branch of the College of the Rockies. In the language of the local First Nation, the tribe of the Kutenai, ie the city ʔaknuk ǂ uk.

The town was founded at the confluence of the Columbia River and Kicking Horse River and is flanked by the Purcell Mountain Range and the Glacier National Park in the west. In the east, the Rocky Mountains and the Yoho National Park are. In the vicinity are also the Banff National Park, Jasper National Park and Kootenay National Park.


A large part of the local history is connected with the Canadian Pacific Railway and the Woodcutter industry. Today, the city still relies on these two industries, the development of the Kicking Horse Resort along with other businesses in the leisure industry, however, have approved an economic diversification in place. The local mountain ( Mount 7 ), southeast of the resort, is a popular destination for paragliders, hang gliders and mountain bikers.

The granting of local autonomy for the church took place on June 26, 1957 ( incorporated as the Village Municipality ). Since December 15, 1981 Golden has the status of a small town ( Town).


The census in 2011 showed a population of 3,701 inhabitants for the community. The population has thereby decreased compared to the last census in 2006 by 2.9 %, while the population in the province of British Columbia at the same time grew by 7.0%.


Through the Golden Highway leads 1 ( Trans-Canada Highway). Here is the end point of Highway 95, which connects the place with the United States and the rest of the territory of the East Kootenay Region and the City of Cranbrook.

On the southern outskirts of Golden is the local airfield (IATA: -, ICAO: CYGE, Transport Canada Identifier: - ). The airfield has a short paved runway, and runway of 1,380 meters in length.


The Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge is the longest free- span timber frame bridge in Canada, emerged as a community project by the Timber Framers Guild and volunteers from the town of Golden, who were supported by by traveling carpenters and Timberframern from Canada, the United States and Europe.