We’re starting to get lots of phone calls from people who are looking to get out and about this summer when the time is right. If you’re thinking about travelling to our special mountain town, you're likely wondering what's open in Golden, BC for summer 2021.
We don’t blame you for wanting to come here. Golden is located in the Canadian Rockies and Columbia River Valley. It has nature, wide open spaces, outdoor activities and lots of room to roam so it never feels crowded. It’s exactly what we need right now to maintain our distance and stay safe.
Being at the heart of 6 National Parks, Golden is also the prime location for getting outside and relaxing in nature. Head in any direction and you’ll have hiking trails, viewpoints and natural attractions at your fingertips.
To help with your planning, we’ve compiled a list of activities and attractions we know will be open in Golden for summer 2021.
As companies start to open their doors, we hope you can take this chance to explore the natural areas and small businesses near you.
Activities and Attractions Open in Golden BC for Summer 2021
1. White Water Rafting and Scenic Rafting Tours
Opens June 1st, 2021
The Kicking Horse River is ready for you starting June 1st. Our friendly crew and river pup will be here to welcome you back.
Full day and half day options are available to get you out on the river and having fun.
Available this summer is the option to ‘Book a Boat’. It guarantees a private raft for you and your group, and you'll save a bit of money too. It’s for groups of 4 - 8 people.
The Full Day White Water Discovery trip is our most popular option and it offers a complete rafting experience.
If you're looking for a quicker trip with lots of fun rapids, the Half Day White Water Express is what you're after.
The rafting season runs until September 11th.
The Golden Golf Club is already in full swing for the season (pun intended). If cruising around the fairways is a happy place for you, the GGC is ready for you.
You can reserve your tee off time and print your scorecards online, so getting out on the course couldn't be easier. The driving range and restaurant are open, as well.
If you’re looking for a family friendly outing, the 18 hole mini golf course is open. It's a fun way to spend a few hours and is always good for a laugh.
3. Fishing tours
The Golden Gillie is your go to for anything fishing in the Golden area. 18 years of local knowledge will be here to greet you and make sure you get the experience you’re hoping for. Owned and operated by Dave Burns, you'll enjoy his company as much as the fishing itself.
Give him a call or send an email and he’ll help you make a plan. His fishing tours are for beginners and seasoned anglers.
4. Gondola Rides, Via Ferrata, Sightseeing, Boo the Grizzly and Downhill Biking
Opening Date : TBD
Whoa, that was a mouthful - there's definitely lots to do at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. They're gearing up and will be open 7 days a week as far as we know at the moment.
You can easily spend a day exploring the resort and we recommend a trip to the top of the mountain for the 365 degree mountain views.
We feel fortunate every time we’re up there, and you can pair the views with a nice lunch at Eagle’s Eye Restaurant. For a bit of adrenaline try downhill biking or the Via Ferrata (a secured climbing route) while you’re up there.
5. ATV Tours
Open May 1st, 2021
Canadian Offroad Adventures is already hitting the dirt. May 1st is their opening date so if you’re feeling the need for speed give them a call. You’ll explore the logging roads and forests around Golden, and they have several different tour options available.
Whether you're looking for a full day or only a few hours, Canadian Offroad can help you out.
6. Kayak Rentals
Opens June 1st, 2021
Have you considered renting a 1 or 2 person inflatable kayak? If you want to set off and explore on your own, this will give you that freedom.
They’re stable, they’re sturdy and they’re great for kids and pets. There are tons of lakes in the area, and the Columbia River is a gentle option if you have a couple vehicles to provide your own shuttle.
We can help point you in the right direction at the time of booking or when you come to pick up your boat.
7. Bike Trails
Golden’s bike trails are open and they’re in great shape! The Golden Cycling Club is the best spot to get info, but we can ensure you Golden has it all.
Cruisy, single track, stroller track, downhill, uphill, forest rides, river side, techy, smooth, flowy, jumpy, stompy and fast (or slow if you want).
You can check out the Mountain Shadows Network, the Moonrakers or the CBT Trails. Before committing to a ride, take a look at TrailForks for up to date trail conditions and any potential closures.
We love them all. Just start pedalling.
For some of our favourites, check out the Best Bike Trails in Golden, BC
8. Hiking Trails
Get on your hiking boots. You could hike everyday this summer and still not cover all the trails surrounding Golden, BC. There are lots of local trails, with the Golden Hikes website being the best source of info. There are also all the National Park hiking options.
Whether you’re heading to Yoho, Glacier or Kootenay National Park, be sure to check the appropriate Parks website for the most up to date info. Hiking trails should be open, but campgrounds, day use sites and other areas may not be.
If you're heading out early season it's important to remember that the alpine trails will still be snow covered.
For ideas on the best hikes to check out, here are some suggestions:
Opening July 1st, 2021
Want to look down at it all from above? Altitude Adventures is planning to take flight starting July 1st. Floating through the sky is one of the coolest experiences. It’s about as close as you can get to feeling like you’re flying.
Yes, people have wing suits, but that's probably not what you're after if you're looking for a bit of leisurely adventure.
At the time of writing, we are still unsure about a few activities. While they may be options later in the summer, you’ll want to check in with them before making any plans.
Activities We are Unsure of their opening for summer 2021
1. Skydiving - Extreme Yeti
2. Canoe and SUP Rentals - Columbia Wetland Adventures
3. Bungee swings and ziplining (Golden’s newest attraction) - Rocky Mountain Adventure Park
4. Horseback Tours - Bear Corner Bed and Bale
That covers it for activities as of now. The majority of restaurants, cafes, and bars are opening too. Many have already opened their patios and others plan to in the coming weeks.
We're hoping that by June, our little mountain town will be back in full swing. There are many reasons to visit and our community will be here to welcome you in.
Be sure to check local travel advisories, however, as we all know things can change very quickly.
Every company we’ve mentioned has Covid-19 policies and plans in place. Lots of changes have been made right across the board, and you can find more info on each respective website.
Keeping our local community safe is the top priority. All safety measures laid out will have to be strictly followed to ensure we can continue to operate and do the things we love to do.
This is a running list of what's open in Golden, BC for summer 2021. As other things open we’ll add to our recommendations, and if we’ve missed anything let us know in the comments below.
We look forward to the next time you can visit us in Golden, BC. Until then, stay healthy, stay well and keep living an adventure.
Cheers from all of us here at Glacier Raft Company