The Ultimate Day of Adventure in Golden, BC

Mix a visit to the brand new Golden Skybridge with a full or half day of rafting with us here at Glacier Raft Company. It'll be a maximum dose of exhilaration this summer. Whitewater rafting and zipline tours in Golden offer the ultimate day of adventure.

Travel is beginning to open up again in our region just as the temperatures are rising. All this sun has us dreaming of ways to maximize our treasured summer weekends and getaways. If you’re looking for an adventure, Golden B.C. is where you want to set up shop. Not only is it home to some of the biggest and best white water rafting in British Columbia and Alberta, it offers a number of other activities for the mountain lovers out there.

Sitting in the Canadian Rockies, our bustling little town of Golden B.C. is at the heart of six of Canada’s most stunning national parks. Yoho, Glacier, Banff, Jasper, Kootenay and Mount Revelstoke. Experience the spectacular scenery, iconic hiking trails, waterfalls, lakes and heritage sites of the national parks, as well as all the natural attractions within the towns.

 

View of Kicking Horse River and Canadian Rocky Mountains

Beautiful scenery and grand adventures await you in Golden, BC

 

For those thrill seekers who like to get their blood pumping, we’ve got just the day planned for you! Whether you’re a local looking to amp up the excitement on a weekend staycation, or a visitor popping into town on a BC getaway, the brand new Golden Skybridge will be taking the East Kootenays to new heights. It's the newest, highest skybridge in Canada.

Bask in the stunning 360 degree views offered at the adventure park, 426 feet above a breathtaking canyon. The Columbia Valley unfolds beneath this must-visit attraction.

 

The Golden Skybridge

Designed to capture both the striking mountain landscape and rushing waters below, the Golden Skybridge reveals a unique and thrilling perspective of the Rocky and Purcell mountain ranges. It's anchored by a 200-foot waterfall flowing through the canyon below. This exciting new destination is two minutes off of the Trans-Canada Highway, making it a hard to resist option for those sticking around or passing through.

Read on for the 5 main highlights of a day spent at the Golden Skybridge.

 

Suspension bridge at Golden Skybridge, BC

Canada's highest suspension bridge here in Golden, BC. Photo: Golden Skybridge

 

Sky Zipline

The daredevils in the group will be lining up for the 1,500-foot zipline. Talk about an exciting ride across the canyon. Take in the incredible crashing waterfall and pumping river below. (Opening July 2021).

We can't wait for it to open, and when it does, combining whitewater rafting and zipline tours in Golden, BC will be the ultimate adventure.

 

Canyon Bungee Swing

Designed for two, this bungee swing delivers a hair-raising thrill. It drops daring participants free-falling into the canyon before the bungee kicks in. NOT for the faint of heart!

 

Two of Canada's Highest Suspension Bridges

Two suspension bridges connect three kilometres of nature trails. They offer an astonishing walking loop sure to please the thrill seekers in your family. You’ll encounter 4 viewing platforms offering an array of photo-ops of the canyon and nearby mountain ranges.

 

Whitewater Rafting and Zipline Tours offered in Golden BC by Glacier Raft Company and Golden Skybridge

It'll be hard to find a better spot to stop and take in the views. Photo: Golden Skybridge

 

Play Park for Kids

Not just for brave adults, this attraction features a mini-adventure park with tree forts, a child-friendly ropes course, and slides. Located in the Canyon Courtyard, parents can sit back and grab a bite while their kiddos enjoy the play park.

 

Kid's at the play park at Golden Skybridge in BC

Fun for the whole family at the Golden Skybridge. Photo: Golden Skybridge

 

The Village Grill

Satisfy your appetite at the open-air dining and entertainment spot. The Village Grill will feature casual barbecue-style favourites, wine, and craft beer. Once the season kicks off, there will be plenty of live entertainment from local musicians.

 

Getting to the golden skybridge and your zipline tour:

From calgary/Banff/Lake Louise, going Westbound

Follow Trans-Canada Hwy/AB-1 towards Golden. Take exit 780 to Golden Donald Upper Rd. Turn left onto Lafontaine Rd. At the roundabout take the first exit onto Golden Donald Upper Rd.
Approx. three hours from Calgary, two hours from Banff and one hour from Lake Louise.

From kelowna/Revelstoke/Golden, going Eastbound

Follow Trans-Canada Hwy/AB-1 towards Golden/Lake Louise. Continue past the town of Golden exit for two kilometres and take exit 780 to Golden Donald Upper Rd. Turn left onto Lafontaine Rd. At the roundabout take the first exit onto Golden Donald Upper Rd.
Approx. four hours from Calgary, 90 minutes from Revelstoke and just 5 minutes from Golden.

 

Experience whitewater rafting the Mighty Kicking Horse in golden bc

Once you’ve had your fill of hair-raising heights at the Golden Skybridge, ground yourself with a cool water adventure on the Kicking Horse River.

 

Kicking Horse River Rafting Golden BC

Big smiles on the Kicking Horse River.

 

Anyone from total beginner to seasoned adventurer can find their little slice of whitewater paradise here with us at Glacier Raft Company. The best place to enjoy whitewater rafting near the Canadian Rockies is hands down the Kicking Horse River.

With affordable family trips & class 4+ thrills, this river can do it all! Many consider the Kicking Horse to be the premiere whitewater rafting river in the Canadian Rockies. If you're planning to spend a day on the water, this is definitely the experience for you.

Enjoy a well-rounded adventure full of epic rapids, serene moments floating through the forest, and a feeling of camaraderie with your rafting crew. You’ll get an up-close taste of some of the most exciting liquid terrain in Canada, under the direction and care of the best guides in the business.

 

Half-Day Express Trip

For those seeking an exhilarating excursion through the Canadian Rockies, our Express trip will fill your boots (quite literally). Do you want to get right into the boat-smashing, wetsuit-soaking, scream-inducing whitewater? If you get excited by the names Table Saw, Roller Coaster and Terminator Rapids, this is the experience for you. It rafts the middle canyon of the Kicking Horse River, which is 12 km of spicy rapids spaced throughout.

White Water Express is the quickest tour for those wanting to hit the best and boldest attractions that Golden has to offer. If your itinerary has you squeezing in multiple action-packed activities in a weekend, this is just the ticket!

 

Whitewater Rafting and Zipline Tours in Golden, BC

The Middle Canyon of the Kicking Horse offers 12 km of non-stop rapids

 

Full-Day Discovery Trip

For those with extra energy, it’s definitely possible to squeeze in a full day of rafting and still make it over to the Skybridge for a zipline or bungee swing in one day. Hit the bridge early, or wait until the late afternoon, and spend the day on the water with us.

Our full day is quite the ‘river rodeo’ and you can count on getting drenched by rapid after crashing rapid. You'll also get the chance to take a short walk up a narrow canyon to a beautiful cascading waterfall.

The Full Day Discovery starts with the calm upper canyon and works up to the big whitewater in the middle canyon. It’s a hearty, full day on the Kicking Horse and it's the most popular trip we offer. Once your adrenaline has been activated and the smiles are plastered to your faces, we feast on our riverside BBQ lunch.

No prior river experience necessary - your guides will tell you everything you need to know!

 

Half-Day Family Adventure

If you’re travelling with young children, on a long awaited family outing, or just looking to gently cool off on a hot summer day - the Family Adventure is the trip for you!

 

Family Rafting Tour on the Kicking Horse River

Looking for fun adventures to have with your little ones? Our Family Adventure trip is suitable for kids as young as 4.

 

You’ll start your day off in Yoho National Park, floating down the Kicking Horse River. You'll experience the quintessential British Columbian forest views, endless mountain peaks, and even a chance to jump into the crisp, clean waters of the Kicking Horse for a swim.

There are some small bumps and splashes on this part of the river, but it's not a getting soaked kind of trip. It's a fast paced float through beautiful, mountain views and the perfect introduction to river rafting.

You'll stop at the scenic Fountain of Youth waterfall and head for a short jaunt up a little canyon. Take a drink or dunk your head and see if it lives up to its name. This upper canyon cruise is Class 1 with some class 2 - 2+ sections, as well.

This is the gentle and refreshing trip option for little kids and first timers.

 

Getting to glacier raft comany and your whitewater rafting tour:

From calgary/Banff/Lake Louise, going Westbound

Follow Trans-Canada Hwy/AB-1 towards Golden. Take exit 780 to Golden Donald Upper Rd. Turn left onto Lafontaine Rd.
Approx. three hours from Calgary, two hours from Banff and one hour from Lake Louise.

From Kelowna/Revelstoke/Golden, going Eastbound

Follow Trans-Canada Hwy/AB-1 towards Golden/Lake Louise. Continue past the town of Golden exit for two kilometres and take exit 780 to Golden Donald Upper Rd. Turn left onto Lafontaine Rd.
Approx. 4 hours from Kelowna, 90 minutes from Revelstoke and just 5 minutes from Golden.

For the ultimate day of adventure in Golden, BC, mix a visit to Golden's brand new Golden Skybridge with a rafting tour on the Kicking Horse River. Whitewater rafting and zipline tours in Golden BC - it'll certainly be a day you'll never forget!

If you have any questions please get in touch. Leave us a note in the comments below, or reach out to trips@glacierraft.com.

Cheers from the whole Glacier Crew