Rowan Rocskar and Michelle Klatt spent a couple days in August in Golden, BC exploring around and visiting the best of what Golden has to offer. In partnership with Tourism Golden, they were able to check off many bucket-list adventures. Here’s what they had to say:
Visit Boo the Grizzly Bear
Boo has lived at Kicking Horse Mountain for 19 years after his Mom was shot by a poacher on the side of the road. Boo had 2 siblings, who both did not make it. Boo has been there since the early 2000’s and has escaped twice — AND he walked right back in after about a month each time!
Meeting Boo the bear was like nothing we had experienced before. We were able to safety watch him chow down on his breakfast from only a few feet away – who knew that bears loved corn on the cob, not me! Due to him being orphaned, researchers were able to create a 20-acre home for him at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. When you visit you will learn all about Boo, what else he loves to eat, and how they keep him safe and healthy in his home.
Ride the gondola up Kicking Horse Mountain & eat at Canada's highest elevation restaurant
After our morning with Boo, we headed back down to the day lodge area on the chairlift. If you’ve got kids with you, you might experience a few tears at first, but as long as you assure them that they are safe, they will love the open-air view from up high! Rowan suited up with her hiking carrier, grabbed a coffee from the General Store, and then headed up to the summit in the gondola. From the gondola you can watch the mountain bikers riding below, and you might even get another glimpse of Boo!
We had about an hour to explore before our lunch reservation, so we decided to hike up the Terminator Peak. This hike is short, but not for the faint of heart. Lunch at Eagle’s Eye was well-deserved, and all seats offer stunning views for individuals that aren’t able to (or simply don’t want to) make it up the mountain peaks.
Visit the wolves at Northern Lights Wolf Center
If you thought you knew about wolves in the wild, the 25-minute interpretive tour at Northern Lights will knock your socks off. Northern Lights is open year round, is fun for the whole family, and brings you close to seeing wolves as they go about their daily business from just outside their enclosures. We were blown away by the information and knowledge we learnt about the importance and value of wolves in the ecosystem. It was truly an eye-opening experience and recommended for all families to visit.
You can book a walk with the wolves if everyone in your group is over 16 years old.
Walk across two of Canada's highest suspension bridges
This was such an exhilarating experience, like none-other! The two bridges are 426 feet above an expansive canyon, and is sure to be a new family favourite. There’s also a tree-top challenge course, Play Park, zipline, and a canyon swing is coming soon (sure to make your stomach drop!).
Stevie, Rowan’s Daughter, enjoyed the Play Park and did not want to leave! Make sure to check it out when you visit.
Explore the Golden Farmers Market & Historic Downtown
Parking is free within the town, and on Wednesday’s you can enjoy browsing the vendors at the Farmer’s Market from 11-3. After we picked up some baked goods we wandered down the Rotary Pathway system and ended up at the Dogwood Playground. It’s surrounded by green space and is great for toddler-age kids.
There are many restaurants, quaint stores & trails to explore throughout downtown Golden. If you’re craving an elaborate burger, The Wolf’s Den is the place you have to check out. They have 17 different burger types, from bison, elk, chicken, salmon, and bean patties… you name it, they’ve got it. They also have an extensive drink menu, with lots of beer on tap. The patio is expansive, which means there’s ample space for your kids to roam without getting in the way.