Need more reasons other than we're friendly as hell, crush the maple syrup game, and all have our own pet beavers? Read on!
- The price is right. A trip across the border to Canada has quite an appeal right now with an exchange rate that is very favorable to Americans. As this blog is being written, 1 US dollar gets you 1.29 Canadian dollars. You’re literally making money as soon as you cross into the great white north. Cancel that trip to Mexico and consider your next trip to Golden an investment in your future.
Easy access. Hop on the Transcanada Highway 1 and you’ll find Golden just a 3 three-hour drive west of the Calgary International Airport with plenty to see along the way. You’ll pass through the Canadian Rockies, Banff National Park, Yoho National Park and the Kicking Horse Pass. Coming from the south? No problem. Drive up the i-95 and we’re only a few hours from the border. There are border crossings in Montana, Idaho, and Washington (depending on where you’re coming from). Coming from out West? Take a meander up through the Okanagan Valley and visit a world class winery or two. Really, it’s a question of which road trip to take first!
Authentic mountain town. If you get along with humble, easy going, salt of the earth type people - you’re going to have a good time in Golden. Lifestyle is king, and if you’re not having fun outside, then you’re not doing it right. You’ll meet locals on the trails, on the river, at the farmers market, and at the Golden Ultra! Being one of the few 3-day trail running stage races in North America, locals and visitors alike come out to work hard and play hard at one of our favourite weekends of the year.
Damn good coffee and beer. Start your day with a piping hot cup of fairly traded coffee from the bustling Purcell Coffee Roasters downtown, or pop into Bluebird Cafe just a few blocks from the centre of town. [Insert nature here.] Then finish it at Whitetooth Brewery. Whitetooth hit the ground running December 2016, and now has an impressive, ever-rotating and incredibly diverse beer list on tap to satisfy all your post activity thirsts. Grab a growler to fill, and then refill (and then refill again), or grab a tasting flight and hang out on the patio. Basically, there’s no reason NOT to stop here for a pint on your way to, or fro your adventures.
Parks on parks on parks. Golden is situated in the Columbia Trench between the Canadian Rocky Mountains and Purcell Mountains, giving us quick access to six of Canada’s epic National Parks: Glacier, Yoho, Banff, Kootenay, Jasper, and Revelstoke. It’s no surprise that our humble location has lended us to being named #2 on the list of the most active towns in Canada! No matter which direction you’re traveling from on your way to the start line - you’ll be driving past trails to run, mountains to hike, canyons to raft, glaciers to climb...well, I think you get the idea. All you have to do is pack your bags.