Glacier Mountaineer Lodge – Golden, BC

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Guests relax with onsite amenities between launching into adventures at the five national parks nearby

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Guests relax with onsite amenities between launching into adventures at the five national parks nearby

Hotel at a Glance: Glacier Mountaineer Lodge

Lodged between between five national parks, guests make camp at Glacier Mountaineer Lodge to take a rest and let their hiking boots air. They escape to the adventure-clad town of Golden to watch the rushing waters of Kicking Horse River pass beneath the pedestrian bridge or to the Golden and District Museum when they’re not in the glacier-capped mountains. At the hotel, they watch the sun set on the ski hills or mountains from their private balconies, or watch the flickers swell on their gas fireplaces.

  • Levels: Hikers trudge the long winding paths along the spines of mountains or strap-in to scale the face of Terminator Peak.
  • Gondolas: take mountain bikers into the alpine terrain to trek rock slabs, rollicking berms, and wooden ramps as they cascade back down 3,700 vertical feet to the village base.
  • The waters: Adrenaline junkies test their merit on the class III and IV waters of Kicking Horse River or watch as the river plummets down a 30-meter drop at the Wapta Falls.
  • Very bear-y: At the Grizzly Bear Interpretive Centre, rangers educate guests on the natural environment of grizzly bears and watch the feeding of Boo, a refuge grizzly.
  • The dish on dishes: The area boasts fine bistros and unique dining experiences, from the rustic decor of the mountainside Cedar House to the lodge-like ambiance of Eagle’s Eye Restaurant—Canada’s highest restaurant at 7,700 feet.

Golden, British Columbia: Gateway to Outdoor Adventure in the Rocky Mountain Trench

Golden is surrounded by not one, not three, but five national parks. To the west lies Glacier National Park, while to the east sit Yoho, Banff, and Kootenay. And Jasper National Park is in the north. As if that wilderness weren’t sufficient, the mighty Columbia River snakes through the town as well. Locals and visitors alike have their pick of just about any kind of outdoor adventure they can think of, from swimming and golf to rock climbing and rafting. In the winter, skiing, snowmobile, and cross-country trails abound, and since Golden is the birthplace of heliskiing—downhill skiing on trails accessed via helicopter—it’s not too hard to venture off-road.

Nearby Edelweiss Village, former home to the early 20th-century guides who helped hikers traverse the mountains, provides architectural interest with its six Swiss chalets. In town, the Kicking Horse pedestrian bridge draws attention as the longest freestanding timber-frame bridge in Canada. It also acts as a symbol of cooperation for the people of Golden.

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