About Golden, British Columbia, Canada…
Thanks to Peter Reagan for the aerial tour of the upper Columbia River Valley with a bonus recount of the history surrounding the exploration of this great river.
Golden is a town of about 3500 people, with another 3500 living in the surrounding rural areas that relate to Golden. All kinds of outdoor activities abound: climbing, hiking, mountain biking, motor cross, white water rafting and kyaking, motorcycling, hunting in seasons, fishing, archery range, shooting range, canoeing, bird watching, and all kinds of skiing and snow-machining in winter. Not forgetting hang gliding and paragliding ! There are lakes and sloughs to go swimming in or just relax at. If you have not seen mountains before, you are going to see them here.
Town of Golden Website: http://www.golden.ca/ — Street Map Quick Link
Visit THE GOLDEN TOURISM website for comprehensive listings of things to do and see while in Golden http://www.tourismgolden.com/
While in Golden, stop by the BC Visitor Centre @ Golden for area information, maps, free Wi-fi, and a great view of the Paragliding & Hang Gliding Launch on Mount 7.
A good source of local business information can be found at:
Kicking Horse Country Chamber of Commerce
500 10th Avenue North
Golden BC, Canada, V0A 1H0
Toll Free: 1-800-622-GOLD
GOLDEN, B.C. – The plane ducked low and circled past the sheer
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Cell Phone Coverage
– good in town, but spotty down range. There are several places that can help you deal with your radios and silicon wizardry – download, fix etc.
Notes on Golden Hospital
This is a relatively small hospital with limited resources, although there are some excellent doctors, who, as we are on the Trans-Canada highway, are well practiced at ghastly emergencies. With anything serious, the patient is normally transferred to Foothills Hospital in Calgary – by road, helicopter, or Lear jet, as needed. There is also a good hospital in Banff (an hour and a half from Golden) with some excellent doctors and surgeons along with a well staffed emergency ward.
Flying Equipment & Supplies
Muller Windsports, Cochrane, Alberta http://mullerwindsports.com/
Big Hill Rd
Box 2, Site 13, RR #2, Cochrane, Alberta, T0L 0W0
Tel/Fax: 403-932-6760 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
They deal Wills Wing, Apco & Gin, but have a lot of stock of all sorts of
things. Cochrane is just outside Calgary, so it is 3 hours from Golden.
National Car Rental
915 11 Ave S, Golden, BC V0A 1H0
Nearest City & International Airport
Calgary, Alberta, 3 hrs East on Highway 1.
Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1) East – West
Highway 95 South to Cranbrook, and across the border to the US at Kingsgate
OTHER FLYING SITES WITHIN DRIVING DISTANCE
There are numerous other sites from 1 hours to 5 hours drive away.
Swansea =1 hr, Panorama = 1 1/2 hrs, Wasa = 2 1/2 hrs, Revelstoke = 2 hrs, and the Okanagan valley and Kamloops area (=5 hrs) have a whole stack of them. They do provide some options for bad weather, and variety for those who have come from a really long way and for whom this trip could be one of a lifetime.