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Things to do in Golden, British Columbia?

I'm going to Golden, British Columbia (in the Canadian Rockies) at the end of August for an adventurous 3 days. I'm just starting to plan my trip and I'm looking for general tips and recommendations from people who have been. Any good bars, restaurants, or local food shops? Any great tour providers or outdoor activities not to be missed? 

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top answer by
Kris from Surrey

Golden is a little epic adventure town on the edge of the Western Canadian Rockies. 

This is a small town however it is packed with tours, side trips or great mountain adventures. 

Sky Dive - Extreme Yeti Skydiving 
Paraglide - Altitude Adventures
Whitewater Raft on the Kicking Horse (Class 4 - 5 River) - Glacier Raft Company Ltd
Canoe or Stand Up Paddle Board on the  Columbia River - Rentals at Higher Ground
Birding in the Columbia River Wetlands - Wings over the Rockies
X Country Bike / Downhill bike on over 300 kms of Trails - Golden Cycle Club 
ATV - Canadian Off Road Adventures
Hike or Mountainier around Golden - 

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Golden hosts a variety of western fusion cuisine and hosts BC number one restaurant as listed on TripAdvisor.

Since Golden in is on highway one there is an abundance traveling musicians that come through. In the summer there is weekly free outdoor musical shows and there is a music festival twice a year as well -Golden Sound Festival  next one is Aug 23rd 2014.

Cedar House Restaurant - French inspired casual dining

Whitetooth Mountain Bistro - Wine and game meats catering to families and couples

The Island Restaurant - Fresh made breads, jams and sauces a great infusion menu of lamb, curries and mexican with a western traditionals a fresh light breakfast menu! Beautiful log cabin with antique furnature and welcoming all types of diners.

The Wolf's Den - a Burgers lovers dream restaurant

Firepit BBQ Smokehouse - if they can smoke it and cure it, it is done here! 

Nagomi Sushi Takeout - only really open for the business day crowed 11 - 5 on weekdays it is a great change from the mundane canadian cuisine in Golden. 

Eleven 22 Restaurant - Awesome date night and intimate setting for friends.  This little old house serves up some of Goldens freshest and great asian fusion food.

There are many more restaurants from Greek to pub food but those are my go to. 

Double check the local paper or visit the pubs for more infor on weekly or daily entertainment. 

Rockwater Grill and Bar - the local large venue with loads of musics and theme nights
Golden Taps Pub - a great little pub who is famous for pints with lunch and their epic Jam Night
Riverhouse Tavern - if you like an awesome pattio with fire pits and heavy mettle music this place is for you! 
Omega Lounge - a trendy little pub lounge 
The Mad Trapper - not a busy as the rest but they do host a great Karaoke Night on Fridays

The People 

The town is a mix of tourism and logging industry with a hint of railroad. The people are friendly helpful and stoked to live in the mountains with it activites and access to hunting, hiking and more.  It is also a quaint town where the stores close on sunday and holidays. 

Any Questions give me a shout on Facebook. 

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Extreme Yeti Skydiving (attraction)
  2. Altitude Adventures (attraction)
  3. Glacier Raft Company Ltd (attraction)
  4. Columbia River (attraction)
  5. Higher Ground (attraction)
  6. Cedar House Restaurant (restaurant)
  7. Whitetooth Mountain Bistro (restaurant)
  8. The Island Restaurant (restaurant)
  9. The Wolf's Den (attraction)
  10. Firepit BBQ Smokehouse (restaurant)
  11. Nagomi Sushi Takeout (attraction)
  12. Eleven 22 Restaurant (restaurant)
  13. Rockwater Grill and Bar (attraction)
  14. Golden Taps Pub (attraction)
  15. Riverhouse Tavern (attraction)
  16. Omega Lounge (attraction)
  17. The Mad Trapper (attraction)
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