Kicking Horse River, Golden

4.8
#2 of 9 in Nature in Golden
The Kicking Horse River is in the Canadian Rockies of southeastern British Columbia, Canada. The river was named in 1858, when James Hector, a member of the Palliser Expedition, reported being kicked by his packhorse while exploring the river. Hector named the river and the associated pass as a result of the incident. The Kicking Horse Pass, which connects through the Rockies to the valley of the Bow River, was the route through the mountains subsequently taken by the Canadian Pacific Railway when it was constructed during the 1880s. The railway's Big Hill and associated Spiral Tunnels are in the Kicking Horse valley and were necessitated by the steep rate of descent of the river and its valley.Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge in Golden is the longest authentic covered timber-frame bridge in Canada. Planned as a community project by the Timber Framers Guild, local volunteers were joined by carpenters and timber framers from Canada, the United States and Europe. The bridge structure is 150ft long, with a 210000lb Burr arch structure. The bridge was completed in September 2001.The Trans-Canada Highway traverses the river at several points from Yoho National Park to Golden, British Columbia. The river is spanned by the new Park Bridge. Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, named for the river and pass, is located not in the Canadian Rockies but across the Rocky Mountain Trench in the Dogtooth Range of the Purcell Mountains, on the other side of the town of Golden.
Work out when and for how long to visit Kicking Horse River and other Golden attractions using our handy Golden trip planner.
Source
Create an itinerary including Kicking Horse River
map
Kicking Horse River Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
78 reviews
TripAdvisor
  • September 29, 2017
    Emerald Lake is certainly worth a visit. It is a beautiful spot. There are trails for the fit and healthy to walk. There is also a Lodge should you want to stay or enjoy a snack a meal or coffee. A sh...  more »
  • September 2, 2017
    Our rafting experience was excellent! Our guide, Dave, was knowledgeable about not only the river, but wildlife and history of the area. The beauty of the area is indescribable and was a refreshing br...  more »
  • August 30, 2017
    Really nice tour with nice escorts. It takes some but you get some in return. I wouldn't be the Gentle tour books but the most booked half day tour. Then you have everything. At the gentle tour you go only on calm water, there you go not for rafting!
    View original

Plan your trip to Golden

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Golden

For convenience and proximity to local shops, stay at one of the lodges or bed and breakfasts located within the grid-like streets of the town center. If you want a bit more space to enjoy the natural settings, look out of town to nearby Edelweiss, where you'll find a range of inns and lodges just off the Trans-Canada Highway. If skiing is your main game, look west along Kicking Horse Trail, where you can stay at the base of the nearby ski gondolas.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Golden by other users

24 days in Canada BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Canada BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA June, outdoors, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 10 days in Canada BY A USER FROM CANADA August, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Golden BY A USER FROM CANADA June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 32 days in Canada BY A USER FROM TAIWAN March, hidden gems PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 60 days in Canada BY A USER FROM CANADA May, outdoors, beaches, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, outdoors, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 11 days in Calgary, Golden & Banff National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in Canada BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 18 days in Canada BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM July, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: July, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 18 days in British Columbia BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 18 days in Canada BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM July, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: July, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in Canada BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, hidden gems PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans