Kicking Horse River, Golden

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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.
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  • On a driving holiday we took Highway 1 along the Kicking Horse River and it was some the most breathtaking scenery we've ever encountered. Make sure to allow time for impromtu stops along the way to t...  more »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »

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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.
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