Life is Golden

Small Town, Big Heart: Where Community Thrives

Golden is located on the traditional unceded territory of the Ktunaxa and Secwepemc peoples, and the chosen home of the Métis Nation Columbia River Society and other diverse Indigenous peoples.

Golden is situated in the Kootenay region of south-eastern British Columbia, and lies between two mountain ranges – the Columbia Mountains (sub ranges: Selkirk and Purcell) and the Rocky Mountains, and at the junction of two heritage rivers – the Columbia River and the Kicking Horse River.

Kicking Horse Mountain resort is located 15 minutes from Golden and is renowned for some of the best snow and powder conditions in the world.


  • 280 kms from Calgary International Airport
  • 250 kms from Cranbrook
  • 4 hours from US border
  • Close to six National Parks – Banff, Glacier, Jasper, Kootenay, Mount Revelstoke and Yoho


  • Town of Golden: 3,701
  • Surround Rural Areas: 3,065
Downtown Golden, BC
Winter in the Columbia Valley
The Riverwalk located downtown Golden, next to the Kicking Horse River