Drive one of Canada’s most scenic routes

Between the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Alberta lies a destination rich in minerals and wonders. The majestic area is called the Golden Triangle, so named because it is a treasure trove of gold, silver and copper. It is a large area that has yet to be fully explored and is thought to contain more of these valuable minerals.

The triangle is famous for road trips due to its small towns that offer great surprises, nature views and rich history. British Columbia is proud of the Golden Triangle because it is an attractive destination where the adventures are endless. National parks can be explored, animal sanctuaries can be visited, and hot springs can be enjoyed. Such diversity can only be had in British Columbia, while enjoying Canadian hospitality.

In 2019, British Columbia was visited by six million people, perhaps some of them repeating after admiring all the sights and sounds of the Golden Triangle. Who wouldn’t want to visit such a natural and serene destination? The gold rush is a thing in the area, but with its beauty there is more dopamine than minerals in the triangle. From lush forests to pristine waterways, Canada’s Golden Triangle is easily everyone’s happy place.

The city of gold

Golden’s location in the Rocky Mountain Trench and around the Columbia and Kicking Horse Rivers makes it the best meeting place for those who want to fill their cup of adrenaline. It’s the perfect starting point for a Canadian road trip worthy of the books.

Hiking, biking and climbing

Since Golden is nestled in the majestic Rocky Mountains, it’s a place hikers need to be. Besides the trench, hikers can also explore Purcell and the Selkirk Mountains, not to mention the national parks near the town. They can take easy hikes to the Columbia River or hike the ridges of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.

Cyclists will also be delighted, as Golden has some of the best trails not only in the region, but also in North America. Cyclists can conquer 185 kilometers of cross-country ski trails while enjoying views of the Rockies. For a more thrilling ride, they can descend to Mount 7. Cycling challenges are exciting on this side of the world, thanks to the wonders of Mother Nature.

Climbers, on the other hand, have Bugaboo Provincial Park at their disposal. The state park is famous for its granite spiers and glacial terrain. Climbers who can meet its challenges will have all the breathtaking views as the reward of a lifetime. Whatever the season or the activity, Golden is the place to be.

Aquatic Adventures

Lakes or rivers? Wherever they want to float, tourists will have a great time in Golden. The best water activity to experience in this Canadian city is white water rafting along the Kicking Horse River. It has class three to four rapids, making it one of the most intense in the country. Those who want a leisurely ride need not worry as the Columbia and Blaeberry rivers have them covered.

Meanwhile, paddlers are in luck as Golden’s pristine lakes are ready to satisfy them. Paddlers will enjoy visiting Cedar Lake, with its peaceful wilderness. Reflection Lake, meanwhile, apart from its clear waters, is famous for bird watchers. Kayakers can also have fun paddling the Kinbasket Reservoir. Also not to be missed is Lake Mitten, where boaters can spend a busy day fishing. If water fun is the need, then Golden is the answer.

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Yoho National Park

Yoho National Park’s name comes from the Cree expression of wonder, something that tourists will experience in this magnificent destination. It offers spectacular views of the ice fields and mountains working together to be as impressive as possible. Yoho, indeed!

  • The park is open all year round.
  • The visitor center is open from May 1 to June 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; from June 9 to September 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and from Sept. 29 to October 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • There is an entrance fee of $10.5 for adults and $9 for seniors. Children from 6 to 17 years old are free.

Yoho Adventures

Tourists should be in Yoho, and once there, they just have to feel like exploring. Adventures abound in this Canadian paradise. They can go on conservation hikes for a fun learning experience or maybe a fossil hike for a history lesson.

Other points of interest that can be explored include the village of Field, a welcoming place for weary travellers; the Kicking Horse River Natural Bridge; the viewpoint of the spiral tunnels, where you can observe the trains; and the Roaring Takakkaw Falls or Greater Wapta Falls. Emerald Lake also awaits its swimmers, anglers and paddlers. Whatever the adventure, Yoho delivers.

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Kootenay National Park

After Golden and Yoho, the scenic route should bring tourists to the fascinating Kootenay National Park. It’s a hodgepodge of wonders as it has icy rivers and steamy hot springs. With such offers, a tourist trip is not enough; a stopover is necessary.

  • The park is open all year round.
  • The visitor center is open from May 1 to June 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; from June 11 to September 6 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and from Sept. 7 to October 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • There is an entrance fee of $10.5 for adults and $9 for seniors. Children from 6 to 17 years old are free.

Adventures in Kootenay

Hiking is the best way to explore the wonders of Kootenay such as Floe Lake, Helmet Falls, Alpine Huts, Numa Falls, Ball Pass and many more. Just like Yoho, it has some of the well-preserved fossils of the Burgess Shale. Campers are also welcome thanks to oTENTiks, perfect for families and groups of friends.

One of Kootenay’s top attractions is Radium, a village famous for its hot springs – the perfect place to relax the body after a day of exploring.

  • The hot spring is open Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. It opens at 10:30 a.m. every Saturday and Sunday.
  • A single entry costs $8, while a day pass costs $12.75.

What about the Canadian Golden Triangle? Nothing but treasures that can be kept in the heart.

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