Accommodations and Camping
Kicking Horse River Lodge (801 9th St. N, 250/439-1112 or 877/547-5266, khrl.com; $36 dorm beds, $125–240 s or d) epitomizes the new wave of lodging in the Canadian Rockies. It is a modern, riverfront log building with amenities that include high-speed Internet, a living area with a large-screen TV, and a café with outdoor seating overlooking the Columbia River.
Blaeberry Mountain Lodge (1680 Moberly School Rd., 250/344-5296, www.blaeberrymountainlodge.bc.ca, $95–145 s or d) is on a 62-hectare (150-acre) property among total wilderness. Rooms are in the main lodge or self-contained cabins, with plenty of activities available to guests. Blaeberry is nine kilometers (5.6 miles) north of Golden along Highway 1, then seven kilometers (4.3 miles) farther north along Moberly School Road.
Of many new accommodations at the base of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Copper Horse Lodge (250/344-7644 or 877/544-7644, www.copperhorselodge.com, $180–230 s or d includes breakfast) comes highly recommended. Guest rooms are outfitted in earthy yet stylish color schemes and luxuries such as bathrobes, Internet access, and TV/DVD combos. Other amenities include a restaurant, lounge, and outdoor hot tub.
Through the old part of town and over the Kicking Horse River is Golden Municipal Campground (9th St., 250/344-5412, www.goldenmunicipalcampground.com; mid-May–mid-Oct., $20–29). It’s a quiet place, strung out along the river and two kilometers (1.2 miles) from downtown along a riverfront walkway. Facilities include picnic shelters, hot coin-operated showers, and 70 sites with fire pits.
© Andrew Hempstead, from Moon Western Canada, 3rd Edition