In honor of Golden’s anniversary of incorporation, I thought I would share my top 10 facts about the town:
1. If heading into British Columbia from eastern Canada, Golden is one of the first places you will travel through on the way to Vancouver
2. In 1883, what was previously known by the amazing name of Kicking Horse Flats, was renamed ‘Golden City’
3. The original town site was used by Major A.B. Rogers as a base camp for his crew who were surveying the area that is today know as Rogers Pass.
4. The name of Golden City was initially chosen in an attempt to out do a nearby camp which went by the name of Silver City.
5. The town was incorporated on June 26th, 1957.
6. The history of the town is predominantly tied to the logging industry and the route of the Canadian Pacific Railway.
7. The current population of the town is approximately 4,000 (3,701 according to the 2011 census).
8. The town itself is situated in a location which means that it is surrounded by six national parks.
9. It is also located at the meeting of the Columbia and Kicking Horse Rivers.
10. The town is in possession of the longest freestanding timber bridge in Canada.
Bonus fact: The town of Golden is a major center of outdoor activities and is home to one of the top five paragliding launches in Canada.