The Capper Nomads North America Adventure travel blog

Kicking Horse River near Golden

Local wildlife

The bridge

Some construction!

Views from the top

Mountains anybody

Golden in the valley below

Chair lift to the refuge

Hi I'm Boo how do you do

Heaven on a warm day

Do you mind I'm trying to have some privacy here!


After two days of exploring the national parks we had a slightly quieter day exploring the highlights of Golden. First we had to satisfy our four-legged friend with a walk along the Kicking Horse and Columbia Rivers spotting the wildlife along the way.

We found near the town centre a covered timber bridge. In 2001, more than 100 timber framers from Canada, the United States and Europe gathered in Golden to build a timber frame bridge. Along with the locals they built and assembled a covered 150 foot, free-span timber frame pedestrian bridge (they claim the longest in Canada) across the Kicking Horse River. It was quite a bridge.

After going down the gondola we then went up a chair lift to the Grizzly Bear Refuge to meet Boo.

Boo was orphaned when quite young and was unable to be totally released back into the wild so he came to the Kicking Horse Refuge. We had an informative talk from the guide and learnt about the grizzly bear species. We were lucky to see Boo taking a dip and also watched him see off a wild black bear who had found its way into Boo’s enclosed and protected habitat.



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