Golden’s economy has been largely defined by the the Canadian Pacific Railway and the logging industry, both historically and today. In recent years, Golden has also gained fame for its many outdoor adventure companies, including Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, a ski resort just 15 minutes away, and Mount 7, a popular tourist destination for paragliders and hang gliders.
In the winter, Golden draws outdoor enthusiasts eager to visit the mountains for skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling and world-famous heli-skiing, not just at Kicking Horse, but also at nearby Lake Louise, Sunshine Village, Revelstoke Mountain Resort, and Panorama Mountain Village.
With an average summer high of 25°C (77°F), this mountain town boasts plenty of family-friendly activities in warmer months as well, including hiking on countless trails and at six national parks, rock climbing, mountain biking, and paragliding. The year-round mountain gondola also offers breathtaking, 360-degree views from 7,700 feet above ground.