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Golden, Yoho & Kootenay National Park - Canada

The town of Golden in British Columbia is based to the west of the Rocky National Park and is a popular destination in winter for skiers and snowboarders. In summer this place is a little quieter but has some amazing mountain biking trails, hiking trails and stunning scenery to match. The purpose of our stay here was to use this as a base to explore the Rockies without breaking our bank. Honestly we fell in love with this area and would have happily paid more than the prices in Banff for our amazing location, hosts and everything we managed to do here.

Canoeing On Emerald Lake, Yoho National Park, Canada
Picture Whilst Canoeing On The Stunning Emerald Lake, Yoho National Park, Canada | © Travels and Wandering

Why We Chose Golden As Our Base


When we researched our trip we kept looking at Banff and Canmore to base ourselves or maybe even over in Dead Mans Flatts and Calgary. All came with a high price tag to match to be in the prime area. Pictures of Banff and Canmore looked quaint and beautiful but the more I spoke with other travellers on forums, or friends who had visited each of them mentioned the crowds during summer. We visited at the end of June, which was classed as the start of peak season for most booking sites.

We based ourselves at Golden Acres Lodge, which was a self catering apartment within a large custom built log cabin just south of the town of Golden. It had a hot tub, sauna, amazing views and During our first visit to the Rockies we stumbled upon a secret gem in the form of Golden, BC. From here you get to see all the lakes and mountains with none of the crowds and a much better price. We had the most welcoming hosts. It was also in the most ideal location for most places to see.

  • Glacier National Park, Canada is also quite close if you have the time to do a day trip up there we would definitely recommend it.