Golden, British Columbia

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Town of Golden
Town
Golden, British Columbia
Golden, British Columbia
Official seal of Town of Golden
Seal
Town of Golden is located in British Columbia
Town of Golden
Town of Golden
Location of Golden in British Columbia
Coordinates: 51°18′7″N 116°58′0″W / 51.30194°N 116.96667°W / 51.30194; -116.96667Coordinates: 51°18′7″N 116°58′0″W / 51.30194°N 116.96667°W / 51.30194; -116.96667
Country  Canada
Province  British Columbia
Region Columbia Valley
Regional District Columbia-Shuswap
Incorporated 1957
Government
 • Mayor Christina Benty
 • Governing Body Golden Town Council
 • MP David Wilks (Cons-Kootenay/Columbia)
 • MLA Norm Macdonald (NDP-Columbia/Revelstoke)
Area
 • Total 11.41 km2 (4.41 sq mi)
Elevation 800 m (2,600 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 3,701
 • Density 324.4/km2 (840/sq mi)
Time zone Mountain Time Zone (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) Mountain Daylight Time (UTC-6)
Postal code span V0A
Area code(s) 250
Website Town of Golden Home Page

Golden (Ktunaxa: ʔaknukǂuk [2]) is a town in southeastern British Columbia, Canada, located 262 kilometres (163 mi) west of Calgary, Alberta and 713 kilometres (443 mi) east of Vancouver.

History[edit]

Much of the town's history is tied into the Canadian Pacific Railway and the logging industry. Today, the town's economy still relies heavily on those two influences, but the development of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, along with other outdoor adventure companies, has allowed the town to diversify into tourism. Mount 7, which is just southeast of town, is popular with paragliding, hang gliding, and mountain biking enthusiasts.

Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge

Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge is the longest freestanding timber frame bridge in Canada.[3] Planned as a community project by the Timber Framers Guild,[4] volunteers from Golden were joined by carpenters and timber framers from the United States and from Europe. The bridge structure is 150 feet (46 m) long, with a 210,000-pound Burr arch structure. The bridge was completed in September 2001.

On March 26, 2009, then-Mayor Aman Virk died suddenly of complications after suffering a heart attack while vacationing in India.[5]

Geography[edit]

Golden is nestled in the Rocky Mountain Trench, built around the confluence of the Columbia and Kicking Horse rivers, surrounded by three different mountain ranges (most notably the Purcell Mountains and Rocky Mountains) and five National Parks: Yoho National Park, Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, Glacier National Park, and Kootenay National Park.

Golden is located on Highway 1 (the Trans-Canada Highway) and it is the northern terminus of Highway 95, connecting it to the United States via the rest of the East Kootenay region and the city of Cranbrook, British Columbia. The Trans-Canada Highway east of Golden has numerous upgrade projects ongoing to greatly improve the roadway west of the Yoho National Park boundary. The Ten Mile Hill section of the project was recently completed and represents a major upgrade to the old highway.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Golden Airport
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high Humidex 6.7 8.4 19.6 25.5 34.2 35.9 38.5 38.4 32.0 22.4 11.2 5.4 38.5
Record high °C (°F) 8.3
(46.9)
12.2
(54)
20.2
(68.4)
28.9
(84)
35.6
(96.1)
37.2
(99)
40.0
(104)
37.8
(100)
33.9
(93)
25.6
(78.1)
17.2
(63)
10.0
(50)
40.0
(104)
Average high °C (°F) −4.3
(24.3)
−0.1
(31.8)
6.6
(43.9)
13.3
(55.9)
18.4
(65.1)
21.7
(71.1)
24.5
(76.1)
24.2
(75.6)
18.4
(65.1)
10.1
(50.2)
1.0
(33.8)
−4.8
(23.4)
10.7
(51.3)
Daily mean °C (°F) −7.9
(17.8)
−5.0
(23)
0.8
(33.4)
6.5
(43.7)
11.3
(52.3)
14.9
(58.8)
17.3
(63.1)
16.7
(62.1)
11.5
(52.7)
5.0
(41)
−2.0
(28.4)
−7.8
(18)
5.1
(41.2)
Average low °C (°F) −11.5
(11.3)
−9.8
(14.4)
−5.0
(23)
−0.5
(31.1)
4.1
(39.4)
8.0
(46.4)
10.0
(50)
9.1
(48.4)
4.6
(40.3)
−0.2
(31.6)
−5.0
(23)
−10.9
(12.4)
−0.6
(30.9)
Record low °C (°F) −46.1
(−51)
−39.4
(−38.9)
−31.7
(−25.1)
−19.4
(−2.9)
−9.4
(15.1)
−6.7
(19.9)
−2.2
(28)
−2.8
(27)
−9.4
(15.1)
−18.3
(−0.9)
−32.8
(−27)
−43.9
(−47)
−46.1
(−51)
Wind chill −42.3 −31.2 −28.1 −14.3 −5.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 −4.5 −15.0 −29.9 −38.0 −42.3
Precipitation mm (inches) 45.9
(1.807)
24.1
(0.949)
24.4
(0.961)
24.4
(0.961)
34.5
(1.358)
49.7
(1.957)
50.6
(1.992)
45.3
(1.783)
38.0
(1.496)
34.9
(1.374)
51.1
(2.012)
43.9
(1.728)
466.8
(18.378)
Rainfall mm (inches) 6.4
(0.252)
5.5
(0.217)
14.1
(0.555)
21.9
(0.862)
33.3
(1.311)
49.7
(1.957)
50.6
(1.992)
45.3
(1.783)
38.0
(1.496)
32.3
(1.272)
21.6
(0.85)
6.4
(0.252)
325.2
(12.803)
Snowfall cm (inches) 45.3
(17.83)
20.7
(8.15)
12.1
(4.76)
2.5
(0.98)
1.1
(0.43)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
2.8
(1.1)
31.8
(12.52)
42.5
(16.73)
158.7
(62.48)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.2 mm) 14.6 9.1 9.8 10.6 12.5 15.4 13.7 13.2 10.6 12.1 13.9 13.5 148.8
Avg. rainy days (≥ 0.2 mm) 2.4 2.7 6.3 9.9 12.4 15.4 13.7 13.2 10.6 11.3 6.8 1.9 106.5
Avg. snowy days (≥ 0.2 cm) 13.5 7.1 4.8 1.5 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.3 8.2 12.8 49.5
 % humidity 81.2 70.7 53.6 38.8 38.6 42.4 42.0 44.2 50.0 60.0 80.4 82.2 57.0
Mean monthly sunshine hours 25.2 55.3 111.3 155.2 209.6 194.1 227.0 228.9 162.5 85.0 26.1 12.9 1,492.9
Percent possible sunshine 9.7 19.6 30.3 37.4 43.5 39.2 45.5 50.7 42.7 25.6 9.7 5.2 29.9
Source: [6]

Economy[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop.   ±%  
1996 3,968 —    
2001 4,020 +1.3%
2006 3,811 −5.2%
2011 3,701 −2.9%

Golden has a service-based economy, relying heavily on tourism and services for tourists. Unlike many other Canadian towns with similar population size, Golden boasts nine automobile repair shops that all offer a wide range of services and are open extended hours. Golden also features a large number of hotels with mountain views that provide accommodation to both tourists and stranded drivers.

Education[edit]

Public education is provided by School District 6 Rocky Mountain which operates 3 primary schools and one secondary school. Community College education is offered by the Golden Campus of the College of the Rockies.

Sports[edit]

Club League Sport Venue Established Championships
Golden Rockets KIJHL Ice Hockey Golden Arena 1991 0

Notable residents[edit]

References[edit]

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