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Town of Golden
—  Town  —
Golden, British Columbia
Location of Golden in British Columbia
Coordinates: 51°18′7″N 116°58′0″W / 51.30194°N 116.966667°W / 51.30194; -116.966667Coordinates: 51°18′7″N 116°58′0″W / 51.30194°N 116.966667°W / 51.30194; -116.966667
Country  Canada
Province  British Columbia
Region Columbia Valley
Regional District Columbia-Shuswap
Incorporated 1957
Government
 - Mayor Christina Benty
 - Governing Body Golden Town Council
 - MP Jim Abbott (Cons-Kootenay/Columbia)
 - MLA Norm Macdonald (NDP-Columbia/Revelstoke)
Area
 - Total 11.02 km2 (4.3 sq mi)
Elevation 800 m (2,625 ft)
Population (2006)[1]
 - Total 3,811
 - Density 345.7/km2 (895.4/sq mi)
Time zone Mountain Time Zone (UTC-7)
 - Summer (DST) Mountain Daylight Time (UTC-6)
Postal code span V0A
Area code(s) +1-250
Website Town of Golden Home Page

Golden is a town in southeastern British Columbia, Canada, located 262 kilometres (163 miles) west of Calgary, Alberta and 713 kilometres (443 miles) east of Vancouver.

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History

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 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. Golden is also home to one of the campuses of the College of the Rockies.

Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge

Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge is the longest freestanding timber frame bridge in Canada.[2] Planned as a community project by the Timber Framers Guild,[3] 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.[4]

Geography

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 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 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.

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Climate

Weather data for Golden
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 8.3
(47)
12.2
(54)
19.5
(67)
28.9
(84)
35.6
(96)
37.2
(99)
40
(104)
37.8
(100)
33.9
(93)
25.6
(78)
17.2
(63)
10
(50)
Average high °C (°F) -5.6
(22)
-0.3
(31)
6.3
(43)
13.1
(56)
18.3
(65)
21.6
(71)
24.4
(76)
24
(75)
18.1
(65)
10.1
(50)
0.8
(33)
-5.1
(23)
10.5
(51)
Average low °C (°F) -13.7
(7)
-10.2
(14)
-5.6
(22)
-0.8
(31)
3.8
(39)
7.8
(46)
9.7
(49)
9
(48)
4.4
(40)
-0.4
(31)
-5.7
(22)
-11.7
(11)
-1.1
(30)
Record low °C (°F) -46.1
(-51)
-39.4
(-39)
-31.7
(-25)
-19.4
(-3)
-9.4
(15)
-6.7
(20)
-2.2
(28)
-2.8
(27)
-9.4
(15)
-18.3
(-1)
-32.8
(-27)
-43.9
(-47)
Precipitation mm (inches) 51.7
(2.04)
29
(1.14)
21.1
(0.83)
22
(0.87)
36.2
(1.43)
45.7
(1.8)
47.7
(1.88)
46.7
(1.84)
38.7
(1.52)
32.5
(1.28)
50.9
(2)
53.1
(2.09)
475.2
(18.71)
Source: Environment Canada[5] 2009-07-09

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Simple English

Golden is a city in the Canadian province of British Columbia and is nicknamed "Kicking Horse Country".

Golden was first known as The Cache and Kicking Horse Flats.

Frederick W Aylmer heard about a development west of Banff, Alberta being called Silver City, thought to call this community Golden City. "City" was dropped when the CPR arrived in 1885.

The current mayor of Golden is Christina Benty[1]. The mayor in 2009, Aman Virk died suddenly of a surpise heart attack while vacationing in India[2].

The population is 3,811 from the 2006 census[3].

Golden is home to the longest freestanding timber frame bridge in Canada called the "Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge"[4].

NHL player Doug Barrault was born in Golden[5].

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