Kayaking on the Kicking Horse
It is one of the most enjoyable things to do. I love kayaking. We started doing it a few years ago and bought some awesome inflatable kayaks from advanced elements. They are so easy to get in the water without the lifting on and off a roof rack. It probably takes about 10 minutes to get them inflated and they are light enough for one person to carry. Our favourite spot for a quick and sometimes wet ride is down the Kicking Horse River that runs through Golden. Further upstream there are some crazy rapids that the whitewater rafting companies use. It is one of the top rafting areas in North America with class 4 rapids. But for us, we are on the bottom end of the river as it enters into the Columbia River. We have a few small rapids and we do get a little wet a times but nothing serious. The thing about kayaking on the Kicking Horse is the river changes every day. You need to figure out routes that are the safest.
We had our first trip of the season the other day and it was absolutely fabulous. One of our favourite is also the Columbia River. It is more of a gentle float but on a nice sunny day, there is nothing better.
If you are looking for some adventure come and check it out. You won't be disappointed.
Give us a call at Vagabond at 250 344 2622 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
May Long Weekend
Another summer is almost here at Vagabond and Kicking Horse Resort. We are both going to be open this long weekend. One of the many things you can do in our backyard is mountain biking. The biking in this video is a little extreme for me. But once the snow melts on T2, which is part of Kicking Horse bikers carry their bikes up and then ride all the way down to Golden. There are a lot easier places to ride than this but it looks pretty amazing. The hike without the bikes is great too and that is what I do. A little less hazard to your health.
Daily operation of the resort which includes the grizzly bear refuge, eagle's eye restaurant, kicks off on May 24th until September 29th. Downhill Mountain biking as well as the Via Ferrata starts later in June. So plenty to do right here and if you don't mind a few minutes drive there is golf, whitewater rafting, hiking in our area as well as in Glacier National Park, Yoho National Park, kayaking, fishing and more. You won't be bored.
Give us call at 250 344 2622 or email email@example.com to book your stay.
The Bears are out
It's that time of the year when the bears come out of hibernation and looking for some good eating. The perfect spot right now is along the road side between Vagabond and Golden where it is starting to green up, in the ditch.
Yesterday there was a mom and 2 cubs and a few second later a single black year. My record is 13 bears in one drive of 9km. Crazy.
There is no issue with the bears around as long as people don't start feeding them or leaving garbage around. Once they get a taste of garbage they end up getting killed. A few years ago in Revelstoke something like 9 bears had to be put down over the course of a few months. Very sad and it al had to do with people either feeding them or garbage laying around.
Video is from my drive yesterday.
Vagabond is closed for a few more weeks and will be reopening for the summer on May 24th. The gondola also opens for the summer season. Although there will still be snow at the top there are some great hikes along the ridge in both directions. Here is a link to more information on the summer season at Kicking Horse Resort.
Downhill mountain biking usually kicks in later in June once the trails are free of snow.
Reminder if you are looking for a great spot to base your sightseeing and hiking for the summer give us a call here at Vagabond 250 344 2622 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Vagabond is located about an hour drive from Lake Louise, 1 and a half hours from Banff, 45 minutes from Glacier National Park and 45 minutes from Yoho. All those parks have some fabulous hikes.
Ken along with his wife Lori are the owners and operators of Vagabond Lodge at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.