One of the many fabulous things you can do around Golden BC and Vagabond Lodge is to go for a canoe trip on the Columbia River. You can rent a canoe at Columbia Valley Canoes which is located just a new minutes south of Golden. From there you basically float down the river until you come to the airport and pull in. The owner, Heidi comes and picks you up and takes you back to your car. The cost was $60 per 2 person canoe.Our trip was 3 hours. Great deal. We canoed into a lake, the river has created at one point and some of us(not me) jumped into the lake and went for a swim. Water is crystal clear. The tricky part is getting back into the canoe but they managed to do it without dumping anyone. Here is video of our trip.
A great day today. Temperatures are getting nice and warm and sunny skies. I had a real treat today. I went on a trail ride in the Blaeberry Valley today. It is the valley to the North of Golden and very historical. It was the original fur trading route through the rockies and was discovered in the early 1800's. A friend from Golden owns a trail riding company called Bear Corner Adventures. www.bearcornerb-b.com. BJ is a former warden in Yoho National Park and has been in operation here for about 10 years. He took me a 4 friends on a 3 hour ride along the Blaeberry River. The scenery is fabulous. He can do overnight trips up the Howse Pass. Here is a video I put together of our trip.
One of our guests from last winter posted a really great review(all true) about her stay at Vagabond Lodge last winter. We appreciate her great comments.
Here is what she had to say about us.
This was our first time to Canada. I had pre booked the Vagabond Lodge as it looked lovely – and I liked the reviews. Having spent time travelling from Vancouver – over to Vancover Island, and back, we decided to head up to Golden early as we were unsure of the road conditions. They weren’t bad – and certainly not as bad as we expected. We managed Hope – Golden in one day. So I rang the Vagabond and asked if we could pitch up 3 days early.
This was not a problem – and boy are we glad we did.
The place was beautiful Kicking Horse resort is fantastic – the views are spectacular as soon as you arrive.
Lori and Ken welcomed us with open arms. The hotel, is small and cosy – and everything has been well thought out – the heated floor in the bathroom, on a timer – and everything finished to the highest quality. The furniture, the fixtures and fittings. Our room was fantastic – plenty of closet space – how nice it was to be able to unpack after 6 days of travelling. The bed was soo comfy, Lori has furnished all the rooms with high quality bedding, as she has the whole hotel.
Ken and Lori are amazing – they try to ensure that you have a great time – helping out where ever they can with info on the activities that are available, and helping with booking if you need it.
Breakfast and lunch are included in the price. There was always a fresh selection of cookies, muffins, Oatmeal (porridge to us Brits). Every day there was something different on offer – and every day fresh.
Cookies and cakes – fresh tea and coffee are available all day long. Lunch would be a selection of meat, cheeses, salads, gorgeous (and well needed) home made soups. And if you want to know the recipe – Lori is always willing to let you know, she shares the cooking with here trusted helper Annette
Of an evening – Lori doesn’t compete with the local hotels/ pub – there is a wide variety of restaurants and pubs, all of which were good. There is no licence – so you bring your own booze – which was great!!! The local store stocks a good range of everything – and is regulated so the prices are reasonable.
The only downside to our stay – the restaurant at the top of the mountain had had a flood and was closed – it reopened on the last day we were there. Which was a shame as Fri & Sat ( I think) they’re open for food some evenings – other wise they shut around 6. The food is good up there – as are the cocktails. I can’t wait to go back and go up there in the evening.
Our five days in Kicking Horse were out of this world – the skiing, the walking, we even managed a very eventful ski-doo day - followed by a long soak in the hot tub - very necessary!!!. We will definitely return. We left on Christmas eve to head off to Emerald Lake, which was nice – but I would have preferred to stay at Vagabond! Well worth the trip! I have recommended this place to loads of people, and look forward to going back…. Maybe next year!!!!
Ken along with his wife Lori are the owners and operators of Vagabond Lodge at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.