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.
It was a nice change today at Kicking Horse. No lift lines and that is time for me to ski. It was quite windy at the top with poor visibility. But once you got off the top it was fine and the snow was very nice. We received well over 40 cms of new snow in the past few days. The best run I had was into SuperBowl. I questioned myself a few times for going there since I couldn't see anything but it kept most people from going there. And I found out it wasn't open on Sunday. That's why I had about a knee high powder. Very nice. Great bunch of guests including a group who have been coming for years to stay with us. We have 1 room left for the weekend coming up. $295 plus tax(double occupancy).
Golden Nordic Club's facility, the Dawn Mountain Nordic Centre is one of the hidden gems in the Golden Area. They have about 30 km of a variety of loops just a few minutes ski from Vagabond Lodge. With all the nice snow we have had in the past few weeks the conditions are already great with the loops all groomed and track-set. I went for my first ski the other day.
Ken along with his wife Lori are the owners and operators of Vagabond Lodge at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.