Lodge at a Glance: Copper Horse Lodge
Under the shadow of the Rockies and the Purcell Mountains, Copper Horse Lodge provides a relaxing respite from the surrounding wilderness. Its chalet-inspired exterior provides a rustic aesthetic, while modern rooms feature flat-screen TVs and WiFi.
- Large picture windows provide sweeping views of the mountains.
- Visit Boo the bear in the 20-acre Kicking Horse Grizzly Bear Refuge.
- Summit a mountain by driving up to Meadows in the Sky Parkway and taking a short walk from your car in Glacier National Park.
- Run with the wolves at Northern Lights Wildlife Wolf Centre, 19 miles (31 km) from the lodge, where you can photograph gray wolves with no boundaries, fences, or leashes.
Golden, British Columbia: Gateway to Outdoor Adventure in the Rocky Mountain Trench
Golden is surrounded by not one, not three, but five national parks. To the west lies Glacier National Park, while to the east sit Yoho, Banff, and Kootenay. And Jasper National Park is in the north. As if that wilderness weren't sufficient, the mighty Columbia River snakes through the town as well. Locals and visitors alike have their pick of just about any kind of outdoor adventure they can think of, from swimming and golf to rock climbing and rafting. In the winter, skiing, snowmobile, and cross-country trails abound, and since Golden is the birthplace of heliskiing—downhill skiing on trails accessed via helicopter—it's not too hard to venture off-road.
Nearby Edelweiss Village, former home to the early 20th-century guides who helped hikers traverse the mountains, provides architectural interest with its six swiss chalets. In town, the Kicking Horse pedestrian bridge draws attention as the longest freestanding timber-frame bridge in Canada. It also acts as a symbol of cooperation for the people of Golden.