Kicking Horse Canyon - Recreation Enhancements
The Kicking Horse Canyon Project includes a recreation trail and enhancements for recreational opportunities. This section of the Trans-Canada Highway provides access to two national parks and recreational activities like skiing, snowboarding, hiking, cycling, climbing, hang gliding, parasailing, kayaking and rafting.
Realignment to improve safety of the Trans-Canada Highway through the Kicking Horse Canyon has allowed for a section of the old highway to be made into a recreation trail about 13 km east of Golden, B.C. It is accessed from the new Kicking Horse Rest Area where travelers will find picnic tables, a Stop of Interest sign describing the historic significance of the area, and scenic views of mountains, rivers and the majestic Park Bridge.
Picnic tables in the rest area near the trail head.
This cycling and hiking trail follows the Kicking Horse River for 3 km, ending at a lookout point where the old bridge used to cross the river. Keep a lookout for mountain goats climbing the steep slopes and rafters braving the rapids.
Recreation trail running between the river and highway from the rest area to lookout point.
Design of the Kicking Horse Canyon Project considers the needs of cyclists. The project liaison committee includes representation from the cycling community.
Cyclists will benefit from general improvements that reduce grades of steep roads and lower exposure to avalanche hazards. Improvements developed for cyclists include 2.5 metre-wide paved shoulders, extended height bridge parapets, and bicycle-safe grates on bridge catch basins.
These enhancements will make a noticeable difference for all cyclists whether tackling the 340-km Golden Triangle tour or taking a leisurely side-trip along the new 3‑km riverside recreation trail accessed by the Kicking Horse Rest Area.
On the opposite side of the river from the new recreation trail, the CPR Railway tracks follow the Kicking Horse River under the new Park Bridge.
The Kicking Horse River is one of the most exciting and untamed rivers for rafting in North America. The project liaison committee included representation from the Golden rafting community.
Rafters on the Kicking Horse River.
Improvements under the Kicking Horse Canyon Project are ensuring safer access to national parks and all recreation opportunities throughout the region.
The new Kicking Horse Rest Area has safer access from the Trans-Canada Highway and better river access for rafters. There are several rafting access points for launch, take-out, meal breaks, and emergency pullout within the limits of the Kicking Horse Canyon Project.