Each year, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort throws a party to make Australians feel more at home.
Serving up burgers with beets and pineapple, playing a game of cricket in the snow, and having a couple beers sets the stage for annual Australia Day celebrations at the resort.
With between 50 to 60 Australians employed at the resort alone, KHMR invited Australians and their friends to stop by the Heaven’s Door Yurt on Friday to partake in some activities.
An outdoor BBQ and bar station was decked out with Australian flags, umbrella hats and beach balls to set the tone.
This is Whitetooth Grill’s team lead Dan Jakeway’s third Australian Day celebration on the mountain. He has been working with other Australians for the past three winters, among Canadians and those from different nationalities.
“They’re normally the same,” he said. “We just get some cricket happening up here and have a few beers. Every year just depends on the Australians up here and who gets the day off. Whatever happens depends on how big it gets.”
Each winter and summer season sees many Australians coming and going from the Town of Golden. There isn’t much in the way of statistics of how many come to town or are permanent residents. According to StatsCan, there are 65 permanent Australian residents in Golden, about the same amount as Americans who permanently reside here.