Take a hike to the Thompson Falls along the Blaeberry River for the Golden River Days Festival.

Take a hike to the Thompson Falls along the Blaeberry River for the Golden River Days Festival.

Golden River Days Festival celebrates local rivers and environment

The Golden River Days Festival runs from August 21-24, and features various events on the Blaeberry, Kicking Horse and Columbia rivers.

Join us for a family friendly celebration of Golden’s amazing rivers this August!

The Golden River Days Festival runs from August 21-24, and features various events on the Blaeberry, Kicking Horse and Columbia rivers.

The festival saw its start in a brainstorming session between Wildsight’s Sanne Van Der Ros and the Local Townie’s Kris King, and has grown into a community-based celebration of our local rivers and their importance in our environment.

Events include free guided nature walks along the rivers by Wildsight, Parks Canada and the Golden Museum; free and inexpensive river floats from August 21-23 from Quantum Leaps, Alpine Rafting and Columbia Wetlands Adventures; the Reel Paddling Film Fest the evening of Aug. 22; and the Kla-How-Ya River Race, followed by a riverside community barbecue on Saturday, Aug. 24.

Advance tickets to the Reel Paddling film festival are $10 (cash only) and are available at the Art Gallery of Golden.

Door prizes from Higher Ground, Plain Wayne and Jane, Bacchus Books and Karen Janick RMT will be drawn for ticketholders at the Film Fest intermission. To register for the Kla-How-Ya River Battle, contact the Gentleman’s Leisure Club of Golden at riverbattle@gmail.com or call 250-272-7467.

A full list of events and registration details can be found on our website: www.goldenriverdays2013.webs.com.

So tie up your hiking boots or grab your paddle and get ready to take part in this community’s magnificent rivers. It is time to highlight the unique place we live in!

For more information, email goldenriverdays@gmail.com.