Within a day, this Youtube video was up to 1,000 hits, and has climbed steadily ever since. Go to Golden, you wont be bored, filmed by Bill Braisher, shows outsiders just how much Golden has to offer.
“There’s just so much to do in Golden that I don’t think people realize,” said Braisher, who has been working on this project for a couple years now.
Owner of the Winston Lodge, Braisher has always been interested in getting involved in the tourism industry. In fact, he began this video project before he purchased the lodge.
“It was really important to me to make this non-biased. I want this to be an invitation to the world from every tourism outlet, all groups and companies in Golden,” he said.
The 23-minute video features well over 100 different things to do in and around the community, including ATVing, hunting, hiking, as well as showcasing many of the facilities in Golden, like the pump track and the Golden Civic Centre.
“There is definitely more to come,” said Braisher, who already has a list of about 20 activities that didn’t make the first video.
“I’d been working on it for so long, that I decided I had to stop myself and put something together.”
The goal of the video is to show the world how much there is to do in the community, and hopefully get them calling Tourism Golden, and the Kicking Horse Country Chamber of Commerce to find out where they can go to do the things they saw in the video.
“I’m hopeful that they’ll get a lot of calls about this,” said Braisher. “And I’m hoping that they’ll be able to tell them exactly where to go for the paintball, and petting zoo.”
This is just one piece of Braisher’s overall plan to help grow Golden’s tourism industry. He is hoping to get on the board of Tourism Golden, and will be releasing more videos in the future.
“This one turned out to be a bit like a news report, with me standing in front of these places and talking about what they do. For the next one I’d like to be a little more involved, with me actually doing the paragliding, and actually getting in the canoe, that sort of thing,” he said.
So far the feedback has been perfect, said Braisher, and all the companies and groups involved have been happy about how diverse the snapshot of Golden was.
“The best advertising is word of mouth,” said Braisher. “I’m hoping this will really help grow tourism in Golden.”
A link to the video can be found on the Golden Community Facebook page, or at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojnfOaNxmt0&feature=youtu.be.
And most of the activities featured in the video can be found at www.golden.ca.