Edelweiss Swiss Village

Shortly after the first trains of the C.P.R. crossed the mountains on their long haul to the Pacific Coast, reports of jagged peaks and unclimbed summits began to bring mountaineers to this vast new challenging area. Since trails were non-existent and accommodation meagre it was not log before hotels were constricted at Lake Louise, Field…

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Working on the Big Bend

From the Golden Star – August 28, 1936 When Canadian Pacific engineers faced the frowning heights from the junction of the Kicking Horse and Columbia rivers they had a choice of two paths. They could have sighted their transits north and followed the natural path which the Columbia had been carving through the range for uncounted millions of years, a path roughly 200 miles between the points that were to become Golden and Revelstoke.…

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Countess of Dufferin

Museums are a way of preserving articles so that future generations have the opportunity to see “the real thing.” It’s an opportunity for people to see things as they once were, see them in operation and watch as they evolve through the years.  Some things though, can never be improved upon because they were the best tools for the job. The Countess of Dufferin was one of those tools. A…

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Golden Legion Branch #122

An organizational meeting to form the Golden Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion was held on Thursday, April 16th in the dining room of the Russell Hotel. The Golden Branch would prove to be the sixteenth branch to be formed in the province of BC. They received their Charter on May 28, 1931. Just one…

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A WRONG RIGHTED AT REUNION

A Wrong Righted at Reunion The Golden Star – May 22, 1985 by Brenda Shook A happy little girl ran into the kitchen yelling, “Mother, mother, I’m getting the honor roll.” She dragged her mother away from her work and trudged over to the Lady Grey School. “We waited in the back,” recalls Myra Ing,…

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QUEEN’S HOTEL IN GOLDEN, BC

ITS HUMBLE BEGINNINGS The Queen’s Hotel started out as a small roughly built log building that boasted five rooms and a bathroom. Built by William Archer in 1883, the hotel with its tent roof, served as a stopping place for miners, railroaders, salesmen and settlers. William and his wife, Mary, eventually bought a farm to…

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Horse Races Were Big In Golden, BC

Horse Racing in Golden, BC

Competitions Attracted Spectators in Golden, BC The people of Golden, BC were always up to a challenge. Be it foot races or fall fair events everyone took part. It makes sense then that local horse owners used deserted town streets to challenge each other to a race. Horse racing grew and soon competitors came from…

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CPR SWISS GUIDES

An old image of hills and mountains

In the year 1899, my father Edward Feuz, Sr., and Christian Haesler, Sr., came to Canada, engaged as Mountain Guides by the C.P.R. Co. They were accompanied by Charles Clark, an Englishman, but educated in Switzerland. He acted as interpreter for these first C.P.R. Swiss Guides. In 1901 more Guides were brought out; the two…

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Phantom Lake

Reflection Lake aka Phantom Lake 1960's

In 1911 work began on the Kootenay Central Railway that ran from the Canadian Pacific Railway in Golden, BC, south towards Cranbrook, BC. The railway would open on this section in 1913 and change trade and travel throughout the area. The railroad, ran across its own railway bridge, from the north side of Golden to…

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When Golden Was A Tent Town

During the construction of the C.P.R. west of the summit of the Rockies, during the years 1884 and 1885, it was first intended to locate the divisional point at the junction of the Kicking Horse River and the Columbia. This caused a tent town to spring up at the point during the summer of 1884,…

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