The Golden Skybridge is slated to open in May, linking two suspension bridges with a three-kilometre-long nature walk through the forest. The bridges are 130 metres and 80 metres high, giving 360-degree views of the Rocky and Purcell mountain ranges, the canyon far below and a nearby 61-metre-high waterfall.
Once open, they will be the highest suspension bridges in Canada. If that’s not enough to get the heart rate up, the Golden Skybridge will also feature a tandem bungee swing and a 1,200-metre zipline across the canyon, slated to open later this summer.
This attraction offers a similar sky-high experience as the Columbia Icefield Skywalk which juts out over the valley on the Icefields Parkway. Pursuit also operates the Banff Gondola as well as several Flyover film and ride experiences in Canada, the U.S. and Iceland. It also has plans to open an oceanside geothermal lagoon in Iceland this year. So the company’s focus is on creating new experiences that take full advantage of the great outdoors.
“The Columbia Valley is one of those remarkable places that is uniquely positioned to provide a stunning, yet accessible mountain experience,” said company president David Barry. “Whether you’re staying in Golden or making it a stop along your journey between Alberta and British Columbia, the Golden Skybridge will soon become an iconic experience for Canadian and international visitors alike.”
Golden is well-known for its excellent skiing and snowmobiling but it is also making a mark with abundant summer experiences, such as fat biking, hiking, and camping. The Skybridges will add another element, said Paul Deutsch, who, along with Rav Soomal, heads up a group of local developers partnering with Pursuit on this. They hope it gives people one more reason to explore the area, once restrictions fully lift and it’s safe to travel again. To that end, Pursuit has a flexible policy, allowing people to cancel up to two days before on any of its attractions and hotels.
“There is such pristine natural beauty in this corner of British Columbia and the Golden Skybridge… Golden is emerging as an impressive basecamp for exploring both the Columbia and Rocky mountains and we look forward to being a continued part of the region’s burgeoning tourism growth,” said Deutsch.