Located at the confluence of the Columbia and Kicking Horse Rivers, Confluence Park has long been a popular location. Historically, this site was known to first nations and early European explorers, and it was a terminus for the journey of the paddlewheelers on the Columbia River.
More recently, increasing site use and the growing demand for greenspace in Golden initiated formal management of the park. The goal was to design a site which preserves the area’s natural legacy, and build a civic greenway for the enjoyment of visitors and residents alike. Partners included CVGTA, the Town of Golden, Golden Area Initiatives, Golden IGA/Coca Cola, Golden Rotary Club, and BC Hydro.
The Confluence Park Greenway Trail was built in 2005 by community volunteers, and eighteen Canada World Youth participants. This greenway includes 105 ha of beach and forested lands from the Kicking Horse River south to an old float plane base. The walking/cycling trail meanders 1km through lowland river forest, to a viewing platform and picnic area where visitors may spot wildlife, such as birds of prey, white-tail deer, and black bears. With interpretive panels onsite, visitors learn about the site’s ecology and history and observe the seasonal temperament of the Columbia River. This site links hikers and cyclists to Rotary trails through Golden, and to Reflection Lake & the Mount Seven Trailhead.