Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge - Golden - Hiking BC

 

BC Spirit Square in Golden, British Columbia hosts the Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge.

 

Pedestrian Bridge, BC Spirit Square, Golden, British Columbia, Canada

 

The views from the Inukshuk at the hairpin turn on Kicking Horse Trail, followed by a stroll at the one-way bridge over the Columbia River, stage the visit to BC Spirit Square in the Town of Golden, British Columbia, Canada where the Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge creates a distinct presence.

At the entrance gate pillars, an immediately endearing feature is a mosaic of ceramic plaques created by school children as their important, perpetual contribution to this community project (circa 2009).

 

Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge, Spirit Square, Golden, British Columbia, Canada. Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge, Spirit Square, Golden, British Columbia, Canada.

 

Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge, Spirit Square, Golden, British Columbia, Canada. Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge, Spirit Square, Golden, British Columbia, Canada.

 

The attractive community meeting place, in downtown Golden, rests on the north shore of Kicking Horse River in the broad valley surrounded by mountains on both sides.

The covered Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge commands attention accentuated by colorful flower beds around its periphery.

 

Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge, Spirit Square, Golden, British Columbia, Canada. Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge, Spirit Square, Golden, British Columbia, Canada.

 

Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge, Spirit Square, Golden, British Columbia, Canada. Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge, Spirit Square, Golden, British Columbia, Canada.

 

Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge, Spirit Square, Golden, British Columbia, Canada. Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge, Spirit Square, Golden, British Columbia, Canada.

 

The Kicking Horse Pedestrian Covered Bridge, over the Kicking Horse River at Golden's BC Spirit Square is the culmination of a community vision which spanned several years.  Interpretive plaques explain purpose and development.

 

Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge, Spirit Square, Golden, British Columbia, Canada. Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge, Spirit Square, Golden, British Columbia, Canada.

 

Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge, Spirit Square, Golden, British Columbia, Canada. Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge, Spirit Square, Golden, British Columbia, Canada.

 

Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge, Spirit Square, Golden, British Columbia, Canada. Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge, Spirit Square, Golden, British Columbia, Canada.

 

Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge, Spirit Square, Golden, British Columbia, Canada. Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge, Spirit Square, Golden, British Columbia, Canada.

 

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The Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge is a focal point at BC Spirit Square in Golden and also for an elaborate system of pedestrian trails along the Kicking Horse River.  The trails are obviously popular with runners, power walkers or families just out for a stroll in the incredibly beautiful and natural surroundings within an urban mix.

 

Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge, Spirit Square, Golden, British Columbia, Canada. Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge, Spirit Square, Golden, British Columbia, Canada.

 

Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge, Spirit Square, Golden, British Columbia, Canada. Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge, Spirit Square, Golden, British Columbia, Canada.

 

Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge, Spirit Square, Golden, British Columbia, Canada. Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge, Spirit Square, Golden, British Columbia, Canada.

 

River House Café is one of the local watering holes at BC Spirit Square, sensibly separated from the masses by a wrought iron fence draped with flower boxes.

 

Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge, Spirit Square, Golden, British Columbia, Canada. Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge, Spirit Square, Golden, British Columbia, Canada.

 

Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge, Spirit Square, Golden, British Columbia, Canada. Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge, Spirit Square, Golden, British Columbia, Canada.

 

Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge, Spirit Square, Golden, British Columbia, Canada. Kicking Horse River House Café at BC Spirit Square, Golden, British Columbia, Canada.

 

Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge, Spirit Square, Golden, British Columbia, Canada. Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge, Spirit Square, Golden, British Columbia, Canada.

 

Colorful and interpretive ceramic mosaics dot the terrace floor.  During the summer, between mid June and the end of August, BC Spirit Square hosts a Saturday Farmers Market.

 

Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge, Spirit Square, Golden, British Columbia, Canada. Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge, Spirit Square, Golden, British Columbia, Canada.

 

Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge, Spirit Square, Golden, British Columbia, Canada. Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge, Spirit Square, Golden, British Columbia, Canada.

 

Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge, Spirit Square, Golden, British Columbia, Canada. Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge, Spirit Square, Golden, British Columbia, Canada.

 

Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge, Spirit Square, Golden, British Columbia, Canada. Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge, Spirit Square, Golden, British Columbia, Canada.

 

The morning is filled with pleasant strolls in local highlights.  Following a quick stop at the Golden Sobeys to refresh provisions, including a backpack lunch, for the afternoon short hikes planned back at the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.

Photos for this post were taken on August 8, 2013.

 

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