There’s a lot more to Kicking Horse than just burgers and chilli. Horse Thief Café (+1 250 344 8679) in Glacier Lodge is open daily for lunch. A mid-mountain yurt – called Heaven’s Door – serves sushi. The base lodge has a self-service restaurant. Eagle’s Eye at the gondola summit has a roaring log fire, floor-to-ceiling windows, and wooden rafters all add to the atmosphere. Local game is the culinary speciality, with masterpieces such as currant-venison sausage with bucatini garlic confit, field mushrooms and oregano in a spicy tomato broth. Starters include grilled BC salmon on butternut blinis with a lingonberry chutney and wildflower honey cream. Oh yes, and did we say it’s the best restaurant in North America? We did?
Not a huge choice in the resort
This is still a small resort – but what it lacks in quantity is more than made up for by the quality. The good news is that the Eagle’s Eye is also open on weekend evenings. If you can’t tear yourself away after dinner, can sleep in one of the two comfortable suites (booked in advance) before making tracks down the mountain in the morning.
Corks (+1 250 344 7644) and The Local Hero (+1 250 344 7272) are both open for dinner every day, as is Sushi Kuma (+1 250 344 8678) in Glacier Lodge. Golden boasts a number of coffee shops, bars and cafés, such as The Taps (+1 250 344 7155) and Jita’s Café (+1 250 344 3660). Eleven22, a serious-minded fusion restaurant, set incongruously on the edge of this blue-collar logging town, is strongly recommended. The Kicking Horse Grill, which has a Dutch chef/owner, is also highly recommended for its atmospheric log cabin setting and adventurous cuisine.