In September 2021, the Kicking Horse River Dike Improvement Project was completed and The River Walk officially opened to the public.
In addition to protecting Golden from the risks of river flooding, the Kicking Horse River Dike Improvement Project has transformed the riverfront space between Golden’s downtown and the Kicking Horse River into The River Walk, a place where residents, visitors and businesses come to work, play and connect.
The Kicking Horse River Dike Improvement Project was funded through the Canada Community-Building Fund as administered by the Union of BC Municipalities and represents the largest infrastructure grant the Town of Golden has ever received at $5.87 million. Over 65 per cent of this amount was allocated for this specific area to construct a flood protection wall, with the rest of the funds used to heighten dikes elsewhere in the community. The beautification component, valued at approximately $1.2 million, was funded through the Province of B.C.’s Resort Municipality Initiative.