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In addition to protecting Golden from the risks of river flooding, the Kicking Horse River Dike Improvement Project will transform the riverfront space between Golden’s downtown and the Kicking Horse River, making it a place where residents will come to work, play and connect. Stay updated on the project and learn more below.

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Wrapping up for the winter season: Decmber 11, 2020

Crews are wrapping up work on the Kicking Horse River Dike Improvement Project for the winter season. Over the last four months, crews have completed the construction of the flood protection wall and earthen dike work at various locations along the dike throughout town. Over the winter, there will be no public access along the back alley adjacent to downtown, however the parking lots on the north and south side of the alley will be reopened.  
Next spring, crews will return to the site to finish backfilling the alley, replacing riprap along the river and to complete the landscaping and beautification elements of the project. The project is set to be completed by July 2021. 

Update on Phase 2: October 27, 2020

Crews have been busy as they continue to work on the Kicking Horse River Dike Improvement Project adjacent to the downtown core. Last week crews completed the drilling and filling of 33 concrete piles in preparation for the next phase of work. This week crews have started working on concrete pile cap construction to be followed by construction of the flood protection wall.
This work is set to be completed in early December.

Phase 2: 2020

Construction for phase two is set to begin in early August.

TYBO Contracting Ltd. will kick off construction in early August with riprap work and the construction of the flood protection wall. Work will take place six days a week from August to November with TYBO returning in spring 2021 to complete the landscaping and beautification elements of the project. The project is set to be completed by July 2021.

During construction there will be traffic closures and no parking access in the back alley along the river. The parking lots on the north and south side of the alley will be used as staging areas and will be closed during construction. Here is a high-level overview of the construction schedule for 2020, dates are subject to change:

  • August 4 to November 9: crews will mobilize to the construction site along the dike adjacent to downtown. Work will include rip rap removal and mass excavation as well as the creation of a temporary rip rap retaining wall. The work in this area will continue until November 9 in order to construct the flood protection wall. Please note that this is major construction, work will be noisy and dusty with heavy equipment.
  • September 1 to October 22: earthen dike work will take place at various locations along the dike throughout town. During this time there will be localized pedestrian closures on the south dike trail as work is completed in various areas. 

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The design for the downtown riverfront area as part of the Kicking Horse River Dike Improvement Project has been completed. The Town of Golden provided both in-person and online public engagement opportunities to residents in September 2019, receiving feedback from over 200 people. The information collected was used to help guide the engineers and landscape architects on the design for beautification of the area in phase three of the project. The beautification component, valued at approximately $1 million is being funded through the Resort Municipality Initiative.

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Overall, public engagement participants described their vision for the area as a place to walk along the river, visit and shop at local businesses, connect with the community and come to enjoy the space and surrounding natural environment.

Learn more about What We Heard through public engagement here.


Ongoing work

March 2020
Vegetation management along the Kicking Horse River Dike is set to begin in one week. From March 16 to April 1, 2020, Green Leaf Tree Services, contracted by the Town of Golden, will be working along the Kicking Horse River dike system to undertake prescribed tree removals. ⁣For more information, view the news release here. 

October  2019
Work continues on the first phase of the Kicking Horse River Dike Improvement Project between Golden’s downtown and the Kicking Horse River. Currently, contracted crews are working to bury shallow utilities, including power transmission, telecommunications and propane. This work is expected to be completed by the end of January 2020.

Public Engagement 

September  2019
From September 6 - 22, residents can provide input on their vision for the area between Golden's downtown and the Kicking Horse River for Phase 3 of the project. For more information, click here

Phase 1: Burying Shallow Utilities

August, 30, 2019
The prime contractor for excavation and the burying of shallow utilities has been awarded to Carver Construction. Work is projected to begin in late September.

$5.87M grant awarded to fully fund Kicking Horse River Dike Improvement Project

March 9, 2018 
Project made possible thanks to federal Gas Tax Fund

Upon receiving the largest single infrastructure-based grant in its history, the Town of Golden will now move forward with a project to upgrade the most vulnerable sections of the Kicking Horse River dike.  The project is one that Town Council and staff have long identified as a top priority in its efforts to provide flood protection to the Town’ s residents and infrastructure in key areas of the community.

The Project will see the construction of a 330-metre-long concrete “sea wall” style structure in a portion of the dike between the Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge and the Highway 95 traffic bridge. As remaining available funds permit, approximately 5.2 kilometres of vegetation growth will be selectively removed along the banks, and over one kilometre of other portions of the dike will be raised in order to comply with provincial guidelines. The construction of the “sea wall” and the relocation of overhead utilities will also transform the riverfront landscape in preparation for beautification initiatives along the corridor.

The Federal Gas Tax Fund grant has awarded the Town up to $5.87 million to cover the full estimated cost of the project.

“Town Council has spent years lobbying higher levels of government for assistance in meeting the new realities for flood protection,” said Mayor Ron Oszust. “Apart from our identified core infrastructure targets elsewhere in the community, this has always represented our number one public safety project for Golden and we are immensely pleased to now be able to address this long standing priority.”
“This represents the single largest infrastructure grant the Town of Golden has ever received,” added Oszust. “With it we will provide a dramatically increased level of flood protection for our community while also physically transforming the waterfront between our downtown and the Kicking Horse River.”
In addition, the Town of Golden was awarded an $80,000 grant from the Federal Gas Tax Fund for ongoing asset management planning work to inform future road improvement expenditures and assist to confirm or revise previously identified infrastructure renewal projects.
Each year, the Government of Canada provides over $278 million in funding for local government infrastructure projects across British Columbia through the Federal Gas Tax Fund. The Union of BC Municipalities administers the Federal Gas Tax Fund in British Columbia in partnership with the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia.
 “Improvements to local infrastructure are so important. They make our communities even better places to live,” said Selina Robinson, B.C. Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “We are pleased to partner with local governments and the federal government to improve the daily lives of British Columbians.”
 “Communities across BC are looking for funding to replace, upgrade and expand local infrastructure,” said Director Wendy Booth, President, Union of BC Municipalities. “The federal Gas Tax Fund is accelerating the pace of infrastructure renewal through the transfer of close to $3 billion since 2005 for projects in our province. I appreciate the Government of Canada’s long-term commitment to fund priorities identified by BC local governments.”

To view a larger versions of the concept plan, Dike Improvement Areas and an artist's concept of a potential outcome for the downtown, click on the links below:

Concept Plan
Dike Improvement Areas
Concept for Potential Outcome for Downtown Golden
To see all projects funded through this intake, visit
To learn more about the federal Gas Tax Fund visit: