Vancouver Sun

NO GOLDEN HANDSHAKE

Rafters lose rail access

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GOLDEN Tourism officials in the town of Golden say letters of support are flooding in as they fight for access to the Kicking Horse River.

Canadian Pacific Railway has stopped guided rafting tours from crossing its tracks to reach the river’s Lower Canyon.

The canyon holds a stretch of world-renowned rapids.

CP Rail cited safety concerns.

Tourism Golden executive director Joanne Sweeting says the railway has told stakeholde­rs that it is not willing to find a solution.

She says rafting companies and the tourism associatio­n believe closure of the canyon damages Canada’s reputation as a wilderness destinatio­n where citizens have freedom to use public lands.

Sweeting says her organizati­on has faith that CP will allow access to the Lower Canyon by the May long weekend, in time for the Golden Mountain Festival, which she says is dedicated to celebratin­g rivers and wetlands.

Tourism Golden says 40,000 people raft the Kicking Horse River annually and river rafting is one of the town’s major summer tourism draws.

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 ?? WET N WILD ADVENTURES ?? Rafters paddle through rapids on the Kicking Horse River. CP Rail has effectivel­y closed access to the river’s Lower Canyon.
WET N WILD ADVENTURES Rafters paddle through rapids on the Kicking Horse River. CP Rail has effectivel­y closed access to the river’s Lower Canyon.

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