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Getting Here

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Access

By Car

The Columbia Valley is the perfect spot for a road trip! Beautiful views and scenic drives await, whichever direction you’re travelling. 

One of the main ways to enter the Columbia Valley is by taking Highway 93 through the Kootenay National Park. Visitors can drive through, or they can take breaks along the way, with a variety of hiking and rest stops to explore. 

Highway 95 route from Golden BC offers unique views of the Columbia River Wetlands that few people experience. Visitors can tour the Golden Triangle on day trips too, explore the Kootenay and Yoho  National Park, Golden and Radium all in one road trip! 

Or are you coming from Creston, Nelson, Cranbrook, Fernie or the United States of America? Finding your way to the Columbia Valley from the South is easy. If you are coming from Nelson, Fernie or Creston, Highway 3 connects to Highway 93/95. Coming from the States, one of the main border crossings connects to Highway 95 directly. 

Make sure to check current road conditions and closures before travelling. The most up-to-date information on highway conditions can be found at DriveBC.ca. Road conditions for Alberta can be found at 511.Alberta.ca. The nearest car rentals are available in Banff, Cranbrook, or Calgary.

By Air

The nearest airport to the Columbia Valley is the Canadian Rockies International Airport located in Cranbrook, B.C. It is a small, regional airport servicing the Kootenay-Rockies area, with flights mainly to and from Calgary, Kelowna, and Vancouver. Calgary International Airport is the nearest large airport to the Columbia Valley and is approximately a three-hour drive. 

Amenities & Information

Places to Stay

There are plenty of great places to stay in the Columbia Valley ranging from deluxe resorts, cozy cabins, to charming motels. Find the perfect spot to stay here.

Restaurants & Dining

The Columbia Valley has no shortage of amazing places to eat, of all different cuisines! Take a look at the list on our blog and start planning your next meal.

Valley Amenities

Amenities such as grocery stores, gas stations, rest stops, and public washrooms are readily available through the Columbia Valley.
The nearest walk-in medical clinic is located in Invermere, along with two pharmacies.

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