Known for its clear sparkling lakes, breathtaking scenery, and world-class ski resorts, the Columbia Valley is one of British Columbia’s most well-hidden treasures. Nestled between the spectacular Rocky and Purcell Mountain ranges, the valley is an outdoor lover’s paradise, with access to year-round recreational activities such as hiking, biking, boating, golfing, and in the colder months, skiing, snowboarding, and tobogganing. Walk along our streets and you’ll find unique boutiques, shops, art galleries, cafés, and fine dining restaurants loved by locals and tourists alike.

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The Columbia Valley is filled to the brim with stories waiting to be told. From the Headwaters of the Columbia River to the peaks of the Rocky Mountains, there is so much to discover. Take a look at the story starters below and get inspired, or feel free to reach out to for more story ideas.

Find More in the Columbia Valley

There’s so much to discover in the Columbia Valley. No matter what draws you in, you’ll find so many adventures and activities within the communities of Radium Hot Springs, Invermere, Panorama, Windermere, Fairmont Hot Springs and everywhere in between, no matter the season. Reach out and our media team will happily provide suggestions to start building your Columbia Valley bucket list. 

Warm Side of the Rockies

The Columbia Valley is lucky to be located on what is referred to as the “Warm Side of the Rockies”, allowing for long seasons of outdoor adventures and activities such as hiking, biking, camping, paddling, and so much more spanning from earlier in the spring to later in the fall.

Columbia River Wetlands

The Columbia River Wetlands are one of the largest unbroken freshwater wetlands in North America. The headwaters of the Columbia River are located within the Columbia Valley community of Canal Flats, with the designated BC Heritage River flowing north and ultimately traveling 800 km Pacific Ocean in Astoria, Oregon. The Columbia Wetlands stretch from Canal Flats to Golden, BC and are part of the Pacific Flyway with over 267 documented species of birds.

Columbia Valley Experiences

Experience more in the Columbia Valley — from discovering the Columbia Wetlands, soaring above the mountains, capturing meaningful memories, creating a piece of art, tasting farm fresh food, or exploring the alpine — adventure awaits. Within the Columbia Valley, find endless adventures, activities, and memories waiting to be made. Discover the Columbia Valley Experiences and find what makes the Columbia Valley so special, led by local guides, experts, and professionals. Make the most of your trip to the Columbia Valley by tapping in to the local expertise that awaits by discovering the Columbia Valley Experiences Collection.

Columbia Valley Bird Trail

Did you know that the Columbia Valley is on the BC Bird Trail? Explore the Columbia Valley Bird Trail nested safely between the towering peaks of the Canadian Rockies and Purcell Mountains. Situated along the Upper Columbia River, the wetlands surrounding the cozy communities of the Columbia Valley are renowned for their birdlife. Birdwatchers to the area get the opportunity to see some eastern and prairie birds that aren’t really found elsewhere in the province, and it’s a unique area for observing familiar coastal birds, but in their breeding plumage. The mountains themselves have many birds who use the Pacific Flyway, with alpine species gathering at the higher elevations.

Powder Highway

The Columbia Valley is home to Panorama Mountain Resort on the Powder Highway, where deep snow, funky towns, and some of the most downhome, stash-laden, adventure-packed ski resorts in North America exist. This legendary place offers an abundance of deep Kootenay powder melded with authentic ski towns, full of vibrant locals. Throw in some of the world’s most renowned heli-skiing and cat-skiing operations, as well as highly-coveted backcountry lodges and this area of British Columbia stands out as one of the premier ski destinations. 

Hot Springs

The Columbia Valley is known for the Hot Springs! Open all year round, enjoy the relaxing, naturally-heated waters of the Columbia Valley Hot Springs. Soak in the largest mineral hot springs at the Fairmont Hot Springs Pools in the south Columbia Valley, or drive north and enjoy a soak in the rock-surrounded Radium Hot Springs pools.

Columbia Valley Golf Trail

The Columbia Valley Golf Trail is the group of 10 golf courses in the Columbia Valley of British Columbia, Canada. The Columbia Valley is nestled between the beautiful Rocky and Purcell Mountain ranges and is home to the communities of Spur Valley, Radium Hot Springs, Invermere, Windermere, and Fairmont Hot Springs. Our ten spectacular courses offer unique golf experiences – from charming to world class. Between the courses you will discover warm water lakes, beautiful beaches, delectable restaurants, charming local businesses, hot springs, gorgeous hiking trails, unlimited adventure and a great golf vacation!

Lake Windermere Whiteway

In 2014, the Lake Windermere Whiteway was named the World’s Longest Skating Trail by Guinness World Records. At over 30 km in length, this multi-use trail offers ice-skating as well as groomed skate and classic cross-country ski trails. The Lake Windermere Whiteway is maintained by the volunteer Toby Creek Nordic Ski Club.

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