Wildlife & Birding

A trip to the Columbia Valley can provide a unique opportunity to view renowned Canadian animals in their natural habitat. You may encounter deer, bighorn sheep, elk, black bears and grizzly bears, pikas, marmots, over 250 bird species, and more. 

Columbia Valley Bird Trail

Located along the province -wide BC Bird Trail, birding enthusiasts will love spending time along the the Columbia Valley Bird Trail. Winding through the towns of Canal Flats, Fairmont Hot Springs, Invermere, Radium Hot Springs, find sightseeing opportunities, seasonal events, and birding experiences.

The Columbia Valley Bird Trail is perfect for those interested in birding, nature, sightseeing, and experiencing the beauty of the area. Find information on species of birds to expect, itineraries, and more on the Columbia Valley Bird Trail.

Bighorn Sheep

The Village of Radium is well-known for the herd of Bighorn Sheep that call the area home. The sheep can often be seen frequenting the streets and meadows of the Village, especially in the cooler months.

Learn 5 fun facts about the bighorn sheep here.

Denise Hoffgaard Photography

Wildlife Safety Reminders

Seeing animals in the wild is a special experience and one that shouldn’t be taken for granted. To ensure the safety of both people and wildlife, we ask that the following guidelines are adhered to:

  • Drive with caution, especially at dawn and dusk when animals may be more active on the road.
  • Always give animals plenty of space; Parks Canada recommends giving deer, elk, sheep, and moose 30 meters of space and bears, wolves, coyotes, and cougars 100 meters of space.
  • Dogs must be on-leash within Radium and Kootenay National Park, with the exception of designated off-leash areas. This is for the safety of your pet and wildlife.
  • Leave no trace while on the trails or at your campsite – take all garbage and food with you so it is not accessible by animals.