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Columbia River Valley

Kootenay National Park, BC
The Rocky Mountain Trench, known as the Columbia Valley, is surmounted by the BC Rocky Mountains on the east and the Bugaboos on the west. Both are impressively high and rugged ranges.

The Columbia Valley cradles two of the more important rivers on the North American continent - the Columbia River and the Kootenay River. Here at the headwaters, they roll by untouched by man, unless you consider the dip of a kayak paddle, or the fly of the fisherman, to be touching. The Kootenay River, which originates high in the Rocky Mountains in Kootenay National Park, is fed by dozens of creeks and several rivers as it rolls southward.

The Columbia River, with its headwaters in Columbia Lake, rolls through the southern part of the valley northward for more than 200 kms before bending southward and heading west to the Pacific Ocean at Astoria in Oregon, 2,000 km from its source. The broad waterway is an important stopover on the semiannual migration route for wildlife and a joy to travel in any season.

The large, lush Columbia River wetlands, a fertile wintering ground for elk, deer, moose and many other creatures, span over 180 kilometres and are the longest continuous running wetlands remaining on the continent. Each year, during the first week of May, the valley celebrates the return of about 250 species of birds during the educational and entertaining Wings Over the Rockies Bird Festival. Birdwatchers couldn't wish to be in a better place at a better time.

Location: The Columbia River Valley incorporates the region of the BC Rockies accessed by Highway 93 and 95, between Cranbrook at the south and Golden in the north, a distance of 155 miles (248 km).

The following towns are located in or near the Columbia River Valley (North to South):

  • Golden
    Bracketed by Glacier National Park to the west and Yoho National Park to the east, Golden is right in the heart of some of the most pristine wilderness in the Canadian Rockies. At the confluence of the Kicking Horse and Columbia Rivers, Golden may be the perfect jump-off point for extreme outdoor adventure: hiking, river rafting, horseback riding, heli-skiing, hang gliding, ice-climbing, and downhill skiing and snowboarding at Kicking Horse Mountain Ski Resort.
  • Parson
    The small hamlet of Parson southeast of Golden in the BC Rockies provides a wonderful and panoramic view westward over the Columbia Valley and the Purcell Mountains.
  • Spillimacheen
    Spillimacheen, just north of Brisco at the conflux of the Bugaboo, Spillimacheen and Columbia rivers, is another gateway to the backcountry areas of the Purcell Mountain Range in the west and the Rocky Mountains to the east.

  • Bubagoo Mountain Range, British Columbia
    Brisco is the gateway to Bugaboo Provincial Park in the rugged Purcell Mountain Range, featuring 20 wilderness campsites and some of the best hiking and mountaineering in BC. The park encompasses extensive ice fields, the largest glaciers in the Purcells, and spectacular granite spires, some of which exceed 3,000 metres in elevation.
  • Edgewater
    The little hamlet of Edgewater is one of the older communities in the Columbia Valley. Originally established as a farming community just before World War l, today it is a quiet residential community with a gas station, general store, Royal Canadian Legion and a campground.
  • Radium Hot Springs
    The thriving community of Radium Hot Springs is a great support system for the area's popular hot springs, offering fine dining, quaint little shops, grocery stores, gas stations, golfing, skiing and a fine selection of accommodation - a wonderful therapy for tired travellers!
  • Invermere
    Invermere is a thriving tourist centre nestled in the valley between the Rocky and Purcell Mountain ranges just outside Kootenay National Park. Situated along the sandy shores of Windermere Lake, this community offers visitors a full spectrum of outdoor activities.
  • Windermere
    Located on the eastern shores of Windermere Lake, this charming town of high style and low-key rhythm is fast becoming a favourite spot for fishing, boardsailing, hang-gliding, swimming and golf.
  • Panorama
    In a province of great ski resorts, no place in British Columbia is as underrated or overlooked as Panorama Ski Resort. Because of it's remote location in the Purcell Mountains, it's more than a resort. Panorama is its own village, and more of a mountainous retreat, a sprawling establishment that contains a ski area, condos, a hotel, lots of restaurants and nightspots, and great outdoor recreation.
  • Fairmont Hot Springs
    Perched on a bench above the river on the east side of the Columbia Valley, Fairmont Hot Springs is a great resort experience, offering two championship golf courses, the largest and most popular hot spring pool complex in Canada, and Fairmont Hot Springs Ski Resort.
  • Canal Flats
    Nestled in the southern end of the Columbia River Valley, Canal Flats is located at the southern end of Columbia Lake, the source of the Columbia River. Columbia Lake lies squeezed between two walls of rock; the Purcell Mountains to the west and the Rocky Mountains to the east.
  • Skookumchuk
    Skookumchuk is located where the Lussier and Skookumchuk Rivers enter the Kootenay River, south of Columbia Lake in the Kootenay River Valley. Skookumchuk has long been popular as a stopping ground for travellers moving between the Columbia Valley and Cranbrook.
  • Wasa
    Boasting the warmest lake in the Rocky Mountains, Wasa is a quiet cottage community in the Kootenay River Valley. The village features most tourism amenities and is a growing recreational area.
  • Fort Steele
    Fort Steele is a Heritage Town, where visitors can travel back in time to the 1890s and enjoy daily re-enactments of the town's past history and heritage year-round, with full programming from mid-June to Labour Day. Fort Steele is the best example of an historic 19th-century fort, a reminder of how the west was settled by Europeans.
  • Kimberley
    The highest city in Canada, Kimberley is the classic mining town of the Rockies region. There are plenty of cafés and boutiques for urbanites, and hiking, camping and two golf courses for those who prefer the great outdoors, and Kimberley Alpine Ski Resort for skiers and snowboarders.
  • Cranbrook
    Cranbrook offers the best of city and country. The vistas of snowcapped mountain peaks, lush green valleys and crystal clear lakes are sure to take your breath away, and an abundance of other attractions are available to entertain visitors.
  • Highway 93/95 links Cranbrook at the south end of the Columbia River Valley with Golden, about 230 km to the north. A steady stream of travellers pass through the region, but few are fortunate enough to make a home in this blessed setting. The land will sustain agriculture only at its southern end, leaving vast tracts of wilderness for the enjoyment of those who love the outdoors.
  • Situated on the west side of the Continental Divide, the Kootenay National Park blankets over 140,000 hectares, extending across the valleys of the Vermilion and Kootenay Rivers, touching on the Columbia Valley at Radium Hot Springs and straddling the Main and Western Ranges of the Rockies, with some of these peaks rising to 11,000 feet. The park is unique in that it is the only Canadian National Park featuring both glaciers and cactus. Glacial erosions have left fascinating patterns everywhere - cirques, morraines, hanging valleys and more. Great hiking awaits the visitor to the park, and wildlife is much in evidence; Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, mountain goats, elk, black bears, and grizzlies that frequent the avalanche slopes in the spring, digging for tender lily bulbs.

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  TraveLodge Golden, Golden Listing Details 
Stay & Play! Home of Golden's best waterslide and aquatic facility. Enjoy the salt water pool, waterslide, hot tub and sauna. Fully equipped kitchenette, family and Jacuzzi suites. Complimentary wireless internet access and breakfast. Each guest room includes microwave, refrigerator, coffeemaker and hairdryer. Conveniently located walking distance from a dozen restaurants, cold beer and wine store. Situated on our pristine 9.8 acres you can find West Trek Ranch which consists of the BBQ Zone, Tee-Pee, Horseshoe pit, Volleyball court and Playground with wonderful mountain views. Located off the Trans-Canada Highway only 10 minutes from Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and just minutes from superlative snowmobiling, exciting ATV trails, Skiing and Golfing.
  Alpine Rafting, Golden Listing Details 
COMPLIMENTARY RUSTIC RIVERSIDE CAMPING. Join Alpine Rafting on the Kicking Horse River this summer! The Kicking Horse is renowned as the Whitewater Gem of the Canadian Rockies, boasting BC and Alberta's Biggest Whitewater Thrills for all levels: from our Family Packages to the longest continuous whitewater in the Canadian Rockies. 2014 marks Alpine Rafting's 30th season on the Kicking Horse River. We are a committed team who consistently give our guests 5-star adventures. From our fleet of eye-popping candy-red rafts to our trip selection, we've spent the last 30 years honing the experience we provide. The Kicking Horse River has something for everyone. We look forward to spending a day on the river with you. Alpine Rafting Campsite offers rustic riverside camping available for all of our rafters, located 25 minutes east of Golden.
  Bear Paw Lodge, Golden Listing Details 
Bear Paw Lodge is a fully-equipped self-catering vacation property set in the heart of stunning Blaeberry Valley near to Golden BC. Nestled in a tranquil mountain location only a short drive from the incredible Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. An ideal location for your summer or winter vacation. Accommodates 10 people. Hot tub, BBQ, fire pit etc.
  Bellstar Hotels & Resorts, Golden Listing Details 
Bellstar Hotels & Resorts operates hotels and boutique resorts in Western Canada, as well as several rental homes in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains and in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley Wine Country, and the Kootenays. Resort locations include Kicking Horse in Golden, BC.
  Canyon RV Resort on Sinclair Creek, Radium Hot Springs Listing Details 
The Canyon RV Resort in Radium Hot Springs is set on Sinclair Creek amongst big old trees, huge lawns and lots of flowers, surrounded by the Rocky and Purcell Mountains. We offer grassy tent sites, deluxe RV pads, fully serviced bathrooms, laundry, and playgrounds, with hot springs, hiking and golf nearby.
  Hydra River Guides, Golden Listing Details 
Choose from the popular Kicking Horse Classic trip, the Ultimate Whitewater Adventure on the upper and lower canyon or the Mild Whitewater Adventure, Hydra is sure to have a trip that suits. With rapids up to class 4, Kicking Horse River will surely satisfy the spirit of adventure in everyone. Special Packages include Raft and Ride or Raft and Stay.
  Kicking Horse Resort Accommodation, Golden Listing Details 
Experience award-winning accommodation in the heart of Kicking Horse Country where ‘Authentic Mountain Adventure’ is the community credo. Kicking Horse Resort Accommodation specializes in ski, golf, hike and stay adventure packages at the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in Golden BC. Relax in a variety of accommodations and lodging selected to meet guests’ needs, tastes, and budgets.
  Kimberley Lodging Company, Kimberley Listing Details 
Kimberley Lodging Company offers a range of accommodation at the Kimberley Alpine Resort. From newly renovated units to luxury townhouses with private hot tubs. All units have ski in ski out location or are in walking distance to the main quad lift. Close proximity to four regional golf courses and the 2000 acres Kimberley Nature park-ideal for hiking, biking and cross country skiing.
  Radium Hot Springs Vacation Rentals, Radium Hot Springs Listing Details 
Come and relax in the lovely mountain setting of Radium Hot Springs in the BC Rockies, and soak in the soothing mineral springs nearby in a peaceful, natural setting. Enjoy a fun-filled day hiking, golfing, or skiing. Our fully-equipped Radium Springs vacation rentals are beautifully decorated and equipped with all necessary amenities. Invermere is a mere 15-min drive to even more adventure, shopping, and dining.
  The Lodging Company, Kelowna Listing Details 
Ski Vacation Rentals: Ski-in/ski-out chalets, condos, and vacation homes at BC’s top ski resorts. The Lodging Company has the perfect condo for your next getaway and can arrange discount lift tickets and airport transfers! View our complete listing of properties online or call us Toll Free at 1-888-676-9977 for personal assistance in planning your vacation.
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