Premier Listings for Columbia River Valley

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.

Brisco
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 Mountain 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.

Skookumchuck
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.

Circle Tours: See the best of the area on the Okanagan and Kootenay Rockies Circle Tour or the Kootenay Rockies Hot Springs Circle Tour. Travel the sunny interior of British Columbia, north through the Okanagan to Sicamous, following Highway 1 into the mountains of the BC Rockies. From Golden, head south through the Columbia Valley to Creston, and west through Boundary Country and the Southern Okanagan to complete the loop. Circle Tours in British Columbia.

Premier Listings

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Alpine Rafting
101 Golden Donald Upper Road Golden BC V0A 1H0 P.O. Box 1272 Golden BC V0A 1H0 Home Phone: 250-344-6778Home Phone: 1-888-599-5299Visit Website

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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. If you are a hearty, seasoned camper, and don’t want to be bound by the rules of a traditional campsite, we have the answer for you.

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The Lodging Company
Vacation Lodgings throughout British Columbia Head Office: 200-510 Bernard Avenue Kelowna BC V1Y 6P1 Home Phone: 250-979-3939Work Phone: 1-888-676-9977Visit Website

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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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Canyon RV Resort on Sinclair Creek
5012 Sinclair Creek Road Box 279 Radium Hot Springs BC V0A 1M0 Home Phone: 250-347-9564Visit Website

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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.

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Hydra River Guides
2936 Kicking Horse Road (off Beaverfoot Road) Golden BC Mailing Address: PO Box 778 Banff Alberta T1L 1A8 Home Phone: 403-762-4554Home Fax: 403-760-3196Work Phone: 1-800-644-8888Visit Website

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Hydra River Guides has been introducing guests to the thrills of whitewater rafting since 1986. The Kicking Horse River boasts big waves, continuous rapids and a guaranteed good time! With rapids up to class 4, the Kicking Horse River will surely satisfy the spirit of adventure in everyone.

Whether you choose from the popular Kicking Horse Classic trip, the Ultimate Whitewater Adventure on the upper and lower canyon, or the Mild Whitewater Adventure, Hydra River Guides is sure to have a trip that suits your ability and budget. Special Packages include Raft and Ride, for those who want to enjoy a leisurely horseback trail ride in Banff followed by a rafting trip down the Kicking Horse River, Raft & ATV, Raft & Zip, or Raft, Skydive & ATV, for those looking to combine three thrilling adventures.

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Bighorn Meadows Resort
#10 Bighorn Boulevard Radium Hot Springs BC V0A 1MO Mailing Address: Box 571 Radium Hot Springs BC V0A 1MO Home Phone: 250-347-2323Home Fax: 250-347-2311Work Phone: 1-877-344-2323Visit WebsiteVisit Blog

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Bighorn Meadows Resort is a luxury resort on the Springs Golf Course in the scenic village of Radium Hot Springs. The award-winning resort offers stunning views of the emerald green fairways and the Purcell and Rocky Mountain ranges. The one, two, and three-bedroom luxury vacation condos feature comfort and value, cozy fireplaces, full kitchens, and decks with BBQs, and the resort amenities include a seasonal heated outdoor pool and hot tub, free Wi-Fi and parking, and concierge guest services.

Step outside Bighorn Meadows Resort into one of many outdoor adventures, from golfing, hiking, and horseback riding, to whitewater rafting, biking, and ATVing. The area is also a hub for relaxation, with several spas and, of course, the natural hot springs. In the winter, you can ski and snowboard at one of four popular ski resorts, all within an hour drive of the resort.

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