Art Galleries & Museums
The Valley is home to many talented artists whose work can be seen in local galleries and exhibitions throughout the area. Museums and historical landmarks are abundant as well – enjoy the rich and interesting story that is our history.
Enjoy the Sun
The summer sun brings opportunities for spectacular hiking, cycling and rafting. Picturesque Lake Windermere, with its boating, water sports and public beaches, is just a short distance away.
Explore off the beaten path with trips into the surrounding backcountry led by local experts.
Soak in the Hot Pools
Take a dip in the world-famous Radium Hot Springs, soothing warm pools naturally carved out of the Rocky Mountains that have been attracting visitors from around the world since the 1800s.
Explore the Columbia Valley
Take a trip into The Village of Radium Hot Springs, and enjoy a range of amenities, shops and services, as well as local markets and festivals. The town of Invermere, nestled on the shores of Lake Windermere, is only minutes away.
The seasonal farmers’ markets spring up during the summer in Golden, Edgewater, Radium Hot Springs, Invermere, Fairmont Hot Springs, Kimberley and Cranbrook. They’re all worth a visit for local crafts, fresh produce and a glimpse into the Valley lifestyle.
Tour the Wetlands
The Columbia Valley Wetlands are the longest continuous wetlands on the continent. Its 26,000 hectares are home to over 265 species of birds, a true attraction for bird watchers and photographers. Canoe or kayak tours are available.
Hiking and Biking
Some of the best hiking and biking trails in BC can be found here, winding through the mountains, valleys and wetlands. Routes can be planned for any level, from family outing to fearless adventurer.
Experience a slice of pioneer life while trekking on horseback through the valley. Guided tours can be arranged with experienced guides and horses, and can accommodate short or even overnight trips.
Whether a class 3 rapids adventure is your style or a leisurely float sounds more appealing, the three local rivers offer rafting choices for everyone. Family friendly!
Kootenay National Park
Established in 1920, Kootenay National Park represents the southwestern region of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. From glacier-clad peaks along the Continental Divide to the semi-arid grasslands of the Rocky Mountain Trench this park is home to a rich diversity of landscapes and ecology. Kootenay National Park of Canada offers opportunities to experience the Rocky Mountains, learn about their natural and cultural heritage, and connect with nature. National parks belong to the people of Canada.