COLUMBIA VALLEY COMMUNITIES
Brisco, Edgewater, Spillimacheen
The pretty hamlet of Edgewater lies just nine kilometres north of Radium Hot Springs. The village offers Pip’s Country Store, gas station, post office, and the Royal Canadian Legion. There is also a thriving arts community that makes use of the Edgewater Community Hall.
The name “Windermere” has become synonymous with the entire Columbia Valley, but in fact it refers to a tiny community on the eastern shore of Lake Windermere. This area has long been a favourite destination for Albertans and other visitors from around the world.
Fairmont Hot Springs
The world’s largest outdoor mineral hot pool drew the first visitors to Fairmont Hot Springs more than 100 years ago, and they haven’t stopped since. At the heart of the community is the 140-room Fairmont Hot Springs Lodge, offering a full range of services including fine dining and spa treatments.
Travellers driving between Radium Hot Springs and Fairmont Hot Springs might not realize that by taking a short detour off the highway, they will find one of the most beautiful towns in the world. Invermere-on-the-Lake is a community of 3,500 permanent residents on the northern shore of Lake Windermere.
The 30-minute drive from Invermere to Panorama winds along the edge of the rugged Toby Creek Canyon, one of the most scenic drives in the area. Panorama is first and foremost a ski resort, with 4,000 feet of vertical terrain.
Radium Hot Springs
From Kootenay National Park, drive through Sinclair Canyon’s narrow gorge and enter the charming mountain community of Radium Hot Springs. The Village of Radium is a true resort, since attracting and keeping visitors is the village council’s mandate.
The headwaters of the mighty Columbia River spring forth from the earth in Canal Flats, a small logging community at the southern end of Columbia Lake. Plans are in the works for an interpretive trail allowing visitors to see the source of this famous river.