Moving & Living in the Valley

Welcome to BC’s Columbia Valley, known for its breath-taking scenery, a lively arts community, and world-class golf, winter sports, outdoor adventuring, cultural activities, and much more.

The area extends from Canal Flats to the south, to Spillimacheen to the north. Please check out the links below to explore each community. You’ll find maps, current weather conditions, photos, history, annual events, and more!

Please note if you are new to Canada you may be eligible for FREE English clasess. Contact Nicole Trigg at CBAL at 250-341-7188.

The Columbia Valley Community Resource and Service Guide is a resource for families living throughout the Columbia Valley. This Guide is designed to provide residents with information about community agencies, organizations and service providers for families and their children, including area elementary schools,  playgrounds, sporting and recreation opportunities.…more


Akisqnuk First Nation

A thriving, modern, First Nation Community of approximately 300 members, the Akisqnuk First Nation covers over 8,000 acres of some of the most picturesque land in the Columbia Valley. In fact almost the entire distance between Windermere and Fairmont Hot Springs crosses the Akisqnuk First Nation. The single largest land holder in the Columbia Valley, […]

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 feature attraction of Edgewater is the wooden water flume, built […]

Canal Flats

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, which heads north towards Golden before turning south towards the […]

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. Since the lodge was founded […]


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. There are two public beach areas—Kinsmen […]


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. Panorama is a world-class resort with downhill skiing, snowboarding and cross-country trails. R. K. […]

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. A full range of services is offered here with hotels and motels, restaurants, shops and world-class golf […]



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. It is now primarily a community of second homes. Windermere […]




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