Columbia Valley Travel Guide
The Columbia Valley Travel Guide describes everything you need to know about visiting British Columbia’s Columbia Valley, on the west side of the Canadian Rockies.
The Columbia Valley has the same mountain scenery as nearby national parks such as Kootenay and Banff, but also farmland, resort towns, and a string of lakes linked by the Columbia River.
Geographically, the region encompasses the Purcell Mountains and the upper reaches of the Columbia River, with the Canadian Rockies rising abruptly from the Columbia Valley to the Continental Divide and the British Columbia—Alberta border to the west. The southern portion of the Columbia Valley is often called the East Kootenays.
The main route through the region is Highway 93/95, which passes through a wide valley filled with farms, golf courses, and small towns. The low elevation makes for relatively mild winters and an early start to the summer season. And with the Purcell Mountains on one side and the Rockies on the other, the Columbia Valley certainly doesn’t lack for scenery. The crossroads of the region is the service center of Cranbrook, from where Highway 3 heads west to Fernie and the neighboring province of Alberta.
RADIUM HOT SPRINGS
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STORIES FROM COLUMBIA VALLEY
Columbia Valley Swimming The lakes and rivers of the Columbia Valley are warmer than elsewhere in the Canadian Rockies, but for visitors from warmer climes, the water is still considered cool for swimming, even on the hottest summer days. The following swimming spots...
Columbia Valley Webcams Columbia Valley webcams make checking current weather conditions easy, with webcams in Golden, Radium, Invermere, Kimberley, and Cranbrook. From north to south, here are the useful Columbia Valley webcams. Kicking Horse Mountain Resort near...
What Movies Have Been Filmed in the Columbia Valley? For decades, Jasper was a popular spot for filming Hollywood movies, but due to the restrictions in recent years, production companies looking for a mountainous setting have filmed elsewhere. The Canadian Pacific...