Best known for Radium Hot Springs Mineral Pools, this community is also mecca for golfers. At the doorstep of Kootenay National Park and the famous Bugaboo mountains, it is an outdoor adventurers paradise year round.
The Invermere Airport is known to be one of the best mountain soaring and flying sites in the world. This area offers spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains, Glaciers, Mountain Lakes and the Columbia Wetlands. Take to the sky in a Cessna airplane, helicopter or even soar silently in a glider
Lake Windermere offers tranquil bays for SUP (stand up paddleboards) or explore the Columbia River and wetlands between Invermere and Radium by canoe or kayak. Perhaps you are after a bit more "splash" and want to jet ski, wakeboard, waterski or tube. It's all here in Invermere and Windermere. For SUP, check out Syndicate Board Shop or Columbia River Outfitters. Power boat rentals are available through Pete's Marina in Invermere or Shadybrook Resort in Windermere. Canoes and kayaks are available through Columbia River Outfitters
Outside of Radium Hot Springs, a short drive into Kootenay National Park, Nipika Mountain Resort is the best place for nordic skiing. In conjunction with the BC Government, Nipika maintains 50 kilometres of groomed cross country ski trails, and an additional 50 kms of single track trails. Ski to see the splendour of the natural bridge or along the rising cliffs of the Cross River and Kootenay River. The Woodlot trails to the South of the cabins are beginner- intermediate, while the trails to the Natural Bridge and Corral Creek on the north side of Nipika are intermediate - expert.
Radium offers something for all styles of riding each with fantastic views. Popular road touring routes include the Lake Windermere Route, the Golden Triangle Loop or Sinclair Canyon. Cross-country riding is exceptional along the Johnson, the fire roads in Kootenay National Park or at Nipika Mountain Resort.
Icefishing, for the most part, takes place on Lake Windermere. Fishing with Reel Axe Adventures is far from ho-hum; these guys are serious about maximizing your winter ice fishing adventure. With Reel Axe Adventures you have the choice of fishing the deep waters of Whiteswan Lake or you can cozy up in one of their "lux" ice fishing huts on Lake Windermere, BC. All of the ice fishing trips include your fishing equipment, a fire and grill to cook lunch, experienced guides and transportation (if needed). A 6-person ice fishing hut rental is $120 + $10 per rod rental + GST. You will be required to purchase your own BC fishing license – approx $20 for non-residents, $10 for residents (single day).
Hot Springs & Pools
Radium Hot Springs is Canada's largest mineral springs pool. It features a shallow lounging area which is perfect for children. It's spectacular mountain setting and sheer rock wall creates a natural shield that rises above the pool. The 25 metre long cool pool offers a diving board and sliders for a bit of splish and splash. Stroll through the building and read about the natural history of the pool or grab an ince cream cone or coffee at the restaurant cafe. Open year round. Approx cost $6.50 per adult, $5.50 per child.
The Lake Windermere Whiteway is a well-maintained skating loop from Windermere to Invermere which features fire pits and hockey rinks along the way. The best access for skating is at Kinsmen Beach in Invermere, Invermere Bay Condos and one at Windermere Beach. Kinsmen Beach access has heated public bathrooms and park benches, as well as shovels and fire pits. Skate rentals are available at Inside Edge, downtown Invermere or at Columbia Cycle, across from the A&W Restaurant.
Swimming & Beaches
Soaking is a year round activitiy in Radium Hot Springs at the Mineral Pools. See Hot Springs & Pools below for more information. Just south of Radium, a 15 minute's drive, is Invermere where you can enjoy two beaches - Kinsmen Beach or James Chabot Park.
Panorama Mountain Village
With 2,847 massive acres of terrain across 4,000 vertical feet of fall line perfection, you just might find a new favourite run with every descent. Glide down endless, meandering, corduroy cruisers, or watch all of the action in the Rockstar Terrain Park. Tackle the freshly gladed, powdery paradise of Taynton Bowl, with its over 750 acres of ex-heliskiing glory, or drop in to the Extreme Dream Zone and see if your turns are tighter than the spacing of the trees. From absolute beginner to World Cup champion, Panorama Mountain Village is the definition of one size fits all. Panorama also offers night skiing on the weekends and during holiday seasons.
RK Heliski, located at Panorama Mountain Village, 20 minutes from Invermere offers 1,500 square kms of incredible terrain in the spectacular Purcell Mountains, on the edge of the Bugaboo mountains. Their heli-ski/boarding tours are led by some of the world's best mountain guides accessing wide open alpine slopes, scenic glaciers and gladed forests dusted with annual snowfalls of up to 1,100 cm/36 feet. This location allows for easy helicopter access to the seamlessly unending glaciers and perfectly spaced treed runs… and all that glorious powder. Choose from single day or multi-day heli-ski trips, group trips, sightseeing and heli-fondue trips.
Toby Creek Adventures provides the ultimate Canadian Adventure in 32,000 acres of wilderness on the western slopes of Banff National Park. There is no other tour operator in the area providing such a spectacular experience. Their experienced guides will take you through old growth forest to high alpine bowls with soaring rocky peaks. Tours are suitable for all levels of experience (beginners to advance riders). All you need to do is give us a call and we will book your Rocky Mountain snowmobiling adventure for you. The folks at Toby Creek Adventures, based in Panorama, BC take care of all the gear and equipment. It's that simple and that exhilarating. Choose from 1 hour to full day trips, VIP tours, even dine and ride tours with candlelight dinner on the mountainside.
Hikes & Walks
The Radium Hot Springs area offers unlimited hiking and trekking with many access points leaving right from town.Their fortunate location on the border of Kootenay National Park allows visitors to access some of our area's most beautiful hikes. Popular short day hikes near Radium include the Old Coach Trail, Juniper Trail (KNP) together with the Redstreak Campground Trail (KNP), Dog Lake (KNP), Lower Bugaboo Falls, Mount Swansea Lookout or the Radium Village Sinclair Creek Trail.
Fairmont Ski Area
Sunny slopes, softer snow, and incredible value, Fairmont Ski Area is a great ski area for families, novices but also offers up some challenging runs for big turns. Just a few minutes from the world-famous hot springs, the Fairmont Ski Area combines fantastic snow conditions for skiing and boarding as well as some extra fun at the Aquafina Tube Park.
Massage and Spa
Bare Hands Day Spa, located in the Best Western Plus Prestige Inn, offers a variety of massage, body treatments and full spa menu. Call to book an appointment at 250.347.2121
Lake Windermere offers the widest variety of game fish in our selection of excursions. You can catch rainbow or cutthroat trout, char, kokanee, mountain whitefish, northern pikeminnow, and burbot. Lake Windermere is also one of the few lakes where bass fishing is allowed in this region. Explore this vast lake in search of breathtaking views or for that elusive big bass. Reel Axe Adventures are local fishing guides that offer half and full day trips onboard the "Sunny Manana" pontoon boat. Other fishable waterways popular for a variety of fish are: Columbia Lake, Columbia River (from shore or by boat) and Whiteswan Lake near Fairmont Hot Springs.
Snowshoeing is one of the best ways to enjoy the winter wonderland in the Columbia Valley. This activity requires little equipment and basically you can hit the trails or make your own tracks. Some of the most preferred snowshoeing areas in the Kootenay Rockies is at Radium Hot Springs - Dog Lake, at Fairmont Hoodoos and of course, the many trails available at Nipika Mountain Resort. Pretty much anywhere there are ski trails, you can snowshoe. Please respect tracks and keep off the ski trails though.
Radium and the Columbia Valley have become a golfer's paradise with a mix of short, medium and championship courses catering to players of all skill levels. Choose from Radium Resort and Radium Springs in Radium or Edgewater Golf & CC or Spur Valley to the north.
Toby Creek Adventures near Panorama Mountain Village offers ATV tours to suit all ages. With access to hundreds of kilometers of trails, these ATV adventures are perfect for beginners to experienced riders, even groups.
Staying in Radium means you have choice when it comes to rafting. Choose from the Kicking Horse River, Kootenay River, Columbia River and Toby Creek. These rivers carve their way through some of the most impressive mountain landscapes in the B.C.Canadian Rockies. Whether your interests are challenging whitewater rafting, family rafting, or Voyageur Canoe Trips, each river offers a unique rafting experience. Visit Kootenay River Runners or Glacier Rafting Company to book your trip today.
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- we send you a local area guide with your reservation so you can start planning
- we book your tee times at one of twelve area golf courses that we partner with
- we make restaurant recommendations and book your reservation
- we order your ski lift tickets for Panorama Mountain Village
- we book activities for you and your group such as fishing and ice-fishing, snowmobile tours, ATV tours, white water rafting, bike rentals, boat and SUP rentals
- we are glad to share our recommendations for area activities, local events, favourite shops and spas