March 20, 2018

Shaking Off Winter

As winter finally relinquishes its frozen grip you may find yourself slipping outdoors to shake off the lethargy of long nights and stale air like a gopher poking out of its burrow. In the Columbia Valley the landscape sheds its snowy suit as sunshine bakes south-facing slopes. Sprinkled across the melting waters of the wetlands are swans headed north, their glistening plumage perhaps the only white welcome this time of year.

With green shoots emerging across the valley there’s no better place to put a spring in your step. Golf courses are primping for another season and duffers can tee off as early as March 23. Check out Columbia Valley Golf Trail for a full list of dates.

If you’re a nature lover you want to be near your phone April 15 when registration opens for one of North America’s largest and longest-running nature festivals, Wings Over the Rockies. Some events are geared for keen bird watchers but there are talks, arts, and tours for casual watchers of feathered and furry wildlife.

To get your cycling muscles back in summer shape take your bike – or rent one at Columbia Cycle & Ski – to the new Westside Legacy Trail, a partially paved trail from Invermere along Westside Road towards Fairmont Hot Springs. Or try the historical eight-kilometer Old Coach Trail from Radium Hot Springs along the benchlands above the Columbia River.

To toast winter’s demise head to the Distillery Festival April 21st to taste spirits from some of British Columbia’s best craft distilleries. Or shimmy into your springtime duds and head to the Fairmont’s 9th Annual Fire & Ice celebration April 7th.

Regardless of what has you moving you’ll find renewal in the valley.

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