1 Shop the Boutique Shops in Downtown Invermere: Downtown Invermere boasts many small boutiques and shops. Several stores feature locally handmade products and food.
2 Get a Deal at the Invermere Thrift Shop: If you are looking for a deal then get in line! Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. is the peak time, if you are adventurous, it is best to be there 15 minutes early
3 Visit The Friends of Kootenay Gift Shop: Friends of the Kootenay is a non profit volunteer organization dedicated to Kootenay National Park. Visit their gift shop at the Radium Visitor Centre to learn more about their program and to find a great gift
4 Visit an Old Fashion Candy Store: Nerds, Pez, Fun Dip and much more. Return to your childhood with your children at one of our old fashioned candy stores.
5 Enjoy the breathtaking view from the top of Swansea Mountain:Hike/drive up Swansea Mountain and take in a breath taking view of the entire Valley.
6 Take a swim in Lake Windermere: Take a swim in Lake Windermere from one of three public beaches. Kinsmen Beach and James Chabot Provinvcial Park are both located in Inveremere and Windermere beach all have convienent parking and are open to the public.
7 Take a paraglding tandem flight: Soar above the Columbia Valley from the mountain tops in a tandem paragliding flight.
8 Canoe or kayak the Columbia Valley Wetlands: Enjoy a canoe or kayak ride through the Columbia Valley Wetlands, the largest wetlands in North America.
9 Explore the beautiful lakes on a Stand Up Paddleboard: Rent a SUP and paddle one of the beautiful lakes in the valley.
10 Canoe or kayak on the Columbia River between Fairmont and Radium: Canoe or kayak on the Columbia River between Fairmont and Radium. Pack a lunch and bring your binoculars to enjoy stops along the way and maybe spot an eagle.
11 Skate, walk or bike the Whiteway, the Longest Skating Trail in the world: Skate, walk or bike the Whiteway, the Longest Skating Trail in the world. Start your journey in Invermere or Windermere and see how far you can go.
12 Travel the historic Old Coach Road by foot or bike: Travel the historic Old Coach Road by foot or bike and enjoy scenery of the Columbia River below.
13 Take the whole family white water rafting: Go White Water Rafting with the whole familly on the Toby Creek or Kootenay River.
14 Float the Columbia River in Fairmont Hot Springs: Bring your own tube or rent one in Fairmont and float the Columbia River in Fairmont Hot Springs. Watch for balls as you wind your way through the Riverside golf course.
15 Take a walk on the Hoodoos trail: Take a walk on the Hoodoos trail to the top of the unique sand formation and enjoy the vista view looking south to Columbia Lake.
16 Go ice fishing at any of the spectacular lakes: Fishing is great year round! Hire a guide or head out on your own and go ice fishing.
17 Hike Juniper Trail: The Juniper trail in Radium Hot Springs offers a wonderful hike through the forest and up to the radium Hot Springs over Sinclair Canyon.
18 Take an ATV or snowmobile guided tour: ATV or snowmobile up to the historic Paradise Mine on a guided tour. Pass a beautiful waterfall and take in the stunning views.
19 Visit some backcountry lakes on a dirt road adventure: Pick up a Backroads Mapbook and explore the many lakes, campgrounds and roads the Columbia Valley has to offer.
20 Hike Redstreak Mountain: Hike Redstreak Mountain, located behind the Radium Hot Springs Visitor Center.
21 Experience camping in the oTENTiks at Redstreak Campground: Rough it while still enjoying some comforts of home while camping in the oTENTikds at Redstreak Campground in Radium Hot Springs.
22 Peddle a Go-Kart around the Village of Radium: Peddal around the streets of Radium or your campground on a peddle Go-Kart.
23 Spend the Day in Spur Valley, Golf Spur Valley Golf Resort and Dine at the Cantina: Famous for their Mexican cuisine, many come for the food and stay for the golf at Spur Valley Golf Resort.
24 Find the abandoned Copper Mine on Mt. Swansea: Drive up Mt. Swansea and find the abandoned Copper Mine. Are you brave enough to walk all the way in?
25 Jump off the cliffs at Twin Lakes: The ‘blue hole’ swim spot at twin lakes is great for cliff jumping, rope swing and a nice short hike. Best to get directions at the Invermere Visitor Centre on hwy 93 just down from Tim Hortons.
26 Explore Sinclair Canyon and Red Wall Fault: Rising high above the highway, Sinclair Canyon and Red Wall Fault are a must to check out.
27 Go Geocaching and find some treasure: The perfect outdoor activity for all ages, Geocaching allows you to explore the area like never before. You can use a compass or an app and go treasure hunting for days.
28 Take a walk on the Invermere Trail System: From the beautiful Downtown to Pothole Park all the way to James Chabot Beach, the Invermere Trail System provides a peaceful walk with information points along the way.
29 Walk along the Dragon Fly boardwalk at James Chabot Beach: It’s called the Dragon Fly Boardwalk because that’s what you can plan on seeing. This short walk is located at James Chabot Beach and is a perfect activity for all ages.
30 Build a castle at Kinsmen Beach: A summer hot spot, Kinsmen Beach is a hub of activity. Bring a shovel, a pale, relax by the water and build a sandcastle.
31 Check out the viewpoint of Columbia Lake: The scenic viewpoint of Columbia Lake is one of the best in the Columbia Valley and is fully accessible by vehicle. Picnic tables are available so don’t forget to pack a lunch.
32 Bring a picnic to the Canal Flats beach: The Canal Flats beach offers a large grass area, a beautiful lake to enjoy and a boat launch to Columbia Lake.
33 Take a guided fishing tour: Love fishing but don’t know where to go? Hire a guide from Reel Axe Adventures and have the pros help you out.
34 Enjoy a senic flight over the mountains: Get a birds eye view with a scenic flight over the mountains.
35 Take in the larches changing colours: Early in the fall the larches change from green to brilliant reds, oranges and yellows. Relax and take in the beauty of the changing of the seasons.
36 Visit one of the family playgrounds in Invermere: Let the kids loose at one of the family playgrounds located in Invermere.
37 Try a downhill mountain bike lesson: Try downhill mountain biking, but take a lesson at Panorama Mountain Resort first and learn from the pros.
38 Enjoy a summer chairlift ride: Enjoy a casual chairlift ride up the Mile One Quad at Panorama. Enjoy the view from the deck, hike down or take the chair down again.
39 Hit up the Radium Pump and Jump Track: Take the kids and the bikes for an afternoon play at the Radium Pump and jump track.
40 Take in any of the Parks Canada Interpretive programs at Redstreak Campground: Take in any of the Parks Canada Interpretive programs at Redstreak Campground. Programs range from walks to evening theatre to Geocaching lessons.
41 Take a drive out to Nipika Mountain Resort: The Cross Canyon Trails at Nipika Mountain Resort are set along the beautiful Kootenay and Cross River valleys, with many scenic vistas, waterfalls and wildlife viewing opportunities. 50 kms of ski trails are groomed for both classic & skate skiing, while an additional 50 kms of trail offer some of the gnarliest and most scenic single track anywhere.
42 Drive up the Findlay Creek Rd to White Tail Lake: White Tail Lake is a pristine lake hidden in the mountains up the Findlay Creek Road. Ideal for swimming and fishing you can bring a picnic for the day or camp overnight.
43 Hike along Farnham Glacier: Hike along Farnham Glacier for some of the planet’s most outstanding mountaintop site-seeing and summer skiing.
44 Go for a picnic and a swim at Lake Lillian: Lake Lillian is only a short drive from Invermere and is perfect for an afternoon swim. Bring your floatie or SUP to explore this little lake.
45 Catch minnows off the dock at Lake Enid: Lake Enid is just outside of Wilmer and is a perfect little lake to relax by for the day. Bring a net as there are plenty of minnows to catch right off the dock.
46 Go stargazing: With the absence of the bright city lights, the stars are plentiful in the mountains. How many constellations can you find?
47 Ski at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Ski Area: Spend the day Skiing at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Ski Area and relax afterwards in their natural hot springs.
48 Watch the fall salmon run: After their long journey, Kokanee Salmon reach the Columbia Valley. They are easy to spot if you know where to go! Inquire at our Visitor Services Centres and be sure to bring your camera.
49 Send the kids to a week long overnight camp: Kids and teens have a blast at the Blue Lake Centre summer camp. Imagine a week long overnight camp in the mountains…with no phones, tablets or internet!
50 Enjoy camping at one of the many forestry campgrounds: The Columbia Valley is blessed with numerous forestry campgrounds located off the main road, a perfect escape.
51 Visit the Groundswell Community Greenhouse: The Groundswell Community Greenhouse is an award winning greenhouse and permaculture garden complete with an outdoor pizza oven!
52 Rent a Fat Bike and discover our trails in winter: Discover the Columbia Valley’s trails during winter on a Fat Bike.
53 Take a pack horse trip: Travel the mountains for 5 days on horseback. Hike when you want, fish when you want, an outdoor lovers dream!
54 Book a backcountry cabin: The Columbia Valley Hut Society operates 6 back country huts that are available for bookings. Hike in, stay and enjoy the escape.
55 Take a paragliding lesson: Ready to take the leap? Learn how to jump of a mountain the right way with Flying Max. Non powered and powered options available.
56 Take an ultralight discovery flight: Soar above the mountains in an open cockpit ultralight plane.
57 Ski, Golf and Soak in the hot springs all in one day: There is a special time in early spring when you can ski and golf in the same day, and why not end it with a soak in the hot springs? Look for this time of year from about mid-March to mid-April.
58 Wildlife Viewing: Sheep, elk, deer, moose, eagles and bears! Keep a look out for wildlife. Remember to take caution if you see wildlife on the highway, look quickly and please be mindful of traffic behind you!
59 Practice your short game with a round of minigolf: Practice your short game at 1 of 5 mini golf courses in the Columbia Valley. Fun for the whole family!
60 Play a game of pickleball: Pickleball is one of the fastest growing games in Canada. Copper Point Golf has courts available for your enjoyment. Don’t have equipment? Don’t worry, stop in at the clubhouse and they will get you set up with rentals.
61 Drop in on weekly ultimate frisbee: Adult Drop-in Ultimate Frisbee at the DTSS field every Thursday.
62 Go Ziplining: Get your adrenaline pumping as you are whizzing high above the trees on a zipline.
63 Go berry picking: The Columbia Valley is full of seasonal berries. Just ask a friendly local for the best spots!
64 Rent a boat or jet ski for the day: No boat? No problem! Ski boat and jet ski rentals are both available throughout the Columbia Valley.
65 Go waterskiing, wake boarding or tubing on Lake Windermere or Columbia Lake: Lake Windermere and Columbia Lake are hot spots for boating, wake boarding and tubing. Need a lesson? That’s available too!
66 Golf all the 18 Hole Championship courses on the Columbia Valley Golf Trail: We are home to the Columbia Valley Golf Trail, 8 beautiful championship courses all within a 40 minute drive.
67 Go fly fishing: Adventure out on your own to hire a guide or try your luck and skill at flyfishing one of our gorgeous rivers.
68 Take a Kid to the Course Week: Take a Kid to the Course Week is a week that encourages families and juniors to take up the games of golf. Visit the Columbia Valley Golf Trail for a full list of courses offering free kid’s golf and other activities.
69 Hit a bucket of balls: Bring your clubs or borrow some from the pro shop and hit a bucket of balls at the driving range.
70 Go Tobogganing: Grab your mitts, toque and sled and hit up a local tobogganing hill! Stop by or call one of the friendly Visitor Information Centres for the best hill locations.
71 Ladies Golf Night: If you are a lady who loves to golf, is new to the game, or just looking for a refresher, check out the special ladies golf nights at various courses along the Columbia Valley Golf Trail.
72 Enjoy a night of glow bowling: Fun for the whole family! Valley Alley in Windermere is an old fashioned 10 pin bowling alley. Check their schedule for glow bowling on the weekend.
73 Check out great programing at the Invermere Library: The Invermere Library offers many great programs that are free for all. You can enjoy a story, make a craft and even build a Lego creation.
74 Magic the Gathering: Main Street Fun and Games is the Columbia Valley’s Mecca for Magic the Gathering. You are welcome to join in a Friday evening game or attend their learn to play if you are eager to learn.
75 Cheer on the Columbia Valley Rockies hockey team: Enjoy a hockey game in Invermere as you cheer on the Columbia Valley Rockies junior team.
76 Try indoor rock climbing: Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 5:00 – 8:00pm the JA Laird School climbing wall is open to the public. Drop in and climb up!
77 Art From the Heart: View Pynelogs largest art show with 700 Pieces of Art featuring the talents of our community children at Pynelogs Art Gallery
78 Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday with a parade and children’s festival: Celebrate Canada’s 150 birthday at Mountain Mosaic Festival of the Arts at Kinsmen Beach on July 1st.
79 Find a new favourite band at Invermere MusicFest: Hang out by Kinsmen Beach while taking in the sounds at Invermere MusicFest – Oudoor Music Festival on the shores of Lake Windermere.
80 Take in nature at the Wings Over the Rockies Festival: A full week of outdoors, workshops and presentations. Be sure to register early as this event sells out fast! Wings Over the Rockies Festival – Birds, Bats, Bears & Beyond.
81 Free pancakes at Valley Apprection Day: Join us Downtown Invermere for the largest street celebration in the Columbia Valley. Live music, logging shows, free pancake breakfast and a market with over 100 vendors. You don’t want to miss Valley Appreciation Day – July 22, 2017.
82 Canada Day evening live music and market: Celebrate Canada Day Evening in Radium with Live Music and Market
83 Headbanger Festival: Not the rock and roll kind of headbanger…but a weekend to learn about the Bighorn Sheep, their habits, likes and dislikes. This year’s festival includes a workshop on how to get the best photographs using the device you have available, like your phone!
84 Radium Days: A day of fun to celebrate the Village of Radium Hot Springs. Pancake breakfast, parade and a field full of activities! Taste of Radium, Rocky Mountain Lumberjack Show, Obstacle races, market and more.
85 Enjoy an outdoor movie on the big screen: Enjoy an outdoor Movie night in Fairmont, Invermere and Radium.
86 National Aboriginal Day Festival: National Aboriginal Day Festival at Lakeshore Resort and Campground June 18. Open to public!
87 Attend the Akisqnuk First Nation Pow Wow – August 26th (evening)
88 Attend the Columbia Salmon Festival September 9th – Kinsmen Beach: Learn about the history and restoration of salmon in the Columbia Valley at the Columbia Salmon Festival September 9th – Kinsmen Beach.
89 Celebrate a locally prepared lunch on Sunday, July 16th: Commemorating the opening of the Banff-Windermere Highway at Windermere Valley Museum.
90 Easy Rider Snowbpard Cup: Celebrate the best of snowboarding culture at the 30th annual Easy Rider Snowboard Cup at Panrorama Mountain Resort April 1 & 2, 2017.
91 Super Hero Sun Fest – Goodbye winter, hello summer: Wave goodbye to winter in super human style at Super Hero Sun Fest at Panorama Mountain Resort April 15 & 16, 2017.
92 Panorama Hare Scramble: See the thrills and spills of the Panorama Hare Scramble hosted by the Windermere Valley Dirt Riders June 3 & 4, 2017.
93 Branch Out Bike Tour: Pedal for a good cause at the Branch Out Bike Tour June 17, 2017.
94 Colourful Summit Ridge Walk: Walk among the brilliantly golden alpine larch on a guided Colourful Summit Ridge Walk at Panorama Mountain Resort September 16 & 17, and 23 & 24, 2017.
95 Set a new personal best or participate in your first running race: Test out your toughness at the Grizzly Ultra Marathon. Tackle the 50km mountian course solo or in a team. August 19, 2017.
96 National Downhill Mountain Bike Championship: Canada’s best downhill mountain bike riders will descend on Panorama Mountain Resort for the Canadian National Championships on July 14-16, 2017.
97 Toby Creek Whitewater Festival: Enjoy a family fun day on the water with the Toby Creek Whitewater Festival Hosted by Aquabatics Calgary and Alberta Slalom Canoe Kayak July 22-23, 2017.
98 East Kootenay Beer Festival: Discover a new favorite brew at the East Kootenay Beer Festival.
99 East Kootenay Wine Festival: Sip, eat and stay at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort’s Wine Festival.
100 Distillery Festival: Get into the spirit at the Distillery Festival in Fairmont Hot Springs.
101 Search for eggs at an Easter Egg Hunt: Every year there are three great Easter Hunts in the Columbia Valley. Join the fun in Invermere, Windermere or Fairmont Hot Springs.
102 Canada Day Fireworks: Enjoy Canada Day activities, including fireworks, at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort.
103 Watch a paragliding competition from the beach: Enjoy a day at James Chabot Beach as you watch para-gliders sail from the top of Mt Swansea to a kiddie pool located on the beach. The Lakeside event is just as fun for spectators as it is for participants.
104 Get married! There is no place to say “I do” like the Columbia Valley. Not only will you have a fantastic wedding, your guests will have a great vacation. Pick up a Columbia Valley Weddings magazine at our Visitor Services locations.
105 Eat 8 poutines in one night at Poutine Palooza: Cheese, gravy, fries, beer and live music. Doesn’t get more Canadian than that! After eating out and judging poutines all week, join us at the Palooza Party and try them all again in one night! Poutine Palooza party will be on Oct 21st with tastings in the restaurants from that week of Oct 15th to Oct 20th.
106 Radium Classic Car Show: Every year on the 3rd weekend in September, Radium Hot Springs is transported back in time when over 900 classic cars attend the Radium Show and Shine.
107 Line the streets and enjoy a small town parade: Invermere and Radium are both small towns with big spirit. Locals and visitors line the streets for the annual Radium Days Parade and Invermere’s Santa Claus Parade.
108 Canada Day Parade: Thousands of people line the streets of Downtown Invermere for our Canada Day parade. Businesses, clubs, and of course fire trucks make for the biggest parade in the Columbia Valley!
109 Learn to make moccasins: Learn to make moccasins at Lakeshore Resort and Campground.
110 Make a First Nation hand drum: Learn to make a First Nation hand drum at Lakeshore Resort and Campground.
111 Enjoy story telling with a First Nation Elder: Listen to the stories of the land while taking a nature walk and story telling with First Nation Elder.
112 Take a “history tour” of Taynton Bay in a Voyager canoe: Take a “history tour” of Taynton Bay in a Voyager canoe.
113 Stroll the art galleries during the Art Walk Invermere – July & August: Stroll the art galleries during the Art Walk Invermere. Start at the Crossroads at Bavin Glass and continue on the tour finshing at Pnyelogs Cultural Centre.
114 Love It Live Concert Series: Love It Live Concert Series – live music at the intimate Pynelogs Cultural Centre.
115 Cinefest Film Series: Cinefest Film Series at the intimate Pynelogs Cultural Centre featuring a wide variety of films, showing twice monthly.
116 Fresh Fridays Youth Open Mic: Fresh Fridays Youth Open Mic Night – first Friday of each month at Pyenlogs Cultural Centre.
117 View live glass blowing: Bavin Glassworks carry a wide variety of glass art created by themselves and other artists. You can often view glass blowing in progress or visit during one of their scheduled demonstrations.
118 Experience live music at the Radium Market: Listen to live music and shop the Friday evening market in Radium.
119 Invermere Farmer’s and Artist Market: Shop the Farmer’s and Artist Market Saturday mornings downtown Invermere.
120 Visit the source of the mighty Columbia River: Visit the source of the mighty Columbia River – 4th largest river system in North America.
121 See our history at the Windermere Valley Museum in Invermere: Take in the local history at the Windermere Museum in Invermere.
122 Meet the Radium Wood Carver: Looking for a most unique experience? Visit the Radium Wood carver. Have a look around his shop and meet Radium’s most colourful resident and artist.
123 150 days of Aboriginal Cultural Events: 150 days of Cultural Events at Lakeshore Resort and Campground May 7 – October 8.
124 View an indoor wildlife exhibit in Radium: The Village of Radium Hot Springs is home to a wide variety of wildlife. If you’re looking to learn about the resident Bighorn Sheep or other wildlife in the area the Radium Hot Springs Visitor Centre is the place to visit!
125 Visit Our Lady of Peace Stations of the Cross in Radium Hot Springs: Unique to the Village of Radium Hot Springs, and growing in popularity. Whether you’re interested in visiting a place of Worship, an hour of solitude or a peaceful walk with a spectacular view you will enjoy the Stations of the Cross . Located behind the Radium Hot Springs Visitor Information Centre.
126 Get hands on at an art workshop: Black Star Studios has craft and art workshops for all ages!
127 Learn the art of First Nation beadwork: Learn the art of First Nation beadwork – Lakeshore Resort and Camgpround.
128 Make a basket from pine needles: Learn how to make a pine needle basket – Lakeshore Resort and Campground.
130 Learn about First Nation Protocols (First Nation 101): Learn about First Nation protocols (First Nation 101) – Lakeshore Resort and Campground.
131 Participate in make a medicine wheel: Participate in making a Medicine Wheel – Lakeshore Resort and Campground.
132 Get bendy at a local yoga studio: Get bendy at Mountain Om Yoga Studio.
133 Soak at Lussier Hot Springs in Whiteswan Provincial Park: Surrounded by nature, rock and the rushing sound of the White River, Lussier Hot Springs in Whiteswan Provincial Park should be one every ones to do list.
134 Relax with floatation therapy: Experience Do Nothing Floatation. Eliminate all outside distractions and float in a salt water tank right downtown Invermere.
135 Get pampered at the spa: With a variety of spas to choose from, plan a day to pamper yourself.
136 View Christmas lights: Get festive in December and take in the lights. The town of Wilmer goes all out and there is even a house that will rival the Griswalds.
138 Keep up your routine or try a new class at the gym: Drop into one of many classes available at the Valley Fitness Centre.
140 Slow down at a Slow Food Columbia Valley event: Check out Slow Food Columbia Valley Events throughout the year, focusing on our wonderful local food, producers and suppliers.
141 Dine out with a view overlooking the Columbia Wetlands: Enjoy dinner with a view of the Columbia Wetlands. Keep your eye open for eagles and other birds soaring by.
142 Grab a pint of our locally brewed craft beer: Grab some cans or a growler to go Arrowhead Brewing Company, or stay and enjoy a flight of their great brews.
143 Enjoy a Kick Ass cup of coffee at Kicking Horse Café: Located in Invermere you will find an exceptional cup of locally roasted Kick Ass coffee at Kicking Horse Cafe.
144 Taste a variety of gluten free breads and desserts at the Invermere Bakery: Invermere Bakery in downtown Invermere offers a selection of delicious sweet treats and daily specials. They also feature many gluten free treats and breads.
145 Try the best charcuterie platter in the Columbia Valley: From Scratch in Fairmont Hot Springs offers a delicious charcuterie platter with featured meats, cheeses and accompaniments.
146 Enjoy locally made hot pepper jelly: Hot pepper jelly is a local favorite and the Columbia Valley has some of the best jelly makers! Saunders Hot Pepper Jelly and Daves Hot Pepper are both famous throughout the valley.
147 Learn why 100% natural honey is best: Visit Beeland Market in Splillimacheen for fresh seasonal honeys, preserves, gourmet foods and beauty products – all made with the goodness of honey.
148 Try a slice of Edgewater Hill Top’s famous home made pie: Enjoy a slice of Homemade pie after a 9 hole round of golf at Edgewater Hill Top Par 3 Golf Course.
149 Enjoy a freshly made deli sandwich: Visit Konig Meats in Invermere for a freshly made sandwich with meat sliced to order.