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Blogs & Stories from Columbia Valley

Unwinding means many things, to many people. Below you’ll find a collection of stories that speak to those along with in-the-moment captures of people enjoying the best of the Columbia Valley, British Columbia’s best-kept secret. If you tune into a unique way to unwind on your next visit remember to tag us with either @TravelColumbiaValley or #travelCV.

Fall Into Fun
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Summer may be over but there are plenty of warm days remaining in the Columbia Valley and activities to ramp up the fun factor. For the 29th year classic and antique cars cruise into the valley for the Columbia Valley Classics Show and Shine. The party starts Friday evening, September 14 in the Village of […]

Garden Fresh Eating
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It’s easy to overindulge while dining and drinking in the summer sun but you can upgrade your nutritional intake with help from Columbia Valley farmers and ranchers. Tucked among the world-class resorts and small communities of the Columbia Valley are agricultural producers

The Living is Beachside
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Summers in Canada are short but can be very, very sweet if you make the most of your time near the water in the Columbia Valley. Although the valley is known for beautiful mountain views it’s also blessed with great beaches. The biggest beach is found at James Chabot Provincial Park on the north end […]

A Scent of Relaxation
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Valley views are always wonderful but June offers some of the valley’s best smells. Our olfactory gland is linked to emotions so a single whiff can transport you back to a childhood memory or help you relax. With blossoms popping up on hillsides and in flower boxes visiting the valley’s floral attractions and indulging in […]

Spring Hijinks
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If thoughts of extinguishing your cabin fever have you kicking up your heels, come to the Columbia Valley. The lake is ice-free, hummingbirds are back, and sweet smells of the short but glorious Canadian spring hang in the air. Valley businesses are ready to help you reconnect with warm outdoor fun. The world-class golf courses […]

Shaking Off Winter
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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 […]

Rebirth and the Last Moon of Winter
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The last full moon before the spring equinox is called the worm moon. Although it might be hard to believe with snow on the ground, earthworms are beginning to move. As the last moon of winter rises over the Columbia Valley sap is rising up tree trunks and great horned owls

Winter In Motion in March
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Mother Nature’s repeated dumps of snow this year may have you convinced winter in motion was your repeated attempts to shovel the white stuff away but the Columbia Valley’s Winter in Motion festival will have you looking at winter in a new way. At Panorama Mountain Resort’s Steep Dreams Ski Mountaineering Festival March 3 to […]

Winter In Motion in January
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When other Canadians burrow inside during the coldest days of the year, Columbia Valley residents and visitors layer up and head to the Winter In Motion festival. For the third year valley lovers celebrates winter with four months of outdoor recreation, food and toe-tapping tunes. In January when temps are coolest – and ice the thickest […]

New Year New Start
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January can be a tough month after the extra food and spending of the Christmas holidays. After the Xmas lights are turned off the Columbia Valley offers plenty of low-cost, restorative remedies to get you back on track in the new year. Head to the longest skating trail in the world – the Whiteway – with dozens […]

Christmas In The Valley
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If you’d rather fight snowballs than crowds and not have to shoehorn your car into a crowded parking lot, Christmas in the Columbia valley may be your reward for being a good girl or boy this year. Snow in the valley frosts evergreen forests and cabin roofs; holiday lights twinkle from light posts and shop […]

Kicking Back In The Off Off Season
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Strip away the hustle bustle of the Columbia Valley’s sun-seeking boaters and powder-cruising winter visitors and you’re left with the slowest months of the year. After the hiking boots and golf clubs have been put away and before Christmas

Easy Fall Festivals
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Fall brings fading colors, cooler temps, and a change in tempo from summer days lived outdoors. Reset your body clock to mountain time with valley festivals that showcase Kootenay wildlife, wine and wilderness. Sync your rhythms with the valley pace and head to Fairmont Hot Springs for the 16th annual East Kootenay Wine Festival 

Celebrating Valley Salmon
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The Columbia Valley wetlands stretch 180 kilometers from Canal Flats to Golden and include the source of the Columbia River, the largest river flowing into the Pacific in North America. For thousands of years Chinook salmon were born in the upper Columbia, swam to sea to grow up and made the arduous journey back to […]

Local Artists Lend Colour To The Landscape
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Just as the Columbia Valley’s outdoor pursuits are fervently enjoyed year round, its arts and culture scene can be celebrated with equal gusto. Fortunately, visitors never have to choose between spending their time exploring sports or the arts. It really is possible to experience