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 of kilometres of cleared ice around Lake Windermere. Breathe deeply as you glide along the black ice and drink in the sight of snow-dusted Purcell Mountains.
If skating isn’t your sport strap on cross country skis and follow track-set trails across the lake. Remember to tuck small change into your pocket. Volunteers who maintain the Whiteway ask for a budget-friendly $5 contribution towards trail upkeep.
When you’re ready to warm up or fill up, take a few steps from lakeshore to The Station Neighborhood Pub or Cafe Allium at Pynelogs. Feast on fresh ingredients or enjoy a locally brewed Arrowhead Brewing Company draught.
Make the most of remaining daylight and head to Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. The outdoor pools offer hot mineral waters for soaking, or a slightly cooler pool and the rare chance to comfortably swim laps beneath a snowy mountain backdrop.
Finish your day with a healthy meal – Fairmont Mountainside Market is a convenient place to grab ingredients for a stir fry back at your room – or take advantage of the Bed, Breakfast & Dinner special at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort.
All the fresh air and gentle activity will guide you into a restful slumber and dreams of a happier new year.0