The Upper Columbia Valley in East Kootenay, British Columbia, Canada, is located between the Rocky Mountains in the east and the Purcells in the west. The headwaters of the Columbia River originate in the Columbia Lake near the village of Canal Flats, and the river continues north for more than 200 km before bending southward reaching the Pacific Ocean at Astoria, Oregon, 2000 km from its point of origin.
Visitors can find a variety of accommodations, activities and amenities in the towns and villages located along the valley. The roads north and south of Invermere are a sightseer’s delight. In every direction, visitors spot bighorn sheep, deer, elk, moose and even the occasional black bear. Along with countless mountain fishing lakes, the valley boasts two of the finest recreation lakes, Lake Windermere and Columbia Lake.
Each year, during the first week of May, valley residents celebrate the return of more than 250 species of birds during the educational and entertaining Wings Over the Rockies Festival. Engage in bird watching, one of the world’s fastest growing recreational activities and discover the habitats that sustain them.
Some on the list will be updated soon. Please check out the Columbia Valley Chamber website for more accommodation and hospitality resources.