Getting Here

In from the North

Rolling down the Columbia River Valley, you’re sure to find yourself slowing down to marvel at the breathtaking mountain vistas – and if you’re lucky, the Bighorn Sheep too.

Old Coach Trail in Radium Hot Springs - an itinerary stop on the Columbia Valley Bird Trail
Old Coach Trail in Radium Hot Springs
 Birding
 Cafe
 Food
The Village of Radium Hot Springs
The Village of Radium Hot Springs
 Food
 Shopping
 Visitor Centre
 Accommodations
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    Find a place to stay in Radium Hot Springs!

    Choose from amazing campgrounds, beautiful hotels and resorts, rustic cabins, unique roadside motels, and charming B&Bs!

The hub of the Columbia Valley

Gaelic for ‘at the mouth of the lake’, Invermere exists at the edge of the Canadian Rockies. Set against some of the most inspiring outdoor vistas in the province, Invermere is home to Panorama: one of the feature stops on the famous Powder Highway.

Windermere Lake by Mitch Winton
 Birding
 Cafe
 Food
Small town of Invermere by Mitch Winton
 Food
 Shopping
 Visitor Centre
 Accommodations
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    Find a place to stay in Invermere-Panorama!

    From a family-friendly Invermere Inn & Suites hotel in the center of Invermere to resort-style lodging at Panorama Mountain Resort, there are plenty of options for places to rest your head.

Out to the South

Headed south and out of town along the road less travelled, fill your packs with market snacks en route to Columbia Lake birding areas.

Horned Grebe
 Birding
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    Hoodoo Trail

    This short but relatively steep 3km trail provides beautiful views of the local farmland, Columbia Valley, and Dutch Creek – a perfect place for elevated birding.

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    Tilley Memorial Park
    Tilley Memorial Park, Richardson Crescent, East Kootenay F, BC, Canada

    Located at the southeast end of Columbia Lake, this is a good birding spot for viewing shorebirds and waterfowl, and also offers spectacular mountain vistas and plenty of lakeshore recreation.

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    Source of the Columbia River Trail
    Source of the Columbia River Trail, East Kootenay F, BC, Canada

    Short 2km trail that brings hikers to the beginning of the Columbia River at the head of Columbia Lake. Follow the accessible gravel trail with wooden bridges for chances to see birds along the wetlands and read about their habitat through the interpretive signage.

 Food

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Attend Wings Over the Rockies Nature Festival

25th annual Wings Festival happening May 9-15, 2022