5 Places to Cool Off in the Columbia Valley
The summer months in Radium Hot Springs can be quite hot, but not to worry – there are plenty of places to cool off in the Columbia Valley. With a number of lakes and rivers located within close proximity, there are no shortages of places to cool off this summer.
Known as one of British Columbia’s top natural hot springs, Radium Hot Springs offers plenty of space to swim and play in the cool pool, or relax and take in the rocky mountain surrounds of the hot pool. The cool pool is open daily, with a diving board and two slides which makes for the ultimate family-friendly experience.
Nestled between the towering peaks of the Purcell and Rocky Mountains, James Chabot Provincial Park is situated at the north end of Windermere Lake. This beautiful park includes a large sandy beach, backed by an open grassy play area with picnic tables, a playground, volleyball court, washroom facilities and an elevated boardwalk. The area is popular for locals and visitors alike to swim, paddleboard, canoe, kayak or windsurf.
Kinsmen Beach is located on the north end of Taynton Bay on the shores of Lake Windermere which features a sandy beach, covered and non-covered picnic tables, volleyball courts, accessible washrooms, showers, and change rooms, a concession and watersport rentals through Columbia River Paddle. Adjacent to the park is Dorothy Lake, the Pynelogs Cultural Centre, Café Allium, The Station Neighborhood Pub and The Rotary Splash and Spray Park.
If you continue up Toby Creek Road toward Panorama Mountain Resort, you will find Lake Lillian located on the right-hand side. While it is big enough to see lots of action without getting overcrowded but small enough to keep motorboats and wind away. This lake offers calm, sheltered waters that are ideal for paddle boarding, fishing, swimming or kayaking. Make sure you look for the loons that call this lake home
If water adventure is your ‘thing’ visit, Twin Lakes (also known at Bottomless Lake). As the name suggests, this lake is extremely deep, allowing users to cliff jump from varying heights. There is also a rope swing that cascades you into the lake. Please be aware the water is quite frigid, so it is best to visit on a nice, hot day.