August is here, so it’s time to soak up those last moments of summer before it’s time to go back to school. Here are some ways that your family can ramp up the fun with family-friendly activities throughout the Columbia Valley.
Everyone in your clan will enjoy the astonishing variety of activities offered at Bighorn Meadows Resort, in the nearby Kootenay National Park and throughout the Columbia Valley. Rent canoes or kayaks from Columbia River Paddle and take a spin along the placid waters of Lake Windermere – or, for more heart-pumping fun, book a ziplining excursion with Valley Zipline Adventures where you’ll soar through a scenic tableau looking over the Columbia Valley Wetlands and the Purcell Mountains.
A 10-minute drive from Radium will bring you to Luxor Corrals, where the whole family can channel their inner cowboy while learning to ride horseback. For a cultured tour, wander the region’s art galleries and museums, including the Beeland all-natural store and gallery in nearby Spillimacheen, where you can try pure Rocky Mountain honey in several sweet treats (and skincare!).
One of the largest and warmest lakes in the Kootenay Rockies, Lake Windermere is particularly attractive to sun worshippers and water babies. While the combination of sun and splashing around the shoreline is a summer memory waiting to happen, visitors will find plenty to do in winter, including the Lake Windermere Whiteway – a 30-kilometre track of ice linking the towns of Invermere and Windermere, perfect for skating, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating or fat-biking. When warmer weather hits, select your beach of choice – Kinsmen Beach or James Chabot Park in Invermere, or Windermere Beach in Windermere – and settle in for a long day of rejuvenating sunshine.
Gourmands, rest assured: you’ll never go hungry in Radium! If you prefer low-key meals, take the 10-minute stroll to the family-owned Mountainside Market, the town’s favourite and only grocery store. At the Springs Course, Elevations Dining boasts an outdoor patio where you can kick back with a casual meal and cocktail and take in the view of the Columbia Valley wetlands and surrounding mountain ranges.
Fuel up for active days at the town coffee shop, or wind down with a few pints at the local pub. Or, if you prefer to dine in your room, take advantage of Bighorn Meadows Resort’s personalized grocery delivery service for a no-effort meal.