Top 10 Winter Activities from a Local

The Winter Season is one of the most exciting times to be in the Columbia Valley. From skating, curling, and pond-hockey, there’s something for everyone. Find out more from a local the top 10 things to do this Season from our Guest Services Manager, Julia, who grew up in Invermere…

WHITE WAY
The white way is named the longest white way world by the Guinness book of World Records! This multi-use trail offers over 30 kilometres of groomed skating, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. My personal favorite thing to do in the winter is grab my skates on a blue bird day and skate along the Windermere loop!

PANORAMA
Whether you are an experience skier or not, Panorama offers 10 lifts with over 130 trails for all skill levels! It is a must to go relax at the summit hut while enjoying your lunch with a view of 1000 peaks!

TOBY CREEK ADVENTURES
If you are looking for a good way to spend the day, I suggest booking either a full or half day snowmobiling with Toby Creek Adventures. These tours take you up the mountain to enjoy 360 degree views at the paradise mine with a hot beverage!

SNOWFLAKE FESTIVAL
 The snowflake festival returns to the Columbia Valley on January 17th. It is an evening event that offers skating on the lake, live music, bonfires, fireworks and much more. You can also purchase a passport book to receive delicious food samples from local participating restaurants. An event to not be missed if you are in the valley!

BONSPIEL ON THE LAKE
The snowflake festival and the Bonspiel on the lake tournament takes place this year on from January 18-20th. Even if you do not curl yourself, you can also enjoy a hot chocolate and take a walk on the lake to cheer on the participating teams!

COLUMBIA VALLEY ROCKIES POND HOCKEY TOURNAMENT
This tournament is hosted on January 24 – 26th. Teams travel from all over BC and Alberta to partake in the events on this weekend. This is the event that I look forward to as soon as it’s over! Nothing more Canadian than a good old game of shinny on a winter day!

COLUMBIA VALLEY ROCKIES HOCKEY GAMES
 Go cheer on the Columbia Valley Rockies any Friday or Saturday night at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena! For more information on their schedule, click here.

RADIUM HOT SPRINGS
Warm up in one of British Columbia’s top natural hot springs after a day of activities in the cold weather! You will not be disappointed in this is a family friendly facility as it has tons of space to relax with your friends and family.

Hot Springs Package

Photo courtesy of Tourism Radium Hot Springs

SNOW GOLF
Impatient for golf season to arrive again? This will help break-up those winter blues by dusting off your golf clubs and joining in on this scramble format golf tournament. This event takes place on  January 11th and is hosted by the Kinsmen Club every year.

FISHING DERBY
Get your tackle boxes ready for the Kinsmen Clubs 20th annual Fishing Derby! The derby is hosted on January 25th. There is cash prizes up to $500 to be won for whoever lands the biggest catch-of-the-day. Every one of all ages are invited to participate in this family fun event!

With abundant wildlife and alluring alpine charm, the Columbia Valley offers many activities for the outdoor enthusiast. Discover all that this beautiful area has to offer and book your stay today!