Every traveller is unique. While some visitors enjoy relaxing in the sun, others prefer a rejuvenating hike through wooded forests or reconnecting with friends and family at the local mini-golf course. The Canadian Tourism Commission has created an Explorer Quotient to help match your personality and values to specific activities and attractions. Check out the different traveller types, and see if one sounds like you!
As a Cultural Explorer, you are defined by your love of experiences. You are most in your element when you have completely immersed yourself in a new place. Cultural explorers tend to seek out rustic outdoor adventures. When visiting the Columbia Valley, you should make time to take in the local charm, and discover the natural beauty of the area. One of our favourite places to visit is the Columbia Wetlands; this beautiful wetland runs 150-kilometers in length and is home to more than 250 bird species as well as a number of fish, amphibians and mammals.
As a Free-Spirit Traveller, your enthusiasm for life extends onto our outlook on travel. Your adventurous and want to experience all that the Columbia Valley has to offer. You prefer letting each day happen spontaneously as opposed to having an itinerary planned for the day. When visiting the Columbia Valley you should consider a thrill of a lifetime whitewater rafting with Kootenay River Runners. As part of their COVID-19 response plan, you can book a private trip so that you can raft with your social bubble.
As an Authentic Explorer, you tend to seek out palpable experiences. This means that you have a keen interest in the history of the places you visit and seek out to learn more about the community. If you prefer to plan out your holidays ahead of time, check out some of our sample itineraries, or seek out the softer side of adventure with a visit to the Pynelogs Cultural Center.
As a No-Hassle Traveller, you typically search for worry-free and secure travel opportunities. You look for simplicity, relaxation and a chance to explore the great outdoors. When visiting the Columbia Valley, we recommend indulging in the number of hiking trails, exploring valley bottoms over mountain passes and across alpine meadows. Alternatively, you can hit the links and take in the intrinsic beauty of one of the well-manicured golf courses in the valley.
As a Virtual Traveller, you tend to typically stay close to home. You usually find enough to satisfy your sense of exploration within your own community. When visiting the Columbia Valley, we recommend that you savour the local charm and check out some of the local eateries in the area. Hopkins Harvest, a specialty market, is located in Windermere, BC and provides a number of unique, locally sourced products.
As a Gentle Explorer, you like returning to past destinations as you enjoy familiarity with a sense of security. You tend to seek our places where you feel comfortable and avoid the ‘unknown’. You enjoy well-organized travel packages and guided tours because it allows you to relax, have some fun, and enjoy quality time with family and friends. When visiting the Columbia Valley, we recommend checking out Funtasia. Here you can enjoy an 18-hole mini-golf maze or take a joyride on bumper carts, it is the ultimate family-friendly activity that is sure to appeal to everyone.
As a Rejuvenator, you want to disconnect from everyday life. Your mantra is ‘rest, recharge, renew.’ You want minimal activities and have a chance to spend time with family and friends. When visiting, we recommend spending time at Lake Windermere, enjoying a soak in the Radium Hot Springs or enjoying a relaxing massage, facial or body treatment from one of the local spas.