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RADIUM HOT SPRINGS Explore

in Radium

2012/2013

www.TourismRadium.ca Radium Hot Springs Visitor Centre • Toll-free 1-888-347-9331


Contents Welcome to Radium Hot Springs . . . . . . . . . 3 Visitor Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Things to Do . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-7 Hiking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Kootenay National Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Spas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Golf . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11-13 Dining . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-15 Lodgings in Radium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16-19 Events & Festivals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20-21 Hot Springs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Radium Hot Springs Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

Things To Do p.5

Lodgings p.16

Dining p.14

Kootenay National Park p.9 Index to Advertisers:

Tourism Radium 7556 Main Street East • Box 225 Radium Hot Springs, B.C., V0A 1M0, Canada Phone: 250-347-9331 • Toll-free: 1-888-347-9331 www.TourismRadium.com

The Radium Hot Springs Magazine is published annually and is a joint project of Misko Publishing Limited Partnership, Robert W. Doull, President, and the Radium Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce. The entire contents are copyrighted and reproduction of all material including maps is strictly prohibited. All efforts have been made to ensure accuracy of information in this publication. However, the publisher accepts no responsibility for errors or omissions. Misko also publishes the weekly community newspaper, The Columbia Valley Pioneer.

N E W S PA P E R

Alpen Motel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Bare Hands Day Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Bighorn Meadows Resort . . . . . . . . 24 CasaVino Wine Bar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Columbia River Kayak & Canoe . . . 07 Crystal Springs Motel . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Eagle Ranch Golf Course . . . . . . . . . 13 Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. . . . . . 13 Fairmont Outpost & Outdoors . . . . 05

Box 868, #8 -1008 – 8th Avenue, Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0 Phone: 250-341-6299 www.columbiavalleypioneer.com info@cv-pioneer.com

Funtasia Fun Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 05 Fusion Wellness Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Headbanger Trail Challenge . . . . . . 04 Kootenay River Runners . . . . . . . . . . 07 Meet on Higher Ground Coffee House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Old Salzburg Restaurant . . . . . . . . . 14 Patty's Greenhouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Pleiades Day Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

Prestige Inn, Radium . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Radium Esso . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Radium Holidays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Radium Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 04 Radium Valley Vacation Resort . . . . 17 Spur Valley Golf Course . . . . . . . . . . 11 Windermere Valley Golf Course . . . 11

Publisher: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rose-Marie Regitnig Editor: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kate Irwin Sales: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kathy Sutherland Art Director: . . . . . . . . . Shawn Wernig (www.eggplantstudios.ca) Writers: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kate .Kate Irwin, Kelsey Verboom Photography by:. . . . . . . . . . Columbia Valley Pioneer, Picture BC, Larry Halverson, Parks Canada


Welcome to

Photo by Bram Rossman © Picture BC

Radium Hot Springs

... from the Mayor

...from Tourism Radium

Welcome to the Village of Radium Hot Springs. As the gateway to the Columbia Valley, Radium is an authentic mountain resort community steeped in history and small-town charm. Our natural beauty is unsurpassed, as Radium is nestled between Kootenay National Park, the Purcell and Rocky Mountains, and the largest continuous wetland in North America. Our small size is designed for walking over driving and people over cars. We encourage our visitors to put on their walking shoes and experience the outdoors and the wildlife that wanders our streets and parks. Radium is busy with activities, events and attractions year-round. Whether it is our championship golf courses, whitewater rafting, hiking, fishing, trail riding, shopping or just relaxing in one of our many restaurants, you will find all you need to enjoy a fabulous holiday. After a long day outdoors you can relax in the worldfamous Radium Hot Springs mineral pools, minutes from Radium. These odourless pools, surrounded by the natural rock walls of the Sinclair Canyon, are guaranteed to soothe away any stresses of daily life. Close to 1,000 people call Radium their home, with many more part-time residents. The sign entering Radium from the east says it all, “The Mountains Shall Bring Peace to the People.” This typifies the reason we love living here and the reason we wish to share this experience with you.

Thank you for taking the time to visit our beautiful village nestled among the mountains at the gateway to Kootenay National Park. All of our local residents and businesses take great pride in ensuring your hospitality expectations are met or exceeded during your time here. While in Radium, I encourage you to take advantage of the wonderful activities, services and events that we have available. Radium is a friendly, walkable community, with plenty of comfortable accommodations, convenient services and an impressive selection of places to eat, from a quick bite at a casual café to fine dining at a luxurious resort or restaurant. The friendly staff at the Radium Visitor Centre are happy to offer many suggestions to help you make the most of the full array of activities on offer here. From the breathtaking mountain peaks and plentiful wildlife to the rejuvenating hot springs pools and challenging rounds of golf, there is plenty to see and do. For those seeking peace among the mountains, you will find a network of trails and hikes starting right here in the village to allow you to explore the area by foot. Water-lovers will enjoy all the opportunities to roam the backcountry rivers and lakes and the spectacular Columbia River Wetlands which wind their way past. We look forward to seeing you again on your next trip to Radium.

Dee Conklin

Graham R. Kerslake

Mayor of Radium Hot Springs

President of Tourism Radium R adium Ho t Spr ings Visito r Guide 2 012/ 2013 • 3


THINGS TO DO

Visitor Information Photo © Larry Halverson

Getting here Radium Hot Springs is located at the junction of Highway 93 and Highway 95, encircled by the Rocky and Purcell Mountain Ranges, with spectacular Kootenay National Park at the village's eastern border and Columbia River flowing by to the west. It takes approximately three-anda-half hours to drive to Radium from Calgary, the closest international airport. The highlight of the trip is travelling through the beautiful countryside of Banff and Kootenay National Parks.

Driving Distances from Radium Invermere

17 km (10 miles)

Calgary, AB

Windermere

21 km (13 miles)

Spokane, WA

447 km (278 miles)

Fairmont Hot Springs

38 km (24 miles)

Kelowna

450 km (280 miles)

64 km (40 miles)

Canal Flats

Kamloops

463 km (288 miles)

Golden

105 km (65 miles)

Edmonton, AB

550 km (342 miles)

Cranbrook

145 km (90 miles)

Vancouver

800 km (500 miles)

Kingsgate (U.S. Border)

225 km (140 miles)

Seattle, WA

895 km (556 miles)

Time Zone

Gratuities & Tipping

Radium Hot Springs is in the Mountain Time Zone, one hour ahead of Pacific Time. Daylight Saving Time is in effect from 2 a.m. on the second Sunday in March until the first Sunday in November.

A tip or gratuity for service is standard in British Columbia. Unless stated, a tip is not added to your bill, so it is suggested you add approximately 15% to the amount before taxes for services such as dining and spa treatments. Tip amount should be dependent on the quality of services received.

Climate Radium enjoys a moderate climate year-round. Summers are warm, with an average high temperature of 24°C (75°F) from June to September and an average low of 10°C (50°F). Winters are generally mild, with moderate snowfall from December to March and an average high temperature of -2°C (28°F) and average low of -9°C (16°F).

Taxes The following tax rates are in place in British Columbia: • 12% Harmonized Sales Tax on most products and services including food, liquor, retail goods and accommodation. • 2% tax on hotels, motels, inns, resorts and other accommodations is levied in Radium Hot Springs.

Liquor The legal drinking age in British Columbia is 19. Anyone under 19 is considered a minor and is not permitted to enter drinking establishments.

250 km (155 miles)

Currency The Canadian Dollar (CAN) is the currency in British Columbia and across Canada. Currency exchange is offered at the major banks and credit unions. U.S. currency is generally accepted, but not necessarily at the daily exchange rate. Most major credit cards are accepted across the valley including VISA and MasterCard. American Express is only accepted at select commercial establishments.

The Metric System Canada uses the metric system, with all road and highway signs posted in kilometres per hour. Here are some handy conversions from metric to imperial. Imperial Metric 1 gallon (gal) 3.78 litres (L) 0.62 miles (mi) 1 kilometre (km) 0 degrees Celsius (C) 32 degrees Fahrenheit (F) 1 kilogram (kg) 2.2 pounds (lb)

Useful Numbers Police / Fire / Ambulance: 911 Invermere & District Hospital: 250-342-9201 Chisel Peak Medical Centre: 250-341-6900 Invermere Medical Clinic: 250-342-9206 Forest Fire Reports: 1-888-336-7378 B.C. Road Reports: 1-800-550-4997 Alberta Road Reports: 1-877-262-4997

Driving in B.C. • Visitors may drive in British Columbia for up to six months with a valid driver's licence from their home province, state or country. • Seatbelts and child restraints are mandatory and must be worn at all times a vehicle is in use. Bicycle and motorcycle helmets are also required by law. • It is illegal to use handheld cell phones, portable electronic devices or to text message while driving. • Driving under the influence of alcohol is against the law. • Winter tires are mandatory on some mountain passes and highways in B.C. from October 1st to April 30th and are recommended for the Columbia Valley during winter.

Transportation Services • Columbia Valley Taxi: 250-342-5262 • Columbia Valley Transit Bus: 1-877-343-2461 • Greyhound Bus: 1-800-661-TRIP (8747)

2012 HEADBANGER TRAIL CHALLENGE LIBRARY HOURS

ADDRESS

Tuesday............................................. 6 pm–8 pm Wednesday .................................... 1 pm–4 pm Thursday .........................................1 pm –4 pm Saturday ..................................... 10 am –noon Sunday...........................................11 am –1 pm

Unit #2 7585 Main Street Phone: 250-347-2434 Email: radiumpubliclibrary@hotmail.com

Further information regarding services programs, new releases may be obtained through the web site: http://radium.bclibrary.ca

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11-KILOMETRE

Challenging trail run: creekside, riverside and ridge running

3-KILOMETRE

Family-friendly run / walk

Saturday, September 22nd Radium Hot Springs

Fundraiser for the Radium Public Library

www.headbangertrailchallenge.ca


At the beginning of your stay, head first to the nearest visitor centre at 7556 Main Street East in Radium, call 250-347-9331 or 1-888-347-9331 (toll-free), or visit www.TourismRadium.ca for all the information needed to make your visit a pleasant one.

ATV and Quad Biking There are endless kilometres of forest service roads and old logging roads winding through the valley just begging to be explored. The trails meander by old mine sites, through beautiful Crown lands and up to the top of towering peaks. Try Toby Creek Adventures (www.tobycreekadventures. com) near Panorama for guided tours and rentals.

Beaches and Parks Enjoy a picnic at the beautiful public beaches of the Columbia Valley. Our lakes are crystal clear and provide the perfect spot for swimming, boating or relaxation. In Invermere try Kinsmen Beach or James Chabot Provincial Park. Windermere Beach and the beach at Tilley Memorial Park in Canal Flats are also popular and spectacular spots.

Bighorn Sheep Monument Rick Taylor’s Heading for Radium monument is a life-sized statue of Radium’s most endearing residents: the Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep. While in Radium, you’ll enjoy watching these graceful creatures stroll through the village. Ask about the Head Banger Tours, held every fall.

Bird Watching The valley is a bird watcher’s paradise. Over 265 species of birds have been recorded in a 150-kilometre stretch of the Columbia River Wetlands — an area which supports abundant wildlife and provides spectacular vistas for bird watching. Don’t miss the annual Wings Over the Rockies (www.wingsovertherockies.org), a week-long festival celebrating birds and their habitat, held in May.

Camping Being among the towering mountain peaks is what makes outdoor camping so exciting. With a choice of campgrounds close to resorts, golf courses, rivers and creeks, adventure parks and restaurants — the valley has a campsite for everyone. Prices are very reasonable and the scenery is magnificent. For a list of campgrounds see page 19.

Canoeing and Kayaking For the best way to explore the spectacular Columbia River Wetlands, try your paddling skills in a kayak or canoe. Available from Columbia River Kayak and Canoe (www. columbiariverkayakcanoe.com) are rentals or guided tours. From a couple of hours to a full day, you can enjoy a gentle, scenic float through the beautiful local waterways.

Classic Car Show A classic car lover’s paradise: the Columbia Valley Classics Car Club's Show 'n' Shine is held every September in Radium. It attracts people from all over western Canada, and is one of the valley’s signature events. Around 800 classic vehicles participate — almost every make and model of car and truck.

Fishing The valley’s lakes, streams and rivers make for incredible fishing. Whitefish, Bass, Kokanee, Dolly Varden and Rainbow Trout all thrive here. Ice fishing is great fun, especially if you’ve never tried it. Don't forget to purchase a fishing licence before heading out. Fishing tours are available from Incredible Mountain Tours (www.imtours.ca).

Golfing The valley is a mecca for golfers, with 16 courses situated within minutes of each other. From mini-golf to a challenging 18-hole game, we’ve got it all. See pages 11-12 for more information.

It’s COOL…

Check out our great selection

16 FLAVOURS OF ICE CREAM for the whole family! WATCH FOR THE GIANT ICE CREAM WHEN YOU ENTER FAIRMONT HOT SPRINGS Forest Mini-Golf • Spin ‘n’ Bump Cars • Gift Shop Ice Cream • Animal Petting Park • Labyrinth & Gardens Healthy Lunches • Birthday Parties • Family Reunions

Fairmont Hot Springs, on Hwy 93/95 250-345-4511 • www.fairmontfuntasia.com

Check out the great supply of fishing gear and supplies… We rent fishing boats, kayaks, canoes, river tubes and more. Discover the Columbia River firsthand with a river tube trip that meanders around Fairmont Hot Springs.

CHECK OUT THE VALLEY’S ONLY LAZER CAR & TRUCK WASH OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK

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Things to Do


THINGS TO DO

Hang Gliding and Paragliding

Mountain Biking

The valley has some of the world’s best sites for hang gliding and paragliding. Check out Mount Seven in Golden, a site best suited to advanced gliders, Mount Swansea in Invermere or the Panorama Flying Site, which is located at the ski resort just 30 minutes west of Invermere. All offer stunning scenery and spectacular thrills.

The valley has some of the greatest mountain biking trails in Canada. From the low-lying valley floor to the steep summits, there is something for bikers at all levels of fitness and experience. For extensive biking trail networks try Nipika Mountain Resort (www.nipika.com).

Heli-skiing

Rock climbers and mountaineers can choose anything from small crags to world-class alpine climbs in a region known for its range of choices. Golden is a mecca for climbers from around the world. There are also terrific climbs throughout the Rockies and Purcells, including the historic Conrad Kain route up the Bugaboo Spire.

For the ultimate powder experience, explore the local peaks with a guided heli-ski trip. Kicking up fluffy clouds of snow as you enjoy the pristine wilderness is a second-to-none way to explore the beautiful backcountry. Heli-skiing and heli-boarding are offered by RK Heli Ski (www.rkheliski. com) based at Panorama Mountain Village.

Hiking Some of the best mountain hiking trails in the world wind through the Canadian Rockies and the Purcells. Kootenay National Park has a great trail network with varying difficulty levels. The complete list is available from the Radium Hot Springs Visitor Centre. Anyone wanting to hike within the park requires a park pass, available at the gates (see page 9 for more information). Guided hikes are available from Rocky Mountain Safaris (www.rockymtnsafaris.com). To learn more about the range of hiking available in the valley, see page 8.

Horseback Riding There are numerous spots, from the northern tip of the valley to Cranbrook and Kimberley in the south where you can find well-trained mules and horses along with friendly, experienced guides. Rides range from scenic one-hour trips to multi-day camping treks for serious riders. Try Diamond B Outfitting (250-342-5128) in Invermere, or Luxor Corrals (www.luxortrailhorse.com) in Spur Valley, 15 minutes north of Radium Hot Springs.

Mountain Climbing

Mini-golf With mini-golf courses available in Windermere, Radium, Fairmont Hot Springs, Golden, Cranbrook and Kimberley, you don’t have to be an experienced golfer to pick up the putter during your stay. Funtasia Fun Park (www. fairmontfuntasia.com) in Fairmont features an 18-hole course winding through a natural forest setting, plus petting zoo, spin n’ bump cars and lush, green gardens.

Outdoor Fitness Equipment Radium and Invermere both offer a fantastic array of outdoor fitness equipment, from elliptical trainers to shoulder or leg presses. If you hate to miss a gym session while enjoying your stay, pop down to Radium’s Legend’s Park or Mount Nelson Athletic Park in Invermere.

Rafting and Floating

Hot Springs

A wet and wild whitewater rafting trip is sure to get the adrenaline flowing. If you’re looking for something a little calmer, a float trip is the way to go. Rafting companies include Kootenay River Runners (www.raftingtherockies. com) in Radium, Glacier Raft Company (www.glacierraft. com) and Wakpa Wilderness Adventures (www.wakpa.com).

With natural, mineral hot pools available in Radium (www.hotsprings.ca) and Fairmont Hot Springs (www. fairmonthotsprings.com), plus the wilderness pools at Lussier Hot Springs, approximately two hours south of Radium, there are plenty of choices for those seeking a little rest and relaxation during their trip to the Columbia Valley.

For a breathtaking way to explore the valley, check out scenic flying tours, available through Babin Air (www. babinair.com), based at the Invermere Airport. Alpine tours, valley tours or glacier tours are all offered.

Rafting on the Kootenay River is available from Glacier Raft Company, based in Golden and Fairmont, Kootenay River Runners, based in Radium.

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Scenic Flights


Ski Touring The frosted peaks, powdery snow and peaceful solitude of the backcountry in this area are awe-inspiring. Near Golden, you’ll find more than 20 backcountry lodges. In the central Columbia Valley, lodges can be found to the east of Radium. To the south, there are cabins less than an hour west of Canal Flats and a single hut near Kimberley. For guided trips, try Rocky Mountain Safaris (www.rockymtnsafaris.com).

Water Sports With so many rivers and lakes in the valley, the potential for fun is endless. Swimming, boating, paddleboarding, canoeing, kayaking, water-skiing, jet-skiing, wakeboarding and windsurfing are just a few possibilities. Boat charters and wakeboarding, water-ski and wakeskate lessons are available from Shadybrook Resort Marina (www.shadybrookresort.com) in Windermere, while boats, fishing gear and more can be found at Fairmont Outpost & Outdoors (www.fairmontoutdoors.com).

Snowmobiling Get ready for the ride of your life! Our majestic mountains, rugged backcountry and groomed trails are the best places to enjoy this fun winter sport. Some trails are more challenging than others, so be sure to ask about the level of experience required. Try Toby Creek Adventures (www. tobycreekadventures.com) near Panorama for snowmobile tours and rentals.

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Skiing: Cross-Country and Downhill There are well-groomed cross-country ski trails scattered through the valley. Beautiful Nipika Mountain Resort (www. nipika.com), east of Radium, has 50 kilometres of trails groomed for both classic and skate skiing, while an additional 50 kilometres of trails offer some of the most scenic single track anywhere. The Greywolf Nordic Centre at Panorama also has more than 20 kilometres of trails. For downhill, try Kicking Horse Resort, near Golden, the beginner-friendly ski area at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort (www.fairmonthotsprings. com) or Panorama Mountain Village.


Hiking

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o matter where you go hiking in the valley, you'll enjoy a choice of maintained trails in an idyllic setting. From short hikes around Radium offering beautiful valley views to strenuous multi-day treks into the scenic backcountry, casual and serious hikers alike will find something here. The hiking season in the Columbia Valley usually begins mid-May for the lower elevations and late June/early July for higher elevations, and lasts until late autumn. Many hiking trails are only accessible via logging and mining roads, which can be rugged, and are used by fast-moving logging vehicles. Drive with caution in a vehicle with good ground clearance. To help preserve this pristine area, hikers are asked to stick to marked trails. Travel with a friend or a group and always inform someone where you are going and your planned return time. Do not rely on cell phones for help. Reception can be patchy locally, particularly in backcountry areas. Visitors are advised never to feed or approach wildlife. Carry bear spray and store food and other attractants securely when camping. Make plenty of noise (clapping, shouting, singing, talking) to alert wildlife of your presence when walking. Bug spray is essential throughout the summer. Regardless of the length of trip you are planning and the weather when you set out, be prepared for any conditions. Pack adequate food, water and clothing, and a first aid kit. Driving directions to all local hikes are available from the Radium Visitor Centre. Call 250-347-9331 or stop by 7556 Main Street East to find out more.

Moderate Hikes Sinclair Creek Trail (Radium) A short, 3.5 km round trip with interpretive panels, starting from the north end of Radium. The trail meanders beneath a canopy of Poplar and Douglas Fir trees along the bank of Sinclair Creek.

Old Coach Trail (Radium to Dry Gulch) A 9 km (one way) trail with spectacular wetland views and moderate elevation gain, suitable for walking or biking. The historic route was travelled by Model T Ford cars in the 1920s.

Wildlife Refuge Wetlands Walk (Wilmer area) Stroll through the terraced bluffs above the wetlands near Wilmer looking out for flora and fauna (and many bird species) along the way. There is no marked trail; just stick to the area marked by blue signs.

Lake Enid (Wilmer area) An easy 3.5 km loop around a small, picturesque lake near Invermere and Wilmer. Perfect for those interested in birding, fishing or swimming. 8 • R a dium H o t S p r i n g s Vi s i t o r G u i d e 2 0 1 2 /2 0 1 3

Dutch Creek Hoodoos (Fairmont Hot Springs) A pleasant 3.5 km, 95 m elevation gain hike near Fairmont Hot Springs which offers great views of Columbia Lake and a chance to explore the stunning geographic features. Stay left where the trail forks to complete a loop of the hoodoos.

Bumpy Meadows & Pedley Pass (Windermere area) A great hike for the whole family. A short (3.8 km), clearly marked trail west of Windermere with moderate elevation gain will take you through the aptly named Bumpy Meadows and up to Pedley Pass for great views of the area.

Moderate Hikes Diana Lake (Edgewater/Brisco area) This fairly straightforward trail takes hikers 6.2 km up (600m elevation gain) to a tranquil and breathtakingly beautiful sub-alpine lake at the base of Mount Norman. Stunning views are guaranteed along the way.

Templeton Lake (Brisco area) A 6 km hike along an easy-to-follow trail with 280 m of elevation gain leads hikers to a picturesque lake backed by a cirque glacier and rocky scree slopes. Bug spray is highly recommended.

Welsh Lakes (Radium area) The hike up to this set of four beautiful, turquoise lakes is about 3.9 km (465 elevation gain). The trail offers everything one could want from a hike: varied terrain, snowy glaciated peaks and pretty alpine lakes.

McLean Lake (Brisco area) This moderate (5.2 km) but steep (575m elevation gain) trail leads hikers through beautiful alpine meadows to the shores of the scenic McLean Lake

Moderate Hikes Lake of the Hanging Glacier (Radium area) This well used trail will take your breath away as you scramble up to a beautiful alpine lake with a glacial backdrop. The 8 km and 730 meters of elevation gain (one way) is well worth the views of the lake and surrounding glaciated peaks.

Bugaboo Provincial Park (Brisco area) The hikes and climbs in the breathtakingly beautiful Bugaboo Provincial Park are best suited to fit, experienced hikers.


Kootenay National Park

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nstant, easy access to the outdoor wonders of Kootenay National Park is one of the highlights of spending time in Radium. Established in 1920, this superb wilderness park is noted for its diversity of ecology, climate and landscapes, from glacier-clad peaks to semi-arid grasslands with cacti. The 94-kilometre Banff-Windermere Highway takes you through the park along the Vermilion and Kootenay rivers and through the narrow gorge of Sinclair Canyon into

Radium. Along the way there are three scenic viewpoints at Continental Divide, Kootenay Valley and Hector Gorge, and many stopping points to access the park's extensive hiking and biking trail network. With 11 picnic areas and four seasonal campgrounds, the park offers visitors a wide range of day-use and overnight choices. Climbing, horseback riding, fishing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, wildlife watching, canoeing and kayaking are just some of the activities available.

Passes and permits

Day use pass

Park passes are required for anyone stopping within Kootenay National Park. Through traffic may travel through the area without a pass. A day pass allows for use of the viewpoints and trails, with all the money raised going towards park improvements, education and information services and trail maintenance. Camping, camping services (fires, dump station, etc.) and the grazing of horses require separate permits. A National Parks fishing licence is required for all anglers. Fishing in national parks is not covered by a provincial licence. Annual and day passes are available from the Parks Canada gate and the Radium Visitor Centre.

Adults (17-64) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $9.80

Wildlife

Seniors (65+) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $8.30 Youth (6-16) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $4.90 Families/groups (up to 7 people in one vehicle) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $19.60

Fishing permit Daily . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $9.80 Annual . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $34.30

Backcountry use and camping Overnight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $9.80/person

This beautiful, protected area is filled with wildlife. The Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep stroll that through Radium in the spring, fall and winter are some of the park's best-loved residents. White-tailed deer, elk, mule deer, sheep, mountain goats and a huge selection of birds are commonly seen, especially during the spring and fall. Less frequently spotted are moose, black bears, coyotes, wolves and grizzly bears. Wildlife tend to feed and travel in valley bottoms during the winter, so you may be treated to a lucky sighting on your way through. Be alert for wildlife on the road, particularly at night. Pull well off the highway when stopping to view wildlife, and observe them from the safety of your vehicle. It is illegal to approach, feed or harass wildlife.

Season . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $68.70/person Reservations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $11.70 The Rocky Mountain goat is the symbol of Kootenay National Park

Biking Highway 93, which runs along the length of Kootenay National Park is part of the “Golden Triangle” — a cycling tour which passes through Banff, Golden and Radium Hot Springs. The 300-kilometre loop includes two beautiful mountain passes, a dramatic canyon and varied views. Experienced mountain bikers will appreciate the old fire roads that criss-cross the park, now serving as excellent biking trails. Many trails start near the Kootenay Crossing Warden Station. The West Kootenay trail is a smooth dirt track running through lush forests for almost 13 kilometres. Invigorating scenery will fuel you to cross the park boundary into the Beaverfoot Valley.

Hiking There are plenty of short hikes, day hikes and multi-day treks in Kootenay National Park for an eager explorer, with two wheelchair accessible trails also available. For more information on hikes within the park and directions to the trailheads, visit the Radium Visitor Centre or ask for a hiking guide at the park gates.

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Photo © Bare Hand Day Spa

SPAS

Massage Energy Balancing Spa Packages Esthetics Wellness & Beauty Products Men’s Zone Open 7 days a week

2 Locations 518 – 13 Street Invermere and newly opened 2nd location at Copper Point Resort

250-341-3511 • www.FusionWellnessSpa.com Find us on facebook to see all our up to date offers and specials.

Spas Bare Hands Day Spa, Radium Hot Springs

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f being on vacation in one of the most spectacular places in the world isn't quite relaxing enough, be sure to visit one of the Columbia Valley's fine spas. Ease into steaming baths and hot pools, lose yourself in the aroma of fragrant oils, and close your eyes while you let one of the valley's trained masseurs make your muscles melt. In the capable hands of the knowledgeable staff, you can enjoy a range of luxurious treatments, from aromatherapy, Shiatsu and Thai massage, to hydrotherapy, hot stone treatments, and facials. With their state-of-the-art facilities and internationally trained therapists, the spas in the valley are simply world-class. There is no better getaway. For thousands of years people have been drawn to Radium Hot Springs for the healing and restorative powers of the naturally warmed spring waters — a natural accompaniment to any spa treatment. The nearby spas provide an oasis of calm, helping to reduce stress and fatigue. With a range of organic and pure botanical products combined with the latest equipment and techniques, you’ll find everything you need to help you look and feel your best. Sit back, and let any one of the valley's spas relax you.

Pleiades Massage & Spa

The Wellness Spa at the Radium Hot Springs Pool

Assorted Spa Packages Available  GROUP DISCOUNTS 

Photo: Brenda Falvey – Parks Canada

Check out our Spa Store to bring that “feel good spa experience” home with you.

Photo: Brenda Falvey – Parks Canada

Your friendly full-service spa in Radium Hot Springs.

Spa Menu Massage: Relaxation • Deep Tissue • Craniosacral • Shiatsu • Reflexology Body Polish The All-Natural Face Renewal All services include use of: • Robe • Sandals • Aromatherapy steam room • De-chlorinated “living water” for drinking, showering and various treatments • An environment enhanced by wellness air technology

BARE HANDS DAY SPA at the Prestige Inn 7493 Main St., Radium Hot Springs, BC (250) 347-2121 www.barehandsdayspa.ca • barehandsdayspa@gmail.com

10 • R a dium H o t S p r i n g s Vi s i t o r G u i d e 2 0 1 2 /2 0 1 3

250-347-2100 • 1-866-238-2923 www.pleiadesmassage.com


Golf

Spur Valley Golf Resort, Radium Hot Springs

G

olfers dream of the amazing selection of courses to play near Radium. With 15 of Canada’s most beautiful courses right on the doorstep, visitors are well situated to enjoy a round or two. After hours of fantastic golf on well-maintained courses, follow up your game with a delicious meal at a local eatery, a soak in the mineral hot pools and lay your head down on a feather-soft pillow. There are 15 scenic courses situated within 45 minutes of Radium, offering fun and challenges to players of any skill level. With online tee-time bookings, affordable fees, friendly staff, spacious driving ranges, full-service pro shops

INDERMERE WV ALLEY

Our

24th Year

and fully licensed clubhouses serving great food, the valley has it all. With golf vacation packages available, plus lessons and rentals at most courses, there’s no better pace to enjoy the game. Children are welcome at all the valley’s golf courses, but some are longer and more challenging than others, and therefore better suited to mature players. Call ahead and golf course staff will be happy to advise. See our golf course listings over the following pages and call your course of choice to find out more details or to book tee times.

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elax, You’re At…

Golf Course

Player friendly, walkable, affordable

18 Holes of Golf For $ 95 or less *

34

*Plus Tax

NEW THIS YEAR – After 2 p.m. rates. • Driving range • Putting greens • Fully-stocked pro shop • CPGA lessons • Enjoy Kari’s Kitchen

Tee Times • (250) 342-3004 windermerevalleygolfcourse.com

Family-friendly, Family friendly, yet challenging! Featuring: • • • •

Walkable, 2 Hour Play Cliff-side Driving Range Practice Area Fully Equipped Pro-shop

• Learn the sport or improve your game with CPGA Head Professional, Craig Millar. • Luxor Creek Cantina, open to the public for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Golfing the way it should be at Spur Valley Greens! For Information & Tee Times, Phone 250-374-6500

www.spurvalley.com

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Par

Driving range

Dress code

Carts mandatory

Equipment rentals/sales

Lessons available

Restaurant

70

27

GOLF

Courses

Holes

Yardage

18

Black Blue White White Copper Copper

6807 6541 5770 5770 4945 4945

9

White

1350

Blue White Red Black Blue White Red

1063 891 728 6646 6239 5809 5020

White

1101

Grey Black Blue Blue White White White Blue White White Red Red White

7140 6695 6164 6164 5400 5400 5400 6552 6212 6212 5189 5189 5306

White

5306

Red Black Blue White White Copper Copper Blue White White Red Red

4897 5122 4755 4353 4353 3827 3827 6507 6152 6152 5370 5370

Copper Point Golf Course

651 Highway 93/95, Invermere Phone: 250-341-3392 • Toll-free: 1-877-418-4653 Web: www.copperpointgolf.com

Tees

Slope 124 121 116 124 (L) 105 113 (L)

Coy's Par 3

4476 Columere Road, Fairmont Hot Springs Phone: 250-345-6504 Web: www.coyspar3.com

Creekside Par 3

Hot Springs Road, Fairmont Hot Springs Phone: 250-345-6660 • Toll-free: 1-800-665-2112

9

Eagle Ranch Resort

9581 Eagle Ranch Trail, Invermere Phone: 250-342-0562 • Toll-free: 1-877-877-3889 Web: www.eagleranchresort.com

18

27 139 133 126 122 (L)

72

Edgewater Hilltop Par 3

5585 Highway 95, Edgewater Phone: 250-347-6502 Web: www.edgewaterhilltopgolf.com

9

Greywolf Golf Course

1860 Greywolf Drive, Panorama Phone: 250-341-4100 • Toll-free: 1-888-473-9965 Web: www.greywolfgolf.com

18

Mountainside at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Hot Springs Road, Fairmont Hot Springs Phone: 250-345-6514 • Toll-free: 1-800-665-2112 Web: www.fairmonthotsprings.com

18

Radium Resort Course

8100 Golf Course Road, Radium Phone: 250-347-6266 • Toll-free: 1-800-667-6444 Web: www.radiumresort.com

18

The Ridge At Copper Point 651 Highway 93/95, Invermere Phone: 250-341-3392 Toll-free: 1-877-418-4653 Web: www.copperpointgolf.com

18

Riverside at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort

5097 Riverview Road, Fairmont Phone: 250-345-6346, Ext. 22 • Toll-free: 1-800-665-2112 Web: www.fairmonthotsprings.com

Setetkwa Golf Course

Stoddart Creek Road, Radium Hot Springs Phone: 250-347-9004

18

Th' Flats Golf Course

8865 Dunn Street, Canal Flats Phone: 250-349-5266

9

9

The Springs Course at Radium Resort 7565 Columbia Avenue, Radium Phone: 250-347-6200 Toll-free: 1-800-667-6444 Web: www.radiumresort.com

18

Windermere Valley Golf Course

1881 Windermere Loop Road, Windermere Phone: 250-342-3004 Web: www.windermerevalleygolfcourse.com

140 136 127 140 (L) 113 (L) 122 (L) 120 (L) 123 122 131 (L) 114 119 (L)

104 101 97 99 (L) 91 95 (L) 136 130 131 (L) 110 125 (L)

9

Spur Valley Golf Resort

4825 Luxor Station Road, Radium Hot Springs Phone: 250-347-6500 Web: www.spurvalley.com

27

18

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72

2429

108

White

2274

98

Red

2128

107 (L)

White

4106

94

Black Blue White White Red White

6767 6273 5779 5779 5163 5036

127 120 117 128 (L) 120 (L) 98

White

5036

109 (L)

Red

4791

108 (L)

72

72

62

71

29 Blue

33

30

72

66 68 68


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View from hole 18 at Eagle Ranch, Invermere BC

N o other golf course has so brilliantly embraced its enchanting canyon setting as Eagle Ranch, integrating perfectly with the natural landscape to create a golf experience far above ordinary.

CALL 1-877-877-3889 FOR RESERVATIONS

WWW.EAGLERANCHRESORT.COM

9581 EAGLE RANCH TRAIL, INVERMERE, BC

Let’s Play 9

Any Day, Any Time!

• Riverside $49.99 • Mountainside $39.99 Play 9 holes of golf with power cart any day, any time — including weekends and holidays!

Tax not included. Tee time based on availability. All programs and packages subject to seasonality, cancellation and change without notice.

Tee Times 250.345.6070 R adium Ho t Spr ings Visito r Guide 2 0 12/ 2013 • 13


Dining

Meet on Higher Ground Coffee House, Radium Hot Springs

G

reat places to eat are plentiful here. Whether you're seeking fine dining, a casual meal or convenient take-out, we've got you covered. The mouthwatering array of local eateries offer fresh food, spectacular mountain views and a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Whatever your tastes and budget, the Columbia Valley’s dining options are sure to tickle your tastebuds. What you’ll find here is great variety, top quality food and second-to-none service with a smile. For a memorable meal with a view, try one of the resort restaurants, which serve exquisite cuisine prepared by world-class chefs. With picturesque mountain vistas and wildlife strolling past, you’ll savour every bite.

The local cafés and bistros are great for a family-friendly meal on the go. Many have outdoor eating areas where you can soak up the sun and scenery. You’ll find hearty portions, varied menus and helpful staff who are happy to accommodate any request. Adults will also enjoy the valley’s choice of pubs. Sometimes sizzling chicken wings and a cold beer are the perfect end to a day of adventuring. No matter where or how you dine in the local area, you'll enjoy reasonable prices and friendly service. Many local restaurants are family owned and operated, with a long history of pleasing visitors. Many feature locally sourced ingredients and vegetarian, vegan and organic options. As for dress code: mountain casual is the norm; dressing up for dinner is perfectly fine, but not required.

^

and Tapas!

Fresh Food... Fully Licensed Restaurant & Lounge High Season: Lunch 11:30am - 4pm, Daily: Dinner 5pm • Austrian and Continental Cuisine, Schnitzel, Steak, Seafood, Homemade Pasta and Desserts

Intimate, casual setting Over 100 wines, many by the glass Specialty beers & other spirits Cheeses, tapas & unique desserts

• Private Functions for Groups

Daily 3 Course Dinner Special Highway 93, Radium Hot Springs, B.C. Reservations Recommended • 250.347.6553

www.OldSalzburgRestaurant.com 14 • R a dium H o t S p r i n g s Vi s i t o r G u i d e 2 0 1 2 /2 0 1 3

4873 St. Mary’s Street • RadIum HOt SpRIngS 250 341 5938 • casavino.ca Open Tuesday to Saturday, 4 to 10 pm • Extended summer hours


1321 7th Avenue Invermere Phone: 250-341-6868 Web: www.angusmctoogles.com

Back Country Jack's

7555 Main Street West, Radium Phone: 250-347-0097

Beyond The Melting Pot 4935 Highway 93/95, Radium Phone: 250-347-9848

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• • • • •

La Cabina Ristorante & Carrington's Lounge

• • • •

Luxor Creek Restaurant & Cantina

• • • •

Meet On Higher Ground Coffee House

7493 Main Street West, Radium Phone: 250-347-2340

4412 Spur Valley Ranch, Radium Phone: 250-347-9051

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• • • •

#7-7527 Main Street West, Radium Phone: 250-347-6567 Web: www.meetonhigherground.com

Old Salzburg

5425 Highway 93, Radium Phone: 250-347-6553 Web: www.oldsalzburgrestaurant.com

Selkirk Dining Room

Radium Resort 8100 Golf Course Road, Radium Phone: 250-347-6268 Web: www.radiumresort.com

The Springs Restaurant, Lounge and Patio 8100 Golf Course Road, Radium Phone: 250-347-6205 Web: www.radiumresort.com

CasaVino Wine Bar, Radium Hot Springs Black Forest Steak & Schnitzel Haus 540 Highway 93/95, Invermere Phone: 250-342-9417 Web: www.blackforestrestaurant.com

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CasaVino Wine Bar

4873 St. Mary's Street, Radium Phone: 250-341-5938 Web: www.casavino.ca

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Citadella Restaurant

5067 Madsen Road, Radium Phone: 250-347-2442 Web: www.citadella.ca

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Eagle Ranch Resort

9581 Eagle Ranch Trail, Invermere Phone: 250-342-6560 Web: www.eagleranchresort.com

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Fireside Tea Shoppe

7557 Canyon Avenue, Radium Phone: 250-347-9392 Web: www.villagecountryinn.bc.ca

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250-347-6567

Helna's Stube

7547 Main Street West, Radium Phone: 250-347-0047 Web: www.helnas.com

Horsethief Creek Pub & Eatery 7538 Main Street East, Radium Phone: 250-347-6400 Web: www.horsethiefpub.ca

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DINING IN RADIUM

Angus McToogle's Restaurant

Restaurants

Licensed Entertainment Take-out Delivery Wheelchair access Children's menu Patio Air conditioned Reservations recommended

Licensed Entertainment Take-out Delivery Wheelchair access Children's menu Patio Air conditioned Reservations recommended

Restaurants


Photo © Prestige Inn

Lodgings in Radium Prestige Inn, Radium Hot Springs

Internet access

Restaurant or bar

Hot spring packages

CAA/AAA

Ski &/or golf packages

In room fireplace

Wheelchair access

2 or 3 bed suites

1 bed suites

In room Jacuzzi

Pets on approval

Barbecues

Phones

Movie channel

4

Hot tub

$

Pool

3

Air conditioning

Number of units/rooms

$$$

Kitchen

Rates from (see legend below)

Bed & Breakfasts

between, you can find it here. We have full-service campgrounds and RV parks for the outdoor enthusiast, family run motels and cozy bed-and-breakfasts for the budget conscious, luxury resort suites and privately owned alpine chalets for those seeking something sumptuous. With so much to see and do, and more than 3,000 rooms and sites to choose from in the local area, you'll find it difficult to tear yourself away.

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hether you're here for a family vacation, a romantic getaway or a business visit, you can count on the warmest hospitality and a great choice of places to stay. Our range of comfortable, reasonably priced accommodations will meet your every need, with staff who look forward to welcoming you and sharing their local knowledge. From the lap of luxury to a rustic retreat or something in

Radium Springs B&B

7507 Jackson Avenue, Radium Phone: 250-347-7773 • Toll-free: 1-866-546-7003 Web: www.radiumspringsbb.ca

Hostels Misty River Lodge Hostel

5425 Highway 93, Radium Phone: 250-347-9912 Web: www.mistyriverlodge.bc.ca

$$$ 190

$$$

1

$$$

3

$$$ 118

$$$

Cabins & Condos Bighorn Meadows Resort

10 Bighorn Boulevard, Radium Phone: 250-347-2323 • Toll-free: 1-877-344-2323 Web: www.bighornmeadows.ca

Radium Hot Springs Vacations

4874 St. Joseph Street Phone: 250-347-9532 Web: www.radiumhotspringsvacations.com

Radium Holidays

Forsters Landing Road, Radium Phone: 403-547-0328 Web: www.radium-holidays.com

Radium Resort

8100 Golf Course Road, Radium Phone: 250-347-9311 • Toll-free: 1-800-667-6444 Web: www.radiumresort.com

Radium Vacation Condo

Radium Hot Springs Phone: 780-465-6492 • Toll-free: 1-877-465-2702 Web: www.radiumcondo.ca

4

Rates

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$ = under $60 • $$ = $61-99 • $$$ = $100 plus


Radium Valley Vacation Resort

7274 Kootenay Park Drive, Radium Phone: 250-347-9715 • Toll-free: 1-800-663-9906 Web: www.radiumvalleyvacationresort.com

Hotels & Motels Alpen Motel

5022 Highway 93, Radium Phone: 250-347-9823 • Toll-free: 1-888-788-3891 Web: www.alpenmotel.com

20

$$

17

$$$

17

Apple Tree Inn

4999 Highway 93, Radium Phone: 250-347-0011 • Toll-free: 1-800-350-1511 Web: www.appletreeinnbc.com

Big Horn Motel

4881 St. Mary's Street, Radium Phone: 250-347-9111 Web: www.bighornmotel.ca

Cedar Motel

7593 Main Street West, Radium Phone: 250-347-9463 • Toll-free: 1-866-458-0918 Web: www.cedarmotel.ca

Chalet Europe

5063 Madsen Road, Radium Phone: 250-347-9305 • Toll-free: 1-888-429-9998 Web: www.chaleteurope.com

Rates

$ = under $60 • $$ = $61-99 • $$$ = $100 plus

Radium Hot Springs BC Canada Accommodation

Radium Valley Ski

Dine

Golf

Luxury condo – heated pool and hot tubs on site. Tel: 1-403-457-0507 | Fax: 1-403-286–9638

www.radium-holidays.com

Vacation Resort

Large 3 Bedroom Vacation Homes Exceptional RV Sites Amenities: Indoor and outdoor pools, hot tub, beautiful Rec. Centre, camp fire pit, play area, racquetball, beach volleyball and more!

Your Radium adventure starts at the Crystal Springs Motel. We have a range of rooms and kitchenettes to meet your needs. Uncompromising cleanliness and friendly hospitality are our specialty. The hot springs, restaurants, golf courses and hiking trails are only minutes away. We are pet and motorcycle friendly! 4852 Radium Blvd., Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia V0A 1M0 1-800-347-9759 • crystalspringsmotel.bc.ca

For reservations, call 250-347-9715 R adium Ho t Spr ings Visito r Guide 2 0 12/ 2013 • 17

LODGINGS IN RADIUM

Internet access

Restaurant or bar

CAA/AAA

Hot spring packages

Ski &/or golf packages

In room fireplace

Wheelchair access

2 or 3 bed suites

$$

1 bed suites

30

Jacuzzi rooms

$$

Pets on approval

14

Barbecues

$$$

Phones

Movie channel

Microwave

Hot tub

Kitchen

11

Pool

Number of units/rooms

$$$

Air conditioning

Rates from (see legend below)

Cabins & Condos


$$

17

$$

15

$$

10

$$

14

$$

15

$$$

87

$$$ 112

Jacuzzi rooms

Phones

Movie channel

Hot tub

Pool

Internet access

Restaurant or bar

CAA/AAA

Hot spring packages

29

Ski &/or golf packages

$$

In room fireplace

Wheelchair access

2 or 3 bed suites

1 bed suites

Air conditioning

9

Pets on approval

Microwave

$$

Barbecues

Kitchen

5008 Highway 93, Radium Phone: 250-347-9570 • Toll-free: 1-888-295-8822

Number of units/rooms

Crescent Motel

Rates from (see legend below)

LODGINGS IN RADIUM

Hotels and Motels

Crystal Springs Motel

4852 Radium Boulevard, Radium Phone: 250-347-9759 • Toll-free: 1-800-347-9759 Web: www.crystalspringsmotel.bc.ca

Gables Motel

5058 Highway 93, Radium Phone: 250-347-9866 • Toll-free: 1-877-387-7007 Web: www.gablesmotel.ca

Gateway Motel

4992 Highway 93, Radium Phone: 250-347-9655 • Toll-free: 1-800-838-4238 Web: www.radiumgatewaymotel.com

Lido Motel

4876 McKay Street, Radium Phone: 250-347-9533 • Toll-free: 1-877-347-9533 Web: www.thelidomotel.com

Mountain Springs Motel

4870 Radium Boulevard, Radium Phone: 250-347-9654 • Toll-free: 1-877-800-8822 Web: www.mountainsprings.bc.ca

Piccadilly Motel

4874 St. Joseph Street, Radium Phone: 250-347-9532 • Toll-free: 1-888-288-7799 Web: www.thepiccadilly.ca

Prestige Inn Radium Hot Springs

7493 Main Street West, Radium Phone: 250-347-2300 • Toll-free: 1-877-737-8443 Web: www.prestigeinn.com

Radium Resort

8100 Golf Course Road, Radium Phone: 250-347-9311 Toll-free: 1-800-667-6444 Web: www.radiumresort.com

Rocky Mountain Springs Lodge

5067 Madsen Road, Radium Phone: 250-347-9548 • Toll-free: 1-877-457-1117 Web: www.milliondollarview.ca

$$

10

$$

20

$$$

13

Sunset Motel

4883 McKay Street, Radium Phone: 250-347-0012 Web: www.sunsetmotel.ca

Village Country Inn

7557 Canyon Avenue, Radium Phone: 25-347-9392 8 Toll-free: 1-866-761-9392 Web: www.villagecountryinn.bc.ca

Property Management Property Management High Country Properties

1006 7th Avenue, Invermere Phone: 250-342-3887 • Toll-free: 1-800-665-1801 Web: www.highcountryproperties.com

Rocky Mountain Accommodations

Phone: 250-347-2460 • Toll-free: 1-866-547-7181 Web: www.radiumvacationrentals.com

$$$

10

$$$

30

Rates

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$ = under $60 • $$ = $61-99 • $$$ = $100 plus


Showers •

$21+

26

$20-31

25

$30-40

49

$59-65

100

$27.40 – 38.20

242

$21.50

98

$

$

$

$

$

LODGINGS IN RADIUM

Cable TV •

Wheelchair access

RV hook-ups •

Playground

Tent sites •

Firewood

Sani-dump •

Fire pit

Water •

Pets

Electricity •

Modern toilets

Number of sites 107

Laundromat

Rates (+HST) $30-41

Campgrounds Canyon RV Resort & Campground 5012 Sinclair Creek Road, Radium Phone: 250-347-9564 Web: www.CanyonRV.com

Dry Gulch Provincial Campground Off Highway 93/95, south of Radium Web: www.GoCampingBC.com

Kootenay River RV Resort and Campground

9110 Highway 93/95, Canal Flats Phone: 250-349-8212 • Web: www.kootenayriverrvresort.ca

Lakeshore Resort and Campground 3151 Highway 93/95, Windermere Phone: 250-342-6352

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Radium Valley Vacation Resort

Highway 95, north Radium Phone: 250-347-9715 • Toll-free: 1-800-663-9906 Web: www.RadiumValleyVacationResort.com

Redstreak Campground (Kootenay National Park) Radium Hot Springs Phone: 250-347-9505 • Toll-free: 1-877-737-3783 Web: www.pc.gc.ca

McLeod Meadows (Kootenay National Park) Highway 93, 27 kilometres north of Radium Phone: 250-347-9505 • Toll-free: 1-877-737-3783 Web: www.pc.gc.ca

Marble Canyon (Kootenay National Park) Highway 93, 86 kilometres north of Radium Phone: 250-347-9505 • Toll-free: 1-877-737-3783 Web: www.pc.gc.ca

$21.50

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5022 Hwy 93, Radium Hot Springs, B.C., V0A 1M0 Tel: 250-347-9823 • Email: info@alpenmotel.com • Web: www.alpenmotel.com

FREE Mineral Hot Pool Passes

Enjoy your stay.

Look for the 2012 Columbia Valley Map Book www.columbiavalleymapbook.com

Escape • Indulge • Experience PRESTIGE RADIUM HOT SPRINGS 250.347.2300 • Radium@PrestigeHotels.ca PrestigeHotelsAndResorts.com

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Events & Festivals

Radium Days parade

May May 7th - 13th

Wings Over the Rockies: a week-long bird festival. Activities include guided nature walks, Columbia River floats, wetlands hikes, art exhibitions, presentations, workshops, banquet, birda-thon and more. Visit www.wingsovertherockies.org or phone 250-342-2473.

June 29th

Mountain biking season opens around the valley. For more information about local trails and where to rent bikes, phone the Radium Visitor Centre at 1-888-347-9331.

July

June June Sept. long weekend

June 23rd

9 a.m. - 11 a.m., by donation Cowboy Breakfast in the parking area of the Beyond the Melting Pot Eatery, 4935 Highway 93, Radium. All proceeds will go to the Radium Volunteer Fire Department.

9 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Invermere Farmers Market, every Saturday in downtown Invermere. Homegrown, homemade produce plus music and art.

July August

The Edgewater Royal Canadian Legion Branch sponsors an open market every Saturday from 10 a.m. Phone 250-347-9550.

June 1st - August 31st

The Windermere Valley Museum in downtown Invermere is open for visitors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days a week. Visit www. windermerevalleymuseum.ca or phone 250-342-9769.

July September

Music on Main, Main Street West, Radium Hot Springs. Live local bands every Friday and Saturday, 7 - 9 p.m. Phone 250-3479331.

June 2nd

Spilli Chilli Cookoff at Spillimacheen Festival Grounds. Visit www. spillichilli.com.

July September

Market on Main, Main Street West, Radium Hot Springs. Farmer and craft market every Friday, 4 - 8 p.m. Phone 250-347-9331.

June 9th

Radium Days. Fun festival for adults and kids including parade, games, presentations and display. Visit www.radiumhotsprings. com or call 250-347-9331.

July 1st

Annual Canada Day Celebration and Fireworks Display at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. Events all day. Visit www. fairmonthotsprings.com or phone 250-345-6000.

June 9th

Brits Best Classic Car Show in Radium Hot Springs. A display of classic MG and other British sports cars gather at the Radium Hot Springs Ball Park. Visit www.radiumhotsprings.com or call 250-347-9331.

July 1st

11 a.m. - 3 p.m.: Invermere Canada Day celebrations. Downtown parade at 11 a.m., followed by Mountain Mosaic Festival of the Arts at Kinsmen Beach. Live music, arts and entertainment, kids’ activities and food vendors. Phone 250-342-4423. Steamboat Mountain Music Festival at Edgewater School. Local musicians as well as headliners John Reischman and the Jaybirds, Maria in the Shower and more. Visit www. steamboatmtnmusicfest.ca or phone 250-347-9860.

June 15th - 16th

1st Annual Kootenay Beer Festival at Mountainside Golf Course, Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. Visit www.fairmonthotsprings.com or phone 250-345-6000.

July 7th

June 16th

National Aboriginal Day Festival at Lakeshore Resort and Campground. Exhibits, artifacts, artisans, food, entertainment, drummers, and speakers. Phone 250-342-4409.

July 14th - 15th

Heart of the Rockies Triathlon, an Olympic-distance triathlon in Invermere. Kids of Steel triathlon on Saturday, adult triathlon on Sunday. Visit www.heartoftherockiestri.ca.

June 23rd – October 31st

11th Annual Radium Hot Springs Glass Art Show. Come by and see glass art panels depicting the beauty of Kootenay National Park located in the Radium Hot Springs pool lobby. Visit www. hotsprings.ca or phone 250-347-9485.

July 18th - 19th

PyneStock Concert. Two hours of peace and music at Pynelogs Cultural Centre. Visit www.columbiavalleysummerlude.com or phone 250-342-4423.

July 20th

Bull Riding in the Rockies. Dinner, auction, bull riding and dance on the corner of 13th Street and 4th Avenue, Invermere. Visit www.columbiavalleysummerlude.com or phone 250-342-6908.

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July 21st

2 – 6 p.m.: Lake Windermere Regatta. Fun competitions and contests, educational displays, sailing races, canoe and kayak races, sandcastle and boat building contest and more. Visit www. columbiavalleysummerlude.com or phone 250-341-6898.

July 21st

Crazy Soles Nipika Trail Run. The fifth annual Nipika Trail Run has three routes with a variety of distances from three to 25 kilometres at Nipika Mountain Resort. Visit www.crazysoles.ca or www. nipika.com or phone 250-342-2074.

August August 5th

August 11th

The fifth annual Columbia Valley Tour of the Arts is a self-guided tour featuring local artists in unique settings. Phone 250-3424423. The 36th Annual Lakeside Event, Invermere. Hang gliders and paragliders launch from Mount Swansea and land at James Chabot beach. Visit www.lakesideevent.com.

September September 1st - 30th

The Windermere Valley Museum in Invermere will be open for visitors from 12 to 4 p.m., seven days a week.Visit www. windermerevalleymuseum.ca or phone 250-342-9769.

September 9th

Third Annual Kootenay Krusher Endurance Mountain Bike Race at Nipika Mountain Resort. Visit www. columbiavalleycyclingsociety.org or www.nipika.com.

September 14th

November 17th

Light Up Festival in downtown Invermere. Santa Claus parade, lighting of Invermere’s Christmas tree, visits with Santa Claus. Phone 250-342-2844.

December December 7th

Ski season starts at Panorama Mountain Village. Visit www. panoramaresort.com or phone 250-342-6941.

December 15th

Ski season starts at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Ski Area.

December 24th

Annual Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade and Fireworks Display at Fairmont Hot Springs Family Ski Area. Visit www. fairmonthotsprings.com or phone 250-345-6000.

December 25th

Free entry to Fairmont Hot Springs Resort pools in exchange for a donation to the Columbia Valley Food Bank.

December 31st

3-6 p.m.: Radium Hot Springs Birthday Celebration. Birthday cake, refreshments and firework display. Visit www. radiumhotsprings.ca.

December 31st

New Year’s Eve Fireworks at Panorama Mountain Village. Visit www.panoramaresort.com or phone 250-342-6941.

January 2013

Rockin’ in the Park in Radium Hot Springs. Live outdoor music and beer garden in conjunction with Classic Car Show registration.

September 15th

23rd Annual Classic Car Show. Over 800 antique and classic cars at the Springs Golf Course in Radium. Dance to follow in Invermere. Phone 250-346-3222.

September 22nd

Fifth annual Headbanger Trail Challenge in Radium Hot Springs. 11-kilometre endurance race, plus three-kilometre, familyfriendly, run/walk course. Visit www.headbangertrailchallenge. ca or phone 250-347-2456.

Sept. 28th – October 1st

2nd Annual Columbia Salmon Festival in Fairmont Hot Springs and surrounding area. Includes guest speakers, field trips, gala dinner, golf tournament and youth programs. Phone 250-3456000.

November Early November

Head Banger Bighorn Sheep Tours. Educational Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep presentation and tour. Phone 250-347-9331.

November 2nd - 3rd

11th Annual East Kootenay Wine Festival at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. Visit www.fairmonthotsprings.com, or phone 250-3456000.

January 18th

Invermere Snowflake Festival at Kinsmen Beach. Taste of the Valley menu sampling from local restaurants, curling, hockey, skating, food, games, fireworks and more. Phone 250-342-2844.

February 2013 February

Winterfest in Radium Hot Springs. Curling bonspiel, outdoor games for kids, obstacle course, potato topper contest and more. Visit www.radiumhotsprings.com or call 250-347-9331.

February 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd

30th Annual Starlight Challenge fun ski race, plus night skiing at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Ski Area. Phone to register 250-345-6000.

February 1st – 3rd

Second annual B.C. Pond Hockey Championship at Kinsmen Beach, Invermere. Visit www.bcpondhockey.com.

February 2nd - 3rd

The Nipika/Toby Creek Nordic Ski Club Loppet Weekend. Saturday is classic technique and Sunday is skate technique. To register or for information visit www.zone4.ca or www.nipika.com.

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EVENTS & FESTIVALS

July 21st

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Valley Appreciation Day. Pancake breakfast, logging show, bouncy castle and live entertainment in downtown Invermere. Visit www.columbiavalleysummerlude. com.


Hot Springs

T

he naturally heated mineral waters that are the namesake of Radium Hot Springs have been drawing visitors to this area for thousands of years. Long before the arrival of European settlers, the First Nations people told tales of the “smoking waters” which sprang from the rocks at the base of Redstreak Mountain in what is now Kootenay National Park. They found that these odourless, mineral-rich waters, warmed naturally by the Earth’s core, would sooth and heal their aches and pains. History shows that Sir George Thompson, governor of the Hudson Bay Company, was the first European visitor to the hot springs in 1841. His bathing experience differed greatly from today, using a bathtub-sized pool carved out of the gravel. The first legally registered hot springs owner, other than the Canadian government, was Roland Stuart, an Englishman who purchased them in 1890 for $160, and owned the springs until 1922. Construction of the first pool began in 1914, but was halted due to the First World War. This was also the year that the first analysis of the waters was undertaken by McGill University. They found harmless trace amounts of radon, a product of radium decomposition, and the following year the pools — originally called Sinclair Hot

Springs — were renamed Radium Hot Springs. In the years after the creation of Kootenay National Park in 1920, the Canadian Pacific Railway built the original Radium Hot Springs Lodge. Further hotels, cabins and tourist accommodations sprang up in the area following the opening of the Banff-Windermere Highway in 1923. Also during 1923, the first log bathhouse and hot pool were finally completed. The same year, a park gateway building was erected near to the pool, with the quotation, “The mountains shall bring peace to the people” on the arch above the gate. Tourism began to thrive. After a fire destroyed the old bathhouse in 1948, construction began on a new Radium Hot Springs building and the 25-metre cool pool, which were completed in 1951. During the following six decades, ongoing improvements and modernizations were made to the pools and infrastructure. Today, the Radium Hot Springs complex contains a hot soaking pool and a cool swimming pool. The water enters the hot pool at a comfortable 39 degrees Celsius (103°F).The pool complex can be reached along Highway 93, less than five minutes east of the village of Radium. A Parks Canada pass is not required. The pools are open year-round and admission costs $6.30 for adults and $5.40 for seniors and children.

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