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Tour the BC Rockies

Embark on a journey through southeastern British Columbia. Start in Valemount and cruise south along the border to Fernie. Along the way, be sure to experience the best attractions and sites in eastern BC.

Valemount

Full of charm and fun, the village of Valemount is the ideal starting point for this eastern BC drive tour. Intersected by the Southern Yellowhead Highway, Valemount is only minutes from Moose Lake, and the Mount Robinson Provincial Park.

Must See
Be sure to explore the Valemount Museum on your visit. You’ll find the Valemount Museum within the Valemount Historic Railway Station. Enjoy a tour of all three levels, where you’ll see sculpures from Margaret McKirdy, and exhibits depicting Valemount Pioneers, early settlers, and a trapper’s cabin.

Local Guide
Indulge in a taste of locally brewed beer at the Three Ranges Brewing Company. A favorite destination for many in the Valemount area, Three Ranges Brewing Company is known for their Swamp Donkey Brown Ale, Mile 49 Pale Ale, and their seasonal choice, the Mudbogger Dark Lager.

Outdoor
Any fall or winter visit to Valemount should be see some time at the Crystal Ridge Sled Ski Area. Open to the public, the Crystal Ridge Sled Ski Area features six runs, each at about 2,200 feet high. Bring your skis or snowboard along to Valemount this winter.

Golden

Head out and travel southeast into the town of Golden. Incorporated in 1957, Golden is home to the Columbia River Wetlands, and the Northern Lights Wildlife Wolf Centre. Golden features a wide range of exciting outdoor destinations, so enjoy a visit during any season of the year.

Must See
Enjoy an afternoon with the Grey Wolves of eastner BC. Visit the Northern Lights Wildlife Wolf Center and learn all you can about one of the most storied native animals. The wolves at the Northern Lights Wildlife Wolf Center live in a 1.25-acre enclosure, and offer visitors a real look at their habitat and ecosystem.

Local Guide
Bring your clubs along for the trip and play 18 holes at the Golden Golf Club. Opened in 1986, the Golden Golf Club is attached to the Golden Golf & Country Club, but it’s always open to the public.

Outdoor
Yielding some of the premier bird watching chances in the province, the Columbia River Wetlands is a 180-kilometer stretch of marsh and natural area in Golden. Enjoy a boat tour on the Columbia River, sight seeing, and there are paths for hikes.

Radium Hot Springs

Keep the trek moving and head for Radium Hot Springs. A pleasant and charming village, Radium Hot Springs is home to the actual Radium Hot Springs found in the nearby Kootenay National Park. Drive in along Highway 95 and enjoy all Radium Hot Springs has to offer.

Must See
An ideal way to enjoy your winter visit to Radium Hot Springs is with a dip in the hot-water pool at the Radium Hot Springs. There are two large pools for you to enjoy – the first is roughly 2/3 the size of an Olympic swimming pool with water usually around 29 degrees Celsius. The other features water around 39 degrees Celsius. Don’t miss the Plunge Pool, either, where the water can reach 44 degrees Celsius.

Local Guide
If your visit to Radium Hot Springs is over the New Year, be sure to visit Radium Park for the annual Radium Hot Springs New Years Fireworks show. Bundle up with the family and enjoy the brightly colored explosions in the sky.

Outdoor
Shoot for par at the Radium Hot Springs Resort Golf Course, not far outside of downtown Radium Hot Springs. At 18 holes, the Radium Hot Springs Resort Golf Course yields a full day of drives, chips, and putts – enjoy scenic backdrops and excellent spring weather.

Invermere

Keep the drive alive and head into Invermere, a short drive from Radium Hot Springs. Known for an abundance of golf courses, Invermere is bordered by Windermere Lake, a hot bed of activity throughout all of the seasons.

Must See
Ideal for golfers and skiers, the Panorama Mountain Village is a must-visit Invermere destination. During the summer, be sure to play a round of 18 holes at the Greywolf Golf Course, or relax on the SightSeeing Chairlift Rides. Winter visits should include cross country skiing, snowshoeing, snowboarding, and the Snowmobile Adventures.

Local Guide
Don’s miss an evening of culture, fun, and live performances – it’s all at the Pynelogs Cultural Centre in Invermere. Built in 1914, the Pynelogs Cultural Centre is one of the oldest buildings in the area, and is found right along the shores of Windermere Lake. Visit and enjoy local art at it’s best.

Outdoor
You’ll have a range of golf choices when you visit Invermere. Check out the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Golf Course, the Copper Point Golf Club, and you can’t miss the Windermere Valley Golf Course. Keep your drives straight, your approach shots, soft, and mind those pesky bunkers.

Cranbrook

Continue south on this drive tour of eastern BC and stop in Cranbrook. Incorporated in 1905, Cranbrook is a diverse and pleasant city, home to a variety of attractions, outdoor adventure areas, and golf courses.

Must See
Explore the Fort Steele Heritage Town with the whole family. Once a thriving mining town during the Kootenay gold rush of 1864, Fort Steele Heritage Town today offers a look back in history. From the farming demonstrations, to the interactive displays, Fort Steele Heritage Town yields a full day of exploration.

Local Guide
Enjoy some time spent on the Historic Cranbrook Walking Tour – glean a bit of knowledge on what the early days of Cranbrook were like. Open year round, the Historic Cranbrook Walking Tour is free and self-guided.

Outdoor
Opened in 1925, the Kimberly Golf Club is a public course, featuring 18 holes. Before you tee off to start your round, enjoy any of the 20 tee boxes on their driving range to warm up.

Fernie

The final destination on your eastern BC drive tour is Fernie. One of the most southeastern cities, Fernie is less than 70 kilometers from the Canada-U.S. border. Home to Mt. Fernie Provincial Park, and the Fernie Golf & Country Club, Fernie always always features an outdoor adventure.

Must See
Visit Fernie in August and check out the annual Wapiti Music Festival. Head for Annex Park and experience one of the top two-day music festivals in the province. With the Elk River and Fernie as its backdrop, the Wapiti Music Festival is a can’t miss for music fans.

Local Guide
You’ll want to explore the Fernie Nature Center before you depart the city. Found within the Fernie Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Information Centre, the Fernie Natures Center features exhibits, displays, art, videos on how to stay Bear Aware.

Outdoor
If your Fernie visit is over the winter, be sure to enjoy the Mountain Heritage Snowshoe Tours. All of these snowshoe tours are guided – there are the full day and the half-day tours, too. When there’s enough snow on the ground, Mount Fernie Provincial Park features a wide range of skiing and snowshoeing opportunities.