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Adventure and Relaxation in the Columbia Valley | British Columbia, Canada

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Nestled between the Rocky Mountains to the east and the Purcell range to the west, the Columbia Valley stretches from Canal Flats in the south to Radium Hot Springs (south entrance to Kootenay National Park) to the city of Golden in the north (near Yoho National Park), following the meandering upper Columbia River from its headwaters at Columbia Lake. The valley features clear, sparkling lakes, some of the most breathtaking mountain scenery in the world, hiking trails, hot springs, unique shops and cultural festivals. The Columbia Wetlands is one of the largest marsh systems in the world. Each spring, as hundreds of bird species return to their nesting grounds in the north, it is celebrated by communities in the valley with the ‘Wings Over the Rockies’ festival.

This trip can easily be extended to or from Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park on the Montana and Alberta border. From the west entrance of Glacier National Park (Montana) follow US-2 W and US-93 N to BC-93/95 through the communities of Columbia Falls, Whitefish and Eureka, MT.

Bonus: British Columbia's Kootenay Rockies recently finished installing electric vehicle charging infrastructure throughout the region. Glacier National Park (MT) and Whitefish, MT have Telsa charging stations with plans for additional charging infrastructure in NW Montana and SW Alberta in the future. Learn more about Kootenay Rockies Electric Road Trip here: