The world is your oyster for outdoor recreation options in the Columbia Valley. Visit the Travel Columbia Valley website for more information.

Canal Flats and Area

  • Camp/RV – Black Sheep Camp on Kootenay River – t: 902.746.3574, Facebook page
  • Tilley Memorial Park – southeast end of Columbia Lake – beach, boat ramp, tables and washrooms, wheelchair access
  • Source of the Columbia pathway
  • Lake-based recreation on Columbia Lake
  • See a 50 ft waterfall at Findlay Falls
  • Lussier Hot Springs (Whiteswan Provincial Park)
  • Camp (hike, canoe, kayak, paddleboard, fish) – Whiteswan Provincial Park including the Lussier Hot Springs, or Whitetail Lake
  • Top 8 trails in Canal Flats
  • Mountain Climbing – Mount Sabine, or “Old Baldy” to the locals, is located just northeast of the village
  • ATV – Kootenay Rockies ATV Club, incl. long trail rides like Canal Flats-Crowsnest return at 470 km –
  • Birdwatching – wetlands at the south end of Columbia Lake is home to a large variety of bird species
  • Canal Flats Arena – (Oct. to April) – Home to minor hockey / figure skating associations/tournaments. Offers public skating, youth and adult shinny

Columbia Valley


  • Golf 15 courses in the region including 4 of the Top 60 public courses in Canada: Greywolf – #5, Copper Point (Point) – #30, Eagle Ranch – #35, Wildstone – #39. Top Golf Courses in BC, 2022 – Greywolf (Panorama) – #5, Eagle Ranch (Invermere) – #19, Copper Point (Point) – #24, Wildstone (Cranbrook) – #26, Radium (Springs)Springs – #27, Shadow Mountain (Cranbrook) – #33, Trickle Creek (Kimberley) – #42, Bootleg Gap (Kimberley) – #45
  • Hike, bike, Nordic ski, snowshoe on endless trails
  • Lake-based recreation on Lake Windermere
  • Camp/hike Kootenay National Park • Source of the Columbia pathway (Canal Flats)
  • Fish – Kootenay River, Columbia Lake, White Swan Lake, Findlay Creek, Whitetail Lake
  • River Raft – Kootenay River Runners
  • Snowmobile
  • Lake Windermere Whiteway: a winter, 35 km groomed track that is a paradise for skaters and skiers and creates a recreation area used by anglers, curling bonspiels, hockey tournaments and more
  • Blue Lake Forestry Education Camp – well known for the high quality experiential education for students, summer campers, and special groups
  • Ski/mountain bike Panorama –
  • Community Events of all kinds