Break Free.


Unshackle the chains, the habits, the predictable and uninspired holding you back. Take a gander, stay longer….stay forever in a place of respite, refresh and rejuvenation, where re-birth of spirit, hopes, dreams and life lies on the end of a paintbrush, in the flat out of backcountry adventure, or via Internet connection to the online business you have imagined…too long. The everyday getaway. Freedom of spirit amidst nature’s cathedral. A place that is deeply affordable…and enabler of everything you imagined your life to be…but maybe haven’t reached…yet. Challenging times have us question our “why”…. reconsider our path, make life-changing decisions. The mountains…the birthplace of the mighty Columbia…the mystical Kootenay…the deeper connectedness of people and place are…right here…calling to you. Make a change…for life.

Pioneer Your Future…Where New Beginnings Are The Soul Of Us.

Nature is humbling here, in this spot beside the path, where a river begins a 2000 km journey to the Pacific Ocean. The mighty Columbia River starts here…in Canal Flats. Close your eyes. Imagine a new future for you in a place that feels so….free.
Warm seasons. Eat what you grow. Three hours from the big city. Get in on the ground floor of a community on the rise.
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No Place Like Home

Settle in. Imagine it – going up! Canal Flats has deep housing affordability and award-winning planning policy that enables dream-making. Retire 10 years earlier. Buy a home at 25 instead of 25. Enable your entrepreneurial vision. Leave $ in your pocketbook to do what you love. Build three units on a property and have your property become an investment return…work-live, secondary suites, laneway housing, smaller minimum home size. Airbnb is OK here. Run your home-based business with few limitations. In a BC starving for affordability, we deliver.
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Go Flat Out

Live large in Canal Flats, where adrenalized active outdoor adventure is a backyard away. Get busy LIVING.
Here’s some local temptations: Boat on Columbia Lake. River raft or fly fish on the Kootenay River. Picnic in Tilley Park. Rock climb Mount Sabine. ATV. Camp/RV at Black Sheep Camp on Kootenay River. Camp/kayak/canoe/hike at Whiteswan or Whitetail Lakes. Bird or wildlife-watch. Visit Findlay Falls.
Here’s some Columbia Valley temptations: Soak in hot springs (Radium, Fairmont, Lussier). Golf 15 courses in the region including 4 of the Top 60 public courses in Canada. Hike/bike Columbia Valley and Kootenay National Park. Ski Panorama..
See Our Columbia Valley Amenity MapFor More Information About Recreation Amenities

Our Vision


Attract families. Attract creators and entrepreneurs. Create jobs. Enhance quality of place. Build a unique community identity. Enhance property owner satisfaction. Support long-term property value (investor peace of mind, nest egg for residents). These are core elements of a new future for Canal Flats.
The NEW Canal Flats will be a housing innovator, rebuild its core as a work-live community, and feature new, mixed use commercial/residential development. The result will be the kind of cool, affordable, authentic mountain community that is atmospheric, that residents have pride in, and that newcomers are attracted to.
Canal Flats Vision Statement
We are the affordable, family-friendly village building a new future in diverse housing options, quality of place initiatives, tourism and light industry development, and redevelopment of a unique work-live downtown. We will be a key employment centre in a Columbia Valley that reconnects people to nature …. and each other. 


Canal Flats – Make It Your Business

Build your business future (business future linked – in Canal Flats, with home-based business free from burdensome regulation, opportunities for more affordable work-live development, and industrial development opportunities at Columbia Lake Technology Center – the last remaining big block employment lands in the Columbia Valley at roughly 400 acres (linked –
Our investment value proposition: water availability, land availability, gigabit fibre availability, green energy (hydro), low business costs, and affordable living.
Resident-identified lifestyle factors: local lake access, backcountry access, mountain views, reliable basic services, pristine local environment.
Cost matters: We know business models are lean. We keep our costs down to enable your prosperous pathway. Canal Flats has 35% (mixed-use building) to 50% (e.g. vertical greenhouse, food manufacture, micro-brewery, machine/fabrication shop) LOWER 5-year municipal business costs1 than the East Kootenay community average.
Our promise to you: We ask “HOW.” “No” is not our operating style.

1 Municipal taxes, utilities, development fees, direct cost charges, revitalization tax incentive (where applicable).


Keep Money in Your Pocket – Revitalization Tax Incentive


In 2021, Canal Flats became the first community in BC to draw a circle around itself and incentivize investment in commercial and industrial development, including the commercial portion of mixed-use buildings. The Revitalization Tax Incentive applies to construction or renovation, and the municipal portion of taxation (not incl. school and other taxes).
For e.g. for every $1M of commercial construction, the result is $7758 tax exemption each of years 1, 2 and 3, $6206 in year 4, $4655 in year 5, and $3103 in year 6 FOR A TOTAL OF $31,000 OVER 6 YEARS.

Find Yourself Here


Located at the headwaters of the Columbia River, Canal Flats is the southern gateway into the Columbia Valley in British Columbia – called the Valley of a Thousand Peaks – that lies between the Rocky Mountains to the east and the Purcell Mountains to the west. The community has ease of access to a large market (Calgary – 320 km NW), an international airport (Cranbrook – 80 km S), and a full array of local services (Invermere – 50 km N) and recreation amenities.

Aim For The Stars


“I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.” – Vincent Van Gogh
With a minimum of street lighting and pollution-free skies, a starry night in Canal Flats is a sight to behold…humbling…for how small one can feel amidst the infinite. Step in the shoes of Van Gogh. Dream a little…or a lot…in Canal Flats.

Painted Ridge – Premier Lakefront Living


BUILD at one of the last lakefront home opportunities in Columbia Valley.

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Build or Buy Links

Here’s some connections to get you started on your residential journey….

Real Estate

Painted Ridge Development (residential lakeside lots) – Canal Flats
Century 21 Rockies Realty
Coldwell Banker Windermere Valley Realty
Royal LePage Rockies West Realty Ltd
-Residential real estate listings

Canal Flats Home-Builders

One of One Building Collective – Canal Flats – Home-Builders
-Roy Bailey Construction, 250-349-5220 or 250-417-1944
-Escuadra Contracting Ltd 250-349-8236 or 250-421-7424 (cell)

Canal Flats – Contractors

-Columbia Roofing, Earth Stone Masonry – 250-349-5564 or 250-341-5426, Roy’s Custom Trim & Molding, 250-349-5619, Thunderhill Sand & Gravel 250-342-1317

Columbia Valley – Home-Builders

HTH Contracting, Reinhart Construction, Alpine View Construction, Quiniscoe Homes, Ironwood Builders, Canadian Mountain Homes, STW Builders

Columbia Valley – Construction Trades
Columbia Valley Contractors Facebook Page

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