The cooler season is here, and for those that love a quieter vacation, it’s time to take advantage. Radium Hot Springs, BC is famous for its fantastic location on the edge of the Canadian Rockies, bordering Kootenay National Park and overlooking the accessible playground of the Purcell mountain range to the East.
What are some of the highlights of November that work wonderfully with cooler weather and smaller crowds? We’ve put together a short list of 8 things to do in Radium this fall for those looking to take advantage of all that’s good in the month of November.
Hike the Trails at Nipika Mountain Resort
The reward is real, spending a few hours exploring well-marked trails among beautiful surroundings is a perfect way to spend a half or full day in the cool crisp mountain air of November.
Spanning 1,500 acres, you’ll find over 50 Km of trails ranging from beginner to expert. Grab a trail map, chat up one of the Lodge’s Adventure Hosts for recommendations and you’re good to go.
Nipika Mountain Resort also has a fleet of mountain bike rentals (or BYOBike).
A donation box is located at he Day Lodge. All fees go to trail maintenance and expansion.
Learn more about Nipika Mountain Resort
Take #instaworthy photos of Olive Lake
That emerald water is only a casual stroll away. Head into Kootenay National Park (only 13 Km north of Radium Hot Springs) for a short and beautiful 0.7 Km walk to multiple photo-worthy viewpoints of the adorable Olive Lake.
Fully wheelchair and stroller accessible, this hike is perfect for a low-key day and a great combination with a scenic drive through Kootenay National Park.
Learn more about Olive Lake
Photo by Rick Leger
See the Bighorn Sheep in Fall Rut
This is some serious action. During November and December, you can catch bighorn rams at their best! Weighing over 300 pounds, the muscular males are busy fighting for their right to mate. In this incredible display, rams face each other, rear up on their hind legs and charge forward, ending in a booming crack when the two male’s horns make connection.
Bighorn sheep frequent the town of Radium Hot Springs, so just take a walk or drive a round and you’re bound to find the action daily.
Visit the Visitor Centre
An indoor adventure for history buffs and ecology lovers. A fully interactive experience with an interpretive centre that tells incredible facts and stories about the area’s local wildlife and human history, has a delightful gift shop and all the local info you’re looking for.
Drop in for all your adventure needs: info on hiking, biking, wildlife viewing, events, environmental updates and explore the interpretive displays.
Learn more about the Radium Hot Springs Visitor Centre
Photo via Instagram @brittenay.roselayne
Hike the Sinclair Canyon Trails
If you’re in love with Sinclair Canyon like the rest of us, these trails are a must. Accessed near the Village of Radium Hot Springs are several trail options that include incredible views of Sinclair Canyon and the entire Columbia Valley.
For all your local trail info, be sure to drop into Radium Hot Springs’ Visitor Centre (as mentioned above).
Learn more about these Trails
Eat at the Horsethief Creek Pub
The locals welcome you! If you enjoy the local scene, then step into the Horsethief Creek Pub. Visit any day of the week for a different culinary adventure of daily specials, weekly events and Live Music every Monday.
Learn more about the Horsethief Pub and Eatery
Take in the Kootenay Valley Viewpoint
Make the plan to finally enjoy this incredible spot. If it’s a clear day, grab lunch-to-go in town, then head out for a scenic drive through Kootenay National Park. On the way, enjoy lots of wildlife viewing opportunities, historic sites and then the ultimate reward – the jaw-dropping Kootenay Valley Viewpoint.
Learn more about the Kootenay Valley Viewpoint
Wildlife Drive in Kootenay National Park
In addition to the Kootenay Valley Viewpoint, take in all the wildness. November is a great time of year to see wildlife in Kootenay National Park. At this time of year, the snowy mountain tops often push wildlife to the valley bottoms, where they gather to find food, water and an easier path to walk. Dawn and dusk are the critter hot spots but be sure to watch closely for wildlife on the road. Moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, elk, wolves and other animals are all likely to be spotted.
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