Columbia River Wetlands

Columbia Wetlands

Explore the iconic Columbia Wetlands in Radium Hot Springs.

Experience the Wetlands

Radium Hot Springs is home to the world-famous Columbia Wetlands, a 150-kilometer stretch from Canal Flats to Golden. The Village of Radium is the perfect spot to explore and the beautiful habitat home to birds, bears, fish, insects, and other wildlife!

The Columbia River is a BC Heritage River that begins in Canal Flats and travels 800 kilometers to the Pacific Ocean.

There are plenty of ways to experience the Columbia Wetlands in Radium.

Paddling

Immerse yourself in the Columbia Wetlands by grabbing your paddle! Kayak, canoe, or paddleboard – the choice is yours!

The most popular paddle trip is Invermere to Radium Hot Springs. The trip leads you down the gentle current of the Columbia River, flowing north to Radium. It is an excellent opportunity for birdwatching, sightseeing, and relaxing. Plan to spend 3-5 hours on the water for this trip, depending on the current, and pack food, water, sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses along with your life jacket.


Learn more about the trip, check out local tour operators for a guided experience or gear rental.

Explore the Trails

One of the best ways to see the Columbia Wetlands is on the trail! A local favourite is the Old Coach Trail, winding for 9 kilometers above the wetlands. The Old Coach Trail is the quickest way to get a bird’s eye view of the Columbia Wetlands!

It is also a fantastic place to explore on two wheels! Grab your bike and head out on the doubletrack trail for some great views of the wetlands.

Learn more about hiking and biking trails in the Village of Radium.

Scenic Drives

Valley View Lookout

The drive alongside the Columbia Wetlands is one of the most spectacular in the world! Head north to the town of Golden and take in the views while following the Columbia Wetlands. Highway 95 is the perfect place to spot wildlife like deer, elk, bald eagles, bears, and moose. Drive with extra caution at dawn and dusk as that is when wildlife is generally most active!

Pull off at viewpoints and rest areas along the way in Brisco, Spillimacheen, and Harrogate. Pack a picnic lunch or pick up a bagged lunch along the drive and stretch your legs at a short hike such as Lower Bugaboo Falls.

Springs Golf Course overlooking the Columbia River Wetlands

Responsible Use

The Columbia River Wetlands are home to may sensitive species of birds, fish, and animals. It is important to follow the principles of leave no trace when visiting the wetlands, including:
– Pack out any garbage that you pack in
– Give all wildlife including fish, birds, bighorn sheep, and bears, plenty of space. A good rule of thumb is 30 meters away.
– Refrain from playing loud music in the wetland areas as to not disturb the wildlife.

Have a look at the Columbia Wetlands Stewardship Partners for more information.