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Welcome to the Columbia Valley!

Whether you’ve come for a weekend, a week, a month, a seasonal or have moved here permanently, we want you to feel welcome and become part of our Columbia Valley community.

Intro to Community Economic Development

Aside from “who are you?” and “what are you doing here?,” the most common question I get asked is “What is Community Economic Development?” “Community Economic Development (CED) is,” as defined by The Canadian CED Network, “action by people locally to create economic...

A Gift for Your Neighbour & Our Community

As we come to the commercial climax of the Christmas season, most of us can be easily brainwashed into running around stores to pick up gifts for our closest family and friends.  While we have the best intentions that these gifts will fulfill the needs of the...

Community Economic Development Tour is a Route to Success

On November 28th, a group of local professional planners and economic developers showed off what, for some, has been years in the making. The Columbia Valley Community Economic Development (CVCED) Tour was initiated and executed to facilitate collaboration and...

Regional Profile

The Columbia Valley stretches from the Headwaters of the Columbia River to Spillimacheen, including Area F & G, the villages of Canal Flats & Radium Hot Springs, the District of Invermere, and includes the shared territory of the Akisqnuk First Nation and Shuswap Indian Band.

Imagine Kootenay: https://imaginekootenay.com/community/columbia-valley-bc/
Trade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/kootenay/first-nations/akisq-nuk-first-nation/

Community Profiles

Akisqnuk First Nation
Population: 140

Akisqnuk First Nation
Population: 140
Community Description:
A thriving, modern, First Nation Community of approximately 300 members, the Akisqnuk First Nation covers over 8,000 acres of some of the most picturesque land in the Columbia Valley. In fact, almost the entire distance between Windermere and Fairmont Hot Springs crosses the Akisqnuk First Nation.
Community website: http://www.akisqnuk.org

Village of Canal Flats
Population: 668
Community Description:
Canal Flats strives to be the affordable, family-friendly village that re-connects people to nature, and each other. The Village is looking for ambitious community builders to pursue housing innovation, rebuild a unique work-live downtown, and create next generation business legends.
Community website: http://www.canalflats.ca

District of Invermere
Population: 3,391
Community Description:
Invermere-on-the-Lake is on the northern shore of Lake Windermere, offering a vibrant downtown and seasonal farmers market, a hospital, high school, community college, many professional services offices, the new Columbia Valley Centre and two public beach areas.
Community website: http://www.invermere.net/

Village of Radium Hot Springs
Population: 776
Community Description:
Radium’s vision is to be an authentic, environmentally-focused mountain resort community with a dynamic mix of full-time population, daytime enterprise, and recreational property owners, expanding atmospheric tourism services, and a long list of community and valley recreational pursuit that drives motivation to visit or move to the area.
Community website: http://radiumhotsprings.ca

Regional District of East Kootenay (Area F)
Population: 2,726
Community Description:
The small community of Windermere sits on the eastern shore of Lake Windermere, where the population swells in the summer. The world¹s largest outdoor mineral hot pool drew the first visitors to Fairmont Hot Springs more than 100 years ago, with 3 golf courses, downhill skiing and accommodation surrounding it. Panorama is a world-class four-season resort with skiing, snowboarding, cross-country, biking and hiking trails. Columbia Lake is wrapped by a mix of large ranches, small communities and a Ktunaxa Cultural Landscape.
Community website:  http://www.rdek.bc.ca

Regional District of East Kootenay (Area G)
Population: 1,462
Community Description:
The hamlets of Edgewater, Brisco & Spillimacheen lie north of Radium Hot Springs. The villages offers collectively offer general stores, gas stations, post offices, community halls and a Royal Canadian Legion. The Columbia River, Purcell Mountains and surrounding forests inspire a thriving wood product manufacturing, agriculture and arts community.
Community website: http://www.rdek.bc.ca

Shuswap Indian Band
Population: 319
Community Description:
The First Nations people have always been keepers of the land, using its bounty to sustain their way of life. Native culture hinges on the belief that the land responds positively to care and respect. Those who nurture the land will receive back from it ten-fold. The vision of Eagle Ranch was born out of this intrinsic cultural belief.
Community website: http://www.shuswapband.net