Top 10 Things to do Between Tee Times in the Columbia Valley

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Summertime and the playing is breezy! The sunny weather in the towns of Invermere, Fairmont Hot Springs and Radium Hot Springs make for full days of activities! Many golfers along the Columbia Valley Golf Trail book tee times throughout the day to experience the greatest variety of courses.

So, what is there to do in the hours between playing a round? There’s no shortage of activities in the Columbia Valley! The towns of Invermere, Radium Hot Springs, and Fairmont Hot Springs are bustling with activities and events. Here’s our top 10 things to do in between experiencing the immaculate golf courses through the Columbia Valley.

1. Dining

Stop in at one of the fantastic restaurants for a tasty lunch. From classic pub fare, to steak & lobster, or grab & go poutine, there’s something for everyone along the Columbia Valley Golf Trail. Take a look at the best restaurants through Radium Hot Springs to Fairmont Hot Springs.

2. Guided Experiences & Adventures 

Bucket list experiences await in the Columbia Valley. See the Valley from above on a tour with Glacier Helicopters in Invermere, head out on a guided hike to the mountains with Playwest Mountain Experience, paddle the wetlands on an interpretive tour with Columbia River Paddle, or explore the many other guided adventures through the Columbia Valley.

3. Take the Scenic Route

There are many gorgeous drives in the area! Take the scenic route to your next tee time. Explore breathtaking drives to see the mountains, rivers, canyons, and unforgettable views! Highlighted drives include exploring the gateway to Kootenay National Park near Radium Hot Springs or taking in Highway 95 travelling from Golden with views of the Columbia River Wetlands.

4. Explore the Columbia River

The Columbia River and wetlands is a must-see in the area! Choose to experience the Columbia River Wetlands through paddling, hiking atop them, or biking along the Old Coach Trail.

5. Parks and Beaches

Explore the nearby Kootenay National Park and hike the beautiful trails, day-use areas, camping spots, and viewpoints. Or, set up a chair at Kinsmen Beach in Invermere and relax on the shoreline.

Paddling at Kinsmen Beach. Photo: Kootenay Rockies Tourism / Mitch Winton

6. Unwind at the Spa

After golfing, unwind at the spa! Choose from full-service spas in Fairmont Hot Springs, Invermere, Panorama, or Radium Hot Springs for a massage, treatment, or full day of pampering.

7. Visit a Hot Springs pool

Golf swings and hot springs, what could be better? Soak in the Fairmont Hot Springs or Radium Hot Springs pools for a relaxing soak in naturally-heated mineral water.

Fairmont Hot Springs Resort hot pools. Photo: Kootenay Rockies Tourism / Kari Medig

8. Downtown Shopping

Explore the shops along the Main Streets! Explore local art, galleries, specialty boutiques, and more along the streets in Invermere, Fairmont Hot Springs, and Radium Hot Springs.

9. Valleywide Events

Stop in at an event in the Columbia Valley! There’s so much going on through golf season. Check out the Columbia Valley Market Trail for weekly farmers markets, or stop in at an annual favourites event such as the Columbia Valley Classics Car Show & Shine in September.

10. Hike a Mountain Trail

The hiking trails in the Columbia Valley are an unforgettable way to experience the mountains. Whether you are looking for a gorgeous waterfall or a shady forested path, the trails await.


Between tee times, explore all that there is to see and do in the Columbia Valley! The communities offer so much for visitors to see. The only hard part? Choosing what to do first!

Stay a little longer and look at all of the activities in the area, and rest your head at one of the welcoming resorts, hotels, and motels in the area.

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