Columbia Valley

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Located in British Columbia, Canada’s warmest and most westerly province, the Columbia Valley falls between the Purcell and Rocky Mountain ranges close to the British Columbia/Alberta border.

Less than three hours from Calgary, Alberta, Canada and less than one and a half hours from Banff National Park, the Grizzly Ridge properties are a comfortable drive from a city of 1.2 million people and an international airport with regular flights to and from destinations world-wide.

Climate

Located in British Columbia, Canada’s warmest and most westerly province, the Columbia Valley has average summer temperatures that range from 25-30 degrees Celsius (around 80 degrees Fahrenheit). Average winter temperatures are a temperate 0 to –5 (32 degrees Fahrenheit) with sunny days abundant throughout the year.

First Nations of the Columbia Valley

The Ktunaxa/Kinbasket Tribal Council incorporates approximately 3,500 hectares (ha.) between Fairmont Hot Springs and Windermere: The lands are owned by five First Nations:  the Akisqnuk First Nation, Tobacco Plains, Lower Kootenay, St. Mary's and the Kinbasket Shuswap People.

The Ktunaxa People have a history with the region that dates back roughly 10,000 years. Salmon, which swim to the region from the Pacific Ocean to spawn, were the main draw for indigenous peoples for likely thousands of years before the "white man" arrived.

Early Europeans

The first European known to set foot in this area was the now legendary North West Company explorer, fur trapper and cartographer David Thompson, who established Kootenae House along Lake Windermere in 1807. “As was their custom, the native people shared the wealth of their lands. Explorers such as David Thompson were saved from starvation more than once by receiving donations of fish and vegetable foods. The early contacts were thus characterized by friendship and mutual respect", writes Denise Lemaster in her Columbia Valley Guide.