Activities and Things To Do
At Lido Motel, we are central to many great activities for the adventurous, or for those looking for a little relaxation.
Radium is the perfect base for hiking in the Columbia Valley. We have trails right here in-town, and just minutes away from the village is the west gate of Kootenay National Park, which offers excellent trails for all levels. North of Radium you can access Bugaboo Provincial Park and the Diana Lake Lodge hike. Accessing Westside Road from Radium will get you to classic hikes like Lake of the Hanging Glacier, and closer to Invermere Mount Swansea and Pedley Pass offer stunning lookouts. Further south, the popular Hoodoo makes for a pleasant easy outing.
Mountain bikers of every discipline and ability will find something to ride in the valley. Close to Radium, you have the option of mountain biking trails in Kootenay National Park and along the Old Coach Trail, accessed directly from Radium Village. The Columbia Valley Cycling Society manages two networks of trails closer to Invermere at Lake Lillian and Mount Swansea.
When you stay in Radium in the winter months, you are a short drive away from two well-loved ski resorts: the family friendly Fairmont Hot Springs Ski Area and the world class Panorama Mountain Resort (voted North American Resort of the Year in 2016). Those wanting to heliski also have two options: RK Heliski, which operates out of Panorama, and CMH’s Bugaboo Lodge, considered the birthplace of CMH heliskiing.
Cross County skiing/Snowshoeing
Those wanting a more mellow experience during the winter months also have a number of world class options. Nipika Mountain Resort, accessed via Kootenay National park, boats a huge network of cross country skiing and snowshoeing trails; the Toby Creek Nordic Ski Club maintains groomed cross country ski trails and an ice skating trail on Lake Windermere (known as The Whiteway) and at Lake Lillian; and more trails can be found at the Panorama Nordic Centre.
For those wanting a thrilling aerial experience, the Columbia Valley has two ziplining options. Just minutes away from the Lido Hotel south on Highway 93/95 is Valley Zipline Adventures with a 7-line course and views of the Columbia Wetlands. Further south check out Mineral Mountain Ziplines at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort.
One of the best ways to experience the Columbia Valley’s landscape is by horseback. From scenic one-hour trail rides to multi-day trips, the valley’s riding stables and guide outfitters have different options for different levels and ages.
With its abundance of lakes, the Columbia Valley is an amazing destination for fishing. A range of species can be caught year-round, with ice fishing being a popular past time during the winter. Rental boats, rods, ice fishing huts and more are available for rent and multi-day guided expeditions are also offered.
Just as there’s not shortage of lakes for fishing, the same applies for those wanting to dive in. For public beaches on Lake Windermere, check out Kinsmen Beach and James Chabot Provincial Park beach in Invermere, and Windermere Beach on the east side of the lake. Lake Lillian has a pleasant picnic area complete with a dock. There are a lot of smaller lakes in the backcountry. For those wanting a more athletic experience, check out Radium Hot Springs cool pool, which has lane swimming at scheduled times.
Kayaking, canoeing and SUPping down the Columbia River from Invermere to Radium through the Columbia Wetlands is one of the more popular water-based past times in the spring, summer and fall months. Those feeling more adventurous have the option of continuing north on the river to Brisco and beyond. The valley’s two largest lakes, Lake Windermere (20 minutes from Radium), and Columbia Lake (40 minutes drive from Radium) are perfect for paddling excursions. Either bring your own or rent when you get here.
Considered a golfing mecca, the Columbia Valley is home to more than a dozen golf courses, two of which are located right here in Radium Hot Springs. Additional courses north of Radium include Edgewater Par 3 and Spur Valley Golf Resort. You’ll also find Greywolf at Panorama and Coy’s Par 3 south of Fairmont. For a fun taste of golf combined with delicious gelato, check out the mini golf at Gerry Gelati in Radium Village.
ATV & Snowmobiling
With endless backcountry, the Columbia Valley offers a huge playground to those wanting to explore by ATV or snowmobile. Bring your own toy or go to Toby Creek Adventures near Panorama Mountain Village who offer ATV tours to suit all ages. With access to hundreds of kilometers of trails, these ATV adventures are perfect for beginners to experienced riders, even groups. Rentals or guided tours to different destinations throughout the valley are available.
The Columbia Valley is home to Canada’s longest running light aviation (paragliding and hanggliding) meet. The Annual Lakeside Event attracts flyers from around North America and beyond, and the departure point for the event is Mount Swansea, one of several flying sites that offer the vantage point of the Rocky Mountain Trench, which the valley is known for. Other sites include Panorama Mountain Resort, and Whitetail Mountain south of Fairmont.
World class rafting starts right here in Radium as it’s home to Kootenay River Runners, which offers full day and half day trips to three different rivers. Trips are of varying difficulty so make sure you contact them ahead of time to determine the best trip for you and your family.
Spa & Wellness
If you’re coming to the Columbia Valley to relax, why not treat yourself and make an appointment at a local spa. There are several to choose from in the Radium area alone, all offering a range of treatments that are guaranteed to leave you feeling pampered, refreshed and rejuvenated.