Destination guide

Columbia Mountains _ the roofs of BC

Ranging all the way to the 3,519-meter-tall top of glacier-carved Mount Sir Sandford, the Columbia Mountains cover one seriously colossal cut out of British Columbia. Dotted with ski resorts, they crawl with pistes, from Kicking Horse to Panorama up in the Kootenay Rockies. Rickety mining towns have turned to outdoorsy playgrounds, hiding in the fir-blanketed valleys. Hiking abounds, with the likes of the Glacier National Park and Mount Revelstoke flaunting their ice fields and grizzly-stepped trails. Columbia Mountains vacation rentals offer a ticket to the lot, from Kimberley in the south to the fringes of Jasper in the north.

Things to do

Skis and boots at the ready in the Columbia Mountains

Bag your Columbia Mountains vacation rentals close to the foot of ski resorts like the Kicking Horse Resort, the Red Mountain Resort, or Big White to be the first hitting the downhill runs on those winter powder days. Alternatively, hold off until the summer opens the trekking trails of the region's national parks. They go from the Glacier National Park to the Mount Revelstoke National Park, and offer encounters with grizzly bears in designated sanctuaries, intrepid hikes to glacier fields and breathtaking scenic drives over the BC ranges.


A new adventure every day in the Columbia Mountains

Scratch "vacation", this is a place for an expedition. A land of untrodden hiking routes, heliskiing centers, and ice-carved glaciers, it's a place to channel your inner Ray Mears. Summer means heart-thumping mountain biking, and donning the boots for walking over alpine meadows and craggy via ferrata trails. Winter means pistes galore, or backcountry Nordic touring through snow-plumed woodland. Natural hot springs and highland spas are there waiting for when you finish, as are hearty Bavarian-style beer halls and homey BC hotels.


Alpine runs or trails in the Columbia Mountains

The seasons in the Columbia Mountains will have a huge influence on what sort of vacation you have up here on the roofs of British Columbia. Winter trips tend to be for skiing, with thousands of powder hounds seeking out the Columbia Mountains vacation rentals with ski-in, ski-out access below the major resorts. Then comes the spring and summer, which ushers in the thaw and the opening of the hiking routes. You can come between May and September if walking adventures sound more like your sort of thing.

Natural features

High up in the Columbia Mountains

The Columbia Mountains cover one huge swath of British Columbia. They range from the soaring Cariboo Mountains and the ice fields of Braithwaite in the north, to the craggy Purcell Mountains, where alpine valleys host the cobalt-blue waters of Kootenay Lake. Some of Canada's bucket-list wildernesses lurk within. Check out the Bowron Lake Provincial Park for sinewy bluffs of stone that tumble into alpine waters. Go to the Glacier National Park for pine-studded slopes where grizzlies tread. Hit Mount Revelstoke for moose, endangered caribou and giant cedar trees.

Can I find a vacation rental around Columbia Mountains?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 3,986 vacation rentals near Columbia Mountains. From 382 Cabins to 382 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Columbia Mountains are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Columbia Mountains?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Columbia Mountains. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • United States: 544,638 vacation rentals
  • Banff: 575 vacation rentals
  • Washington: 9,715 vacation rentals
  • Kelowna: 1,169 vacation rentals
  • Canmore: 640 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Columbia Mountains! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Columbia Mountains?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Columbia Mountains:

  • Banff: 575 rentals
  • Kelowna: 1,169 rentals
  • Canmore: 640 rentals
  • Penticton: 388 rentals
  • Sandpoint: 396 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Columbia Mountains?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Columbia Mountains are:

  • Banff, AB (YBA): 633 vacation rentals
  • Salmon Arm, BC (YSN): 236 vacation rentals
  • Vernon, BC (YVE-Vernon Regional): 581 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Columbia Mountains?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Columbia Mountains. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Banff Lake Louise Tourism Bureau: 524 rentals
  • Revelstoke Mountain Resort: 135 rentals
  • Canmore Caverns: 635 rentals
  • Banff National Park Information Centre: 631 rentals
  • Penticton and Wine Country Visitor Center: 393 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Columbia Mountains listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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