Columbia Mountains, British Columbia, Canada

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Columbia Mountains, British Columbia, Canada

Columbia Mountains vacation rentals

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.