Things To Do

Aerial Shot of Timbers Resort and Columbia Lake

Golf


Timbers Resort has the advantage of being at the epicentre of some of Canada's finest golfing. There are over twenty unique courses within two hours of The Timbers. Right Next Door Bordering our property is the hugely popular Coy's Par 3. It provides a short but challenging course surrounded by the beauty of towering pines and overflowing flowerbeds, walking bridges and water fountains. After a round, stop by the restaurant for a delicious meal! Fairmont - Five Minute Drive ​Heading into Fairmont gives you access the Par 3 Creekside Golf Course. You can also choose from the legendary 18-hole courses: Riverside Golf Course and Mountainside Golf Course. Windermere - Twenty Minute Drive Windermere Valley Golf Course is an 18-hole course and offers good value for your round. Invermere - Twenty Five Minute Drive Eagle Ranch combines stunning views with the challenge of their famous gorges. Radium Hot Springs - Thirty Minute Drive In Radium Hot Springs, you will find The Springs Course situated along the cliffs and ravines of the Columbia Valley. The beauty of this course is matched by the fun of "playing through" the many herds of mountain sheep that roam the fairways. You could catch another round at The Radium Course with equally stunning views. Panorama - Forty Minute Drive Grey Wolf Golf Course is accessed by a scenic drive along Toby Creek up the mountain from Invermere. Kimberley - One Hour Drive The Bavarian Capital of the Rockies boasts three world class courses: Trickle Creek Golf Course, Bootleg Gap, and Purcell Golf Course. Cranbrook - One Hour and Ten Minute Drive At St. Eugene Mission, enjoy a beautifully set out course with a backdrop of mountain views mixed with glimpses of the renovated Mission. You can also choose from Cranbrook Golf Club, Wildstone Golf Course, Shadow Mountain Golf, and Mission Hills Golf Course.​




Hot Springs


If you've come for the relaxing and rejuvenating hot springs experience, there are many to choose from in the area. The Fairmont Hot Springs are the largest mineral pools in Canada and only 8 minutes drive from The Timbers. 35 minutes to the north will bring you to Radium Hot Springs nestled into the red walls of Sinclair Canyon. The four picturesque natural pools of Lussier Hot Springs are located 30 minutes south of The Timbers, just inside the Whiteswan Lake Provincial Park down a short walking trail. For the avid adventurer, Ram Creek Hot Springs is only accessible via 4x4 and subsantial hike. These are natural hot springs located in an ecological reserve.




Boating and Fishing


Nearly 7000 acres of water makes Columbia Lake ideal for a variety of boating activities including plentiful fishing. At the south end of Columbia lake, about 15 minutes drive from the Timbers is Tilly Memorial Park. This is the only public boat launch on Columbia Lake. In addition to the boat launch and trailer parking, the park has shaded picnic tables, and a pebbled beach with an enclosed swimming area.




Wintersports


Winter in the Columbia Valley is supreme with an abundance of activities to choose from. Down Hill Skiing Fairmont Hot Springs has the luxury of having it's own ski hill! The uncrowded slopes offer terrain for all of the family. They have a magic carpet for the wee ones and a tubing park for non-skiing family members. It is the perfect spot for family fun. You can soak in the Hot Springs on the way down from your day of skiing as well! Panorama Ski Area is about a 35-40 minute drive from The Timbers. Heli-skiing is also offered from the base. Kimberly Ski Resort can be found one hour south of The Timbers. The town’s Bavarian theme is carried throughout the ski resort. The skiing is exceptional at Kimberly! Kicking Horse Ski Resort at Golden will give all the others in the area a run for their money. It is located about 2 hours to the north of the Timbers Resort. There is an exceptional dining experience to be had from the top of the mountain as well! Fernie Ski Resort is about a 2-hour drive south but is well worth it for a days outing. The traditionally heavy snowfalls make the trip worthwhile. Also in the neighborhood of a 2-hour drive or less are Lake Louise, Sunshine Village and Norquay Ski Resorts in Banff National Park. Cross Country Skiing There are many trails in the area offering wonderful winter views of the lakes, mountains and scenery. Invermere has an active nordic club that enhances the trails in the valley. More popular spots for groomed trails are Nipika, Kimberley, Panorama, and the famous White-Way on Windermere Lake at Invermere.




Shopping


Fairmont has several locally owned shops that are fun to explore. The strip mall has an excellent grocery store that contains a fine deli and bakery as well as a liquor outlet and post office. Other amenities in the mall include a cafe, pizza and ice cream parlour, gift shop, realty office and more. Invermere's bustling main street has many welcoming shops. An eclectic collection of businesses including gift shops, sports and outdoor equipment, toys and games, and much more. The main street also includes many great restaraunts. Invermere is a 20-minute drive from the Timbers. Kimberly offers a unique shopping experience as it is the Bavarian capital of Canada! The bavarian themed downtown "Platzel" is a collection of pedestrian-only brick streets and water fountains, bordered by unique local shops, boutiques and restaurants. Kimberly is 1-hour south of Timbers Resort.




Dining


Coy’s Restaurant

4486 Columere Rd

(250) 345-6504

Great homestyle cooking at great prices

Fairmont Pizza & Ice Cream Parlour

4992 Fairmont Frontage Rd

(250) 345-6233

Pizza and Ice Cream! What more can we say?

Valley Coffee Co.

4992 Fairmont Frontage Rd

(778) 525-5044

Tasty coffee and amazing cinnamon buns!

From Scratch – A Mountain Kitchen

5019 Fairmont Resort Rd #8,

(250) 345-0008

Casual fine dining as well as chef-prepared meals to go

Farside Inn Pub and Eatery

4976 Fairmont Frontage Rd

(250) 345-6106

Laid back pub with famous hot wings

Bear’s Paw Bar and Grill

5097 Riverview Dr

(250) 345-6016

Family friendly restaurant with great pub fare and drinks




Hiking


Scenic marked walking trails are immediately at hand and a short drive provides many additional picturesque trail options with varying difficulty.

The 5 km Hoodoo Trail is a 5 minute drive from the Timbers and brings you to stunning views atop the areas Hoodoo formations.

Across the lake is the 16 km Spirit Trail running through Columbia Lake Provincial Park from Fairmont Hot Springs to Canal Flats.




Biking


Riders of all disciplines and abilities will appreciate the wide variety of terrain in the Columbia Valley. The head of the Markin-MacPhail Westside Legacy Trail is only 5 Km north of the Timbers and runs for 24 kilometers from Fairmont Hot Springs to Invermere along the west side of lake Windermere. A 20 Minute drive north from the Timbers will bring you to the lower parking area of Swansea Mountain. Swansea has some amazing mountain bike trails ranging from medium dificulty to black diamond. A bit further down the road are Lillian Lake, and Panorama with some world renowned trails. Check out Trailforks or the Columbia Valley Cycling Society for more details and current riding conditions




Lakeside Activities


Just 20 meters from Timbers Resort is the head of the 300m crown land trail. A short 5 minute walk along a natural hoodoo formation brings you to the undeveloped shore of Columbia Lake. This shallow access is great for swimming, paddle boarding, kayaking and more.