The Toby Creek Nordic Ski Club is the community voice for nordic skiing in the Columbia Valley, and it maintains the Lake Windermere Whiteway. The Whiteway was developed in 2006 to connect the communities along Lake Windermere during the winter months and in 2014 the Whiteway was named the world’s longest skating trail by Guinness World Records at over 30km in length for multi-use ice-skating as well as groomed skate and classic cross-country ski trails.
The Columbia Valley Cycling Society is a non-profit volunteer group actively committed to non-motorized, multi-use, sustainable trail development on public and private lands. The CVCS was formed in 2006 and since then has developed and co-managed the popular Mt. Swansea trails as well as the Lake Lillian trails such as the Johnson and the Kloosifier, under the auspices of Recreation Sites and Trails BC.
Panorama Mountain Resort offers a myriad of trail options. Alpine skiing is the cornerstone with 3,000 acres on 4,000 vertical feet. There is also a nordic center offering 20 kilometers of groomed trails for classic and skate. In summer a downhill mountain bike park offer trails for all riding abilities and fat bike rentals are available. Hiking and sightseeing can be accessed from the chair lift or from the base of the mountain.
Nipika Mountain Resort, situated on the Kootenay River is one of Canada’s premiere eco resorts, specializing in year round self propelled outdoor recreation. Nipika operates the Cross River Canyon Recreation Site, a massive 100 kilometer trail system for cross country skiers, snowshoers, hikers, mountain bikers, and trail runners, in partnership with Recreation Sites and Trails, BC.
Crazy Soles is the Valley’s premier running, yoga and nordic retail store and host/sponsor many of the races in the valley including; Crazy Soles Nipika Trail Run; the Headbanger Trail Challenge; the Swansea Scramble; and the Nipika/Toby Creek Loppet weekend. Crazy Soles also organizes weekly trail runs and fat bike group rides.
The source of the fourth largest river system in North America starts within the Village of Canal Flats and winds through the wetlands. Just off the trail, wildflowers, insects, birds and wildlife can be seen. Large patches of cattails and water grasses also grow as they have for thousands of years. Make sure and spend some time on the foot bridge as many many waterfowl, eagles, hawks and song birds can be seen.
Windermere Valley Dirt Riders
The Windermere Valley Dirt Riders promote recreational and competitive opportunities for off-road motor sports, in a safe and respectful manner. Our members endeavour to be environmental stewards, by focusing on education and participating in trail and back country clean up.