#1- Fairmont Creek Waterfall Hike
From your doorstep at Marble Canyon and Residences at Fairmont Ridge, this trail is an easy 1.0 km walk/hike that is perfect for small children, walking your dog, or just stretching your legs. Walk along and up to the Waterfall below the Fairmont Hot Springs pools. Bring your bathing suit for a dip on a hot day. View hiking trails around Fairmont map.
#2 - Spirit Trail
Only a 5 minute drive south of Fairmont’s Main Street, the Spirit Trail continues from Columbia River Road down the east side of Columbia Lake to Canal Flats. This moderate trail is suitable for all abilities – continue on the double track trail or deviate on one of the single tracks trails through the Ponderosa Pine, Douglas fir and Golden Western Larch. Great beach spots to enjoy a picnic along the shores of the pristine Columbia Lake. Once used by the Ktunaxa people for hunting and trading goods up and down the valley this near wild trail is perfect for a short stroll or day hike.
#3 - The Hoodoos
Located on the south side of Fairmont, the Hoodoos Trail is an easy hike for all the family. Approximately 3km with moderate elevation gain, this hike offers spectacular views of Columbia Lake, local farmland and the Valley. You'll climb to viewpoints atop the impressive Hoodoo rock formations. The trailhead is easy to find – located 2 km up Westside Road from Highway 93/95. Starting off with a moderate uphill climb along double track as the trail soon becomes single track through sweet-smelling Sagebrush. Stay left at all junctions until you reach the Hoodoos – make sure to keep children and dogs close by as the cliffs are steep.
#4 - Swansea Mountain
15 minutes from Fairmont Hot Springs Swansea Mountain is a well-marked hiking and downhill biking trail. From the bottom of the mountain a 4.5km loop trail provides fantastic viewpoints. This steep trail can be quite challenging for some. A 15 minute hike from the top parking lot is suitable for all ages, although 4 wheel drive is recommended for the drive up to the parking lot as the road can be rough. View Swansea hiking/biking map.
#5 - Poet's Trail
This wide switchback trail connects the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort with the townsite. Enjoy the various poems that are posted on the trees en route.
#6 - Markin-MacPhail Westside Legacy Trail
The Westside Legacy Trail is a beautifully maintained, paved trail leading from Fairmont Hot Springs to Invermere. The trail is 25 kms in total, and makes a great half-day adventure to go out-and-back, or pack a lunch and make a day of it! Taking its name from the Westside Road, the trail runs parallel to the road, offering beautiful mountain and forest views. Find detailed information on difficulty level of each leg of the trail here.
#7 - Wilmer Wetlands Walk
The Wilmer Wetlands are a spectacular place to take in the beauty of the Columbia River Wetlands. An easy hike just outside of the town of Invermere, the Wilmer Wetlands hike is a great option for any time of year. Also a great place to birdwatch and scout out wildflowers. Find directions and more information on the BC Bird Trail website.
#8 - Findlay Falls
Findlay Falls is a beautiful and quick outing just south of Fairmont Hot Springs properties. This trail is a great opportunity to soak in the beautiful views of the canyon and green waters of the Findlay Creek. Find access information and directions here.
#9 - Source of the Columbia Trail
Take a walk where it all begins! The headwaters of the Columbia River in Canal Flats, BC is a beautiful short hike perfect for families. This trail winds beside and overtop (via bridges) the Columbia River, lending itself for lovely nature watching spots (watch for painted turtles!). More trail information is available here.
#10 - Sinclair Falls & Juniper Trail
The Juniper Trail is located just inside the Kootenay National Park in Radium Hot Springs, BC. A 20-minute downhill jaunt from the parking area will lead to the stunning Sinclair Falls in a shaded, treed trail. Hikers can extend the trail and continue atop the Sinclair Canyon for birds-eye views of the Village of Radium. Trail information is available here.
#11 - Junior Johnson Trail
Junior Johnson is a delightful hiking loop near Panorama. On the shores of Lake Lillian, the Junior Johnson Trail is a 3 k.m. loop with minimal elevation gain, but beautiful views. Keep in mind that this trail multi-sport and is shared with mountain bikers as well. Find directions to the trail here.