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A GATEWAY FOR GETAWAYS The Village of Radium Hot Springs is the perfect launching pad for active families and adrenaline-seeking adventurers to explore a variety of awesome backcountry spots in all seasons. Lazy summer days can be spent fl oating down the Columbia River or enjoying local mountain biking, while winter adventures include motorized or self-propelled adventures in a world-class accessible Purcell Mountains wilderness. Summer The arid Columbia River valley makes for a spectacular setting to explore in the summer months. The valley's geographical position in the Rocky Mountain Trench, which divides the Rock- ies and the Purcell Mountain ranges, provides not one but two distinct backcountry playgrounds to explore. Backcountry camping and fi shing is abundant along the West- side Road, which runs north from Radium on the west side of the Columbia River. More than a dozen lakes o er two-wheel-drive accessible tent and RV camping at tranquil user-maintained rec- reation sites (free, but with minimal services available) on lakes, many of which o er great fi shing for rainbow and westslope cutthroat trout. Local favourites include Cartwright Lake, Twin Lakes, Dogleg Lake and Dunbar Lake. A top destination for cross-country trail runners and moun- tain bikers is the 50 kilometres of gnarly singletrack at Nipika Mountain Resort, found just 35 kilometres away from Radium. The resort co-manages the Cross River Canyon trail network, highlights of which include the spectacular Natural Bridge and Cross River Canyon falls. Perhaps the greatest unplucked gem of Radium tourism is the incredible hiking found on both sides of the valley. A top-rated local favourite is the six-hour Kindersley Pass-Sinclair Creek loop in Kootenay National Park, which ends just a couple kilome- tres beyond the village boundaries. The Diana Lake area, found in the Brisco Range of the Rockies east of Spur Valley and about 20 minutes north of Radium, o ers a very satisfying hike on a recently-improved trail leading to a gorgeous alpine meadow where the Diana Lake Lodge can be found. A short scramble brings hikers to the summit of The Judge, a 2,730-metre peak o ering great views towards Mt. Assiniboine and endless peaks in the national park. To the west, amazing scenery can be found at Lake of the Hanging Glacier, a four-hour (one-way) hike that brings one to a lovely alpine lake in a basin below the (literally hanging) Jumbo Glacier, where mini-icebergs can be found fl oating in the frigid waters until mid-summer. The 700-metre vertical gain of the hike makes it moderately challenging, but the rewards are worth it: admiring the glacier from across the lake is spectacular, but even better views can be had by scrambling on the benches to the west of the lake, leading towards the Glacier Dome area. LAKE OF THE HANGING GLACIER - EMILY RAWBON CONRAD KAIN HUT IN BUGABOO PROVINCIAL PARK - NICOLE TRIGG 22 • R a d i u m H o t S p r i n g s Vi s i t o r G u i d e 2 0 1 7

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