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Discover the Burgess Shale fossils Découvrez les fossiles des schistes de Burgess Plan your adventure today! Planifiez votre aventure dès maintenant! Contact Parks Canada at 1-877-737-3783 or visit reservation.pc.gc.ca to reserve your spot on a guided hike in Yoho or Kootenay national parks. Communiquez avec Parcs Canada au 1-877-737-3783 ou consultez le site reservation.pc.gc.ca pour réserver votre place à une randonnée guidée dans les parcs nationaux Yoho ou Kootenay. Bold explorers (equipped with a rope and glacier travel gear) can continue onto the glacier from here. The lake is also a popular place to deploy a pack raft and paddle out for a closer look at the gran- deur. Traditional climbers from around the world come to Bugaboo Provincial Park every summer to challenge themselves with traditional climbing on the alpine granite faces of the Bugaboo Range. The world class rock is found just over an hour away from Radium Hot Springs, and for those who prefer hiking to climbing, the area is also worth a visit (or 10) to marvel at the amazing rock faces jutting out of glaciers and snowfi elds. A steep hike complete with ladders brings dedicated hikers to the alpine Conrad Kain Hut, surrounded by glacier and granite spires. Winter Winter recreation adventure from Ra- dium Hot Springs begins where the snow accumulates on the slopes. The fastest growing segment of adventure is snow- mobiling, and the Forster Creek Meadows area is well established as a backcountry destination. With a parking area found just 30 kilometres west of Radium, snowmo- bile riders can access the meadows via a groomed trail for just $20 per day. Thanks to funding from the Windermere Valley Snowmobile Society and local govern- ments, a trail host is available to guide groups towards good riding areas and advise on avalanche safety. After mid-Feb- ruary, sleds are allowed to access the Cata- mount Glacier, a high-elevation expanse of low-angle snow with incredible views. The nearby Farnham Glacier is also popular with snowmobilers and back- country skiers, and further south near the Panorama Mountain Resort, backcountry explorers can sled in and ski the Jumbo Pass area (made famous in 2016 thanks to the Jumbo Wild documentary). The Diana Lake area o ers exciting winter backcountry skiing potential, with the Di- ana Lake Lodge under new ownership as of 2016. Heli-accessed fi ve-day ski trips to the area began in mid-February 2017, costing just $800 for self-catered groups. For the ultra-ad- venturous, ice climbing can be found at Horsethief Creek Falls west of Radium, a half an hour north at Cedar Creek near Spillim- acheen, and at the four-pitch Gibraltar Wall an hour and a half south of Radium and east of Canal Flats. For families and the younger crowd, ac- cessible adventure is found within a short drive from Radium. Classic cross country skiing, skate skiing, snowshoeing and fat biking are available on another 50-kilo- metre Cross River Canyon trail network at Nipika Mountain Resort. While there are no groomed trails within Radium village, local skiers often set their own tracks at the Radium and Springs courses, creating scenic paths for others to follow. And just a 20-minute drive south you can fi nd the world-record breaking Lake Windermere Whiteway accessible via Kins- men Beach in Invermere where all ages and abilities can enjoy the world's longest outdoor ice skating trail, or the choice of groomed classic or skate cross country ski trails across the lake's frozen surface. No Canadian winter destination would be complete without a place to play outdoor hockey, and Radium o ers a free public outdoor rink right downtown, next to Brent's Shack at Legends Field. Whatever activity you pursue in what- ever time of year, the village is the perfect starting point for outdoor getaways. SNOWMOBILING ON CATAMOUNT GLACIER - SUMMIT COMMUNICATIONS BACKCOUNTRY SKIING IN JUMBO VALLEY - GREG AMOS 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 • 23

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