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Radiu Adventur & Activtie Adventure Service Phone Website Adventure Radium 250-347-6455 • Canadian Rockies Hot Springs - Radium Hot Springs Ban Upper Hot Springs – Miette Hot Springs 250-347-9485 Far Out Gear Rentals 844-376-0632 Junior Naturalist Program 250-347-6828 Kootenay National Park Visitor Centre 250-347-9505 888-773-8888 Kootenay River Runners 250-347-9210 800-599-4399 Lake Windermere Rod & Gun Club Nipika Mountain Resort 250-342-6516 877-647-4525 Radium Wood Carver 250-347-9208 Reel Axe Adventures 250-409-4276 Travel the Columbia Valley 250-347-9331 TrueKey Adventures 855-544-2323 Valley Visitor Services 250-347-9331 Valley Zipline Adventures 250-270-0003 From page 27 In 2016, the federal government adopted a 20-horsepower limit for boating on the Columbia River between Invermere and Golden as well as around Fairmont Hot Springs to help protect the fragile wetlands environment. It's this pristine, protected area that makes the Columbia Wetlands a must-see experience when in the Radium and Columbia Valley area. On a clear summer day, you'll often see people setting out in their canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards in the neighbouring community of Invermere and following the current down to Radium, even going as far as Brisco or simply starting in Radium, looking to experience nature in its truest, most undisturbed form. Along the way, you'll quietly fl oat by beaver dams, osprey nests and heron rookery while getting the rare experience of seeing birds such as bald eagles and the endangered Lewis Woodpecker. For many, it's this diversity in bird species that catches their interest with nearly 20 di erent species of water fowl alone in an environment that's also home to rare species such as Breeding Song Birds and Bullock's Orioles, which are hard birds to spot in areas outside the Columbia Wetlands. If you're a birder looking to take advantage of the opportu- nity the wetlands have to o er, plan your trip for June or July when the sheer quantity of migrating birds becomes awe- inspiring, a phenomenon you may not experience at other times of the year. PADDLING INVERMERE TO RADIUM - KRISTIN MCCAULEY 28 • 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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