BC’s Lower Columbia has a solid reputation as an all season sports and recreation tourism destination, enabling the region to host tourism events like the BC Summer Games, BC Winter Games and the BC Disabled Games. Red Mountain was a popular choice among both competitors and spectators for the January 2011 Canadian Freeskiing Championships. A very different group of competitors and spectators arrived in August 2011 when the West Kootenay played host to the BC Senior Games.
Outside of competitive sports, tourism in BC’s Lower Columbia centers around outdoor recreation. In the summer, visitors are drawn to Birchbank Golf Course, Champion Lakes Golf Course near Fruitvale as well as the Redstone Resort golf course near Rossland.
The largest river in the Pacific Northwest, the Columbia has a storied history. Visitors come to fish, swim, or simply sit by its banks. They hike or mountain bike the peaks that surround it and they spend money through shopping, dining and on places to stay.
In the winter, skiing and snowboarding take center stage for tourism. The presence of an internationally-recognized resort, Red Mountain benefits the entire sector as visitors are drawn into the region’s communities during a season that tends to be quieter in other locales.