Revelstoke is an active community situated on the edge of Mt. Revelstoke National Park and just west of world-famous Glacier National Park. The city is home to about 8,000 people and is well known for its access to outdoor recreation activities, particularly those involving mountains and snow! Revelstoke Mountain Resort is globally known for its amazing powder and for having the largest vertical descent of any ski area in North America.
Golden is located three hours west of Calgary and has a population of about 4,000 people. It is nestled the Purcell and Rocky Mountain ranges. Tourists from all over the planet visit Golden for the area's world-class outdoor recreation. Golden is home to Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, often ranked as one of the top ten ski resorts in North America.
Invermere is a lakeside resort community with a population of about 3,500 people in the town and 10,000 in the surrounding area. It is the economic centre of the Columbia Valley and boasts many unique, vibrant shops and services. Panorama Mountain Resort is about 20 minutes west of Invermere and is serviced by a free shuttle during ski season.
Kimberley is a four-season resort community located on the slopes of the Purcell Mountain Range across the valley from the world-famous Rocky Mountains. The town has approximately 8,000 people and is located only 20 minutes from Cranbrook, the region's largest city. The Kimberley Alpine Resort is located within city limits and it is easily accessible to students. Other local amenities include an indoor aquatic centre, two hockey arenas, and an indoor rock climbing gym.
Cranbrook has a population of 20,000 and services a surrounding area of nearly 50,000 people. It offers most of the services found in much larger cities including an international airport, shopping malls, block stores, the College of the Rockies, city buses, movie theatre, fitness gyms, a 4,500-seat arena, an indoor aquatic centre and other excellent recreation facilities. Cranbrook is located about 25 minutes from the Kimberley Alpine Resort.
Fernie has a population of 5,500 people. It has a beautiful, historic downtown area, an indoor aquatic centre, a hockey arena, the Fernie Arts Station, and many trendy restaurants, coffee shops, and stores. The Fernie Alpine Resort is about 10 minutes from the town and is world famous for its powder skiing.
The community of Sparwood has a population of 4,000 people and is located less than 30 minutes from Fernie and the Fernie Alpine Resort. Sparwood is one of the highest-elevation towns in Canada and is known for the coal mining that takes place on a large scale in the nearby mountains.
Burns Lake is a rural village in the northwestern central interior of British Columbia. It is located approximately 100km west of Vanderhoof. It has approximately 2000 residents. Naturally beautiful, Burns Lake is well known for its extensive network of mountain biking trails and is known internationally by becoming Canada's first IMBA (International Mountain Bike Association) Ride Centre. In winter, these trails become cross-country ski and snowmobile trails.
Vanderhoof is in the geographical centre of British Columbia, located on the banks of the Nechako River. It is a community of about 4,500 people. This area is a growing tourism hub in BC, famous for its abundant wildlife - moose, deer, elk and bears. It is also a great fishing spot - summer and winter. Vanderhoof is renowned for its outdoor recreational opportunities from skiing to biking to snowmobiling. Vanderhoof has warm summers and cold, snowy winters.