The Columbia Ridge Community Association Website

Nestled between the Purcell and Rocky mountains, and perched atop a ridge overlooking the ever changing colours Columbia Lake you will find Columbia Ridge. Just ten minutes south of Fairmont Hot Springs, British Columbia, our community is made up of 123 single family residential homes.
We welcome you to our website which was created to provide our members with access to our association along with information about our community and the surrounding areas. Please feel free to contact us with your comments and suggestions.


Posted By: Gerry Posted On: Oct 22, 2015 to Section(s): Main




Let’s celebrate the arrival of the festive season together.

Jim and Dianne Brickwell have volunteered to coordinate the details.
If you would like to volunteer to help with decorating and set-up or
clean-up, send a message to: info@columbiaridge.com and I will forward it to

Craft - Garage Sale - Thanksgiving Weekend

Posted By: Gerry Posted On: Oct 8, 2015 to Section(s): Main

A Craft/Garage Sale is being held this Friday and Saturday (October 9th and 10th, respectively) from 9 am to 3 pm at the Columbia Ridge community hall.
Lots and lots of craft supplies (books, yarn, thread, etc which came from an estate), boy’s skates (need an extra pair for the Lake?), bedding items, kitchen items, a few Halloween and fall items, interior home building supplies, and more.
Of course, coffee and cookies are available (donations welcome to help support people with brain injuries).
Spread the word to your friends and neighbours and come by and take a look!

6 Sec Garage Door Break In

Posted By: dafne Posted On: Sep 24, 2015 to Section(s): Main

Hi Residents of Columbia Ridge, we thought you might find this video interesting so you can protect your properties.

Please note the solution to the problem is at 2min 10 sec.


CRCA Meeting Minutes April 14 and May 16, 2015

Posted By: dafne Posted On: Sep 24, 2015 to Section(s): Main

CRCA AGM Meeting Minutes
April 14 and May 16, 2015

Please login to the website to view. Then click on the Association tab.

Smoke in the Valley

Posted By: Gerry Posted On: Aug 27, 2015 to Section(s): Main

If you are wondering if the smoke is as bad on the West side of the Rockies as it is on the East, here is your answer.


This is the view from the rest stop overlooking Columbia Lake.

The smoke is expected to stick around for a few more days but a new weather pattern on the weekend may dampen it a bit. It has made for some pretty sunrises and sunsets during the day.


BBQ Pictures

Posted By: Gerry Posted On: Aug 21, 2015 to Section(s): Main

Here are a few snapshops from the community BBQ last weekend. The weather held out long enough for some fun socializing and great food. A big round of thanks for all of the volunteers who helped with the event.




Big BBQ Weekend

Posted By: Gerry Posted On: Aug 13, 2015 to Section(s): Main

Well the big BBQ weekend is almost upon us. The weather for the first part of the week has been stellar with hot hot temperatures and calm seas. That looks like it is going to change on Thursday with some strong winds (nice) forecast for Thursday afternoon and Friday. Of course that usually means a change in the weather and sure enough, cooler temperatures and some possible rain is in the forecast for the weekend. Hopefully the clouds will be kind and keep us rain free for the BBQ on Saturday night.


Art in the Park

Posted By: Gerry Posted On: Jul 22, 2015 to Section(s): Main


Lions Garage Sale

Posted By: Gerry Posted On: Jul 22, 2015 to Section(s): Main


Hazy Conditions

Posted By: Gerry Posted On: Jul 9, 2015 to Section(s): Main

It has been a rather quiet week in the ole neighbourhood this week. Hot, hazy and deserted. Conditions down at the lake have been rather glassy with few boats out on the water. Sounds pretty perfect doesn't it.

This is a pic of one of the rougher evenings

Heading into the weekend it looks like the hot conditions are going to continue, at least until Saturday where the temps will drop to a chilly 29 degrees with some possible rain. Back into the 30s by Sunday.

There is also a ton of smoke in the air due to all of the fires burning in the province. Fortunately there are none burning close to us. Please remember that there is a campfire ban on and limit your burning to your steak on the BBQ.

Hike the Hoodoos

Posted By: Gerry Posted On: Jul 2, 2015 to Section(s): Main


New Sign in the Neighbourhood

Posted By: Gerry Posted On: Jun 25, 2015 to Section(s): Main

You will notice a new sign as you come into the neighbourhood this weekend. The map has been replaced by a board that will allow for notices to be clearly posted. Things such as wildlife in area and fire restrictions can be swapped in or out depending on the circumstances. Hopefully you will find it helpful.


Summer Solstice was last Sunday so we are officially into the Summer season and you will definitely know it this weekend. Temperatures are going to spike into the upper 30s making it a great weekend to be out on the water. Water temps are tolerable (I heard 70 degrees) and people are swimming without too much of shock to the system.

With hot hot temperatures I am guessing that the lake will be glassy all weekend. Great for boats and paddle boarders.

Just a note on fire restrictions. You should really check the web page because the sign can be misleading. Campfires are currently allowed in the Southeastern Fire District (that is us). Open fires are not. So no debris burning etc.

Tennis Court Wind Break Is Up

Posted By: Gerry Posted On: Jun 18, 2015 to Section(s): Main

Amid rain showers, Nick and Deanna Monod were busy putting up the wind break at the tennis court this week. Unfortunately, the manufacturer sent one wrong section so the project is not 100% complete.


Water Restrictions

Posted By: Gerry Posted On: Jun 18, 2015 to Section(s): Main


Due to excessive use of lawn watering, the following guidelines will be implemented as of Monday, June 29, 2015. These guidelines follow the RDEK (Regional District of East Kootenay) and Invermere standards.

Having set watering hours conserves water, creates a balance in the system demand and controls costs. Lawn experts say about one inch of water per week (including precipitation) is adequate for maintaining a healthy lawn.

EVEN numbered houses may water on Tuesdays, Thursday and Sundays.
ODD numbered houses may water on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays

“NO WATERING” is allowed on Fridays to allow the reservoir to replenish.

Watering Times
Automatic Sprinklers: 3:00 am to 8:00 am
Manual Sprinklers:
Morning 6:00 am to 10:00 am
Evening 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Exceptions can be granted for newly seeded or sodded lawns.
Watering with a hand held spring loaded nozzle or with a hand held container is allowed.

If you have any questions, please email dave@columbiaridge.com or call 250.342.5215.

Thank you for cooperating,
Dave Rae

Columbia Ridge Waterworks Ltd.
6890 Columbia Lake Road
Fairmont Hot Springs, BC V0 B-1L2

Office: 250-345-6673 dave@columbiaridge.com or call 250.342.5215.

Message from Columbia Lake Stewardship Society

Posted By: Gerry Posted On: Jun 14, 2015 to Section(s): Main

Hi Everybody,

Thank you for the interest you expressed in the Columbia Lake Stewardship
Society (CLSS) at your community's recent AGM. I appreciated the chance to
speak with you and update you on our progress and accomplishments. A few
things you may find of interest:

Water Quality
-Water temperature on the lake was an average of 18.5 degrees C on June
6th,2015 (28 degree C air temp). This is a few degrees higher than this time
last year, but the testing day was also significantly warmer this year. Warm
enough for swimming??
-Lake depth has increased 0.8 -1.0 meters from early April till early June
(due to spring run-off)
-Water quality sampling during April - early June shows that the lake is
well mixed with water temperature varying less than a degree from top to
bottom and dissolved oxygen also showing little variance from top to bottom.
- Attached - An Executive Summary of Water Quality Tests from 2014 - a quick
one page read
-Attached -A more in depth Summary of 2014 Water Quality Tests - for those
of you that like the details!
-Attached - pictures of the water testing boat used during April and May. A
tight fit getting all the water testing equipment in!

Invasive Plants
The CLSS in conjunction with the East Kootenay Invasive Plant Council
(EKIPC) hosted an information booth and boat washing station at Canal Days
on June 6th. This event was an attempt to raise awareness of the threat of
invasive species and of the importance of ensuring all boats entering
Columbia Lake are free of invasive plants and animals. An interesting side
note - I learned that even native plants will spread more quickly when cut up
and dispersed by boat propellers. Lesson learned - avoid the "weed" beds on
Columbia Lake when power boating!


Documents of Interesest

Please click on the links below to view the documents

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact us at

Columbia Lake Stewardship Society

Dog Days of Spring

Posted By: Gerry Posted On: Jun 11, 2015 to Section(s): Main

Wow has it ever been hot this week. I thought the weekend was hot. Every day has seen temps around 30 degrees Celsius and calm, still air. Supposed to cool down for the weekend though. Looks like twenty will be the high. It has been deadly quiet around the neighbourhood this week. I have barely seen a soul. The lake has been the same way so a nice time to get out and explore on the paddleboard.


The Water Level Has Risen

Posted By: Gerry Posted On: Jun 4, 2015 to Section(s): Main

Wow. Given the lack of snowpack in the mountains I would have never guessed that the water would come up as much as it has. It must be all that rain we have had in the past few days. Buckets and buckets of it.


There is no beach right now and the stakes on the dock are around waist level which means the water has come up around 2 feet since the initial installation. That is good news overall.

Things are nice and green in the valley and the weather for the weekend is going to be AWESOME with temps in the upper 20s or low 30s. It should be a great one if you are heading out.

Much Needed Rain in the Forecast

Posted By: Gerry Posted On: May 28, 2015 to Section(s): Main

We have received some much needed rain in the valley this week. Tuesday was absolutely torrential and last night, thunderstorms rolled across the evening sky. This has turned the local creeks and rivers chocolatey brown and brought the lake level up about a foot.

The weekend forecast is looking better than originally thought. Thunderstorms on Saturday and now Sunday is looking pretty nice. There might even be some wind in there for those whose like to sail. Fingers crossed.

Thunderstorms forming above the Rockies on Wednesday Evening

Dates to Circle on your Calendar

Posted By: Gerry Posted On: Apr 20, 2015 to Section(s): Main

Dates to circle on your calendar!

AGM - Saturday, May 16 at 10:00 a.m. at the Community Hall.

The AGM package will be sent out by email this week. We are happy to collectd payment for your community dues at the AGM.

Give some thought to joining the board. If you can't make it to the meeting and would like to have your name brought forward, contact Grant Exner or another board member prior to the AGM.

BBQ - Saturday, August 15

If you would like to volunteer and are unable to attend the AGM, let Wendy Coombs or another board member know of your interest in helping out.

Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt

Posted By: Gerry Posted On: Mar 18, 2015 to Section(s): Main

Dear Columbia Ridge neighbours and friends,


The Columbia Ridge Easter Scavenger Hunt

Who: Columbia Ridge Family and Friends

Where: * Crown land – lower entrance *

Look for the balloons!


When: 10:00 am Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015

What: Children 12 and under collect Easter treats while following clues

Why: To celebrate Easter with family and friends and even if you don’t have little ones participating, please feel free to come out for a walk.
Please dress for the weather and bring a plastic basket or bag to collect treats. You may also want to bring a stroller or wagon for younger children. Please drive carefully if you are in a motor vehicle during this time as the kids tend to run everywhere as we make our way around the community.

For more information, please contact Yi-Nei at tri.ot.mom35@gmail.com or Wendy at wcoombs@momentumhealth.ca.

Hope to see you there!

Charity Ski Day - March 7, 2015

Posted By: dafne Posted On: Feb 7, 2015 to Section(s): Main


For more information fairmonthotsprings.com/events

Hospice Society Information Nights

Posted By: Gerry Posted On: Jan 27, 2015 to Section(s): Main

The Hospice Society of the Columbia Valley is hosting a series of information nights. Come learn about our programs and how to access them. If you are interested in becoming a part of the team, as a volunteer or member, we have many ways for you to participate. Join us for a night of learning and discovery. The evening begins at 7pm. There will be a 45 minute presentation followed by a Q&A, information brochures to take home and refreshments to enjoy while you are there.

Friday, January 30 - Fairmont (Smoking Waters)
Wednesday, February 4 – Canal Flats (Civic Centre)
Thursday February 5 - Windermere (Community Hall)
Friday, February 6 - Brisco (Community Hall)
Thursday, February 12 - Columbia Ridge (Community Hall)
Wednesday, February 18 - Radium (Seniors Centre)
Thursday, February 19 – Invermere (Hospice Office)
Friday, February 20 - Edgewater (Community Hall)

For more information please contact Maria at (250) 688-1143.

Nature Concervancy Of Canada - Winter Celebration

Posted By: Gerry Posted On: Dec 12, 2014 to Section(s): Main

December 14th Sunday
11 – 2 pm
Marion Creek Benchlands,
Columbia Lake
Meet at Grand View Road at 11 am.
Location Maps available from the NCC office or by email
Come prepared to stay warm and have fun! Bring what you need to play hockey, skate, x-country ski, snowshoe, sled or hang out by the fire!
RSVP: 250-342-5521
In case of cancellation
#202 – 926 7th Avenue, Invermere

Annual XMAS Social December 6

Posted By: Gerry Posted On: Nov 22, 2014 to Section(s): Main







Area F News Special Election Issue

Posted By: dafne Posted On: Nov 3, 2014 to Section(s): Main

See below for the Area F News Special Election Issue:
- Area F Votes November 15, 2014
- Area F Voting Dates and Locations
- School District #6 - School Trustee Area 4 Voting
- and much more information

View PDF - Area F News Special Election Issue

To read older news articles visit the Blog Archive

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