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.

Columbia Valley Emergency Program

Posted By: Gerry Posted On: May 1, 2016 to Section(s): Main

The Columbia Valley Emergency Program will be hosting an AMAZING day of learning and fun on May 7th as the Columbia Valley Emergency Preparedness Fair gets underway at the Windermere Fire Hall.
The event is free and is open to everyone. It runs Saturday, May 7th from 10am-4pm.


Annual General Meeting

Posted By: Gerry Posted On: Apr 25, 2016 to Section(s): Main

Columbia Ridge Community Association

Annual General Meeting

Saturday, May 21, 2016

10:00 a.m. At the community hall

Check your email for links to the AGM package

Contact: info@columbiaridge.com

if you did not receive the message that was sent on April 22.

Burn 'N' Mahn

Posted By: Gerry Posted On: Mar 26, 2016 to Section(s): Main


Wildlife Act - Motor Vehicle Closed Area

Posted By: Gerry Posted On: Mar 24, 2016 to Section(s): Main


The Conservation Officer Service has received reports regarding the use of ATV’s, motorcycles and other motor vehicles operating within the Dutch Creek / Findlay Flats Motor Vehicle Closed Area. The Wildlife Act states a person commits an offence if he or she uses or operates a motor vehicle within a closed area and is liable to a Penalty of $ 230.00. Also under the Forest and Range Practices Act any unauthorized activity resulting in prescribed damage to the environment by a motor vehicle may result in a penalty of $ 575.00. The officer also has the discretion of seizing the motor vehicle. Presently it appears that some violators may reside within the Columere Park or Columbia Ridge Estates area. Attached is a map of the Motor Vehicle closed area. Anyone with information regarding violators or to report a violation is asked to report the incident to the Conservation Officer Service 24/7 reporting line at 1-877-952-7277 (RAPP – Report all Poachers and Polluters). Please protect this area from motor vehicle damage and ride elsewhere. Thank you from the Conservation Officer Service.


Visible House Numbers

Posted By: dafne Posted On: Feb 10, 2016 to Section(s): Main

Residents are reminded to make sure EMS personnel can easily see their house numbers if they are called to the neighbourhood in an emergency. Please check!

Shred a Thon

Posted By: Gerry Posted On: Jan 2, 2016 to Section(s): Main


Cut Your Own Christmas Tree Event

Posted By: Gerry Posted On: Dec 10, 2015 to Section(s): Main

Cut-Your-Own-Christmas-Tree Event
Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.
Meet at Grandview Road (south of Fairmont Hot Springs)
Free food and hot beverages.
Location maps available from the NCC office or by email.

To: Columbia Ridge Community Members
From: Nature Conservancy of Canada
We are pleased to invite you to our third annual Cut-Your-Own-Christmas-Tree event on our Marion Creek Benchlands conservation area on Columbia Lake. We hope you can join us for an afternoon of festivities and fun.
The trees available for cutting are a legacy of a Christmas tree farm that operated on the property in the 1970s, known then as Santa’s Forest. Clearing these trees will benefit the elk and deer that feed on the grass and shrub understory in the open forests on Marion Creek Benchlands.
Come prepared to stay warm and have fun. Bring what you need to cut and remove your tree, play hockey, skate, snowshoe, sled or hang out by the fire.

For more information or to RSVP
Phone: 250-342-5521
Email: canadian.rockies@natureconservancy.ca


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

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