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.

Dock Construction Party

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

Thanks to everyone who contributed to a great community effort on Saturday May 23 to get our new dock in place - the new dock was floating and in place in less than two hours, and the new ramp secured and in place a couple hours later. Thanks are also due to John Morrison and Chris Rae for their assistance - much appreciated guys! Bring on summer!!!

Lego for adults

Come on in. The water is fine.

Okay, pretty sure this is where this goes.

Hardest part of the day.

Safety Last!

The construction crew. Most of them anyways.

The finished project. NICE!

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

Large CRCA Kayak Found

Posted By: Gerry Posted On: Aug 24, 2014 to Section(s): Main

Good news! A missing Columbia Ridge kayak has been found - way down the west side of the lake towards Canal Flats. It was on the other side of the tracks. Now that it's back with us, please take good care of it so everyone has a chance to use and enjoy it. A special thanks to our good neighbours who located and retrieved it for us.

Drowning does not look like drowning

Posted By: Gerry Posted On: Aug 2, 2014 to Section(s): Main

As we prepare to embark on another long weekend, we want to remind you to stay aware of the signs of drowning. In many child drowning incidents, adults are nearby but have no idea the victim is dying. Here’s a great article to remind you what to look for.

The new captain jumped from the deck, fully dressed, and sprinted through the water. A former lifeguard, he kept his eyes on his victim as he headed straight for the couple swimming between their anchored sport-fisher and the beach. “I think he thinks drowning,” the husband said to his wife. They had been splashing each other and she had screamed but now they were just standing, neck-deep on the sand bar. “We’re fine, what is he doing?” she asked, a little annoyed. “We’re fine!” the husband yelled, waving him off, but his captain kept swimming hard. “Move!” he barked as he sprinted between the stunned owners. Directly behind them, not ten feet away, their nine-year-old daughter was drowning. Safely above the surface in the arms of the captain, she burst into tears, “Daddy!”
How did this captain know – from 50 feet away – what the father couldn’t recognize from just ten feet away?

Drowning is not the violent, splashing, call for help that most people expect. The captain was trained to recognize drowning by experts and years of experience. The father, on the other hand, had learned what drowning looks like by watching television. If you spend time on or near the water (hint: that’s all of us!) then you should make sure that you and your crew knows what to look for whenever people enter the water. Until she cried a tearful, “Daddy,” she hadn’t made a sound.

As a former Coast Guard rescue swimmer, I wasn’t surprised at all by this story. Drowning is almost always a deceptively quiet event. The waving, splashing, and yelling that dramatic conditioning (television) prepares us to look for, is rarely seen in real life.
The Instinctive Drowning Response – so named by Francesco A. Pia, Ph.D. – is what people do to avoid actual or perceived suffocation in the water. And it does not look like most people expect. There is very little splashing, no waving, and no yelling or calls for help of any kind. To get an idea of just how quiet and undramatic from the surface drowning can be, consider this: It is the number two cause of accidental death in children, age 15 and under (just behind vehicle accidents) – of the approximately 750 children who will drown next year, about 375 of them will do so within 25 yards of a parent or other adult. In ten percent of those drownings, the adult will actually watch them do it, having no idea it is happening.
Drowning does not look like drowning; Dr. Pia, in an article in the Fall 2006 issue of the Coast Guard’s On Scene Magazine (page 14), described the instinctive drowning response like this:

1. Except in rare circumstances, drowning people are physiologically unable to call out for help. The respiratory system was designed for breathing. Speech is the secondary or overlaid function. Breathing must be fulfilled, before speech occurs.

2. Drowning people’s mouths alternately sink below and reappear above the surface of the water. The mouths of drowning people are not above the surface of the water long enough for them to exhale, inhale, and call out for help. When the drowning people’s mouths are above the surface, they exhale and inhale quickly as their mouths start to sink below the surface of the water.

3. Drowning people cannot wave for help. Nature instinctively forces them to extend their arms laterally and press down on the water’s surface. Pressing down on the surface of the water, permits drowning people to leverage their bodies so they can lift their mouths out of the water to breathe.

4. Throughout the Instinctive Drowning Response, drowning people cannot voluntarily control their arm movements. Physiologically, drowning people who are struggling on the surface of the water cannot stop drowning and perform voluntary movements such as waving for help, moving toward a rescuer, or reaching out for a piece of rescue equipment.

5. From beginning to end of the Instinctive Drowning Response, people’s bodies remain upright in the water, with no evidence of a supporting kick. Unless rescued by a trained lifeguard, these drowning people can only struggle on the surface of the water from 20 to 60 seconds before submersion occurs. This doesn’t mean that a person that is yelling for help and thrashing isn’t in real trouble – they are experiencing aquatic distress. Not always present before the instinctive drowning response, aquatic distress doesn’t last long – but unlike true drowning, these victims can still assist in their own rescue. They can grab lifelines, throw rings, etc. Look for these other signs of drowning when persons are in the water:
· Head low in the water, mouth at water level
· Head tilted back with mouth open
· Eyes glassy and empty, unable to focus
· Eyes closed
· Hair over forehead or eyes
· Not using legs – vertical

Please have a safe long weekend.

Columbia Valley Tour of the Arts

Posted By: Gerry Posted On: Jul 25, 2014 to Section(s): Main

Columbia Valley
Tour of the Arts
Sunday, August 3, 2014
10:30 a.m. 0 4 p.m.
Location: CP Lodge right next to Pynelogs in Invermere
For more information visit: www.cvtourofthearts.ca or call 250-342-4423

Followed by:
Invermere Music Fest

Columbia Ridge Community BBQ

Posted By: Gerry Posted On: Jul 18, 2014 to Section(s): Main

Come join us for the Columbia Ridge Community Association Annual BBQ

5pm Saturday August 2, 2014.

You will be receiving an Evite shortly.

On this evite please indicate:

• how many adults and children will be attending

• under comments let us know if you are able to bring an appetizer, dessert, or snack

What to bring:

1. $10 for each adult, $5 for each non-drinking adult and kids 5 and older. Look for the box with “BBQ $” written on it and put your cash or cheque (made out to CRCA) in there. Money for 50:50 if interested.

2. A chair or blanket to sit on.

3. If you don’t like beer or wine, or you like to drink a lot, BYOB. 2 drink tickets per person and $1 a beer or glass of wine after that (so bring loonies). If you don’t like burgers/hot dogs then bring your own meat to cook!

4.Bring an appetizer, desert or snack to share

The plan:

5:00 pm Crafts for the kids and bouncer and food for anyone starving

6:00 pm Burgers/Hot Dogs and Beer/Wine (Pop for the non-drinkers), and Potluck

11:00 pm start wrapping up

Midnight shut ‘er down

If you are able to volunteer please email wendycoombs2006@gmail.com <mailto:wendycoombs2006@gmail.com> .

Please RSVP PRIOR TO July 25, 2014!

AGM Minutes for approval at the 2015 AGM - Main

Posted By: dafne Posted On: Jun 2, 2014 to Section(s): Main

Columbia Ridge Community Members,

Annual General Meeting
May 17, 2014

To view the final notes, please login and go to the Association section of the website, then click on BOD Minutes.

Or log-in to see the download document, at the link below:

Annual General Meeting Notes - Members Only View

New Pages added to Association Section

Posted By: dafne Posted On: May 30, 2014 to Section(s): Main


Two new pages have been added to the Columbia Ridge Community Estates Website, both are under the Association heading. Each page also contains various links to documents that were discussed at the AGM.

The pages are available for public viewing, no log-in required. So that residents can share them with friends who are visiting the area.

Columbia Lake Stewardship Society

Boating Guide

BOD Meeting Minutes April 28, 2014 - POSTED

Posted By: dafne Posted On: May 5, 2014 to Section(s): Main


Columbia Ridge Community Members

Board of Directors Meeting
April 28, 2014

To view the minutes:
1. Login
2. Go to the Association section of the website
3. Click on BOD Minutes.

Easter Egg Hunt

Posted By: Gerry Posted On: Apr 13, 2014 to Section(s): Main

Who: Columbia Ridge neighbours and friends

When: Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 10:00

Where: At the community centre

What: Children 11 and under are invited to hunt for Easter egg treats while following clues
Please bring a plastic bag or basket to collect your treats. You may also want to bring a stroller or wagon for younger children. Please come and take a walk with your neighbours even if you don’t have kids.

For more information, please contact Wendy at wcoombs@momentumhealth.ca.

Hope to see you there!

Greetings From the Invermere Library

Posted By: Gerry Posted On: Apr 11, 2014 to Section(s): Main

For those of you who have not yet done the quick Library survey, please
follow this link when you have a moment and give us your input.


This five minute survey will help us to shape future Library programs and
services. Please share this link with the community so we can better serve
the Columbia Valley! We truly appreciate your feedback.

Columbia Lake Provincial Park Information Session

Posted By: Gerry Posted On: Apr 7, 2014 to Section(s): Main

A message from one of our neighbours who attended the presentation about the proposed development scenarios for the park at the north end of the lake:

I attended the open house meeting held at Fairmont this past Monday regarding the proposed access improvements to Columbia Lake Park. For those of you that were unable to attend,there is further information in the Columbia Valley Pioneer - April 4th addition, or on the government website http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/columbia_lk/

Since the 3 access scenarios will impact those of us that live/recreate on the lake, I feel it is important that we inform ourselves and provide feedback. The deadline for submissions is this Friday - April 11th.

FYI, I've summarized the access scenarios below but the website, of course, provides more specifics:

Scenario 1: Leave the road and existing access as is. This option would allow lake access from Fairmont along the north-east side of Columbia Lake to the Warspite Creek drainage. From this point, the existing road/trail requires a high clearance vehicle to access the lake shore. This final section of road/trail goes through environmentally, culturally and archaeologically sensitive areas and allows motorized off-roading access to the east side of Columbia Lake.

Scenario 2: Upgrading the existing road to a parking area (18-20 cars) to be constructed just before Warspite Creek. The remaining road/trail to the lake (500m) would be converted to a walking trail.The existing road that carries on to lot 48 (1 Km), would also be converted to a walking trail. Ending the road at Warspite creek will provide a natural barrier to off-road vehicle access to the east side of Columbia Lake. Estimated cost $250 K.

Scenario 3: Significantly upgrading the existing road, building a new section of road to allow access to a new day-use beach parking area (60-80 cars) and converting the road to lot 48 to a trail. Estimated cost $1.2 million. There is some potential of development of a boat launch site with this scenario.

BC Parks and First Nations are supporting Scenario 2.

Please take the time to review the options and consider the impact of the different scenarios. There is a link on the website that allows you to provide input.



Posted By: dafne Posted On: Mar 19, 2014 to Section(s): Main


Please click on the image below to access the full PDF file


Merry Christmas

Posted By: Gerry Posted On: Dec 22, 2013 to Section(s): Main

Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday season. Enjoy the time with your families and friends.

You will have to forgive the spelling of Christmas. It was early, cold and I had to write it backwards without really knowing where it was in the frame of the picture.


BOD Meeting Minutes, December 3, 2013 - POSTED

Posted By: lynn Posted On: Dec 14, 2013 to Section(s): Main

CRCA Annual General Meeting Minutes May 18, 2013 - POSTED

Posted By: dafne Posted On: Jun 30, 2013 to Section(s): Main

Columbia Ridge Community Members

Board of Directors Meeting
December 3, 2013

To view the final notes, please login and go to the Association section of the website, then click on BOD Minutes.

Annual New Year's Eve Skating Party

Posted By: Gerry Posted On: Dec 9, 2013 to Section(s): Main

Hello Everyone!

This is an invitation to attend the 2nd Annual New Year’s Eve Skating Party on Dec 31 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm.

As it’s now December, it’s time to think about the holidays and what fun can be had down at the lake! We had a great time last year at the skating party, so lets do it again! This is an informal get together with our Columbia Ridge neighbours on New Year’s Eve afternoon.

We’ll get a couple of fires going and have the skating area shoveled (hopefully the ice conditions will be favorable – and safe!). Everyone is encouraged to come down for a fun skate and a visit with friends and neighbours. We’re going to keep things as simple, easy and comfortable as possible for everyone, so “Bring Your Own…everything” (beverage, snack, chair et cetera) will be the order of the day. No RSVP necessary. Just come down to the lake and encourage other community members to do so too.

See you there!

Sean H.

P.S. If anyone would like to volunteer to bring some wood or help with preparing the ice for a fun and safe time, please come down to the waterfront around 12:00 noon (or earlier) and we’ll set things up for everyone. Thanks!

Christmas Get Together

Posted By: Gerry Posted On: Dec 9, 2013 to Section(s): Main

Season’s Greetings

Thanks to Diane and Jim, Diane and Tom, Carly and Bob, Pat and Ernie, Bonnie, Tom and Mary-Clare for setting up the tables and decorating the halls for the very enjoyable Xmas social that was held yesterday evening on what was a cold winter’s night!

Mark your calendars – we’ll organize this informal gathering on the first Saturday of December every year. Everyone can now plan ahead!

Season’s Greetings to all.

Columbia Ridge Annual Xmas Social

Posted By: Gerry Posted On: Dec 4, 2013 to Section(s): Main




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