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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.

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
www.invermeremusicfest.com

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,

COLUMBIA RIDGE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
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

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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

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Columbia Ridge Community Members

COLUMBIA RIDGE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
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.

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/invermerelibrarysurvey

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.

Tracy

BC PARKS INVITES YOU TO AN OPEN HOUSE

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

FOR YOUR INFORMATION AND SHARING

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

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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.

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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

COLUMBIA RIDGE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
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

COLUMBIA RIDGE ANNUAL XMAS SOCIAL

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2013
7 P.M. AT THE REC CENTRE
BRING AN APPY/DESSERT AND YOUR FAVOURITE BEVERAGE


SEASON’S GREETINGS

Residents of Columbia Ridge may be interested in the following activity that has been recently advertised by the local branch of the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

Join us as we find the
Perfect Christmas Tree
For your family

December 7th
11 – 3 pm
11– 3 pm
Marion Creek Benchlands
Columbia Lake

Meet at Grandview Road at 11 am

Location Maps available from the NCC office or by email.
Be prepared to have fun! Bring what you need to cut your tree: ropes, gloves, saws, tire chains.
Also remember warm clothing, food, family and friends.

RSVP: 250-342-5521 by
December 5th please.
canadianrockies@natureconservancy.ca

Torrential Rain

Posted By: Gerry Posted On: Sep 6, 2013 to Section(s): Main

Holy cow! A serious storm is ripping down the valley right now. Black skies, thunder, lightning and rain like I have never seen it rain here. Flash flood rain.

This pic was taken from the viewpoint above the neighbourhood minutes before the front hit.

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This shot is pulling into the driveway. The sprint from the truck to the door left me soaked. I actually love this kind of weather.

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The storm has since passed but we were at a neighbour's and there was water in the basement. It had filled a window well and then came through the window.

So if you have window wells, it might be best to get whomever looks after your place while you are away to just give it a good check over to ensure that you don't have water in your basement.

Thunderstorms galore

Posted By: Gerry Posted On: Aug 27, 2013 to Section(s): Main

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If you like your weather with a bit of a kick to it then the weather this past weekend would have been right up your alley. Thunderstorms boomed across the sky regularly leaving crazy mammatus cloud formations and rainbows in their wake.

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This lead to a rather blustery time on the lake that left the boaters on shore but the windsurfers and kiters out playing in the whitecaps. With most people avoiding the beach area, it felt more like October than the middle of August.

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The water temps have definately cooled off in the past few weeks. Expect the long weekend to be even cooler.

CRCA's Annual BBQ

Posted By: toms Posted On: Aug 21, 2013 to Section(s): Main

CRCA Annual BBQ – A Great Success (see pictures below “Bear Alert”)

August 10, 2013 was a beautiful summer day and the evening remained warm and clear. It was a perfect day for the annual Columbia Ridge Community Association Barbeque.

About 130 community residents and guests of all age ranges enjoyed gourmet burgers and hot dogs along with an amazing potluck array of salads and desserts. Freezies were available for the youngsters and the “kid inside all of us” was able to roast marshmallows and make s’mores.

This year, on-tap refreshments were purchased from Arrowhead, the new Invermere microbrewery.

The event kicked off with a very active craft table organized by Yi-Nei Kao. The kids always enjoy the activities Yi-Nei coordinates.

Kids of all ages enjoyed the three bouncy castles that were set up. Due to their popularity and the affordable price we were offered, our community association, together with Columere Park, has now purchased the large castle, ensuring its ready availability for future events.

Our annual BBQ would not have been a success without the keen organizational skills of Wendy Coombs. Wendy, those of us who attended the BBQ, your fellow board members, and your fellow volunteers send a heartfelt thank you your way…as well as to Daniel for his behind-the-scenes support.

We would also like to extend our thanks to:
Music and Sound: Breezie Fielding and Danny Coombs
Bonfire Manager: David Hubbard
For use of community centre, tables and chairs and the large BBQ:
Dave, Donna and Chris Rae
Chefs and Bartenders: Brian Beiko, Russ Munroe, Randy Marinescu, Craig Dearden, Gary Schitthelm, David Hubbard
Food Chauffeurs: Jackie Nielson and Gary Schitthelm
Beer Chauffeurs: Kerry-Anne and Russ Munroe
Kitchen Clean-up: Dave and Jacqueline Swanson
Late night clean-up: John Schitthelm and Breezie Fielding
Bouncy Castle Bouncers: All the kids
Recycling and Garbage Removal: A secret elf
Accounting: Kerry-Anne Munroe and Michael Schitthelm
Youth Volunteers (assisting in many places):
Ashley Platt and Claire Edmond
Photographer: Gerry George
BBQ Volunteer Committee: food, supplies, 50/50 draw, communications and planning:
Jackie Nielson
Kerry-Anne Munroe
Cathy Cornfield
Mary Clare Coleman
Yi-Nei Kao
Donna Wunderlich
*If you have any suggestions or feedback, send your comments to info@columbiaridge.com and they will be forwarded to the BBQ Committee. Thanks.

August 18 - Bear Alert

Posted By: Gerry Posted On: Aug 18, 2013 to Section(s): Main

Just a note of warning that a black bear has been spotted lurking about in the neighbourhood this weekend. Be noisy and don't let your kids wander off on their own.

Thanks

Pics from the Annual BBQ

Posted By: Gerry Posted On: Aug 17, 2013 to Section(s): Main

Hanging out waiting for burgers.
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Spence enjoying a cookie.
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Kendama - The latest tool for hand and eye co-ordination
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Patrick learning the basics of Kendama
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Spencer pole climbing.
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One of three bouncy castles the kept the kids entertained.
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Kennedy enjoying the swing.
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Yi Nei thoroughly enjoying the craft table.
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Deliya creating a masterpiece.
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Annual BBQ - August 10

Posted By: Gerry Posted On: Jul 31, 2013 to Section(s): Main

(Everyone should have received an “evite” where you can RSVP. This notice is just to make sure we didn’t miss anyone with either the “Evite” or the other e-mail that was sent out. If we did miss you, please contact Wendy Coombs at the e-mail address indicated below and let her know whether or not you are able to attend. Thanks.)

This year’s theme is the "KISS" principle - Keep it simple, and Kiss your neighbour....OK not literally. We are going to forgo the DJ and dance floor and keep the music volumes to a level where we can visit and mingle...but still dance if you want too!

What to bring
1. $10 for each adult, $5 for each non-drinking adult and kids aged 5 and older. Look for the box with “BBQ $” written on it and put your cheque or cash in there. Money for 50:50 if interested.
2. A chair or blanket to sit on. We will have some tables and chairs set up too.
3. If you don’t like beer or you like to drink a lot, BYOB. We will have Arrowhead Blonde Ale and Raspberry Ale. 2 drink tickets per person and $1 a beer after that (so bring loonies). If you don’t like burgers/hot dogs then bring your own meat to cook!
4. Bring an appetizer, dessert or snack to share
Agenda:
5:00 pm Crafts for the kids and bouncer and food for anyone starving
6:00 pm Burgers/Hot Dogs and Beer (Pop for the non-drinkers), and potluck snacks, appetizers, and dessert
11:00 pm start wrapping up
Midnight shut ‘er down

If you are able to volunteer please email wendycoombs2006@gmail.com.

Moor Upgrades

Posted By: Gerry Posted On: Jul 26, 2013 to Section(s): Main

New Moors have been made and are being set in place. This was taken a few weeks back.

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The weather can't met much better than it has been. I hope everyone has had a chance to enjoy at least a slice of the 30 plus degree heat.

Columbia Lake and Our Watershed

Posted By: Gerry Posted On: Jul 19, 2013 to Section(s): Main

Columbia Lake and Our Watershed

You’re invited to a community conversation
on Monday, July 22, 2013 from 10 am to noon at the Columbia Ridge Community
Centre

Our Valley, Our Waters
• Share What Matters: Why is water quality and quantity important to you?
What are your concerns?
• Think Ahead: Learn about what other communities are doing to protect their
lakes and rivers
• Count Me In!: Help create the future you want to see in our watershed!
Snacks will be provided

For more information or to RSVP, contact Kirsten: (250) 341-6898 /
info@lakeambassadors.ca


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