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.

Windy Days

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

The past few days have seen some pretty good winds blow down Columbia Lake. It has been fun to share the stoke of windsurfing with other members of the neighbourhood who seem pretty keen to learn. If you are interested in giving it a go, just ask me (gerry) and I can set you up with a rig and board. Windsurfing has provided me with almost 30 years of fun and entertainment and I love sharing it with others.


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


A Big Bag of Weed

Posted By: Gerry Posted On: Jul 16, 2015 to Section(s): Main

Knapweed that is. Probably one of the nastiest, invasive, noxious weeds in Canada. It can take over entire ecosystems rendering them uninhabitable for all native plant species. It is a tough, scratchy plant and for that reason, nothing eats it.

Right now it is starting to flower and you can find it all along the road into the subdivision. It is also down along the shoreline but that was taken care of today. Hence, the large bag of weeds in the picture below.


Don't know what it looks like? Here is a close up of the flowers. You might mistake it for clover which is also in bloom right now. Or any of the other purple flowering plants. The flowers are very small, no wider than a dime with a scaly seed pod below them. The seeds can remain dormant in the soil for up to 50 years making it difficult to get rid of.


If you see some, Don't hesitate to pop it out of the ground. A dead knapweed plant is better than a live one.

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

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

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