Canal Flats is nestled in the heart of the Kootenays halfway between Cranbrook to the south and Invermere to the north. It is a place where one can experience Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep and deer roaming the streets. Canal Flats offers a variety of amenities, such as a public beach, arena, golf course, walking trails and parks.
Located at the southern end of Columbia Lake, the source of the Columbia River in BC. Canal Flats was originally named McGillivray’s Portage by David Thompson, who passed through the area in 1808. Not far from the Canal Flats Provincial Park are the remains of a canal, completed in 1889, which connected Columbia Lake with the nearby Kootenay River. The canal which was built by W. A. Ballie-Grohman contained a single lock. Eventually two steamboats – the Gwendoline in 1894 and the North Star in 1902 – were successful in the crossing. Eventually though the canal had to be shut down because of political ramifications caused from flooding. In 1928, CPR moved their saw mill from Bull River to Canal Flat and this sawmill is still in operation today.
Canal Flats is a very friendly small town that can offer you excellent recreation, beautiful scenery, dry weather and abundant wildlife.
Forestry, fishing, tourism
Town Population: 685 (BC Stats, 2011 Census)
Health Administrative Information
Health Authority: Interior Health
Health Service Delivery Area: East Kootenay
Regional District: Windemere
Rural designation: RSA community
RRP Designation: A
RRP Points: 34.60
Practitioners + Clinic Information
There are no general practitioners yet in this community.
The nearest health care facilities are located in Invermere. Mobile health services available by calling 250 344-5237.
2012 socio-economic profile of Windermere (Source: BC Government).
Sweet Pea Midwifery (in-community) Box 676 Invermere, BC, V0A 1K0 P: 250 341-5378 | F: 250 342-5554
Canal Flats is located on Highway 93/95, where the Lussier and Skookumchuck Rivers join the Kootenay River. Canal Flats is 30 km (18.5 mi) north of Wasa.
Airlines Canadian Rockies International Airport is 1.5 hrs south and located in Cranbrook. Calgary International Airport is 3 hours east and located in Calgary, AB. Bus Services
Greyhound Canada offers limited schedule service through Canal Flats. There is no local terminal but Greyhound can provide details by telephone of the current schedule and drop-off/pick-up location.
Sun City Coach Lines Ltd. Service between Golden and Cranbrook P: 250 417-3117 Public Transit
There is a bus service for Canal Flats provided by RDEK and BC Transit. The fully accessible Community Bus provides service between the communities of Edgewater, Radium, Invermere, Windermere, Fairmont and Canal Flats in the Columbia Valley.
TFP: 1 877 343-2461
Service Hrs: 10:30am & 2:30pm Tues, Wed, Thurs.
Please call 24 hours in advance to book your trip.
Columbia Valley Taxi
Invermere, BC, V0A 1K0
P: 250 342-5262
The Canal Flats Chamber of Commerce provides valuable information about the community, relocation and local businesses.
Banking Currently there are no banking facilities in Canal Flats. The closest are in Elkford and Invermere, BC. Schools Martin Morigeau Elementary (StrongStart, Pre, K-7, 61 Students) Box 69, 4891 Beatty Avenue Canal Flats, BC, V0B 1B0 P: 250 349-5665 | F: 250 349-5497 www.sd6.bc.ca/mmes/ Visitor Center The Visitor Centre is located at the intersection of Highway 93 & Highway 95. Hrs: Summer (May to September) Mon-Sun, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm Hrs: Winter (September to April) Mon-Fri, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm (closed weekends & statutory holidays)
Driving South on Highway 93 & 95: Continue through the intersection at the Invermere Crossroads (you will see Tim Horton’s to your left). The Visitor Centre is about 500m ahead, to your right. Just follow the signs.
Driving North on Highway 93 & 95: The Visitor Centre is on your left, just beyond the speed limit change from 90 km/h to 70 km/h. There is a left-turn lane for easy access. Look for the big green roof!
For an easy afternoon or weekend get away, Tilley Memorial Park is a great place for families being located at the southeast end of Columbia Lake. There is a boat ramp, tables, public washrooms, wheelchair access and beach area for relaxing or throwing a ball around.
The Canal Flats Arena is open mid-October to mid-March and houses hockey and figure skating associations. Public skating and adult shinny is also available.
There are two golf courses – Th’ Flats Gold Course a 9 hole par 3 course located in the centre of the village and Coys Golf Course at Dutch Creek. At nearby Fairmont Hot Springs are three other resort based courses.
Backcountry trails into some of the best terrain can be directly accessed east of the village with local East Kootenay ATV Club organizing rides.
Those who love the mountains will enjoy atv’ing, camping, climbing or mountain biking Mount Sabine (“Old Baldy” to the locals).
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