It’s no wonder Nipika is rated #8 on USA Today’s Top Ten Best cross country ski destinations in North America* list. 

Boasting over 100 kilometres* of groomed trails for both classic and skate skiing, our Rocky Mountain winters are quick to transform Nipika Mountain Resort into one of the continent’s best cross-country ski playgrounds. Treasured by locals and travellers alike, Nipika treats visitors to breathtaking vistas, made even more spectacular by the fresh mountain air.  Skiers “enjoy varied terrain, from open areas with big mountain views to wooded paths along the Kootenay and Cross Rivers.”*  For those colder days, warming huts are conveniently placed throughout the trails, ensuring everyone has a comfortable and memorable…

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Century 21 Rockies Realty - Golden 2021 Award Winning Agents

Century 21 Rockies Realty - Golden Branch is proud to announce the 2021 award-winning agents. Century 21 is internationally recognized for its top-quality agents and world-class service. When you choose to work with an agent from Century 21 Rockies Realty you can be assured that your experience will be incredible.

Without further ado we are thrilled to present our Century 21 Rockies Realty 2021 Award winners, Bill Braisher and Amber Granter:

Bill Braisher - CENTURION® Producer

Bill Braisher has deep roots in the Columbia River Valley with family ties dating back as early as 1909. As a result, Bill has extensive knowledge of the valley and the history behind many of the properties. Over the years Bill has been successful in many ventures and…

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Despite the challenges that 2020 and 2021 brought, the local real estate market has continued to thrive. The Columbia Valley saw a number of new residential developments and construction projects which helped increase the number of available properties. With current 2022 listing volumes nearing all-time lows and home and condo prices approaching all-time highs, we expect that as the year progresses, we will see increased competition for available listings.

Notable New Developments

2021 brought the start and completion of several notable new construction developments. This highlights growth and development in the communities we serve as well as future potential for growth as people look for a lifestyle that allows them to connect conveniently with…

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If you’re a college or university student living away from home, you may be considering buying a home instead of renting. There are many benefits to owning a home, but also many things to consider before you take that leap. 

A home is a big investment, so you want to make sure you do your research before committing to a mortgage and everything else home ownership entails. These are a few things to consider if you’re thinking about buying a home while attending a post-secondary institution.

The Pros of Home Ownership for Students

  • You'll have a stable place to live throughout your studies. One of the hardest things about moving away from home is finding a suitable place to live. Many colleges have waitlists for student housing. In addition,…

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Downtown Invermere on Seventh Avenue with Shops

The Columbia River Valley in the Canadian Rockies is home to many popular destination towns offering great year-round activities from skiing to hiking, enjoying the lakes and rivers, and the interesting attractions of the towns themselves.

At the head of Windermere Lake, between Radium Hot Springs and Fairmont Hot Springs, is the community of Invermere (sometimes known as Invermere on the Lake). This is one of those popular towns, tucked between the Rocky and Purcell Mountains and surrounded by soaring peaks, wetlands, lush forests, and glittering waters.

Invermere is a great place to ski, golf, see North America’s longest continuous wetland, or visit a host of unique businesses, like the nationally recognized Kicking Horse Coffee.

Things to…

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room showing completed renovations and renovations underway

As we move into the fall and winter months, you might be thinking of shelving your home renovation plans until the spring. After all, who wants to be working on long, inconvenient projects when it's cold, dark, damp, and the snow is making it difficult to get anything done.

But, you might be surprised to learn how many benefits there are to taking up home renovation in the winter and fall.

For example, because the spring and summer are usually the busier seasons for home renovations, contractors and supplies are at a premium during these times, driving up prices and limited availability. By contrast, in winter, there will be a lot more contractors and renovators who will be more than happy to pencil you in on their otherwise sparse calendars.

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Golden, BC can be found between the Selkirk, Purcell, and the Rocky Mountains you’re surrounded by natural alpine beauty, mighty rivers, and a certain peace that comes with being removed from the hustle and bustle of big city centres. Find it at the north end just off of BC’s “Powder Highway”.

If you’re looking to escape popular metropolitan centres in exchange for a small-town feel with everything you need, then Golden, BC might just be the right place for you. It won’t take long before the friendly residents are greeting you in the streets, and stores while swapping stories about daily life. In general, you’ll enjoy a warm welcome without being overwhelmed in a highly commercialized setting.

Golden’s economy is fueled by summer and winter tourism.…

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eavestrough with leavesThere’s a certain crispness in the air, the leaves are starting to change, and school is back in session. We’re a few days into fall and many people are starting to prepare their homes for the cooler, wetter weather that the fall and winter months bring. Here are 10 tips to prepare your home and property for fall and winter.

  1. Clean eavestroughs and downspouts
    After a long dry summer, it’s easy to forget about the various debris that can gather in eavestroughs and downspouts. Even if there are no trees on your property or near your house, it’s important to check, you never know what birds or squirrels might have hidden up there. This is also a great time to check that eavestroughs and downspouts are in good condition, check for areas where caulking may…

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tips for homebuyers to improve credit ratingIt’s no secret that you need to have a decent credit rating to qualify for a mortgage whether you are getting ready to purchase a property or refinance one that you already own. There are no quick fixes or magic formulas that can improve your credit score quickly, this is something that happens over time as you demonstrate your ability to make your payments on time and use credit wisely.

People with higher credit scores and credit ratings are more likely to be offered lower interest rates, better terms, and enjoy a lower cost of borrowing over the long term.

Here are 5 steps to put you on the path for improving your credit rating:

  1. Get a copy of your credit report
    It’s hard to fix what you don’t know is wrong. Obtaining a copy of your credit…

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Welcome to Radium Hot Springs! Radium Hot Springs is known as Canada's friendliest town. If you’re looking for a place like no other, take Highway 95 to the junction of the Kootenay Highway and find yourself in Radium Hot Springs. Radium Hot Springs gets its name from the nearby hot springs located in the nearby Kootenay National Park. At only 16km north of Invermere and 105km south of Golden, there are lots of activities to do in and around Radium. 

Located at the headwaters of the Columbia River, nestled among the Purcell and the Rocky Mountains you’ll find the Village of Radium Hot Springs. Immediately to the east,, you’ll find Kootenay National Park. Also known as Radium, the village attracts thousands of visitors each year from across the country.…

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