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Where to Stay

Whether you are looking for a luxurious and private mountain retreat or a rustic backcountry cabin, Valemount, in the Robson Valley, is filled with options. Make your reservations for RV Parks, national chain hotels, locally-run and family owned motels, inns and B&Bs. You’ll also find plenty of camping here at private and Provincial campgrounds, in the front-range or backcountry. Bringing the whole clan along? You can find every type of vacation rental, from a cozy cabin in the woods to luxurious log homes surrounded by mountains.

Visitor Centre

Get your bearings before you arrive, so you can make the most of your time in Valemount. Conveniently located on Cranberry Lake Road, right off the Yellowhead Highway, the team manning the centre are more than happy to point you in the right direction, share local insights, and make some recommendations to help you enjoy your stay.

The Visitor Centre offers computer terminals with Internet access and sells fishing licences as well as discounted tickets to a variety of BC attractions. This is also the main viewing site for Mount Pierre Elliott Trudeau, named for the popular Canadian Prime Minister. The Interpretive Centre provides a variety of displays about the mountain, the Premier Mountain Range, and the Swift Creek Chinook salmon run. Swift Creek is a short walk from the centre; guided interpretive tours of the Swift Creek Salmon Run are held nightly during the month of August.

Boating Safety

The picturesque lakes and rivers in Valemount are some of the most beautiful places in BC for recreational boating. Boaters must be aware that there are boating restrictions in some lakes and a Pleasure Craft Operator Card boating license (PCOC) is required if you are operating a motorized boat in Canada. A PCOC proves that you have gained the knowledge to safely operate a motorized boat on Canada’s waterways. Winds can pick up quickly and unexpectedly on some of the area lakes in Valemount, so be cautious.

How Do Boaters Obtain Their Card?

The easiest way for boaters to obtain their Pleasure Craft Operator Card is by successfully passing a Transport Canada Accredited, multiple-choice exam at www.boatsmartexam.com.

Fishing Licenses

Fishing licenses can be purchased on-line, at Service BC in Valemount. They are also available to purchase at the Valemount Visitor Centre and the British Columbia Visitor Centre @ Mt Robson. Visit Fishing BC for more information.

Rules of the Road

Seat belt use is mandatory for all drivers and passengers in Canada. The Distracted Driving Law is in effect in British Columbia, which prohibits drivers from talking, texting or emailing on hand-held communication devices, or using other electronic devices while behind the wheel.

What to Pack

The diversity of activities calls for shrewd packing. If you’re heading into the mountains for any sort of outdoor adventure, it’s best to dress in layers. Our dining scene is totally laid-back, so casual attire is the order of the day. We’re known for our hot summers, but remember to bring sunglasses, sunscreen and a hat to provide protection from strong sunlight no matter the season.

 

Weather

Valemount weather conditions are dependent on the season. Valemount experiences four definitive seasons, including a temperate summer climate with beautifully warm days and evenings that cool off nicely.

Winters can be extreme with cold temperatures and over four meters of deep powder snow falling on the valley. Snow generally clears from the valley by late March to mid-April.

Environment Canada provides up-to-date weather conditions.

Avalanche Risk

This is avalanche country! Prepare for your backcountry adventures, check for local and regional avalanche risk bulletins in winter before heading out.