Wetlands & Wildlife

A thriving natural ecosystem

The Columbia Valley is biologically diverse with eco-systems ranging from grasslands to forests and high alpine habitats. The banks of the Columbia River support the longest continuous running wetlands remaining in North America and are a designated Ramsar site. 100,000 large mammals from eleven species live here including Grizzly and Black Bear, Wolf, Cougar, Wolverine, Elk, Moose, Mountain Caribou, Mountain Goat, Big Horn Sheep, White-tailed Deer and Mule Deer.

In spring about 250 species of birds among them Great Blue Heron, Canada Geese and Osprey return to the valley offering unmatched birdwatching opportunities.