Canal Flats BC
Incorporated in 2004, Canal Flats is one of the youngest communities in British Columbia. You’ll find it along Highway 93/95, between Invermere and Cranbrook, at the base of the Canadian Rockies. With mountain wilderness opportunities all around the village and with just a short drive to either Invermere, Kimberley or Cranbrook, Canal Flats residents enjoy the best of both worlds.
This small but unique Columbia Valley village has a huge and very rich history and its residents are proud of their story.
Originally named McGillivray’s Portage by explorer and cartographer, David Thompson in 1808, it was later renamed to reflect the vision of an Englishman, William Adolphe Baillie-Grohman to build a canal across Columbia Lake to the Kootenay River. The BC Government finally built the canal and closed it a year later but the name stuck and the remains of what had been a dream are a tourist attraction to this day.