Par­adise short drive to west

Cal­gar­i­ans en­joy Val­ley’s Edge Re­sort within B.C.’s scenic Columbia Val­ley

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Like the many Cal­gary res­i­dents who have a place at Val­ley’s Edge Re­sort, the Hut­leys love the fact their weekend get­away is only three hours away.

That quick drive from their front door to the scenic Columbia Val­ley in B.C. al­lows them to get away al­most ev­ery weekend from May long weekend to Septem­ber long weekend.

“We love it. We ab­so­lutely love it,” says Karen Hut­ley, who works in the oil and gas in­dus­try.

She and hus­band Rob have two daugh­ters, ages 15 and 18. Karen is in her late 40s and Rob is in his early 50s.

The fam­ily bought an RV lot in 2008 in the de­vel­op­ment, which opened in 2006.

They spend about 70 nights per year at the re­sort, de­pend­ing on fam­ily com­mit­ments.

Karen calls the trip from Cal­gary “a beau­ti­ful drive,” adding it isn’t un­usual to see wildlife, such as bears, on the side of the road.

While Val­ley’s Edge is a foursea­son re­sort, the area’s sum­mer weather was a par­tic­u­lar draw for the Hut­leys.

“It’s al­most guar­an­teed it’s bet­ter weather there than here,” says Karen about the re­sort, which is near the town of Ra­dium.

“It’s dif­fer­ent on the other side of the rocks. It’s so hot. In the sum­mer, it’s very com­mon to see 35 C and higher.”

Lo­cated about a seven-minute drive from Ra­dium Hot Springs, the project has about 20 RV sites, five park model sites and 50 cot­tage sites re­main­ing. Upon com­ple­tion, it will have 201 lots.

Lots come with a strata (con­do­minium) ti­tle and all buy­ers are en­ti­tled to vote on strata mat­ters.

For the RV and park model sites, lots range from $69,900 to $94,900, in­clud­ing GST. Peo­ple who want a cot­tage can buy one with land start­ing at $269,900.

Cot­tages start at 1,050 square feet above ground and a fin­ished or un­fin­ished 700-square­foot base­ment.

Since they first bought at the re­sort, the Hut­leys have had no prob­lem con­nect­ing with the other own­ers.

“It’s like fam­ily — lots of good friends,” says Karen, adding many of the friend­ships she and her fam­ily have made with fel­low Cal­gar­i­ans at the re­sort con­tinue when they re­turn to the city.

“Last­ing re­la­tion­ships, that’s for sure,” she says.

At the re­sort, there’s no short­age of ways for own­ers to spend their days.

They can take ad­van­tage of the sur­round­ing nat­u­ral beauty, such as Lake Win­der­mere, or make use of the many man­made ameni­ties — both at the re­sort and in the sur­round­ing area.

“My hus­band taught me how to golf and has taught my youngest daugh­ter how to golf, so we re­ally en­joy golf­ing,” says Karen.

There are about 14 golf cour­ses within a 40-minute drive of the re­sort.

“It’s great golf — beau­ti­ful golf,” says Glen Ortt, pres­i­dent of de­vel­oper Val­ley’s Edge Park Ltd.

For ev­ery­one from “be­gin­ners right up to scratch golfers, there’s some­thing for every­body,” he says.

But golf­ing is just one of many things to do in the val­ley.

It seems like you can split it three ways, says Ortt. “They are ei­ther a boater, a quad­der or a golfer.”

Many of the buy­ers at the re­sort own a boat, he says, adding other pop­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude hik­ing, ski­ing, cross-coun­try ski­ing, snow­shoe­ing and laz­ing on the beach.

“The val­ley of­fers what­ever your mind can re­ally dream up,” says Ortt.

The re­sort, it­self, fea­tures a heated out­door pool, along with ten­nis, bas­ket­ball, vol­ley­ball and bad­minton courts.

It also has a club­house with a hall, kitchen, fit­ness cen­tre, li­brary and play­ground, along with two wash­room fa­cil­i­ties, and a laun­dry area.

Adrian Shel­lard/For the Cal­gary Her­ald

Rob and Karen Hut­ley spend most week­ends from May to Septem­ber at their RV site in the Columbia Val­ley, a three-hour drive from their home in Cal­gary.

Pho­tos: Cal­gary Her­ald/Files

The cost of a lot and cabin in the Val­ley’s Edge Re­sort near Ra­dium, B.C., starts at $269,900.

Ameni­ties such as a heated out­door swim­ming pool, above, and ten­nis courts, be­low, are among the fea­tures at the de­vel­op­ment.

Val­ley’s Edge Re­sort con­tains about 20 sites for re­cre­ational ve­hi­cles.

Cal­gary Her­ald/Files

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