Local flying sites
- Mt. Swansea History – Out of the PastBy Winfried Weir
From the vantage point, you view the Rocky Mountain Trench, a linear topographic feature extending northerly almost 1500 km throughout the entire length of British Columbia, Canada
The Rocky Mountain region is actually the foothill region of the Rocky Mountains and extends from Golden to the Canada-USA border. The mountain range varies in high between 6000 – 12000 ft (1800m to 3650m), follows the Columbia River (one of the world’s great migratory bird sanctuaries) from Golden to it’s headwater at Columbia Lake and continues south following the Kootenay river to the border. The only major break in this mountain chain runs from Cranbrook to Sparwood.
The east side is developing almost continues thermals and perfect for long distance flights. Click here to see Google Map
The weather here is relatively dry in summer and with cloud bases in the 9000 feet to 15000 feet (2700 m – 4500 m) range, this area offers some of the best Cross Country potential in the Canadian Rocky Mountains.