Enjoy All Columbia Falls Has to Offer

By Beacon Staff

Columbia Falls has had a number of new and updated businesses: restaurants, manufacturing facilities, banks, professional offices, a brewery and assisted living complexes are expanding throughout the city. Columbia Falls is the perfect place to unwind, relax and recreate. The city has several miles of walking and bike trails, over 50 acres of parkland and multiple options for eating and entertainment.

Nucleus Avenue is now home to three new eateries: Three Forks Grille, Basecamp Café and FamDamly. Recently opening in the Cosley Building is Desert Mountain Brewery. Newcomers to the Ninth Street West and U.S. Highway 2 include The Palette Café, A & W and Subway. Columbia Falls residents and visitors have long enjoyed the food at The Nite Owl/Back Room, Cimarron Café, Laurie’s Deli, Tiens, Truby’s, Coffee Traders, Pizza Hut, Fox’s, Stageline Pizza, Burger King and, tucked away in Mike’s Conoco is Mike’s Deli.

Entertainment and nightlife are provided at the Columbia Bar, Sportsman Bar and Glacier Lanes Bowling Alley on Nucleus and the Blue Moon at the intersection of Highway 2 and Highway 40 along with several area casinos including Kelly’s, Ferk’s and Diamond Lil’s.

Nucleus and the highway business corridor are home to many unique stores and shops with one-of-a-kind items not found elsewhere in the valley.

The city’s parks include Pinewood Park that features a playground, picnic areas and a public swimming pool. This summer, Pinewood Park will also be the site for the Thursday Farmers Market. The city’s newest park is River’s Edge Park, featuring 27 acres of open parkland and 900 feet of river frontage. There are accessible and primitive paths within the park. River’s Edge Park is also home to the Community Garden. Marantette Park is home to the band shell, picnic pavilion and playgrounds.

The Chamber of Commerce visitor center is located adjacent to Marantette Park and Marantette Park hosts the summer concert series sponsored by the Lions Club. The other parks scattered throughout the city have a variety of playgrounds, fields, tennis courts and picnic areas. Complete park and trail information is available at City Hall or on the City’s website at www.cityofcolumbiafalls.org.

There are lots of special activities to enjoy throughout the summer and into the fall in the Columbia Falls area. Heritage Days is definitely the premier event. Festivities begin July 24 and run through the 28th. There is a car show, rodeo, 5K and 10K run, 3-on-3 basketball tournament and a grand parade. Visit the Chamber Website for more information on activities and businesses.

Come visit and enjoy all of the opportunities Columbia Falls has to offer.

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