touring & exploring guide
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This map of the Kootenay Rockies region is intended as a locator map only and is designed to be used in conjunction with the BC Road Map and Parks Guide available at Visitor Centres.
93 55k m
Mount Fernie Park /3 4
1 7 mi
E Kikomun Creek Park
4mi m/2 38k
95 3 7mi
k m /6m
Fort Steele Heritage Town
8km/5mi Norbury Lake
Moyie Lake Park
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Top of the World
3 m/ 4 69k
To Spokane 200 km / 124 mi
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i 43m m/ 69k
6mi Waneta Christina Lake Paterson 22 22A
7k m /
Jimsmith Cranbrook Lake Park
/ 1 7 mi
Champion Salmo Lakes Park 11km/
Premier Lake Park
6 28k m
Gray Creek Pass
Nancy Greene Park
Riondel Kootenay Bay Crawford Bay
St Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Alpine
Drewry Point Park
Forks 3 5km/Grand 3mi 21k m / 1 3 m i
Elk Height Lakes of the Rockies
Lussier Lake Park Hot Springs
93 95 Skookumchuck
Kokanee Creek Park
Kokanee 31 Glacier Ainsworth Slocan Hot Springs
Johnsons Purcell Landing Wilderness Conservancy 31
S I N T A U N M O
Multi-Lane Highways Major Highways Major Highways Seasonal Roads Seasonal Roads Secondary Roads Secondary Roads Ferries Ferries Cities Cities Towns Towns Villages Villages within Parks Camping Camping within Parks National Parks National Parks Provincial Parks Provincial Parks Daily Air Service Daily Air Service International Border International Border Christina L.
LEGEND Multi-Lane Highways
9mi m/2 47k
Dry Gulch Park
Kootenay Lake Parks
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5 7k m
To Vernon 135 km / 84 mi
Summit Lake Park
Fairmont Hot Springs
Spray 40 Valley
Bow Valley Wildland
Invermere on the Lake
Halfway River Hot Springs
McDonald Creek Park
Nakusp Hot Springs
BRITISH Radium Hot Springs COLUMBIA Panorama
Trout Lake Park
Halcyon Hot Springs
Upper Arrow L
99 km /62 Trout L.
O Blanket Creek Park
M O U N T A I N S
mi /30 km 49
A S H E E M O N
mi /5 8 km 94
To Vancouver 565 km / 350 mi
Glacier Canyon Hot Springs
/6 km 10
San Francisco Salt Lake City
L Martha Creek Park
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To Jasper 233 km / 145 mi
Calgary Seattle Kalispell Spokane
Yahk Park 2
36 km /22 m
93 L. Koocanusa
Montreal Toronto New York
To Edmonton 294 km / 183 mi
GETTING HERE BY AIR
Major international gateway cities provide easy air access.
AIR CANADA offers flights to/from Vancouver
& Calgary to Cranbrook and Castlegar. To Medicine AirCanada.com Hat 294 km
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PACIFIC COASTAL offers scheduled flights to/from Vancouver into Cranbrook & Trail. To/from Victoria and Kelowna into Cranbrook. PacificCoastal.com Revelstoke Charter Flights, operated by Pacific Coastal, provides flights between Vancouver and Revelstoke, Jan to mid-March. EverythingRevelstoke.com WESTJET LINK offers scheduled flights between Cranbrook and Calgary. WestJet.com
In the north, the TransCanada Hwy #1 follows the route of the Canadian Pacific Railway through four of Canada’s National Parks, connecting Calgary with Vancouver and the coast.
A less travelled southern route, Hwy #3, Claresholm serves travellers from southern Alberta, the southern Okanagan Valley and Vancouver. Ports 2 of entry on the Canada/US border allow access from Spokane, Washington; Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Kalispell, Montana & points south.
Elkford 3 5 k m /2 2
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Crowsnest Pass km
GETTING HERE BY ROAD
Fort are approximate) (drive times
To Lethbridge 100 km / 62 mi
3 Lundbreck Pincher Creek
Fernie m/20mi 32k
3 Roosville To Kalispell 120 km / 75 mi
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Rossland/Trail to Castlegar Castlegar to Nelson 3 Nelson to Crawford 2 Bay Nelson to Kaslo Crawford Bay to Creston Creston to Cranbrook Cranbrook to Fernie Cranbrook to Kimberley Kimberley to Fairmont Fairmont to Radium Radium to Golden Golden toCardston Revelstoke Revelstoke to Nakusp Nakusp to Castlegar Vernon to Nakusp 2 Chief to Golden Calgary Mountain Calgary toCarway Fernie Lethbridge to Fernie Port of Kamloops Revelstoke 17 toPiegan Kelowna to Revelstoke Waterton L. Kelowna to Rossland 89 Spokane to Nelson Spokane to Rossland Spokane to Cranbrook
30 min 40 min 30 min + ferry 1 hr 1 hr + 15 min 1 hr + 15 min 1 hr + 10 min 20 min 1 hr + 10 min 30 min 1 hr + 10 min 2 hrs 1.5 hr + ferry 2 hrs 3 hrs 3 hrs 3 hr + 30 min 2 hr + 30 min 2 hr + 40 min 2 hr + 50 min 4 hrs 4 hrs 3 hrs 4 hrs
1-800-550-4997 Visit DriveBC.ca for real time info.
ELECTRIC VEHICLE TRAVEL
A strong EV Charger network is installed throughout the region. Plan your trip: PlugShare.com and AccelerateKootenays.ca
At the Canadian/US border, be sure to carry your passport or equivalent. For information & updates, visit: Travel.state.gov, Cbsa.gc.ca or call: 1-800-461-9999 ROOSVILLE & KINGSGATE (Cranbrook) - open 24 hrs RYKERTS (CRESTON) - 7am - 11pm NELWAY (NELSON) - 8am to 8pm WANETA (TRAIL) - 9am - 5pm PATERSON (ROSSLAND) - open 24 hrs CASCADE (CHRISTINA LAKE) 8am - midnight
Year-round free service. DriveBC.ca KOOTENAY LAKE: HIGHWAY 3A From Balfour, 6:30am to 9:40pm From Kootenay Bay, 7:10am to 10:20pm Crossing time: 35 minutes 250-229-4215 HARROP: HIGHWAY 3A Across Kootenay River to communities of Harrop & Procter Crossing time: 5 minutes On demand 24 hours 250-229-5650 UPPER ARROW LAKE: HIGHWAY 23 From Shelter Bay, 5am to midnight; every hour From Galena Bay, 5:30am to 12:30am; every hour Crossing time: 20 minutes 250-265-2105 ARROW PARK: HIGHWAY 6 Junction of Upper & Lower Arrow Lakes Crossing time: 5 minutes On demand: 5am to 12:05pm; 2:15pm to 9:20pm 250-265-2105 LOWER ARROW LAKE: HIGHWAY 6 From Fauquier: 5am to 10pm; every ½ hr. From Needles: 5:15am to 9:45pm; every ½ hr. Crossing time: 5 minutes Shuttle Service: 10pm – 5am 250-265-2105
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6 KOOTENAY LAKE Ainsworth, Creston, Kaslo, Nelson
12 WEST KOOTENAY
Castlegar, Rossland, Trail
16 EAST KOOTENAY
Cranbrook, Fort Steele, Kimberley
20 ELK VALLEY & FERNIE Elkford, Sparwood
24 28 32 35 38 40
Fairmont, Invermere, Panorama, Radium
NATIONAL PARKS CORRIDOR
Field, Golden, Revelstoke
ARROW LAKES / SLOCAN VALLEY
Nakusp, New Denver, Silverton, Winlaw
NATIONAL AND PROVINCIAL
ON THE POWDER HIGHWAY
LODGING & CAMPGROUNDS
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WelcOME to tHe KooTEnAY RockiES
communities Each community in the Kootenay Rockies has its own unique story to tell. Along your journey, you will discover rare, scenic vistas and meet warm, friendly people. Whether you hike a trail in a pristine mountain park or stroll along the streets of quaint towns, you will want to stay an extra day. Enjoy all this Mountain Playground has to offer.
Steve Ogle photo Summertime in downtown Nelson.
Ainsworth, Creston, kaslo, nelson
The Nelson and Kootenay Lake area is brimming with a diversity of mountain culture. The mountains were once alive with Sinixt and Ktunaxa First Nations, then the sounds of miners working their claims and today you are likely to encounter backcountry hikers, mountain bikers and skiers. Nelson boasts a vivid past of Victorian architecture, cultural histories and a vibrant art scene. These qualities are complemented by world-class outdoor adventure plus great dining, shopping and lodging options. Surrounding provincial parks offer sandy beaches, incredible old growth cedar hikes, Cody Caves, the Kokanee Mountain Zipline attraction and much more. Nearby Ainsworth Hot Springs offers a full-service resort and a popular family destination. The pools are situated on a hillside offering a panoramic view of the Purcell Mountains.
Kaslo is picture perfect. The worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest intact passenger sternwheeler, the SS Moyie dominates the waterfront and reminds everyone of its glory days. The quaint downtown is filled with shops and galleries. Meadow Creek features the Lardeau River, stunning backcountry beauty and the perfect place to paddle, hike, fish or join a rafting adventure. The Kootenay Lake Ferry travels between Balfour and Kootenay Bay. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a spectacular 35 minute free ride. Allow yourself some extra time to browse the shops & eateries at the Balfour Ferry Landing. Highway 3A makes its way along the East Shore of Kootenay Lake. Discover the Artisans of Crawford Bay, the unique Glass House attraction at Sanca & the many villages throughout the beautiful Creston Valley. Creston features wonderful wineries and is a retreat for foodies, creatives and lovers of the land.
CRESTON - 121 Northwest Blvd, Hwy 3 250-428-4342 Info@CrestonValleyBC.com CrestonValleyBC.com KASLO - 324 Front Street 250-353-2525 SSMoyie@klhs.bc.ca KLHS.bc.ca NELSON - 91 Baker Street 1-877-663-5706 Info@DiscoverNelson.com DiscoverNelson.com NelsonKootenayLake.com
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KOOTENAY L AKE FERRY World’s longest free ferry ride. A scenic 35 minute journey between Balfour & Kootenay Bay.
KASLO JAZZ FESTIVAL Early August Musical genres, craft refreshment vending, childrens entertainment tent, workshops, beach setting, family fun.
AINSWORTH HOT SPRINGS Highway 31 Famous hot springs pool including a horseshoe-shaped cave.
Meadow Creek: L ARDEAU VALLEY MUSEUM Highway 31 A small museum with a variety of local artifacts relevant to the area.
JB FLETCHER MUSEUM A turn-of-the-century restored general store presents a show of mining artifacts.
CHAMBER OF MINES MUSEUM 215 Hall Street Mining built towns throughout BC; check out one of the best rock collections in the world.
L ANGHAM CULTURAL CENTRE 447 A Avenue A centre for arts and culture. It houses two art galleries and the Japanese Canadian Museum.
CIT Y HERITAGE TOUR Take a self-guided walking tour and discover why the city is known as the Heritage Capital of BC. Maps available at Visitor Centre.
KASLO RIVER TRAILS A scenic riverside ramble (6 km easy) looping the north and south sides of the Kaslo River. Includes two beautiful covered bridges.
SALMO MUSEUM Railway & 4th St. Hardrock mining display, underground tunnel, archives and photographs. Heritage Tour and six unique stone murals.
KOOTENAY L AKE ARCHIVES 312 – 4th Avenue (Kemball building) In the Old Jail, showcasing over 5,000 photographs.
STREETCAR #23 The last survivor of Nelson’s original transit system. Catch the tramway at Lakeside Park and Prestige Resort.
KOOTENAY STAR MUSEUM 402 Front Sreet This museum displays a rich treasure of machinery, photos, documents & mining samples.
TOUCHSTONES MUSEUM OF ART & HISTORY 502 Vernon Street Experience the art gallery, community museum and archives. Located in a 1902 heritage building.
SS MOYIE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE 324 Front Street The SS Moyie launched in 1898 and operated for almost 60 years. Beautifully restored museum and a must for visitors.
R E T R E AT & W E L L N E S S C E N T R E
KASLO SATURDAY MARKET Front Street Park Local artists, crafters and food producers. NELSON FAT TIRE FESTIVAL Late August Open Jam night, bike camps, group rides, races, family event. NELSON MARKETS Downtown Market, Wednesdays. Community Market, Saturdays at the Cottonwood Falls Park. Marketfest, the last Friday in July & August, 6-10:30pm. QUEEN CIT Y CRUISE CAR SHOW Early September Downtown Baker Street in Nelson provides the ideal location for car collectors from far & wide to show off their cars. SHAMBHAL A MUSIC FESTIVAL Mid-August, Salmo An impressive event with six unique stages showcasing DJs and live talent alongside cutting edge technology. WINTER KICK-OFF Late November to early December Celebrate the beginning of winter with featured culinary creations, cultural attractions and preChristmas celebrations.
Heavenly Beds & Glacier Outdoor Aqua Spa Complimentary Golf & Breakfast Ainsworth Hot Springs is just minutes away!
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Relax in one of our cozy private lakefront cottages or main lodge rooms, indulge in our delicious food and savour the tranquility.
Kari Medig photo Enjoy the Creston wineries.
Discover the Kootenays with Prestige Experience the exceptional hospitality of Prestige while exploring the scenic beauty of the Kootenay Rockies.
BETWEEN A L AKE AND A HIGH PL ACE Kaslo 250-353-3049 An experiential tourism company offering a day-in-the-life of a local with access to places, venues and people. BetweenLakeandHighPlace.ca See ad page 8. BIKING & TREKKING The area offers a network of trails for mountain biking and hiking. Shuttle service, bike shops, rentals and a dirt jump zone is also offered. Guided rock climbing, trekking and hiking trips available. CODY CAVES PROVINCIAL PARK Located approx. 1/2 hr north of Ainsworth Hot Springs. Visitors may tour underground with a professional interpreter year-round. GOLF Granite Pointe, Balfour, Eagleview, Kaslo; each offer great golf & gorgeous views; enjoy a round. GREAT NORTHERN RAIL TRAIL This converted railway between the cities of Nelson and Salmo is wonderful for biking. KOKANEE MOUNTAIN ZIPLINE 19 km (12 mi) E of Nelson Six ziplines, six unique experiences. Outrageous fun for the whole family.
L ARDEAU RIVER ADVENTURES Meadow Creek 1-855-400-7238 Unparalleled whitewater rafting adventure on the crystal waters of the Lardeau. Suitable for all ages. LardeauRiverAdventures.com See ad page 8 SALMON SPAWNING August brings you the chance to watch thousands of spawning salmon head up the waterways. Popular spots are Meadow Creek, and Kokanee Creek & Kokanee Glacier Parks.
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WATERSPORTS Kootenay Lake offers great fishing and beautiful waterfront beaches with all sorts of rentals. Nearby, Lardeau, Salmo & Slocan Rivers are popular for kayaking and rafting. Charters and tours available.
SHARE IN OUR GOODNESS (Sights, scents and sounds are also recommended.)
cr est o n & ea st sh ore ARTS, CULTURE, HERITAGE
ARTISANS OF CRAWFORD BAY Home to a diverse group of craftspeople, most of whom are a few minutes walk of each other. CRESTON MUSEUM 219 Devon Street Explore local history through exhibits, events and guided tours. CROSS COUNTRY SEEING ART STUDIO TOUR Early August Self-guided tour of 10 wonderful artists. CrossCountrySeeing.weebly.com RIONDEL MUSEUM Photos and mining displays; historic walkway through the mine site. YAQAN NUKIY HERITAGE CENTRE 3560 Highway 21, Creston Developed by the local Indigenous people to showcase their unique culture and traditions.
ATTRACTIONS KOOTENAY-COLUMBIA DISCOVERY CENTRE 1760 W Creston Road Wildlife viewing, boardwalk, hiking & biking trails, canoe tours and interpretive displays. GL ASS HOUSE 40 km S of Crawford Bay (Sanca) Constructed in 1952 of over 500,000 square embalming fluid bottles. TOURS: FARM, WINERY, ARTISAN, BREWERY Enjoy a tour, pick your own fruit, taste cheese & meet the cows, browse the art studios, view the murals, sample at the wineries and brewery.
FESTIVALS CRESTON FARMERS MARKET Saturdays, May to December A dynamic blend of vendors offering produce, arts & crafts and entertainment. STARBELLY JAM Late July, Crawford Bay A wonderful outdoor music fest, artisan fair & children’s entertainment.
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GOLF Kokanee Springs in Crawford Bay, Creston Golf Course & Riondel’s 9-hole course. HIKING & BIKING The area offers a variety of trails and backcountry roads. Balancing Rock Trail is a favourite hiking route which leads to valley views. WATERSPORTS Duck Lake is famous for bass fishing; Kootenay Lake for Rainbow Trout & Kokanee. Guided kayaking trips are offered on the Kootenay River.
Kari Medig photo Castlegar’s Sculpturewalk.
castlegar, rossland, trail
In the southwestern corner of the Kootenay Rockies, mining built the boomtowns of Trail and Rossland, and remains the economic backbone of an area in which family outdoor recreation defines a way of life. Castlegar, the newest town in the area is situated at the confluence of the Kootenay and Columbia Rivers. World-class fishing, kayaking and climbing are at your fingertips. This ‘Centre of Adventure’ is home to an impressive network of trails, where hikers and cyclists enjoy the natural setting of the city. Castlegar also thrives with rich culture and heritage – enjoy the Millennium Walkway & Ponds, Heritage Tour and Sculpturewalk. Perched high in the Monashee Mountains, Rossland was the site of Canada’s richest 19th century gold strikes. Today, the easy-going locals and mountain-lovers who flock here, strike gold on the stunning hiking and biking trails. World-renowned
35 km / 22 mi long Seven Summits Trail is an incredible ride well deserving of its IMBA Epic Ride status. Known as the ‘Mountain Biking Capital of Canada’ and for the world-class tree skiing at RED Mountain Resort, this alpine city is small but it’s pretty big on activities. Trail can proudly boast a surge in development in recent years. From industry to legendary sporting feats, experience the hometown pride that emanates from locals. Take one of the many walks or hikes to discover hundreds of rock walls and staircases, many of them carved by hand. Experience the new Trail Museum & Archives, which offers perspectives on the growth and significance of industry on immigration and local culture. Finish with a stroll across the Columbia River Skywalk, one of the longest suspension bridges of its kind in North America.
CASTLEGAR - 1995 6th Avenue 1-888-365-6313 Tourism@Castlegar.com Castlegar.com ROSSLAND - Hwy Junction 22 & 3B 1-888-448-7444 Info@RosslandMuseum.ca TourismRossland.com TRAIL - 1505 Bay Avenue 250-364-0821 Tourism@Trail.ca TourismTrailBC.ca
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ARTS, CULTURE, HERITAGE BRILLIANT SUSPENSION BRIDGE A National Historic Site. Explore the trails that link the restored bridge with nature reserves. DOUKHOBOR DISCOVERY CENTRE 112 Heritage Way A reconstructed communal village and Gallery. Doukhobor-Museum.org KOOTENAY GALLERY 120 Heritage Way A public art gallery featuring established artists and gift shop displaying local artisans’ work. TRAIN STATION MUSEUM 400 – 13th Avenue This museum occupies a preserved 100 year old Canadian Pacific Railway Station. VERIGINS TOMB MEMORIAL PARK A Doukhobor burial site on Castlegar’s hillside. Tranquil with spectacular views. ZUCKERBERG ISL AND HERITAGE PARK 9th St & 7th Ave. Walk the suspension bridge back in time to a First Nation’s hand built winter pit-house, thousands of years old.
ATTRACTIONS MILLENNIUM PARK Natural swimming ponds, bike park, volley ball and concession. Fun for all.
FESTIVALS KOOTENAY FESTIVAL Late July Celebrate the heritage through music, dance, art & food. KootenayFestival.com
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SCULPTURE WALK Downtown – an outdoor exhibit of original sculptures by local and international artists.
PASS CREEK FALL FAIR Late September Rides, live music, car show, artisans. SUNFEST First weekend in June. A variety of community events and entertainment for the whole family.
RECREATION BIKING A great selection of mountain biking and cycling trails are offered including the C&W Rail Trail. CycologyBikes.ca FISHING The Columbia River and area lakes & rivers produce world-class fishing. ChillBillyCharters.com GOLF Four stellar courses within 15 minutes include the Castlegar Golf Club & RV Park. WATERSPORTS The adventure is endless – rafting, kayaking, paddle boarding – from remote lakes to a roaring river. EndlessAdventure.ca
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ARTS, CULTURE, HERITAGE GOLD FEVER FOLLIES 1765 Columbia Avenue Live musical theatre shows, highlighting the infamous cancan and Rossland’s rich gold rush days of the late 1890s. Great entertainment for the whole family. GoldFeverFollies.com HERITAGE WALKING TOUR Discover 30 heritage stone, brick or granite downtown buildings built before 1929. Pick up a Tour Map at the Visitor Centre. ROSSL AND MUSEUM & DISCOVERY CENTRE Highway Junction 22 & 3B Site of the LeRoi Gold Mine; display of artifacts, a Geology Centre and gold panning attraction.
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BROKEN GOAT Late July This unique point to point race takes runners up 5 peaks along the Seven Summits Trail. FALL FAIR & GOLDEN CIT Y DAYS Early September A community weekend family festival celebrating the community’s rich gold mining history.
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MOUNTAIN MARKET Every Thursday evening downtown, during the summer. Browse the locally grown & made goods. RED TEETH, A MOUNTAIN WINE FESTIVAL Mid-June From RED Mountain Resort’s famous outdoor deck, savour BC wine and cider. ROSSL AND BIKE FESTIVALS Summer offers the Huck’en Berries Bike Jam and Seven Summits Poker Ride.
SEVEN SUMMITS TRAIL
WINTER CARNIVAL Late January Canada’s oldest winter carnival – since 1898!
RECREATION GET LOST ADVENTURE CENTRE At RED Mountain Resort Your gateway to adventure from a cross-country ski tour to fly-fishing outings and bike rentals.
THE IMBA EPIC OF THE KOOTENAYS
TRAILS - HIKING / BIKING Rossland offers over 200 kms (125 mi) of maintained trails for mountain biking, walking and horse riding. A number of bike shops and bike rentals are offered. Pick up a Trail Map at the Visitor Centre. WATERSPORTS Nearby Nancy Greene Provincial Park is the perfect place to enjoy fishing, swimming, SUPing and boating – the subalpine lake is beautiful. Rossland also offers a seasonal outdoor pool. The 80 year old pool is also a heritage site.
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GOLF Redstone Golf Resort offers 18-holes of true mountain golf, licensed dining & lounge. The Thin Air Disc Golf Club is the top 18-hole disc golf course in the Kootenays.
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ATTRACTIONS COLUMBIA GARDENS WINERY 9340 Station Road Offering The Burl Tasting room, gift shop and Grape Escape Guest House. COLUMBIA RIVER SKY WALK Spans the Columbia River from West Trail to East Trail. Part of the TransCanada Trail Society’s Great Trail. FAMOUS ROCK WALLS Taste life in Little Italy by taking a walking tour of Trail’s historic rock walls. Maps at Visitor Centre.
GYRO PARK 1090 Charles Lakes Drive Situated alongside the Columbia River offering sandy beach, boat launch, concession and kids spray park.
TRAIL BEER REFINERY 1299 Bay Avenue Quality beer is served in the tap room along with fantastic food. Try the bocce pit in the brewery. KootenayRockiesAleTrail.ca
SPORTS HALL OF MEMORIES 1051 Victoria Street in the Trail Memorial Centre A glimpse into Trail’s rich sports heritage. Open during centre hours.
TRAIL MUSEUM & ARCHIVES 1505 Bay Avenue in the Trail Riverfront Centre Free gallery admission. Archival research available - appointments recommended.
TECK INTERPRETIVE CENTRE 200 – 1199 Bay Avenue Enjoy a tour of one of the world’s largest zinc and lead complexes. Prebook with Visitor Centre.
VISAC ART GALLERY & CHARLES BAILEY THEATRE 1501 Cedar Avenue Enjoy local art exhibits, workshops and wonderful performances.
RECREATION Ryan Flett photo
GOLF Home to 3 pristine golf courses; all within a 30 minute drive of Trail. FISHING The Columbia River offers one of the hottest Rainbow Trout fishing spots in the world to flyfish or cast from shore. A world record 23 lb Rainbow Trout was caught in 2004. Ling Cod and Walleye can also be caught. TRAIL AQUATIC CENTRE 1875 Columbia Avenue Aquatic & Leisure Centre with a fitness centre, 8 lane pool and a play pool with water features. TRAILS – HIKING / BIKING An extensive network of trails wind through the area’s forested slopes and the Beaver Valley. Maps available at the Visitor Centre.
KOOTENAY HEALTHY LIFEST YLE EXPO Early June. An event featuring exhibitors and demonstrations that promote holistic and western health practices, nutrition and wellness. MUSIC IN THE PARK Enjoy live music every Thursday, June to August, at Gyro Park. Entrance by donation. SILVER CIT Y DAYS Every May on Mothers Day Weekend – Carnival, parade, live entertainment & fireworks.
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SUMMER MARKET Trail’s incrEDIBLE Farmers Market takes place downtown every second Saturday.
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Kari Medig photo Cranbrook History Centre.
cranbrook, fort steele, kimberley
Surrounded by mountains and idyllic, trout-filled rivers, the East Kootenay is an explorer’s dream. Historic ghost towns, community forest and nature park chock-full of adventurous opportunities, and quiet roads – with a surprise around every corner – are why people fall in love with this stunning area. Cranbrook is the largest community in the region, the commercial centre for the area and has one of the sunniest climates in Canada. The arrival of the railway put Cranbrook on the map, generated wealth that built the elegant homes of the Baker Hill district and created the context for a superb museum within the History Centre – Canadian Museum of Rail Travel. Travel back in time to the 1890s at Fort Steele Heritage Town. Once a thriving gold rush town, Fort Steele is a living museum that recreates the wild west days of the past,
complete with costumed townspeople, wagon and steam train rides & live shows at the Wild Horse Theatre. Fully immerse yourself in history with a stay at the historic on-site Windsor Hotel. The alpine city of Kimberley is set on the eastern slope of the valley. The former mining town has recreated itself as a wonderful destination complete with championship golf courses, ski resort and an underground railway that highlights the history of the Sullivan Mine. Exploring Kimberley’s amazing mining history and backcountry terrain – from whitewater rafting to endless hiking – are just a few reasons why Kimberley is a good place to be. Beautiful Lake Koocanusa is situated between Cranbrook and Fernie and offers 200 km (125 mi) of pristine shoreline. It is home to Sunshine Houseboat Vacations.
CRANBROOK - 2279 Cranbrook St N, Hwy 3/95 250-426-5914 Info@CranbrookChamber.com CranbrookTourism.ca KIMBERLEY - 270 Kimberley Avenue 1-778-481-1891 Info@TourismKimberley.com TourismKimberley.com
CIT Y HERITAGE TOUR See historic residences in the Baker Hill area dating from 1888. Map available.
FARMERS MARKET Every Saturday July to early-Oct downtown during the summer. Every 2nd Sat in the spring.
CRANBROOK HISTORY CENTRE 57 Van Horne St. S 250-489-3918 The History Centre houses the Canadian Museum of Rail Travel, Archives & Museum, Royal Alexandra Hall, Paleontology Gallery and Model Railway. See ad page 19. CranbrookHistoryCentre.com
PRO RODEO Mid-August Wycliffe Exhibition Grounds Professional riders, barrel racing, dance, refreshment garden & more.
FORT STEELE HERITAGE TOWN Hwy 93/95, 15 km NE of Cranbrook 250-417-6000 Take a leap back to the 1890s and experience the restored pioneer boomtown. A family favourite for decades. See ad page 19. FortSteele.ca KEY CIT Y THEATRE 20 14th Avenue N Art Gallery and performing arts venue. KOOTENAY TROUT HATCHERY 4522 Fenwick Rd, 32 km SE of Cranbrook An extensive interpretive area with aquaria, educational displays and fishing pond is open every day for self-guided tours. KTUNAXA INTERPRETIVE CENTRE 7777 Mission Road, St. Eugene Resort A firsthand look at the life of the Ktunaxa people. The centre is a showcase of Indigenous culture, contemporary arts and heritage.
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SAM STEELE DAYS Third weekend in June. A city-wide festival celebrating history, arts & culture. Includes a parade, sports tournies, market and music.
RECREATION ELIZABETH L AKE WILDLIFE SANCTUARY Highway 3/95 - A 6 acre wetland, home to many animal species. Trails, viewpoints, picnic tables. GOLF Many courses to pick from: Wildstone, Cranbrook, Shadow Mountain, St. Eugene and Mission Hills. TRAILS Community Forest – 2,000 acres of crown forest offers nature trails & biking opportunities. South Star Recreation Trails - 30 kms of forest for hiking, biking, horseback riding and xc skiing. TransCanada Trail – Chief Isadore Trail, Rotary Way, and the Kimberley/Cranbrook Northstar Rail Trail.
Fire Hall Kitchen & Tap.
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Kari Medig photo Fort Steele Heritage Town.
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COMINCO GARDENS Townsite, 4th Ave. Stroll through 2.5 acres filled with different varieties of flowers. HERITAGE MUSEUM & LIBRARY 150 Spokane St. Artifacts, photographs and displays depict early life, mining and skiing. KIMBERLEY ARTS AT CENTRE 64 64 Deer Park Ave. Kimberley’s arts and culture centre; art exhibitions and live performances. MARYSVILLE FALLS & ECO PARK Lovely boardwalk along Mark Creek to the falls. A Westslope Trout sculpture is featured. SPIRIT ROCK CLIMBING CENTRE In the Platzl - Climbing gym for all ability levels. UNDERGROUND MINING RAILWAY 115 Gerry Sorensen Way 250-427-0022 Ride the train underground and enjoy the attractions: theatre, mining school house and residence, powerhouse. See ad page 19. KUMR.ca
FESTIVALS FARMERS MARKET Howard Street - Thursday evenings during the summer. Fresh food, artisans, music, and more. FIRST SATURDAYS July to October - All day Arts & Culture events take place on the first Saturday of each month.
RECREATION GOLF COURSES 18-Holes: Bootleg Gap (& Rec 9), Kimberley Golf Course and Trickle Creek. Putting Course at Kimberley Riverside Campground. FISHING The St. Mary, and other nearby rivers are full of Cutthroat, Rainbow & Bull Trout. Many area lakes also offer great experiences. Book a guided trip. TRAILS – HIKING / BIKING The Kimberley Nature Park offers an extensive network of trails. The Northstar Rail Trail – former railway between Kimberley and Cranbrook is part of the TransCanada Trail. Maps available at the Visitor Centre.
Learn about life as a miner at the Underground Interpretive Centre as our guide describes hardrock mining and demonstrates some of the equipment used in the Sullivan Mine. • Mining Tours: 11am, 1 & 3pm • Resort Express Train Tours: 10am weekends • Open Weekends starting Victoria Day • Open Daily July 1 to Labour Day
A visit to Cranbrook starts with a journey back in time. Climb aboard the vintage railcars of the Trans-Canada Limited. Railway heritage at its finest!
250-489-3918 cranbrookhistorycentre.com 250-417-6000 www.fortsteele.ca • Train runs daily from July 1 to Labour Day
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Fort Steele’s steam train ride is an astonishing experience, putting you in the seats of earlier adventurers who saw this spectacular country side for the first time more than 100 years ago.
Kari Medig photo Morrissey Ridge overlooking Fernie.
elK valley & FeRniE elkford and sparwood
This less travelled, southern route through the towering Rocky Mountains is a giant gateway to the great outdoors. Follow the Elk River for adrenaline-fueled mountain biking and river rafting, for the tranquil pleasure of fly-fishing in a pristine wilderness river, or to access remote wilderness parks. Along the way, check out the valleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trio of small towns, built on more than a century of coal mining. Fernie is a pleasure to explore and experience. The charming golden-rose, brick and stone facades of the historic downtown are nestled below the jagged peaks of the Lizard Range. Meet traditional artisans at work, learn local legends or relax on a street-side patio. Sought out by adventure seekers and cultural explorers alike, Fernie is a mecca for biking, hiking, fishing, rafting and world-class skiing in the winter.
The town of Sparwood is located in the centre of the Elk Valley and the 350 ton Terex Titan truck welcomes you at the entrance. Sparwood is proud of its mining heritage and the open pit coal mines that still operate today. Stroll the Mining Artifact Walk, see the building murals and visit the museum. Just beyond the community is year-round recreation â&#x20AC;&#x201C; wildlife viewing, golfing and much more. The most remote town in the region, Elkford is a scenic 30 minute drive north of Sparwood and the gateway to two majestic wilderness parks: Elk Lakes and Height of the Rockies. The area is a popular destination for a range of recreational activities such as ATV touring, hiking and mountain biking. And, on Saturdays, throughout the summer, free guided tours are offered of the open pit coal mining operations.
ELKFORD - 750 Fording Drive 1-855-877-9453 VisitorCentre@Elkford.ca Elkford.ca FERNIE - 102 Highway 3 and 491 2nd Ave 1-778-519-0748 VIC@TourismFernie.com TourismFernie.com SPARWOOD - 141A Aspen Drive 1-877-485-8185 Administrator@SparwoodChamber.bc.ca Sparwood.ca
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ELK L AKES PROVINCIAL PARK A true wilderness area offering hiking and fishing opportunities. Involves travel on a gravel road north from Elkford. FORDING MOUNTAIN SULPHUR WARM SPRINGS A naturally warm spring hidden in the forest and known for its sulphur smell as much as the healing properties.
WINTER IN THE WILD Mid-February Celebrate winter with this fun-filled family weekend. Fireworks, sleigh rides, bonfires and more activities & events for all ages.
RECREATION MOUNTAIN MEADOWS GOLF COURSE A 9-hole layout which is challenging and fun. Clubhouse lounge, restaurant and patio.
JOSEPHINE FALLS At the end of a 2 km (1 mi) walking trail is rarelyviewed Josephine Falls, a 25 metre (83 foot) tumble of foaming water set in a secluded canyon.
RECREATION FACILITIES Elkford offers an ice arena and curling rink, a four-lane swimming pool with hot tub and sauna, and various multi-purpose use areas.
OPEN PIT MINE TOURS Board the bus at the Visitor Centre and be transported into one of Canada’s most productive steelmaking coal operations. Tours are offered July & August and are free. Book at Visitor Centre 1-855-877-9453.
TRAILS – HIKING / BIKING Pick up a trail map at the Visitor Centre. Mountain Walk Trail – an 8 km (5 mi) one-way moderate hike from the ski hill through subalpine forest; mountain biking is a popular alternative. Boivin Creek Trail – A moderate hike of 7.5 km (4.5 mi) with a gradual climb. In the winter, a track is set for cross-country skiing.
FESTIVALS RIVER VIEW FARMERS MARKET Wednesdays 5-7:30 pm during the summer at Devonian Park (behind the Aquatic Centre).
WAPITI SKI HILL A great family ski resort offering 14 runs, 1,000 ft vertical drop with beginner & expert runs and night skiing.
WILDCAT DAYS Late June / early July Go wild at Elkford’s biggest event! Multiple, fun-filled days with activities and attractions for all.
WINTER RECREATION Elkford offers a multitude of winter activities: snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and the Wapiti Ski Hill is located right in town.
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ARTS, CULTURE, HERITAGE THE ARTS STATION 601 First Avenue A turn-of-the-century railroad station converted into a cultural centre, theatre and gallery. CIT Y HALL & MINER’S WALK 501 Third Avenue One of Fernie’s great historic buildings & a tribute to the Elk Valley’s mining heritage. FERNIE MUSEUM & WALKING TOUR 491 Second Avenue Explore Fernie’s heritage and culture in the galleries and interactive displays. Scheduled heritage tours are offered of Fernie’s treasure trove of brick and stone architecture. HERITAGE LIBRARY 492 Third Avenue Bringing words to life in a beautiful heritage building. Enjoy programs and events for all ages.
FESTIVALS ELK VALLEY ULTRA 50 KM & REL AY Late July An epic valley to alpine trail running race. FERNIE CHAUTAUQUA & FALL FAIR Mid-September A vibrant festival of tradition, community and harvest. Live outdoor concerts, heritage walking tours, artists at work, harvest fair, cultural events.
Emily Ruth Williams photo Mountain Goats grazing on Polar Peak.
FESTIVALS (Continued) FERNIE HALF MARATHON Early October The Half Marathon / 3-person relay is a 21 km run through the extensive community trail system. The popular 10 km walk / run is also offered. MARKETS During the summer. Fernie Mountain Market – Sun mornings at Rotary Park. Jaffray-Baynes Lake Market – Saturday mornings. WAPITI MUSIC FESTIVAL Early August Hear the best in indie, performers that fit the spirit of the spectacular surroundings.
Rafting the Elk River Canyon
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WEDNESDAY CONCERT SERIES July and August at the Station Square. Live music & refreshments; 5:30-9pm
RECREATION FERNIE ALPINE RESORT Bike Park, Chairlift rides, Rippin Zipline, Aerial Playground and scenic hiking. FERNIE GOLF COURSE A championship 18-hole course. Enjoy the wonderful wraparound deck for meals & drinks. RIVER ADVENTURES The pristine Elk River is famous for fly-fishing, whitewater rafting, kayaking, SUP and scenic floats. The views and wildlife are just as rewarding. SUNSHINE WATERPARK Lake Koocanusa An aquatic playground at the Sunshine Houseboat Marina. Watercraft and water sport accessories for rent also. See ad page 19. TRAILS – HIKING / BIKING Trail Maps at the Visitor Centre or view online at TourismFernie.com. Fernie’s extensive trail system features beginner to advanced terrain. WILDLIFE & NATURE VIEWING Experience the beauty and tranquility of the Rocky Mountains with an informative nature tour, workshop or guided hike.
Get intimate with nature. www.elkford.ca 1-855-877-WILD
Walk out your back door into a world untamed. From Xtreme sportsman to simple nature lover… adventures are living life to its fullest in our mountain playground. Why aren’t you? Explore the wildlife; visit Elkford, British Columbia.
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HERITAGE MUSEUM 141 B Aspen Drive Artifacts displayed include sections of the early schools, hospital, churches, mining, musical instruments, toys, sports and home furnishings. LEISURE CENTRE 367 Pine Avenue All-season indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, sports courts, outdoor spray park, fitness, curling and ice facility & children’s program. OPEN PIT MINE TOURS During July & August, tours of Teck’s Elkview Operations depart three times per week from the Sparwood Visitor Centre. Educational and fun. TEREX TITAN World’s largest tandem axle dump truck. You have to see it to believe it – 2 Greyhound buses and 2 pickup trucks can fit into the box.
FESTIVALS COAL MINER DAYS Second weekend in June. This annual festival celebrates Sparwood’s heritage with a parade, sports tournaments, street markets, children activities and more. FALL FOOD FEST A food truck festival in September featuring trucks from Southern Alberta & British Columbia. FARMERS MARKET July & August Every Friday from 4-7pm at Titan Park.
RECREATION FISHING The Elk River is a pinnacle of the area as it flows from high up in the Rocky Mountains. Over its course, the river offers world-class dry fly-fishing for Westslope Cutthroat.
A SUPSquatch tour on the Elk River.
Home of the Titan Truck & Coal Mine Tours.
GOLF The Sparwood Golf Course offers 9-holes, rolling fairways and beautiful mountain vistas. The town also has an 18 basket disc golf course. TRAILS The area offers a number of trails maintained for different activities such as ATVing, horseback riding, hiking and mountain biking. The Mountain Shadows Trail is an easy trail for walking, beginning at the Campground and circling the golf course. Sparwood Ridge Trail is found near the powerlines off Sycamore Road. It is a well maintained horse trail leading to the top of Sparwood Ridge. The view of Sparwood and area is impressive. WINTER EXPERIENCES Snowshoeing is one of North America’s fastestgrowing winter sports and Sparwood provides the trails, snow and scenery. The area also offers the ultimate backcountry riding experience for snowmobilers. And, the Sunset Ridge Ski Society maintains over 10 km (6 mi) of cross-country ski trails.
Ryan Creary photo Touring Highway 93 and Kootenay National Park.
fairmont, invermere, panorama, radium
Separating the Rocky Mountains from their nearest neighbours, the Purcells, this wide valley offers breathtaking vistas in every direction. Inscribed by the Kootenay and Columbia rivers, the valley floor is home to one of the world’s most treasured wetland areas. It’s a short drive from hot springs to heritage attractions, with numerous award-winning golf courses and beautiful lakes in between. Fairmont Hot Springs Resort offers full services and a range of activities in a family-friendly setting. The experience includes the resort’s complex of natural springs pools, 3 golf courses, Mineral Mountain Zipline, 235 site RV Resort and skiing in the winter. Nearby Fairmont Funtasia Park features a myriad of family activities from 18-hole Forest Mini-golf, Spin & Bump Cars to an Animal Pet Park and Garden Bistro. Invermere on the Lake is a small, friendly town situated on
the shores of one of the warmest lakes in the region. Spend the day at the beach but be sure to explore the impressive shops, eateries and artisan galleries downtown. Panorama Mountain Resort is minutes west of Invermere. This village is all about summer and winter. Kids will love the waterpark, waterslide, bike park and adventure camps. Grown-ups will enjoy the hot pools, shops, restaurants, golf course and perfect setting. The village of Radium Hot Springs lies at the southern entrance to Kootenay National Park. The hot pool facilities are located in Sinclair Canyon, just a couple of minutes inside the park boundary. People come here not only for the hot springs, but also for the excellent recreation – golf, hiking, whitewater rafting and scenic floats. The village offers an extensive range of visitor services including a selection of accommodation ranging from campgrounds to full-service resorts.
RADIUM HOT SPRINGS - Hwy 95, 7556 Main St E 1-888-347-9331 Info@RadiumHotSprings.com RadiumHotSprings.com INVERMERE - 651 Highway 93/95 250-342-2844 Info@CVChamber.ca CVChamber.ca Info@InvermerePanorama.com InvermerePanorama.com
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ARTS, CULTURE, HERITAGE ART WALK June to August Stroll around town & visit participating galleries. PYNELOGS ART GALLERY 1720 – 4th Avenue Art gallery, cultural centre, café and gift shop featuring the works of local artists and artisans. WINDERMERE VALLEY MUSEUM 222 – 6th Avenue The museum consists of 6 buildings furnished with pioneer artifacts and a log CPR Station.
ATTRACTIONS ARROWHEAD BREWING CO. 481 Arrow Road Watch the beer making process from the viewing corridor; tastings in tap room.
BOTANICAL GARDENS Three acres of botanical gardens with plantings of heritage perennials and food plants. A self-guided trail networks around Pynelogs & Dorothy Lake. POTHOLE PARK Learn the history of Explorer David Thompson - he first visited this area in 1807. A beautiful monument is displayed on Main Street.
FESTIVALS COFFEE FEST 1st weekend in March. Celebrating coffee culture.
IN EVERYTHING WE HAVE TO OFFER Soak in our legendary natural mineral hot springs n Explore with our Activity Experts n Relax at our Natural Springs Spa n Golf at our 3 amazing courses n Enjoy our family-friendly ski area
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FARMERS MARKET Saturday mornings during the summer. Freshly grown produce to artisan wares & entertainment.
A year-round, off the grid eco-resort with 100km of groomed trails in the beautiful Kootenay River Valley.
L AKESIDE EVENTS August Invermere Waterfront Music Festival. Lakeside Splashdown – Glider pilots soar through the air and attempt a targeted water landing. Loop the Lake – walk, bike or run in this relay race.
• Luxury Log Cabins • Guided Alpine Day Hikes • Wetland Paddling • Birding Tours • Whitewater Rafting
PANORAMA RIDGE WALKS Throughout September Guided excursions. Views are breathtaking, from the chairlift ride up to rugged peaks and brilliant stands of larch. WINGS OVER THE ROCKIES Early May Amazing birding opportunities, field trips, presentations and entertainment.
RECREATION GOLF The Columbia Valley offers nine world-class golf resorts and 5 fun 9-hole golf courses. TRAILS – HIKING & BIKING Panorama Bike Park offers chairlift accessed hiking and biking terrain for all abilities. Bike rentals are also available. Mount Swansea features 7 downhill trails and the Swansea Loop hiking trail will get you to some great view points. WATERSPORTS Kayak, canoe, paddle-board, sail, windsurf. Lake Windermere is a beach and boating haven offering rentals, excursions, guides & self-guided tours.
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Kari Medig photo Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Adventure Centre.
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COLUMBIA VALLEY WETL ANDS One of the largest contiguous wetlands in North America. Adjacent to the Columbia River between Invermere & Golden. Great wildlife viewing. CULTURES IN CONTACT At the Visitor Centre – History and culture of the Ktunaxa Nation & Anatomy of Land exhibit. RADIUM HOT SPRINGS POOLS Highway 93 – Kootenay National Park Spacious, family-friendly facility with naturally heated mineral water, spa and shop. See ad this page. HotSprings.ca ROTARY GARDENS Columbia Avenue Stroll through the gardens and enjoy the gazebo, picnicking area, benches and boardwalk.
FESTIVALS CL ASSIC CAR SHOW Always the 3rd weekend in September. Takes place at the Springs Golf Course. HEADBANGER FESTIVAL First weekend in November. Witness Bighorn Sheep in their annual rut and learn about their history, habits & future. MUSIC & MARKET ON MAIN During the summer, Fridays 4-9pm, next to Visitor Centre. Live music and market vendors. NIPIKA RESORT EVENTS Stay, experience & explore with their mountain biking, running and Nordic events.
RECREATION GOLF Radium offers The Springs and Radium 18-hole golf courses. And, a number of 9-hole layouts: Spur Valley, Edgewater and Setetkwa. TRAILS This area is home to hundreds of kilometres of world-class trails: Old Coach, Lake Lillian and Nipika Cross River Canyon Trails. The Nipika trail system offers a 100 km trail network for hiking, trail running, biking, crosscountry skiing and guided horseback riding. The hoodoos near Fairmont Hot Springs are a distinct landmark. Take the Hoodoos Trail to reach the top of them for a spectacular view.
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VALLEY ZIPLINE ADVENTURES 8393 Highway 93/95 Soar through the Kootenays on the guided zipline tours. Challenge yourself on the Climbing Wall & get your adrenaline pumping at the Jump Tower. See ad page 26.
Destination info: RadiumHotSprings.com Accommodation, dining, activities, events and more! Radium Hot Springs Visitor Centre 7556 Main St. E, Radium Hot Springs, BC 1-888-347-9331
WHITEWATER RAFTING Enjoy an exciting rafting adventure on the Kicking Horse, Kootenay or Columbia Rivers. WILDLIFE VIEWING The village is home to a resident herd of Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep. You can’t miss them!
Ryan Creary photo Whitewater adventure on the Kicking Horse River.
national paRks corriDoR field, golden, revelstoke
This corridor is like no other - cutting through the mountain ranges, crossing wilderness rivers and navigating around glaciers - the corridor displays spectacular scenery. The Canadian Pacific Railway pioneered this route in 1885, facilitating the first practical access to this mountain wilderness and the advent of adventure tourism. The village of Field has a dramatic location at the foot of Kicking Horse Pass in Yoho National Park. The village artisans, have found Field to be the perfect place to hone their craft. Parks Canada guided Burgess Shale hikes also originate here (see page 36). Surrounded by 6 national and provincial parks, the town of Golden sits between the Canadian Rockies and Purcell mountain ranges, and at the confluence of two heritage rivers: the Kicking Horse and the Columbia. Renowned for outdoor
recreation, it offers mountain biking, hiking, whitewater rafting, paragliding, skydiving and even a Via Ferrata. There’s also an abundance of wildlife, history and scenery in this mountain town to captivate you and keep you coming back such as the world’s largest enclosed & protected Grizzly Bear Refuge and also the world’s largest Paddle. The picturesque downtown of Revelstoke has retained many of its original early 20th century business buildings and heritage homes. Enjoy the nightly street entertainment during the summer in the Grizzly Plaza and take time to visit the Railway Museum. It houses the beautifully restored CPR locomotive #5468. The city is also a hot spot for backcountry adventure. Nestled between the Selkirk and Monashee ranges, Revelstoke is a biking mecca with hundreds of kilometres of trails and alpine scenery second to none.
GOLDEN – 1000 TransCanada Hwy #1 250-439-7290 VisitorInfo@TourismGolden.com TourismGolden.com/visitors REVELSTOKE - 301 Victoria Rd W 1-800-487-1493 Info@RevelstokeChamber.com SeeRevelstoke.com
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ART GALLERY OF GOLDEN 516 – 9th Avenue N Gift shop, studio and local artist exhibits. GOLDEN MUSEUM 1302 – 11th Avenue S Artifacts date back to 1865, featuring the history of the CPR, the historic Swiss guides and their families. KICKING HORSE PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE The longest freestanding timberframe bridge in Canada, spanning the Kicking Horse River downtown at Spirit Square.
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Golden Visitor Centre
1000 Trans Canada Highway Visitor Centre
Golden B.C. is surrounded by six of Canada’s most stunning national parks; Yoho, Glacier, Banff, Jasper, Kootenay and Mount Revelstoke. Pick up free hiking trail maps, and other useful information, or purchase Parks Canada passes at the Golden Visitor Centre.
WHITETOOTH BREWING COMPANY 623 – 8th Avenue One of the Kootenay’s newest micro-breweries offering a Tasting Room.
FESTIVALS FARMERS MARKET During the summer, Wed & Sat downtown. Locally grown goods, live music & artisan wares.
SNOW KING’S MASQUE PARADE Mid-February Spirit Square is transformed into a magical realm to welcome Snow King & Lady Spring with a torch-lit escort to a night of celebratory revels. SUMMER KICKS During the summer, free concerts by the Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge. TourismGolden.com/events
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GOLDEN GOLF CLUB 576 Golf Course Drive 1-866-727-7222 The 6,825 yard course boasts licensed dining, driving range and a RV Park. GolfGolden.com KICKING HORSE MOUNTAIN RESORT Scenic gondola ride to Eagle’s Eye restaurant and ridge hikes plus Grizzly Bear Refuge, Bike Park and Via Ferrata during the summer. A world-class ski resort in the winter.
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RECREATION (Continued) MISTAYA LODGE Helicopter access only. An eco-friendly wilderness adventure destination; guided hiking, ski touring, superb food and relaxation. MistayaLodge.com See ad below. SPORTING EVENTS Golden24 Mountain Biking, mid-June. Flying (hang & paragliding) Competition, late July. Golden Ultra Trail Racing, late September. TourismGolden.com/events RIVER ADVENTURES Choose from whitewater rafting, cat-rafting, SUP board tours and kayaking on the Columbia, Beaver, White & historic Kicking Horse River. TRAILS – HIKING / BIKING Golden offers 130 km of the best biking terrain in North America from friendly trails to challenging downhill at Mount 7. Pick up a free Hiking & Biking Trail Map and purchase Parks passes at the Visitor Centre. WILDLIFE VIEWING Columbia Valley Wetlands, Reflection Lake & Edelweiss Slough are favourite birding spots. The Buffalo Ranch and Grizzly Bear Refuge offer interpretive tours & guaranteed sightings.
Golden’s Rocky Mountain Buffalo Ranch.
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BC HYDRO REVELSTOKE DAM TOUR Highway 23 N – Exhibits show how the project was built and how the system works. CANYON HOT SPRINGS On Hwy #1, E of Revelstoke The resort offers two natural mineral hot pools plus accommodation. Open during the summer. See ad pg 30. CanyonHotSprings.com CRAZ Y CREEK WATERFALLS SUSPENSION BRIDGE, HOT POOLS 6162 Highway #1, at Malakwa – Magnificent viewing platform, gift shop, patio, boardwalk. ENCHANTED FOREST & SKY TREK ADVENTURE PARK Highway #1 W – 1-866-944-9744 A wonderful family attraction – something for the young, young at heart and adventurous. See ad below. EnchantedForestBC.com SkyTrekAdventurePark.com
RECREATION APEX RAFTING COMPANY 112 First St (at Regent Inn) 1-888-232-6666 Rafting adventure on the Illecillewaet River near Mount Revelstoke National Park. ApexRafting.com See ad page 30. NATURAL ESCAPES KAYAKING Enjoy a guided tour on a beautiful lake. Great experience for beginner to advanced paddlers. Snack included. Free photos! NaturalEscapes.ca See ad page 29. SPORTING EVENTS Hot spot for many major mountain biking events and trail running races, such as: Dirty Feet Trail Running Series & TranSelkirks Run - August.
TRAILS – HIKING / BIKING Revelstoke is home to hundreds of kilometres of world-class trail networks. Free Trail Maps at the Visitor Centre. Bike rentals & guided rides also offered. WATERSPORTS The Illecillewaet River is great for kayaking and rafting. Stand up paddle boarding is popular on Lake Revelstoke. The Aquatic Centre offers a 25m pool, kids zone, lazy river, waterslide & hot tub. MORE ADVENTURE This outdoor paradise also offers dirt bike and side-by-side tours, mountaineering, rock climbing, alpine hiking and an 18-hole golf course.
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FARMERS MARKET Saturday mornings, during the summer in the Grizzly Plaza. Browse the local art work and pick up some fruit or baked goods. Mingle with the community. HERITAGE DOWNTOWN Pick up a Walking Tour Map at the Visitor Centre and explore. Near Centennial Park, a heritage trail features interpretive signage and views. LUNA ART FESTIVAL Late September (evening) Downtown is alive with nocturnal art and wonder with installations & performances. MT. BEGBIE BREWERY TOUR 2155 Oak Drive – Revelstoke’s microbrewery offers tours and tastings during the summer. REVELSTOKE MOUNTAIN RESORT Scenic gondola rides and the exciting Pipe Mountain Coaster during the summer. World-class ski resort in the winter. SUMMER STREET FESTIVAL Late June to late August. Free live music every evening, outdoors in the downtown Grizzly Plaza.
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FORESTRY MUSEUM 4 kilometres N of Revelstoke Dam Check out the vintage forest fire lookout cabin, climb into the crow’s nest, browse the gift shop. Best view of the Revelstoke Dam from the outcropped platform. RAILWAY MUSEUM 719 Track Street W This museum houses the beautiful CPR locomotive #5468. REVELSTOKE MUSEUM 315 First Street W This museum is devoted to lumbering, mining, farming, railroading and the early settlement of Revelstoke.
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Kari Medig photo Idaho Peak overlooking Slocan Lake.
Arrow lakes / slocan valley nakusp, new denver, silverton, winlaw
Take a quiet road back to the unspoiled land in these valleys. Its Indigenous roots go back for millennia. The miners and loggers came in the 19th century, followed by farmers and then, fifty years ago, the hippies. There’s a certain magic that attracts people to this wonderful area. The village of Nakusp is the historic hub of the Arrow Lakes. During the Silvery Slocan mining boom, Nakusp was a major transportation centre. The town’s museum is packed with artifacts and displays that illustrate this rich history. Today, set near the Monashee Mountains, the area offers many recreation opportunities and services, and of course three hot springs: Halcyon, Nakusp and Halfway River. The Slocan Valley is one of the most interesting places to explore in the region with pristine lakes and waterfalls, magnificent mountain peaks and spectacular Valhalla Park.
There is also a poignant history with WWII Japanese internment camps – New Denver’s Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre is a national historic site dedicated to telling this story with original buildings, period artifacts and interpretive displays. The many towns and villages including New Denver, Silverton, Slocan and Winlaw offer a glimpse into the mining past of the valley. Sandon, once the capital of the Silvery Slocan, was the focus of world-wide attention. In the 1890s, Sandon sprang into existence as Canada’s richest silver mining community with a population of 5,000 and dozens of stores and businesses including saloons and brothels. Sandon’s demise started in 1899 - today it is a heritage ghost town. There is a wide range of paths to travel here. See Things to See and Do in the Slocan Valley on page 34.
NAKUSP - 92 6th Avenue NW 1-800-909-8819 Nakusp@telus.net NakuspArrowLakes.com NEW DENVER (seasonal) 202 6th Avenue 250-358-2719 VIC@SlocanLake.com SlocanLake.com
ARTS, CULTURE, HERITAGE LEL AND HOTEL 96 – 4th Avenue SW The oldest continuously operating hotel in British Columbia. NAKUSP MUSEUM 92 – 6th Avenue NW This museum is rich in history of early life on the Arrow Lakes – sternwheelers, agriculture and mining.
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STUDIO CONNEXION 203 – 5th Avenue A fine art gallery with exhibits. Open May to Sept or by appointment.
ATTRACTIONS BURTON CIT Y CIDER Between Fauquier and Nakusp, the ciders on tap are crisp & dry. HOT SPRINGS Halcyon, Nakusp and the backcountry setting of Halfway River Hot Springs. KUSKANAX CREEK FOOTBRIDGE A covered bridge with seating and glass viewing panels spans the Kuskanax. A short walk from the Nakusp Hot Springs. WATERFRONT PROMENADE Stroll along Nakusp’s Waterfront Park; featuring a Japanese Garden, the Spicer Garden and sculptures. Beautifully lit from dusk till midnight.
Relax your body and soul in our world renowned mineral pools. Enjoy accommodations, a full service spa and gourmet food & wine with spectacular views in the Kingfisher Restaurant. Open year-round. 6 8 K M S O U T H O F R E V E L S TO K E O V E R L O O K I N G A R RO W L A K E
FESTIVALS ART WALK At various venues downtown. Pick up a map at the Visitor Centre. KOOTENAY SUFFERFEST Trail running, marathons & mountain biking events from March to September, in Nakusp, Burton and New Denver. MARKETS Fri 12-4pm & Saturday mornings, downtown Nakusp; year-round. Neighbouring Edgewood, every Sunday during the summer. MUSIC IN THE PARK Free concerts at the Community Park gazebo. Wednesday evenings, July & August. TOADFEST Mid/late Aug at Summit Lake Provincial Park A fun, free family event to raise awareness about Western Toads.
RECREATION GOLF COURSES Fauquier and Nakusp are both challenging and beautiful 9-hole golf courses. HIKING & BIKING TRAILS Trails range from easy to extreme; Box Lake Loop, Cedar Grove Trail, Kimbol Lake, Saddle Mountain, and more. Maps at the Visitor Centre. WATERSPORTS The Arrow Lakes offer a holiday destination for swimming, boating, waterskiing & fishing.
· Open Year-Round · Campground open May 1 to mid-October · Affordable accommodation at the Chalets · Visit the new footbridge crossing the Kuskanax Creek to explore the natural surroundings
NAKUSP HOT SPRINGS Chalets & Campground
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4 NATIONAL PARKS, OVER 75 PROVINCIAL PARKS
HIDDEN GARDEN GALLERY New Denver Wonderful summer art exhibits. HISTORICAL INTERPRETIVE CENTRE Silverton offers an outdoor mining museum, Fingland cabin and a Blacksmith Shop. KOHAN REFLECTION GARDEN New Denver – A beautiful Japanese-style garden honouring Japanese Canadians relocated in 1942. KOOTENAY COUNTRY CRAFT DISTILLERY Between Winlaw and Slocan, tours and tastings; artisan vodkas and gin. NIKKEI INTERNMENT MEMORIAL CENTRE 306 Josephine Street, New Denver An interpretive centre dedicated to the history & internment of 22,000+ Cdns of Japanese heritage. Kari Medig photo
SANDON A heritage ghost town – attractions include the original city hall, historic homes, museum, steam train and the oldest continuously operating hydro-electric plant in BC. SILVERY SLOCAN MUSEUM New Denver – A heritage building displaying exhibits, records, artifacts and photographs.
FESTIVALS FRIDAY MARKET New Denver, downtown, June to Sept. Produce, antiques, artisan wares. GARLIC FESTIVAL Centennial Park, New Denver Sunday after Labour Day - Everything garlic! KOOTENAY SUFFERFEST Trail running, marathons & mountain biking events from March to September in Nakusp, Burton and New Denver.
RECREATION GOLF New Denver and Winlaw each offer 9-hole golf courses with food & beverage options. IDAHO PEAK A wonderful easy hike showcasing wildflowers, old fire lookout and views of Valhalla Mountains and Slocan Lake. Access road starts in Sandon; shuttle option available; inquire at ND V Centre. TRAILS – HIKING / BIKING This area has some outstanding trails: Kaslo & Slocan Railway Loop, Slocan Valley Rail Trail and the Galena Trail which includes a cable car ride over Carpenter Creek. VALHALL A PARK This provincial park is a dramatically diverse area encompassing 30 km (19 mi) along the west shore of Slocan Lake. It offers boating, beaches, camping and hiking opportunities. WATERSPORTS The Slocan River is popular for rafting & kayaking.
Gwillim Lakes in Valhalla Provincial Park. Park accessed by water, forest industrial roads or trails.
PaRKs Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s natural treasures are protected forever in provincial and national parks. From a pristine freshwater environment on Kootenay Lake to the highest peaks of the Rocky Mountains. Parks are distributed throughout the region. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find roadside picnic spots, vast areas of unspoiled wilderness and everything in between. Experience family-friendly camping, childrens playgrounds, beaches, hiking trails, rock climbing, boating, fishing and so much more. Yoho and Kootenay National Parks, and Mt. Assiniboine Provincial Park are included in the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Yoho and Kootenay National Parks
KOOTENAY NATIONAL PARK Set in the Rocky Mountains 1,406 sq km (543 sq mi) of land. STANLEY GLACIER BURGESS SHALE HIKE Three guided hikes weekly, led by Parks Canada Interpreters, to this recently discovered fossil site. Each hike is a single day in duration. 1-877-737-3783 ParksCanada.ca/BurgessShale Reservations.ParksCanada.gc.ca
HAVE AN EXCLUSIVE EXPERIENCE IN THE NATIONAL PARKS
OTENTIKS Redstreak Campground offers 10 oTENTik tent-cabins in addition to serviced & unserviced camping sites. Exclusive to Canada’s national parks, each oTENTik sleeps up to 6 people and has a spacious indoor sitting area.
YOHO NATIONAL PARK Set in the Rocky Mountains 1,313 sq km (507 sq mi) of land. WALCOTT QUARRY & MOUNT STEPHEN BURGESS SHALE HIKES Seven guided hikes weekly, led by Parks Canada Interpreters; challenging and educational. 1-877-737-3783 ParksCanada.ca/BurgessShale Reservations.ParksCanada.gc.ca MORE PARK ATTRACTIONS: Spiral Tunnels carved through solid rock, Takakkaw Falls, Natural Bridge and Wapta Falls the largest waterfall of the Kicking Horse River. And spectacular, Cathedral Mountain Lodge.
GLACIER NATIONAL PARK Set in the Columbia Mountains 1,349 sq km (521 sq mi) of land.
MOUNT REVELSTOKE NATIONAL PARK
Book your hike at: 1-877-RESERVE (1-877-737-3783) or www.pc.gc.ca/burgessshale
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PARK ATTRACTIONS: Rogers Pass Discovery Centre – a National Historic site. Hike the many trails and experience alpine tundra and wildflower meadows. Explore the stone ruins of a mountain resort once reached by horse-drawn carriage. Picnic among giant old-growth cedars.
Hikes run June through September Photo credit: Paul Zizka / Parks Canada
MORE PARK ATTRACTIONS: Radium Hot Springs - a historic thermal springs facility. Marble Canyon - a lovely nature trail that crosses Tokumm Creek. Paint Pots - a red ochre mineral spring.
Hike to the Burgess Shale fossil beds and hold 505 million years of history in your hands.
Set in the Columbia Mountains 260 sq km (100 sq mi) of land. PARK ATTRACTIONS: Travel the Meadows in the Sky Parkway to the peak of Mount Revelstoke. The Giant Cedars & Skunk Cabbage Trails offer lush rainforests and beautiful wetlands. oTENTiks, Redstreak Campground, Kootenay National Park.
British Columbia has an impressive inventory of provincial parks â&#x20AC;&#x201C; everything from family oriented campgrounds to large tracts of remote wilderness. BUGABOO PARK Between Golden & Radium This park contains the largest icefields of the ancient Purcell Mountains. Towering granite summits attract climbers from all over the world. CHAMPION LAKES PARK Near Fruitvale (Trail) An ideal destination for outdoor enthusiasts with its chain of small lakes and mature forest. Camping, fishing, trails. KootenaySWParks.com JAMES CHABOT PARK Invermere A popular day-use family recreation destination located alongside Windermere Lake. The picnic area includes 40 tables and 360 m (1,200 ft) of sandy beach backed by a grassy area.
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MARTHA CREEK PARK Revelstoke Situated on an old river terrace on the west shore of the Revelstoke reservoir. The picturesque campsites, adventure playground and good fishing make this park a great family destination. MCDONALD CREEK PARK Near Nakusp On the eastern shoreline of Arrow Lake offering swimming, boating and fishing opportunities.
Spawning Channels at Kokanee Creek Provincial Park.
MOUNT FERNIE PARK This eastern gateway park to the region is moments from Fernie. It offers 40 vehicle/ tent sites and fishing opportunities in nearby Elk River. WASA LAKE PARK North of Kimberley & Cranbrook This family vacation destination offers camping and a bike & wheelchair accessible trail around the warm swimming lake. More Parks on KootenayRockies.com
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WINTER experiences Not much tops skiing down a gorgeous, pine-lined run with metres of pillow-soft powder beneath your feet. The Kootenay Rockies’ Powder Highway – an adventure-filled highway-to-heaven that’s peppered with world-class ski resorts – is more than just the epic skiing and boarding. Snowshoeing, fat biking, dog sledding and snowmobiling are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to off-piste activities! The Kootenay Rockies is your road to winter – discover the myriad of winter experiences.
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ORDER YOUR FREE MAP TODAY! Order a free Winter Experiences Map and discover all this mountain playground has to offer. Info@KootenayRockies.com 1-800-661-6603
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THE KOOTENAY ROCKIES IS BRITISH COLUMBIA’S POWDER HIGHWAY. ALPINE RESORTS
With 8 awesome resorts – Fairmont Hot Springs Resort, Fernie Alpine Resort, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort (Golden), Kimberley Alpine Resort, Panorama Mountain Resort, RED Mountain Resort (Rossland), Revelstoke Mountain Resort and Whitewater Ski Resort (Nelson) – there are hundreds of powder-coated slopes.
If you can walk, you can snowshoe! And not many regions are as perfect for pouncing through powder as the Kootenay Rockies. Trails are everywhere. No lift lines, limited gear, fun for the whole family, inexpensive, great workout. Is there a downside?
CAT-SKIING The lure of cat-skiing is the intimate, away-fromthe-masses skiing experience on unblemished slopes christened with perfect powder. Guests in these remote lodges enjoy unforgettable skiing with professional guides, exceptional dining, and cozy evenings around the fire.
‘A sledding paradise’ is how many snowmobiling enthusiasts describe the Kootenay Rockies. While hot spots such as Revelstoke, Elkford, Golden and Panorama immediately come to mind, the options of where you can go are limitless.
The Kootenay Rockies is the birthplace of heliskiing. And, ask any skiing aficionado: heli-skiing is the pinnacle. The trump card. Heaven on earth. Chute after chute, glade after glade, glacier after glacier, the sublime runs just keep coming.
Thanks to fat bikes, there’s no need to stop pedalling in winter. Awesome winter riding is yours for the taking near the resorts and around the communities. Mountain biking hot spots – like Fernie, Golden and Nelson – offer plenty of trails for winter riders. Make no mistake, fat biking is here to stay.
Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in Golden.
Thousands of hectares of unspoiled, uninhabited terrain in the Kootenay Rockies is a huge draw for adventurers of all makes and models. Whether it’s track-set skiing from luxury fly-in retreats or rustic lodge to lodge ski touring, the backcountry has a habit of winning people over.
Whoever thinks skating isn’t an adventure hasn’t put on blades and cruised around the famous Lake Windermere Whiteway. Thanks to 34 kilometres (21 mi) of maintained ice, the Whiteway (you can also cross-country ski around it) is officially the longest skating path in the world.
Thanks to numerous communities boasting networks of groomed trails, the graceful gliding of Nordic skiing is one of the region’s prized pastimes. Your free heel is a free heart! Additionally, Nipika Resort is set amid a 100 km scenic trail network built for cross-country skiing and biking in the winter.
A journey through the wilderness via dogsled is a breathtaking experience. Mountain-surrounded communities such as Golden and Revelstoke, offer a variety of tours through some of the prettiest terrain in the Kootenay Rockies.
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Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort
1-800-668-1171 Highway 31 A four season destination resort on the west shore of Kootenay Lake. Info@AinsworthHotSprings.com AinsworthHotSprings.com
1-888-848-4463 3595 Highway 31 View of Kootenay Lake and steps from the hot springs pools. Info@AinsworthMotel.com AinsworthMotel.com
Woodbury Resort & Marina
25 0-35 3-7 717 Highway 31; 5 km N of Ainsworth Hot Springs Motel, camping, cabins, marina, boat rental, fishing. WoodburyResort@netidea.com WoodburyResort.com
Kootenay Lakeview Spa Resort & Event Centre
1-87 7-229-4141 1285 Queens Bay Rd; minutes from Ainsworth Hot Springs on Eagleview GC. Heavenly beds, complimentary golf & spectacular views. Reservations@KootenayLakeviewResort.com KootenayLakeviewResort.com
Destiny Bay Resort
1-800-818-6633 11935 Highway 3A, 40 min. drive N of Creston. Open May to September. Paradise-like with sod-roofed cottages, lodge rooms, private beach, canoes and paddleboats. DestinyB@Kootenay.com DestinyBay.com
Sandman Hotel Castlegar
1-800-726-3626 1944 Columbia Avenue Meeting facilities, pool and hot tub. CRes@Sandman.ca SandmanHotels.ca
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250-41 7-4002 1019 Cranbrook Street North Deluxe furnishings & amenities including waterslide. 62119@Hotel.BestWestern.com BestWestern.com
Heritage Inn Hotel & Convention Centre
1 -8 8 8 -8 8 8 -43 74 803 Cranbrook Street North Full-service hotel and convention centre. Info.Cranbrook@HeritageInn.net HeritageInn.net
Model A Inn
1 -8 8 8 -48 9 -46 00 1908 Cranbrook Street North Located near dining & shopping. ModelAInn@gmail.com Model-A-Inn.com
Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort Cranbrook
250-41 7-0444 209 Van Horne Street South Full-service resort & convention ctr; comp. use of bikes & sports equipment. Cranbrook@PrestigeHotels.ca PrestigeHotelsandResorts.com
Sandman Inn Cranbrook
1 -8 00-726 -3 6 26 405 Cranbrook Street North Comfortable rooms and suites. CRes@Sandman.ca SandmanHotels.ca
St. Eugene Golf Resort Casino
1 -8 6 6 -29 2-2020 7777 Mission Road, 8 minutes from airport. Historic resort, golf, interpretive centre, RV park. Info@StEugene.ca StEugene.ca
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Fairmont Hot Springs Resort
1 -8 00-6 6 3 -49 79 Highway 95 Four season resort, hot springs, golf, lodge, cabin & RV accommodation. Info@FairmontHotSprings.com FairmontHotSprings.com
Fernie Lodging Company
250-423 -6 8 78 4559 Timberline Crescent Offering professionally-managed vacation rental properties since 1990. Reservations@FernieLodgingCo.com FernieLodgingCo.com
Island Lake Lodge
1 -8 8 8 -422-8 754 Mt. Fernie Provincial Park Road Secluded beautiful lodge, gourmet dining and outdoor recreation. Info@IslandLakeResorts.com IslandLakeLodge.com
Red Tree Lodge
1 -8 00-9 7 7-29 7 7 1101 7th Avenue; off Highway 3 Great value, bike and ski friendly accommodations. Info@RedTreeLodge.com RedTreeLodge.com
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Cathedral Mountain Lodge
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1 -8 6 6 -61 9 -6 442 Yoho Valley Road A deluxe mountain lodge & cabins in Yoho National Park. Info@CathedralMountain.com CathedralMountain.com
Chancellor Peak Chalets
250-3 44-703 8 2924 Kicking Horse Road, 25 km (15 mi) E of Golden Cozy log chalets with separate bedroom and full kitchen. Info@ChancellorPeakChalets.com ChancellorPeakChalets.com
Prestige Inn Golden
250-3 44-79 9 0 1049 TransCanada Hwy #1 North. Deluxe rooms, suites, liquor boutique, lounge; complimentary use of bikes & sports equipment. Golden@PrestigeHotels.ca PrestigeHotelsandResorts.com
Best Western Invermere Inn
1 -8 00-6 61 -8 9 1 1 1310 7th Avenue Convenient downtown location and walking distance to beach and hiking trails. Info@InvermereInn.com InvermereInn.com
1 -8 7 7-442-6 61 8 747 12th Street Affordable downtown location; barbecue available for open air cooking. Info@TheCanterburyInn.com TheCanterburyInn.com
High Country Vacation Rentals
1 -8 00-6 6 5-1 8 01 Vacation Rentals – offering over 300 properties throughout the valley. Info@HighCountryProperties.com HighCountryProperties.com
1 -8 6 6 -222-03 25 / 1 -7 78 -7 76 -1 74 4 380 Laurier Street Walking distance to downtown, James Chabot Park & Windermere Lake. Booking@InvermereHostel.com InvermereHostel.com
Panorama Mountain Resort
1 -8 00-6 6 3 -29 29 Luxury townhomes, condos, hotel units, bike park, ski resort. Information@PanoramaResort.com PanoramaResort.com
250-3 53 -2246 5278 Amundsen Road High-end accomm. & full-service wellness retreat on the shores of Kootenay Lake. Info@SentinelBC.ca SentinelBC.ca
Wing Creek Resort
250-3 53 -2475 9114 Highway 31, 5 min N of Kaslo. Romantic spa resort offering luxury cottages and vacation home. Optional breakfast. Private Kootenay Lake Beach. Info@WingCreekResort.com WingCreekResort.com
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Mountain Spirit Resort
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1 -8 7 7-43 2-6 006 400 Stemwinder Drive Condo suites & hotel rooms on-mountain. Reservations@MountainSpiritResort.ca MountainSpiritResort.ca
Northstar Mountain Village Resort
1 -8 7 7-23 3 -3 3 07 1351 Gerry Sorensen Way Deluxe condo suites on-mountain. Info@NorthstarMountainVillage.com NorthstarMountainVillage.com
Halcyon Hot Springs Village & Spa
1 -8 8 8 -6 8 9 -46 9 9 5655 Highway 23 Cottages, cabins and chalets alongside Arrow Lake. Info@Halcyon-HotSprings.com Halcyon-HotSprings.com
Nakusp Hot Springs, Chalets & Campground 250-26 5-4528 1 -8 6 6 -9 9 9 -4528 8500 Hot Springs Road NW Eight clean & cozy units and 46 campsites. NakuspHotSprings.com
250-3 57-9 29 0 6225 Porto Rico – Ymir Road. Located in Ymir, 20 km (12 mi) south of Nelson. A luxury retreat featuring 4 cabins. Info@LogdenLodge.com LogdenLodge.com
Prestige Inn Nelson
250-3 52-3 59 5 1301 Front Street A French country-style boutique hotel; use of Prestige Lakeside Resort’s amenities. Lakeview@PrestigeHotels.ca PrestigeHotelsandResorts.com
Prestige Lakeside Resort Nelson
250-3 52-7222 701 Lakeside Drive – Full-service resort, marina, convention centre; complimentary use of bikes & sports equipment. Nelson@PrestigeHotels.ca PrestigeHotelsandResorts.com
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Bighorn Meadows Resort
1 -8 7 7-3 44-23 23 Luxury suites nestled in the centre of the Springs Golf Course. Reservations@BighornMeadows.com BighornMeadows.com
Nipika Mountain Resort
1 -8 7 7-6 47-4525 9200 Settlers Road Hand-built log cabins bordering Kootenay National Park. Info@Nipika.com Nipika.com
Prestige Radium Hot Springs Resort
250-3 47-23 00 7493 Main Street West Newly renovated. On-site lounge. Comp use of bikes & sports equipment. Radium@PrestigeHotels.ca PrestigeHotelsandResorts.com
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BW PLUS Revelstoke
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1 -8 55-8 3 7-2043 1925 Laforme Blvd – Minutes to downtown. Modern amenities, FREE hot breakfast. Info@RevelstokeBestWestern.com RevelstokeBestWestern.com
1 -8 8 8 -245-5523 112 First Street East A full-service property which includes River City Pub, 112 Restaurant & Lounge. Info@RegentHotel.ca RegentHotel.ca
Sandman Hotel Revelstoke
1 -8 00-726 -3 6 26 1901 Laforme Blvd Conveniently located, 2 indoor pools and 24 h restaurant. Reservations@Sandman.ca SandmanHotels.ca
1 -8 7 7-8 3 7-5221 1911 Fraser Drive A funky boutique hotel, alongside the Columbia River and close to downtown. Info@StokeHotel.ca StokeHotel.ca
Mountain Town Properties
250-3 6 2-5556 2020 Washington Street Property Manager and online booking agency for condo and chalet rentals in Rossland and RED Mountain Resort. Stay@MountainTownProperties.ca MountainTownProperties.ca
Nowhere Special Hostel
250-3 6 2-5553 1 -8 7 7-9 6 9 -76 6 9 4255 Red Mountain Road Brand new modern hostel is truly something special; a 2-min walk to the chair. Info@NowhereSpecialHostel.com NowhereSpecialHostel.com
Prestige Mountain Resort
250-3 6 2-73 75 1919 Columbia Avenue (Downtown) Full-service resort, lounge, bistro; comp. use of bikes & sports equipment. Rossland@PrestigeHotels.ca PrestigeHotelsandResorts.com
Rossland Red Mountain Inn & Suites
1 -8 00-6 6 3 -0203 Highway Junction 3B & 22 – Minutes from downtown & RED Mountain Resort. FREE breakfast, outdoor hot tub. Reservations@RosslandRedMountainInn.com RosslandRedMountainInn.com
The Josie Hotel
250-3 6 2-51 55 4306 Red Mountain Road A brand new architecturally unique boutique hotel at RED Mountain Resort. Hello@TheJosie.com TheJosie.com
Blue Sky Resort
250-3 58 -23 6 2 8021 Lower Galena Farm Rd. – Beautiful log cottages in secluded park-like mountainous setting above Slocan Lake. BlueSkyResort@telus.net BlueSkyResort.ca
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Springbrook Resort Motel RV Park
1 -8 7 7-422-3 56 3 4527 Highway 93/95 – Nestled alongside the Kootenay River midway between Kimberley & Fairmont. Near gas station, store and great fishing. Info@SpringbrookResort.com SpringbrookResort.com
BW PLUS Columbia River Hotel
1 -8 00-46 5-6 6 8 2 1001 Rossland Avenue – Award winning boutique hotel, heavenly beds, dining lounge & conference centre. FREE breakfast. Reservations@BestWesternTrail.com BestWesternTrail.com
Glenwood Inn & Suites
1 -8 00-6 6 7-9 544 2769 Glenwood Drive Free breakfast, indoor & outdoor pools, kitchen suites. Reservations@GlenwoodInnandSuites.com GlenwoodInnandSuites.com
Paradise Valley Lodge
250-226 -76 47 5971 Cedar Creek Road A deluxe vacation home for 8 and artistic guest suite for couples. Info@ParadiseValleyLodge.com ParadiseValleyLodge.com
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Ainsworth Hot Springs
250-3 53 -7 71 7 Highway 31 – 5 km N of Ainsworth Hot Springs Motel, camping, marina, boat rental, fishing. WoodburyResort@netidea.com WoodburyResort.com
Castlegar Golf Club & RV Park
1 -8 00-6 6 6 -03 24 1602 Aaron Rd Camp next to the golf course and enjoy the restaurant deck. Admin@GolfCastlegar.com GolfCastlegar.com
St. Eugene Golf Resort Casino KOA
Reserve 1 -8 00-56 2-5403 Info 250-42 0-2 055 7777 Mission Road – Open April through October KOA hosts can help arrange an adventure such as a hike or raft trip. KOA@StEugene.ca KOA.com/campgrounds/Cranbrook
250-254-8 225 4725 Samuelson Road Open mid-May to mid-September. No reservations/no hook-ups. Info@CanyonBC.ca CanyonBC.ca
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Elkford Municipal Campground
250-8 6 5-401 9 350 Highway 43 A river-front campground located right in town. Campground@Elkford.ca Elkford.ca
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Fairmont Hot Springs RV Resort
1 -8 00-6 6 3 -49 79 Highway 93/95 Full-service resort, hot springs & golf. Info@FairmontHotSprings.com FairmontHotSprings.com
Spruce Grove RV Park & Campground
1 -8 8 8 -6 29 -4004 Highway 93/95 Riverside camping along Columbia River. Camp@SpruceGroveResort.com FairmontHotSprings.com
Fernie RV Resort
1 -8 44-3 43 -223 3 2001 6th Avenue, surrounded by Maiden Lake, Elk River & Fernie Golf Course. A full-service year-round resort with 5 yurts. Stay@FernieRVResort.com FernieRVResort.com
Golden Golf Club RV Park
1 -8 6 6 -727-7222 576 Golf Course Drive Hookups and easy access to activities. TeeOff@GolfGolden.com GolfGolden.com
Kaslo Municipal Campground
250-3 53 -26 6 2 A Avenue & 2nd Street Beside Vimy Park & a stroll to downtown. KasloCampground@yahoo.ca Kaslo.ca
Kimberley Riverside Campground
1 -8 7 7-9 9 9 -29 29 3 km up St. Mary Lake Road Spacious private sites alongside St. Mary River & one RV rental. Info@KimberleyCampground.com KimberleyCampground.com
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Kootenay SW Provincial Parks
250-8 25-421 2 Reservations offered at Champion Lakes (Fruitvale), 37 350+ Kokanee Creek (Nelson), Kootenay Lake (Davis Creek & Lost Ledge â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Kaslo), Syringa (Castlegar). Lakefront sites at Kootenay Lake, paddle boards & kayak rentals at Kokanee Creek. KootenaySWParks.com
Nakusp Hot Springs, Chalets & Campground 1 -8 6 6 -9 9 9 -4528 8500 Hot Springs Road NW Shaded sites, steps from the hot pools. NakuspHotSprings.com
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Nakusp Municipal Campground
250-26 5-1061 314 8th Ave NW Treed campsites, near shopping, restaurants & beach. Camp@NakuspCampground.com NakuspCampground.com
Nelson City Campground
250-3 52-761 8 90 High Street Close to Nelson’s downtown core. Campground@Nelson.ca Nelson.ca
RADIUM HOT SPRINGS
Kootenay National Park Redstreak Campground & oTENTiks
1 -8 7 7-73 7-3 78 3 7500 Redstreak Campground Road 10 oTENTiks available to rent; a cross between a tent and cabin. Reservations.pc.gc.ca ParksCanada.gc.ca/Kootenay
Canyon Hot Springs Resort
250-8 3 7-2420 On Highway #1, 35 kms (22 mi) E of Revelstoke Chalets, family suites, cabins and over 200 campsites; on-site hot mineral pools. Info@CanyonHotSprings.com CanyonHotSprings.com
250-8 3 7-3 3 8 5 1760 Nixon Rd. Walking distance to downtown Revelstoke. LamplighterCampground@gmail.com LamplighterCampground.com
Rossland Lions Community Campground
250-551-4751 (please text) 932 Black Bear Lane The city of Rossland’s only campground; open May long weekend to end of Sept. GCLionsCampground@gmail.com RosslandLionsCampground.com
Springbrook Resort Motel RV Park
1 -8 7 7-422-3 56 3 4527 Highway 93/95 – Nestled alongside the Kootenay River midway between Kimberley & Fairmont. Near gas station, store and great fishing. Info@SpringbrookResort.com SpringbrookResort.com
Mountain Shadows Campground
250-425-78 1 5 606 Sparwood Drive Nestled in a forested setting; entrance to walking trails. Minutes from downtown. Stay@MountainShadows.ca MountainShadows.ca
City of Trail RV Park
250-3 6 4-1 26 2 Located on Highway 3B at the east entrance to the City adjacent Waneta Mall. The RV Park is open May through to the end of September. RVPark@Trail.ca TourismTrailBC.ca
Kari Medig photo Overlooking the city of Rossland from the Kootenay-Columbia Viewpoint.