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Tue, May 23, 2023

Where to Learn More About the Ktunaxa's Rich History

The pristine rivers, lakes, waterfalls, beaches, mineral hot springs, alpine meadows and snow-capped mountains of the Kootenay Rockies region are primarily the traditional territory...

Thu, May 18, 2023

Top 5 Kootenay Rockies Road Trips

The Kootenay Rockies region in the southeast corner of British Columbia, Canada is epically known as BC’s Mountain Playground. And, we offer some of...

Tue, May 9, 2023

Unique Stays on a Kootenay Hot Springs Road Trip

Domes, rail cars, tipis, mansions, canvas tents and yurts are just some of the unique accommodations in the Kootenay Rockies, perfect for an off-the-beaten-path...

Thu, May 4, 2023

Easy Kootenay Hikes: To 360 Degree Vista Views

To aspire to hike to the top of Fisher Peak (2,845 m/9,335 ft.) near Cranbrook, Mt. Begbie (2,733 m/8,967 ft.) in Revelstoke, and Mt....

Tue, May 2, 2023

Connect with the Indigenous Culture in the Kootenay Rockies

Q̓api Ktunaxa Sukiⱡq̓ukni kin wamiⱡkiⱡ ʔamakʔis / All Ktunaxa are happy you are here – Welcome Venturing through the mountains and valleys of the...

Thu, April 27, 2023

Easy Pedal & Roll Adventures: Kootenay Rails to Trails

Rewind 135+ years ago to a time when British Columbia was lured into joining Canada with a promise of a transcontinental railway. In 1880,...

Wed, April 26, 2023

Outdoor Adventures: Unique to the Kootenays

This summer, challenge yourself to experience the Kootenays Rockies in unexpected ways. While the quality of our hiking & biking experiences are well known, there...

Tue, April 25, 2023

Hidden Waterfalls in the Kootenays

These awe-inspiring views of water frothing and churning in mossy canyons is a natural state wonder!  In the art (or adventure) of chasing waterfalls,...

Thu, April 20, 2023

Wet Your Whistle: Along a Kootenay Road Trip

The beauty of the Kootenays, in any season, is the opportunity to add a ‘sip and savour’ experiences to your stay! After spending the...

Tue, April 18, 2023

Everything is Local

In the Kootenay Rockies, residents and visitors alike share our mountain playground. Work and play is a must with our tourism providers. While out...

Thu, April 13, 2023

Planning Your Kootenay Summer-Fall Road Trip

Imagine cruising down an open highway, windows rolled down – enjoying the crisp mountain air. In front of you, breathtaking views of the our...

Tue, April 11, 2023

Guided Paddle Adventures in the Kootenays

When the summer temperatures skyrocket and you find yourself drawn to wide-open lakes and the flow of the rivers, the Kootenay Rockies are here...

Thu, April 6, 2023

Family-Friendly Backcountry Adventures in the Kootenays

Memories are made in the mountains. And there’s no better place to spend time with your family and make new memories than in one...

Wed, April 5, 2023

Craving the Refreshing Flavours of the Kootenays

Does the warm summer sun leave you craving the refreshing taste of a cold craft beer on a shaded lakeside patio?  Does your perfect...

Tue, April 4, 2023

Multi-generational Family Hiking in the Kootenays

Dust off Grandpa’s old hiking boots and pick up a pair for the kids.  There’s no better place for a family hiking trip than...

Thu, March 30, 2023

Golf our Mountain Playground

Pack up the clubs, lace up the golf shoes and hit the links with your family or friends at one of the Kootenay’s many...

Tue, March 28, 2023

Kootenay Ambassadors: Mindful Explorers

It’s that picture-perfect Kootenay day.  The sun’s rays filter through the forest, alpine lake shimmers with the gentle waves of the breeze.  In the...

Thu, March 23, 2023

Keeping the Kootenays Natural

We all love the Kootenay Rockies for its unique towns, friendly locals, and laid-back lifestyle. But what sets the Kootenays apart is the incredible...

Tue, March 21, 2023

Stewards of the Land: Positive Effects

Becoming protectors of nature ensures future generations will enjoy all of the region’s natural attributes. Stewardship is our collective responsibility to retain the quality...

Thu, March 16, 2023

Out Your Back Door: Kootenay Community Treks

We come by our beauty naturally with BIG mountains – the Canadian Rockies, Purcells, Selkirks and the Monashees and vast valleys in-between these ancient...

Tue, March 14, 2023

Get Informed - Before your Wild Adventure in the Kootenays

Proper planning, prevents poor performance. This timeless adage is as relevant to our precious holiday time as it is to a job interview or...

Thu, March 9, 2023

A Road Trip of a Lifetime: Kootenay Rockies Hot Springs

With long, winding highways running along deep river valleys, over long mountain passes and through picturesque communities, a road trip through the Kootenay Rockies...

Thu, February 23, 2023

Après-Ski Spring Events on the Powder Highway

A visit to the Powder Highway is a bucket-list experience, with so many mountains to ski/ride – you’ll need to return again and again...

Thu, February 9, 2023

Toques & Plaid: Its Unique Vibe on BC's Powder Highway

There’s a sure-fire way to tell that winter has arrived in the Kootenays without looking at the weather. No, it’s not twinkle lights or...

Tue, February 7, 2023

Fat Tires on the Powder Highway

Winter is no longer just for skiing & snowboarding. An army of dedicated volunteers with an expanding quiver of trail grooming equipment, combined with...

Thu, February 2, 2023

Sledding Events & Snowmobile Tours in the Kootenays

As the snow billows up over the hood of your machine, and you are hit in the face by a soft, cold powder, the...

Tue, January 31, 2023

Snowmobiling in the Kootenays: Where to Go

“Kootenay winters are the best because the snow is amazing, backcountry options are endless, and the mountains still blow my mind after eight years...

Fri, January 27, 2023

Powder Fun on the Powder Highway

With 100+ ski/snowboard operators along the Powder Highway, you will be sure to find countless areas with deep, dry champagne powder to relish in. ...

Thu, January 19, 2023

Outdoor Skating - Gliding on Frozen Lakes in the Kootenays

Each winter when temperatures drop and conditions are ‘just right’ – the lakes and ponds across the Kootenays transform into the perfect natural ice-skating...

Mon, January 16, 2023

Where to See the Best Winter Alpenglow in the Kootenays

The term alpenglow originates from the German word alpenglühen, which describes the rosy pink-red light on the skyline peaks at dawn and dusk. Some...

Tue, January 10, 2023

9 Tips to Keep Your Family Safe on the Slopes

#1 – Ski/Ride within the Resort’s Boundaries and Follow all Posted Signs Regardless of your background as a skier or snowboarder, it is your...

Wed, December 28, 2022

72 Hours at Panorama Resort this Winter

Panorama Mountain rises 1,300-m vertical (4,265 ft.) and has more than 1,214-hectares (3,000 acres) of terrain. It’s not until you reach the summit of...

Tue, December 27, 2022

72 Hours in the Columbia Valley this Winter

The Columbia Valley (including the communities of Canal Flats, Edgewater, Fairmont Hot Springs, Invermere, Panorama, Radium Hot Springs & Windermere) is one of the...

Mon, December 26, 2022

72 Hours in Nelson this Winter

Lakeside Nelson is the basecamp for Whitewater Ski Resort, the biggest little ski hill on the Powder Highway, and a great destination for an...

Thu, December 22, 2022

72 Hours in Kimberley this Winter

Follow the Powder Highway to Kimberley’s historic mountain & alpine community.  The Kimberley Alpine Resort is home to North America’s largest gladed terrain over...

Wed, December 21, 2022

72 Hours in Revelstoke this Winter

While you are here, we want you to have an incredible time exploring the Kootenay Rockies. For generations, Kootenay locals have taken great care...

Tue, December 20, 2022

72 Hours in Rossland this Winter

From the Vancouver & the Fraser Valley, Rossland  is one of the first stops along the Powder Highway (just follow highway 3 to Rossland...

Mon, December 19, 2022

72 Hours in Golden this Winter

While you are here, we want you to have an incredible time exploring the Kootenay Rockies. For generations, Kootenay locals have taken great care...

Sun, December 18, 2022

72 Hours in Fernie this Winter

Follow the Powder Highway to historic Fernie, home to Fernie Alpine Resort and it’s five, legendary, powder-filled bowls. Check DriveBC for the latest road...

Thu, December 15, 2022

Cozy Up in an Authentic Cabin this Winter in the Kootenays

Each welcoming Kootenay mountain community offers an array of unique cabins, chalets, lodges or yurts to cozy up in.  Relax by a roaring fire,...

Wed, December 14, 2022

Winter Biking in Rossland Never Looked Better

They say necessity is the mother of invention. And much as we like to go on and on about the mind-blowing powder to be...

Tue, December 13, 2022

EV Powered Turns on a Powder Highway Road Trip

Quiet, ultra-efficient, and crazy fun to drive, electric vehicles, or EVs, are becoming a common sight at our ski resorts and Nordic clubs throughout...

Fri, December 9, 2022

Invermere's Whiteway: And All Things Winter

The Whiteway on Lake Windermere is the World’s Longest Skating Path, a 30+ kilometres groomed track that runs all the way around the lake and...

Thu, December 8, 2022

Nordic Ski Adventures To Do this Winter

The term loppet (pronounced luu-pit) is a Scandinavian term that means either: a long distance nordic ski race or event, or a bunch of...

Tue, December 6, 2022

5 Things To Do with the White Stuff in the Kootenays

In the Kootenays, we take our winter in stride and we take them outside.  Since we have a true-love for the outdoors, hibernating is...

Thu, December 1, 2022

6 Safety Tips for Your Powder Highway Road Trip

No matter what time of year, the Powder Highway’s mountains demand respect. In the winter the margins for error are even slimmer, consequences more...

Tue, November 29, 2022

Family Fun on BC's Powder Highway

It was tradition in our house to go skiing every weekend in Kimberley… the house would be a buzz with five of us trying...

Thu, November 24, 2022

Guiding Services: Exploring Powder Highway’s Backcountry

You’ve skied Polar Peak at Fernie Alpine Resort, you’ve maxed out the vertical you can bag in a day at Revelstoke Mountain Resort, and...

Tue, November 22, 2022

Learn to Ski & Snowboard on the Powder Highway

As snow settles over the mountains and valleys in the Kootenays, winter enthusiasts journey along the Powder Highway in search of deep pow, cozy...

Thu, November 17, 2022

Powder Towns on the Powder Highway

Sometimes it can be hard to reconcile just how different the “powder towns” along the Powder Highway are from each other. Take Kimberley and...

Tue, November 15, 2022

Our Kootenay Winter Celebrations: Along the Powder Highway

The rest of the world may tuck itself indoors as temperatures fall, but not the people of the Kootenays. This mountain playground in British...

Thu, November 10, 2022

How BIG is BC's Powder Highway?

IT’S COLOSSAL!  After polling all of the alpine, cat, heli and most of the backcountry lodges – we found out that it is GIGANTIC! 7.2...

Wed, November 9, 2022

Slackcountry Touring at our Powder Highway Ski Resorts

The Slackcountry is the untracked, lift-accessed “backcountry” that snow seekers enjoy just outside ski resort boundaries, without the hours of sweat and toil normally...

Tue, November 8, 2022

4 Reasons to Ski-Ride the Powder Highway this Winter

Every morning in small-town cafes all along the Powder Highway, aromas of freshly brewed java swirl in the air with excited talk of plans...

Fri, November 4, 2022

Funky Finds on the Powder Highway

With over 7.2+ million acres of terrain to be conquered, we suggest multiple visit to the Powder Highway to experience it all! It is...

Thu, November 3, 2022

Road Tripping the Powder Highway Like a Ski Bum

Located in the southeastern corner of British Columbia, the Powder Highway refers to the area that boasts the highest concentration of alpine resort, backcountry, cat,...

Wed, November 2, 2022

7 Tips to Get You Started: Exploring Powder Highway's Backcountry

BC’s Powder Highway in the Kootenay Rockies is home to some of the most sought-after backcountry skiing and riding in the world. From far-flung...

Tue, November 1, 2022

What's New on the Powder Highway?

As champagne powder starts to blanket the Kootenay Rockies, the mountains begin to lure us with their call.  Along the Powder Highway, ski resorts,...

Thu, October 27, 2022

Powder Highway 101

The POWDER HIGHWAY is “the road” to a one-of-a-kind adventure! Located in the southeastern corner of British Columbia, also known as the Kootenays (by...

Wed, October 26, 2022

Avalanche Safety Training: Step 1 for Backcountry Ski Touring

Growing up I was fortunate to have a remarkable ski hill in close proximity to me. It truly introduced me to my love and...

Tue, October 25, 2022

Planning Your Powder Highway Trip: Local Tips

“Welcome to The Powder Highway“! Maybe you’re travelling from the east, looking for soft snow covering quad burning pitches. Or you’re coming from the...

Mon, October 24, 2022

Heli & Cat-Skiing: How It All Started Here

It was Hans Gmoser who made snowy adventure in the wild a reality. In 1965, the maverick mountain guide flew six skiers deep into...

Thu, October 20, 2022

Unique Local & Spooky Haunts in the Kootenays

In the month of October we have colourful inversions around the Kootenays, that showcase our golden larch trees and fall foliage peeking through the...

Tue, October 18, 2022

Waters of Wellness: Kootenay Hot Springs

It all starts deep underground. Unfathomable pressures and temperatures work their magic on underground rivulets, filling their waters with concentrations of dissolved minerals not...

Thu, October 13, 2022

Getting into Hot Water: Kootenay Hot Springs

Longing for a little TLC with your Kootenay Rockies road trip? Your trip is incomplete without a visit to at least one of the...

Tue, October 11, 2022

Kootenay Coffee Road Trip: Meet the Locals

The sun isn’t up yet, but you are. With all the vistas and adventures you want to see and do while on this Kootenay...

Tue, September 27, 2022

The Indigenous Connection to Our Natural Hot Springs

Q̓api Ktunaxa Sukiⱡq̓ukni kin wamiⱡkiⱡ ʔamakʔis / All Ktunaxa are happy you are here – Welcome There is nothing quite like the feeling of...

Thu, September 22, 2022

Little Known Fall Secret: Larch Tree Golden Transformation

Most people are familiar with the annual show put on by the maples of Eastern Canada, but the Kootenays have their own, equally stunning...

Tue, September 6, 2022

4 Reasons to Drive BC's Hidden Route: The Slocan Valley

The road less travelled highlights many of the area’s finest attractions and activities in the Kootenays as we follow Highway 23/6 from Revelstoke to...

Thu, September 1, 2022

4 Quirky Communities along Kootenay Lake

One unique fact about Kootenay Lake is it never completely freezes in the winter, so at any time during the year, you could enjoy...

Tue, August 30, 2022

Fly Fishing the Elk River

The burble of the water rippling around your waders.  The rhythmic trance of the cast.  The satisfaction of the perfect presentation. The anticipation as...

Tue, August 23, 2022

Rewarding Play: Golfing the Kootenay Rockies

If you want dramatic mountain golf, the Kootenay Rockies is your golf destination. The many spectacular courses are all about mountain views, elevation changes,...

Thu, August 18, 2022

Cast a Line: Fishing on the Rivers & Lakes in the Kootenays

Imagine yourself standing in the middle of a remote stretch of river, fly rod in hand, evening sun glistening off the ripples of the...

Tue, August 16, 2022

Kootenay Made

We have an abundance of delicious craft breweries, distilleries, cideries, meadery, wineries and coffee roasters in the region that offer some of the world’s best...

Thu, August 11, 2022

Best Summit Hikes in the Kootenays

There’s a certain feeling that you get from summiting a peak. Whether it’s a quick stroll to gain a 360° view or a physical...

Thu, August 4, 2022

Scaling Kootenay Heights

Are you up for a challenge? Good – the Kootenays are ready for you, too. From mountain biking to white-water kayaking, all throughout this...

Tue, August 2, 2022

Escape to the Mountains

Slip off your shoes, stoke the fire, and settle in for an evening of relaxation at one of the Kootenay’s secluded mountain getaways. Tuck...

Thu, July 21, 2022

Glamping in the Kootenays Rockies

Glamping: if you haven’t heard of the trend that took off several years ago, let’s get you clued in.    Glamorous camping = glamping.  ...

Tue, July 19, 2022

Paddling Adventures in the Kootenays

From canoeing to whitewater kayaking to stand-up paddle boarding, water has a natural pull on us humans — probably owing to it having that...

Tue, July 12, 2022

Sunshine Houseboats & Marina: Waterpark

A one of a kind experience in the Kootenay’s, Sunshine Houseboats’ floating waterpark is a day trip like no other. Climbing, balancing, sliding and...

Mon, July 4, 2022

Beach Vacations in the Kootenay Rockies

With big, epic mountain ranges in the Kootenay Rockies – the Canadian Rockies, Purcells, Selkirks and Monashees, there are also big valleys and many...

Thu, June 30, 2022

Funky Kootenay Fun Facts

Known as BC’s Mountain Playground (in the southeast corner of British Columbia) we are renowned for natural, clean, uncrowded activities and experiences that reflect...

Thu, June 23, 2022

Camping and Glamping in the Kootenay Rockies

From just packing your clothes to packing up the entire vehicle, we have some great options for sleeping under the stars after you’ve shared...

Tue, June 21, 2022

Kootenay Mountain Music Festivals

You move to the rhythm, keeping time with the persistent, resonating thump. Lights scan from overhead; tie-dyed shirts and bright beach balls are highlights...

Tue, June 14, 2022

Savouring the Kootenay Rockies this Summer

It goes without saying that every road trip needs fuel.  Yes, we’re talking about the fuel that powers you.  That morning ‘cup of joe’...

Thu, June 9, 2022

Colossal Things to See & Do in the Kootenays

The Kootenays hold colossal secrets — the kind that end in a discovery you’ll want to share. And while some of the secrets listed...

Tue, May 31, 2022

Quirky Attractions Only Found in the Kootenays

Only in the Kootenays will you find some of the most unique, historic, cultural and quirky attractions found in the world! These fascinating gems...

Thu, May 19, 2022

Pit Stops for a Kootenay Road Trip

The open road is calling to you and, being the adventure lover you are, you’re all set to lay down tracks in British Columbia....

Tue, May 17, 2022

Big Adventures in our Mountains

If you had to pick one defining feature that makes the Kootenays special, it would be hard to argue with our incredible mountain ranges...

Fri, May 13, 2022

Laid-Back Kootenays: Wellness Getaways

With the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, taking time out for ourselves is more important than ever.  Lucky for you, the Kootenay...

Tue, May 10, 2022

Sleep Under the Starry Skies in the Kootenay Rockies

You’ve spent the morning hiking up one of the mountain trails and the afternoon paddling the pristine waters of our local lakes.  Now, as...

Thu, April 28, 2022

Make the Most of Your Kootenay Rockies Getaway

Your bags are nearly packed, the kids are itching to go, and you’re just about ready to begin your family vacation to your favourite...

Tue, April 26, 2022

Adventures for All: Accessible & Adaptive Sports Road Trip

No matter your comfort level or dream destination, there are plenty of ways to begin your adventure. The Kootenay Rockies’ operators offers a wide...

Thu, April 21, 2022

Forest Therapy: Replenish your Spirit and Reawaken your Soul

We’ve all done it – briskly walking the trails, focusing on the destination rather than the journey. We strive to make it to the...

Tue, April 19, 2022

Legendary Summer Attractions: Must Dos in 2022

Out here in the Kootenay Rockies, the area is jam-packed with epic mountain biking & remote alpine hiking trails to brilliant blue waters of...

Tue, March 29, 2022

Accessible Trails in the Kootenay Rockies

Many thanks to all of the dedicated trail builders and volunteers, the Kootenays are full of world class trails for all abilities – adventures...

Thu, March 24, 2022

Where to See Wildlife in the Kootenay Rockies

As I pull my exhausted body up the last stretch of trail before ridgeline, I am overcome with the sensation of being watched.  I...

Tue, March 22, 2022

Follow the Trail: Kootenay Hiking Adventures

Some of the most spectacular Kootenay landscapes are also some of the most fragile.  In  high alpine basins and on soaring ridges vegetation clings...

Tue, March 15, 2022

We Are All Connected

With over 10,000 years of documented archeological history, a language that is a rare linguistic isolate unrelated to any other language, as well as...

Tue, February 15, 2022

Keeping it 'Old School': Our Community Hills on the Powder Highway

The big, showy resorts along the Powder Highway like to hog the glory, but like most things in life, real beauty can hide quietly...

Thu, January 13, 2022

Up the Ante: Powder Highway Cat & Heli Day Packages

Your trip to the Powder Highway is booked, and you’re craving an experience beyond the local ski resorts. But before committing to a multi-day...

Thu, December 30, 2021

Quintessential Powder Highway Winters

I remember my first Powder Highway winter fondly.  Moving to the Kootenays in the winter of 2014, I vividly recall laying eyes on the...

Tue, December 21, 2021

Our Kootenay Mountain Culture

It’s a chilly day in early January.  A cold winter snap whispers its solemn sound through the nearby trees. The mounds of snow piled...

Thu, December 9, 2021

Kootenay Winters: Why we Love Them

The Powder Highway! Just the name alone conjures up images of steep, powder-filled alpine bowls, historic ski towns and residents united in their passion...

Thu, October 7, 2021

A Golden Triangle Road Trip

If your idea of a Sunday drive includes scenic highways and the occasional bird-call, it’s time to take it to the wilds; Kootenay Rockies-style....

Tue, August 17, 2021

Sculpture Capital of Canada: Castlegar, BC

With a population that is 7,000 strong, the community of Castlegar harbours a deeply rooted desire to nurture burgeoning artists, all while encouraging enthusiasts...

Thu, June 17, 2021

Kootenay Rockies: Farm to Fork

With the support of consumers and chefs who are dedicated to buying local ingredients whenever possible, farm-to-fork is what locals and visitors crave. Whether...

Thu, May 13, 2021

The Power of Horses: Trail Riding in the Kootenays

There is something magical about spending time outside, connecting with nature, trekking on horseback down dusty sun scorched trails. As the horse picks its...

Thu, April 22, 2021

Our Kootenay Spirits

Farm to table with a little kick, the increasing number of new Kootenay distilleries are making their home in the Kootenays.  And why not,...

Tue, April 13, 2021

Celebrating 100+ Years in Kootenay National Park

This national park that connects Radium Hot Springs to Banff, turned 100 on April 21, 2020.  The park began as eight kilometres (5 mi)...

Thu, April 1, 2021

Cool Ways to Travel in the Kootenays

The face of Kootenay travel has changed a lot over the years, defined by sudden, ‘tipping-point’ shifts in how industry and travellers traverse this...

Tue, March 23, 2021

Tips: How to be a Safe & Responsible Traveller

Thank you for visiting. While you are here, we want you to have an incredible time exploring the Kootenay Rockies. For generations, Kootenay locals...

Thu, March 18, 2021

Kootenay Farmers' Markets

The taste of honey still warm from the hive, the happy racket of a friendly crowd and the tangy scent of fresh sourdough joyfully...

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