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What's OPEN on the Powder Highway?

November 26, 2020

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

Up the Ante: Powder Highway Cat & Heli Day Packages

November 24, 2020

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 adventure... Read More

Learn to Ski or Snowboard on the Powder Highway

November 17, 2020

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

How BIG is BC's Powder Highway?

November 12, 2020

IT'S COLOSSAL!  After polling all of the alpine, cat, heli and most of the backcountry lodges - we found out that it is GIGANTIC! 7,204,315+ ACRES (2,915,485+... Read More

Secrets of the Wild with Ryan B.

November 10, 2020

Meet Ryan Bavin. Based in Invermere, Ryan has a passion for the outdoors, mountain photography and glass art. He is lucky enough to spend almost... Read More

Powder Highway 101

November 3, 2020

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 the locals),... Read More

Secrets of the Wild with Jonny

October 26, 2020

With fall in the Kootenay Rockies rapidly changing to early winter, snow is prominently visible on all of the mountains in the Kootenays (and in... Read More

Secrets of the Wild by David

September 29, 2020

With four national and more than 75 provincial parks in the Kootenay Rockies feature mountains, lakes, ancient fossil fields, old-growth rainforests and alpine meadows renowned... Read More

Secrets of the Wild by Laura

September 15, 2020

Social distancing in the Kootenay Rockies' backcountry is easy - since many of our mountain communities have a small local population and our wilderness is... Read More

Secrets of the Wild by Matt

September 1, 2020

Giant snow-covered peaks, thunderous waterfalls and crystal clear rivers and lakes characterize this mountain playground. It’s perfect for backcountry adventures like heli, cat and downhill... Read More

Family-Friendly Backcountry Adventures in the Kootenays

July 27, 2020

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 of... Read More

Multi-generational Family Hiking in the Kootenays

July 20, 2020

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 the... Read More

Celebrating 100 Years in Kootenay National Park

July 9, 2020

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

What's Open in the Kootenay Rockies?

July 6, 2020

Our regional tourism businesses are beginning to re-open for local residents and visitors to experience in a safe and responsible manner, but it’s still not... Read More

Family Adventures On & Off the Beaten Track

June 29, 2020

The Kootenays is the perfect place to enjoy an adventure on and off the beaten track. Here's the top 5 unique experiences encompassing the huge... Read More

Pit Stops for a Kootenay Road Trip

June 19, 2020

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. You... Read More

Out Your Back Door: Kootenay Community Treks

June 15, 2020

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

Cool Ways to Travel in the Kootenays

June 11, 2020

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 mountainous... Read More

Hidden Waterfalls in the Kootenays

June 8, 2020

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, the... Read More

Best Summit Hikes in the Kootenays

June 1, 2020

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 feat... Read More

Quirky Attractions Only Found in the Kootenays

May 25, 2020

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

Hike, Pedal, Roll and Ski: Our Kootenay Rails to Trails

May 21, 2020

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

Funky Kootenay Fun Facts

May 11, 2020

The region, in the southeast corner of British Columbia, includes natural, clean, uncrowded activities and experiences that reflect the Kootenay mountain lifestyle and culture in... Read More

3 Legendary Kootenay Hikes - You May Have Never Heard Of

May 4, 2020

# 1 -- Easy: Vicky's View (Nakusp) Seated placidly on the banks of Upper Arrow Lake, the town of Nakusp has straddled the watery divide between... Read More

Unique Stays on a Kootenay Rockies Road Trip

April 13, 2020

Domes, rail cars, treehouses, yomes and yurts are just some of the unique accommodations in the Kootenay Rockies, perfect for an off-the-beaten-path stay on a Kootenay... Read More

Easy Kootenay Hikes: To 360 Degree Vista Views

April 6, 2020

To aspire to hike to the top of Fisher Peak (2,845 m/9,335 ft.) near Cranbrook/Kimberley, Mt. Begbie (2,733 m/8,967 ft.) in Revelstoke, Mt. Burgess (2,599... Read More

Switching Gears in the Kootenays: Winter to Spring

March 16, 2020

It is March, and typically in the Kootenay Rockies it means an end to big powder dumps and time to reflect on snow free trails... Read More

Sledding Events & Tours in the Kootenays

January 31, 2020

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

Ski & Soak: Top 5 Hot Springs & Hot Tubs along the Powder Highway

January 28, 2020

You're familiar with the skiers' ultimate dream: a solid day on the mountain followed with relaxing with your ski buds in hot water. In the... Read More

Road Tripping the Powder Highway Like a Ski Bum

January 24, 2020

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, heli... Read More

Monashee Powder Snowcats: My Weekend in Skiers' Heaven

January 17, 2020

It's 4:00 am and I am wide awake. I am so excited and anxious I have barely closed my eyes all night. The eight-hour road... Read More

Keefer Lake Lodge: Bringing Snowcat Skiing to a Higher Elevation

January 16, 2020

Often regarded as heli-skiing's poor cousin, snowcat skiers were once content with dorms, shared bathrooms and passable grub as long as the powder was deep.... Read More

6 Things To Do with the White Stuff in the Kootenays

January 13, 2020

Like true Canadians, we take our winter in stride - but we take them outside.  Since we have a true-love for the outdoors, hibernating is... Read More

Invermere's Whiteway: And All Things Winter

January 7, 2020

The Whiteway on Lake Windermere is the World's Longest Skating Path, a 34-km (21 mile) groomed track that runs all the way around the lake and... Read More

Funky Finds on the Powder Highway

January 6, 2020

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 home... Read More

Unforgettable Underground: The Winter World of Cody Caves

December 11, 2019

Cody Cave Tours owner Lee Hollis (photo below) has been taking adventurers into Cody Caves near Ainsworth for the past seven years.  Lee and his... Read More

The Valhallas: Norse God Legend of Ice Creek Lodge

December 6, 2019

"...and gold-bright there Stands Valhall [sic] stretching wide..." from Grimnismol: The Ballad of Grimnir, part of the age-old oral tradition of Norse mythology [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="1350"] Ullr creative by... Read More

Snowmobiling in the Kootenays: Where to Go

December 5, 2019

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

Planning Your Powder Highway Trip: Local Tips

December 3, 2019

"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 west, looking... Read More

Backcountry Ski Touring: Step 1 Avalanche Safety Training

November 29, 2019

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

Meet Josie: The Brand-new Luxury Boutique Hotel at RED Mountain

November 20, 2019

The story of RED Mountain and Rossland go way back into the history books.  Once a mining territory (1890) to hosting the very first downhill... Read More

Kootenay Craft Brew Winter Road Trip: 2019/20 Season

November 14, 2019

**What's new for the 2019/20 Winter Season** As the evenings grow deeper alongside the snowbanks, it's time to trade in those shallow, happy-go-lucky summer traditions for... Read More

Heli & Cat-Skiing: It All Started Here Over 55 Years Ago

November 5, 2019

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

Little Known Fall Secret: Larch Trees in the Kootenays

September 25, 2019

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

Glamping in the Kootenays Rockies

September 4, 2019

Glamping: if you haven't heard of the trend that took off several years ago, let's get you clued in.    Glamorous camping = glamping.   The term doesn't... Read More

A Golden Triangle Road Trip

July 23, 2019

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. Shift... Read More

Colossal Things to See & Do in the Kootenays

July 11, 2019

The Kootenays hold colossal secrets -- the kind that end in a discovery you'll want to share. And while some of the secrets listed below... Read More

Scaling Kootenay Heights: Rope Courses, Via Ferratas & Ziplines

July 8, 2019

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

Fulfilling a Lifetime Dream: Logden Lodge

July 2, 2019

Opening a secluded lodge was their life-long dream! However, when they settled on their ideal location - the southeast corner of British Columbia they couldn't... Read More

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

May 23, 2019

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 Nelson,... Read More

Kootenay Hacks: Local Tips Before You Go Exploring

May 21, 2019

Here are our tips from a few Kootenay local explorers: "Always take a headlamp into the backcountry. There are a hundred reasons you might get caught... Read More

Human Powered: The Westside Legacy Trail

May 14, 2019

Open to cyclists, runners and trekkers; the 25-km paved trail from Invermere to Fairmont Hot Springs parallels the local Westside Road. The 'new' Westside Legacy... Read More

The Pipe - The Mountain Coaster at Revelstoke Mountain Resort

May 3, 2019

Revelstoke Mountain Resort is promising a hand-waving -- and hair-raising -- wild ride with North America's first Brandauer Mountain Coaster... known by the locals as... Read More

Pet Friendly Kootenays

April 24, 2019

Your pet is not just a pet, they are part of your family. Yes? Let's find out how much you have taken that to heart... Read More

4 Quirky Communities along Kootenay Lake

March 26, 2019

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

Places to Stay in the Kootenay Rockies

March 11, 2019

Looking for a new experience this spring? From secluded glamping to high-end hotels, here are 10+ new accommodation options in the Kootenays (as of 2019). BED... Read More

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