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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 yourself away deep in the forests or cozy up to a beachside paradise. Whatever your preference, the Kootenay Rockies have precisely what you’re looking for in a hidden retreat.

There’s one common feature among them all – you’ll wake up peacefully to the fresh mountain air, feeling relaxed, rejuvenated, and ready for your adventures ahead.

Adventure Domes (New Denver)

Perhaps the most unique-looking lodging on the list, the Adventure Domes epitomizes the spirit of the Kootenays. Unassuming but impressive and full of character, the four domes sleep between 3-6 people and are just a short walk to the waters of Slocan Lake.

Aerial view of the Domes; photo courtesy of the Adventure Domes

Cottage in the Hills (Hills)

Poke your head out the windows in the morning and watch the jagged peaks of the Valhallas light up at Cottage in the Hills. This private guesthouse features a separate bath house with an outdoor bath and shower – perfect for cleaning up post-hike.

Photo courtesy of Cottage in the Hills

Brooks Creek Ranch (Fernie)

On the way to Fernie, yet off-the-grid, Brooks Creek Ranch offers unmatched luxury under the Lizard Range. This getaway is situated on a working ranch powered entirely by renewables. Choose from one of the four rooms available and be prepared for an unforgettable experience.

Wildflower scenic & Mountain views; photo courtesy of Brooks Creek Resort

Columbia Wetlands Outpost Lodge (Parsons)

Wake up to the Wildlife of the Columbia Wetlands at the Outpost lodge. Listen carefully, and you may hear the soothing chirp of a barn swallow or the wail of a Great Blue Heron while you sip your coffee on the patio. With enough space for you and 13 others, this luxury lodge makes for the perfect extended family getaway.

Kootenai Hideaway Cottage (Kaslo)

Tucked into a stand of mature trees on the West shore of Kootenay lake, the Kootenai Hideaway is your cabin in the woods. Enjoy evening campfires on the beach at this secluded getaway north of Kaslo.

Kootenay Lakehouse (Nakusp)

Nestled next to the Arrow Lake, near Nakusp, the cabin has 180 degree views of the surrounding mountains and lake. Enjoy the spa-style bathroom, wake up to views of the lake or go to bed looking at the stars through skylights at night from the comfort of the custom king bed, or enjoy a drink nestled up by the the fire inside or outside on the protected patio.

Photo courtesy of the Kootenay Lakehouse

Kootenay Park Lodge (Kootenay National Park)

Step back in time at the Kootenay Park Lodge, one of the original – and only lodges in Kootenay National Park. This rustic property features the main lodge and 11 cabins along the shores of the Kootenay River.There’s no need to go far for food either. Enjoy the cuisine at the restaurant on site or pick up something quick from the General Store.

Photo courtesy of Kootenay Park Lodge

Mount 7 Lodges (Golden)

Just a few minutes south of Golden, Mount 7 Lodges can be your basecamp for all the Kicking Horse region has to offer. Choose from chalets, cabins or lodges for your getaway. Opening in October 2022, the Red Fox Lodge will be a fully accessible home away from home for those with limited mobility.

Photo courtesy of Mount 7 Lodges

Nipika Mountain Resort (Radium Hot Springs)

Starting from one trapping cabin back in the 1920s, Nipika Mountain Resort is now one of the Kootenays iconic destinations. Featuring nine charming log cabins, a day lodge and conference centre, and never-ending trails surrounding the property, a stay at the eco-resort will leave you wanting to come back for more.


Photo courtesy of Nipika Mountain Resort

Rossland Bike Retreat (Rossland)

Stay at these family-friendly cabins available in all seasons. A 10-minute drive from the slopes of RED Mountain Resort, Rossland Bike Retreat is the perfect jumping off point for your adventure. You’ll find complete serenity in this mountain escape, with a view that will put a fresh perspective on any outlook. Be it snow or dirt you’re after, we’ll help you discover the trails you seek.

Wedgwood Manor & Glamping Retreat (Crawford Bay)

Disconnect from the outside world at the Wedgwood Manor. The historic property features five themed suites, one quaint cabin and their new glamping experience. The gardens and nature surrounding this English Countryside style manor will make all the city stresses disappear.

Wing Creek Resort (Kaslo)

The perfect romantic getaway for you and your loved one, Wing Creek Resort offers a secluded stay just north of Kaslo. Enjoy an intimate evening with your partner under the lights of the cabin’s patio as you stargaze at the sky above. With just two cottages over 8-hectares (20-acres), you’ll have plenty of solitude.

Photo courtesy of Wing Creek Resort

Take a few days or a week to disconnect from the world – and get back to nature in our mountains! 

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Cover/top photo by Mitch Winton; looking out on Arrow Lake and Nakusp, BC. 

Words by Mark Locki. Mark is a photographer and writer based in Kimberley, BC. An avid traveller throughout the Kootenays and abroad, he enjoys exploring the natural world, camera in hand, seeking out compelling stories. He’s often found deep in the backcountry, running, climbing or on skis, challenging himself to discover new scenes and viewpoints. 

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