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Where the Locals Hang-out in the Kootenays

Wondering where to meet a few of the Kootenay locals during your visit? Check out our community’s unique vibe over a signature menu item or a flight of beer at our restaurants, pubs and craft breweries!

Beach Volleyball (Revelstoke)

Played on real sand, this is outdoor beach volleyball at its coolest. Two to six players, play up to 21.  Did you know that the first two-person game of volleyball played on a beach was in 1930?

Pair your game with ‘Poutine’, at the Big Eddy Pub in Revelstoke, the classic is topped with gravy & cheese curds or try the authentic Quebec with chicken, green peas and sautéed mushrooms.

Outdoor beach volleyball at the Big Eddy Pub in Revelstoke, BC

The Beer Tree (Rossland)

The goal of thegame is to hit a sign with a golf ball (with a driver only).  Each player has an opportunity to pitch their ball and hit the sign, which is 12 m. (40 ft.) and 32 m. (105 ft.) away. If a person hits the target, the group buys him/her a beer and if 2 or more people hit the target then multiple beers are purchased by those who did not hit the sign.

This unique driving game is at Redstone Golf Resort in Rossland.

Proceed to the clubhouse to collect your winnings and enjoy your favourite craft beer by the Trail Beer Refinery.

Bimini Ring Toss (Nelson)

Sounds simple enough, swing the ring to connect it to a hook. But you will need a little finesse and skill to get the job done.  The key is to swing the ring gently at the right angle.  Each participant gets five tries and the first one to get five ringers wins the round.

Offered at the Backroads Brewing Co. in Nelson.  If you plan to stop in, we suggest you pair your visit with their Saison or the Big Smokin’ Baltic Porter and try their homemade pretzel which is baked in-house.

Photo courtesy of Backroads Brewing Co.

B-I-N-G-O (Kimberley)

Not just any Bingo, it is Sheddy Bingo in Kimberley. It runs every Sunday night and money raised at The Shed goes to Kimberley schools’ lunch programs. So far, The Shed has raised nearly $20,000 since they started in 2017.

What makes it unique is if two or more people get a bingo at the same time, the cards are checked and then it’s time for a dance off. The winner is decided by applause. Prizes are donated by local Kimberley businesses.

Pair it with one of their ‘Loaded Baked Potatoes’, so big it’s the entire meal. Or check out their themed meals – something different is featured each day.

(Mike’s Place Pub in Nelson has rock and roll bingo throughout the winter months and the ULLR Bar in Invermere offers musical bingo.)

Greek stuffed baked potato, photo courtesy of The Shed

Bocce (Kimberley & Trail)

If you’ve never played it, it’s four-on-four and the challenge is to get your bocce ball closest to the boccini (smaller ball).  Over Time Beer Works in Kimberley has an outdoor pit on their patio, while the Trail Beer Refinery has its own indoor bocce pit.

Pair it with their one of the local’s favourite ales on-tap!

Indoor Bocce, photo courtesy of the Trail Beer Refinery

Cornhole Game (Golden)

Played outside or inside, players take turns throwing bags of corn at a raised platform with holes in the far end. Offered at Whitetooth Brewing in Golden; two players are needed to play.

Pair it with their Launch Pad Belgian-Inspired Rye Ale or the Truth, Dare, Consequences Nordic Imperial Stout; both placed first at the ‘2018 BC Beer Awards’.

Photo courtesy of Whitetooth Brewing Co.

Family Feud (Invermere)

It’s the traditional Family Feud, available at the ULLR Bar in Invermere. This memorable game is made up of teams (five members each), which face off in a series of trivia questions. Answers are awarded based on popular answers.

Pair your visit at the pub with their Belly of the Beast, seared pork belly, maple bourbon glaze, chili rice crisps, baby potatoes & rendered pork or the Ullr Fried Chicken with maple coriander, spicy aioli & pickles.

Neglin (Nelson & Rossland)

Also known as the ‘stump’ game.  Using your hammer; the overall goal is to drive all of your competitor’s nails flush with the surface of the stump and only have your nail(s) remaining.

Offered at the Backroads Brewing Co. in Nelson and the Flying Steamshovel Pub in Rossland.  At the Flying Steamshovel, their signature meal is the Poke Bowl with Ahi Tuna and pineapple salsa and their homemade Elk Burger topped with arugula, caramelized onions, brie, tarragon Dijon & cranberry bacon jam.

Photo courtesy of Backroads Brewing Co. in Nelson

**Neglin is also available at Retallack Lodge (near Kaslo, BC) if you plan to mountain bike in the summer or ski/ride in the winter.

Team trivia games are available throughout the Kootenays, including the Firehall Kitchen & Tap in Cranbrook and The Pub Bar & Grill in Fernie.

Know Before You Go!

~ Take extra time to research and plan your trip in advance. Many of our tourism businesses and services have adopted new COVID-19 protocols and changes to their schedules or policies to ensure your safety. You’ll want to become familiar with them ahead of time.

~ If you normally travel with extended family or with several friends, consider travelling in a smaller group. Travelling with fewer people makes it easier for you to practise physical distancing in public, and may have less of an impact on the destination.

~ Consider a slower travel pace to help curb the spread. Instead of checking in and out of multiple destinations during one trip, choose one or two destinations and one/two accommodation properties for your entire trip (and explore all the things to do & see nearby).

Story by KootRocks Staffer (Shannon Harrison). Cover/top photo courtesy of Backroads Brewing Company in Nelson. 
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