The Support Local movement began over time and has been building momentum.
It is a movement that encourages locals to spend locally at their community businesses.
Today, this means so much more with the pandemic as businesses need your support right now, more than ever!
One of the most important results when you buy locally is significantly more money stays within the community. Local business owners also often have this similar incentive to support their business neighbours.
An interesting and positive element to supporting local is you get to know the people behind the product and service. When you know the people & personalities behind the businesses you are connecting with, you gain a personal trust and you often find you want to recommend them to others.
We would like to invite you to ‘Meet Our Partners’ – some of the incredible small businesses in the Kootenays Rockies!
Body & Soul Soothers | Hunger Managers | Local Storytellers | Retail Therapists | Stay-cationers | Thirst Quenchers | Winter Adventurers
The Explorers Society Hotel (Revelstoke)
“We thank Revelstoke for supporting our hotel & restaurant during a challenging year. And we want to give something back. Renew yourself & your relationship with a mini vacation or a date night! You’ll be able to hang-out in luxury, soak your stress away in our rooftop hot tub, eat a beautiful meal (one you don’t need to prepare yourself) – and indulge yourself”, says owner, Stephen Jenkins.
For February & March, help them restart Revelstoke! Revelstoke ‘locals’ can enjoy a very special opportunity to stay with them at The Explorers Society at 40-50% off published prices. King Standard Rooms – $179/night midweek (Sun-Wed) and $199 weekends (Thurs-Sat), plus applicable taxes. Heritage King Mini-Suites – $209/night midweek and $229 weekends, plus applicable taxes. (Pre-pay for your reservation at time of booking and they will add a $30 voucher to use on property, including Quartermaster – reservation becomes non-refundable at time of booking.)
Halcyon Hot Springs Resort (Nakusp)
“When was the last time you really immersed yourself in nature? Halcyon Hot Springs Resort welcomes local BC residents into our natural healing waters to help melt away the feeling of being cooped up this year. We have the perfect setting to getaway in your own BC backyard. All of our cabin and chalet accommodations are separate and exclusive to you and your guests. We have also minimized the capacity of our Hot Springs to ensure ample space for you to enjoy the healing waters peacefully with your friends and family”, says marketing & revenue manager, Patrick J. Spencer.
Chalet Getaway: Stay for three or four nights in their King Chalets or Loft Chalets, get 50% off the third and fourth nights. This offer is available for weekend bookings until May 31st, 2021 (some restrictions apply). Visit their website for up to date information on their available promotions.
Hillside Lodge (Golden)
“Like many, we’ve had to cancel our 2020 wedding season and have been trying to find creative ways to still stay open. Hillside is perfectly situated with fully self-contained cabins and outdoor fire pit so it’s easy to get away while staying safe and enjoying the beauty that surrounds us. COVID has put a wrench into business plans across the globe but it has also offered the opportunity to get creative, simplify and just get back to the basic things that people want. Unplugging and recharging and getting away from everyday life is more important than ever – Hillside Lodge is the perfect place to do that”, explains owner, Stephanie Chomiak.
Now more than ever, a change of scenery can work wonders on the soul. For the months of February & March, they are offering a local’s staycation package: 2 nights in a cabin – choose either a one-bedroom ($250 + taxes for 2 nights) or two-bedroom ($450 + taxes for 2 nights). Add on a bottle of champagne ($50), charcuterie board ($35 for small, 2 ppl or $70 for large, 4 ppl) or a S’more kit ($15 for 2 ppl or $30 for 4 ppl). Snowshoes trail to the river and a fun scavenger hunt will keep you entertained if you want to do something other than put your feet up in front of the fire! (Family day long weekend excluded).
Hume Hotel & Spa (Nelson)
Owner/Manager, Ryan Martin explains “Sometimes you can beat that cabin fever feeling and the much-needed desire of a vacation by looking in your own backyard”.
The perfect winter remedy – a Night Out Staycation at the historic Hume Hotel & Spa in downtown Nelson which includes: 25% off room rate, free upgrade based on what’s available, a $50 gift card to Marzano or Hume Hotel and breakfast for two at the General Store Restaurant. Starting at $170 + taxes (price varies per room). To include spa services and other treats, check out the R&R Package.
“As a family-owned company, we greatly value the safety of our staff and guests and have taken the pandemic very seriously from the beginning. We have bene flexible with our cancellation policies and have implemented many protocols along the way. We also feel it’s important to be very proactive in communicating our protocols with our guests. In addition to a dedicated COVID page on our website including guest FAQs, we’ve also included messaging on our confirmation emails, e-blasts, social media, on posters throughout the hotel, and in guest room communication pieces. It’s important that our guests feel confident and safe during their stay, and we aim to be as transparent in our efforts as possible”, explains General Manager, Treena Coney.
They understand that now is not the time to travel, but you can still escape from your routine with a stay-cation in your own community! Visit the Prestige Inn Golden between January 1 to March 31, 2021, stay two or more nights and receive a $50 dining credit for use during your stay as well as a ‘Free Night Voucher’ to return for another visit at ANY Prestige Hotels & Resorts location. (Some restrictions apply).
Prestige Mountain Resort (Rossland)
General Manager, Joel Jackson says “The implementation of our COVID protocols has become the new norm for us at the hotel. From social distancing to mask wearing, our staff and guests embrace the rules in place, and it’s become second nature. We’ve eliminated many of the extra décor touches and paper products that may increase risk of spread, and we’re also encouraging our guests to take advantage of our Go Green program by foregoing their daily housekeeping, which not only benefits the environment but also reduces the risk of exposure between our staff and guests.”
They understand that now is not the time to travel, but you can still escape from your routine with a stay-cation in your own community! Visit the Prestige Mountain Resort between January 1 to March 31, 2021, stay two or more nights and receive a $50 dining credit for use during your stay as well as a ‘Free Night Voucher’ to return for another visit at ANY Prestige Hotels & Resorts location. (Some restrictions apply).
“We’ve taken COVID protocols very seriously since the beginning and were one of the first hotel chains in BC to insist that our staff and guests wear masks. Since last spring, we’ve also strictly enforced social distancing throughout the hotel, frequent sanitization of hard surfaces, maximum capacities in all pool and gym areas, and other protocols that help everyone coming and going from our hotel feel safe”, mentions Assistant General Manager, Yawie Soriano.
They understand that now is not the time to travel, but you can still escape from your routine with a stay-cation in your own community! Visit the Prestige Radium Hot Springs Resort between January 1 to March 31, 2021, stay two or more nights and receive a $50 dining credit for use during your stay as well as a ‘Free Night Voucher’ to return for another visit at ANY Prestige Hotels & Resorts location. (Some restrictions apply).
Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort (Cranbrook)
Assistant General Manager, Warren Bent says “As a popular hotel venue for conferences and meetings, one of the biggest challenges we’ve experienced has been the ever-changing restrictions regarding hosting events. We’ve learned to adapt to the protocols swiftly, be very flexible in our cancellation and re-booking policies, and have many measures in place that protect our staff and event attendees at any allowable capacity. We look forward to the day when we can start to welcome all sizes of meeting groups again, and we will remain committed to our protocols at all times.”
They understand that now is not the time to travel, but you can still escape from your routine with a stay-cation in your own community! Visit the Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort between January 1 to March 31, 2021, stay two or more nights and receive a $50 dining credit for use during your stay as well as a ‘Free Night Voucher’ to return for another visit at ANY Prestige Hotels & Resorts location. (Some restrictions apply).
Snow Valley Lodging (Fernie)
“Snow Valley Lodging wanted to give Elk Valley residents the chance to experience tiny living while supporting an amazing local charity! The ‘Elk Valley Special’ includes a discounted nightly rate of $169.00 (prior to taxes) and 25% of the proceeds made will be donated to Angel Flight East Kootenay. Angel Flight is a volunteer-run charity that provides flights to individual in the Elk Valley needing medical care in Kelowna,” explains, co-owner Veronique Roy.
They have 6 beautiful tiny homes, with three dog friendly options, so no one is left behind! Experience tiny living and big adventures with their free fat bike or ski rentals. Our hot tub and ‘adventure rentals’ are by appointment only; this is part of their new COVID protocols to keep their guests and staff safe!
To assist you with which businesses in the Kootenay Rockies are open, these communities maintain lists of their businesses: Castlegar, Cranbrook, Columbia Valley, Fernie, Golden, Kimberley, Nelson Kootenay Lake, Revelstoke and Rossland.
~ 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 this winter season. 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 this winter 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).
~ Kootenay Wilderness Wellness Retreats
~ Kootenay Winters: Why We Love Them
~ Places to Stay in the Kootenays
~ Stay Local, Support Local in the Kootenay Rockies
~ Unique Stays on a Kootenay Rockies Road Trip
~ What’s New of the Powder Highway?
Top/cover photo courtesy of Prestige Radium Hot Springs Resort.