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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 are countless opportunities to explore our mountain playground. Learn more about our outdoor adventures unique to the Kootenays! Some of them may even leave you questioning everything you know about adventure travel in the Kootenays.


This DIY experiences on Lake Windermere combines floating and biking, with a ‘Hydrobike’. These water-bikes, enables you to explore our river and lakes.

Photo courtesy of Columbia River Paddle


Connect with local Paragolfer Scott McLain (in partnership with RAD Society) to try the ParaGolfer machine to play a round at Copper Point Golf course.

Photo courtesy of Columbia Valley Pioneer


‘NEW’ for 2023 summer – is the Railrider Mountain Coaster. Glide, carve and dive down one kilometre of alpine scenery. After ascending the mountainside, riders pickup speed through the forest as the coaster curves and turns along the canyon edge for a total descent of 73 metres.

Photo courtesy of the Golden Skybridge, Railride Mountain Coaster

From the suspension bridges, at 130-metres (426 ft.) above an expansive canyon, the Golden Skybridge rewards with views of the Rocky and Purcell mountain ranges like you’ve never seen before, while a crashing river and 61-metres (200 ft.) waterfall thunders below.

The suspension bridges are a part of a three-kilometers (about 1.9 mile) nature walk and include viewing platforms so guests can have a 360-degree view of the picturesque landscape. The ends of the trail will be marked by an outdoor courtyard and café to refresh yourself before and after your journey.

Golden Skybridge; photo by Mitch Winton

Ante up your adventure – take a breath and prepare for the adrenaline-spiking experience the Sky Zipline across the canyon! Other attractions include the Canyon Edge Challenge Course, the ‘NEW’ Giant Canyon Swing, and Axe Throwing.


‘NEW’ for 2023 summer – is The Pipe Mountain Coaster #2. Double the fun this summer and hop on Revelstoke Mountain Resort’s newest addition.

Ride by yourself or pair up with a friend in the small bucket seats and grab hold of the brake. Once you set off, you’re in control of the speed, as you careen through the glades, over hills, and into tunnels.  Maxing out at 42-km/hr (26-mi/h) with just a seatbelt keeping you secure, the Pipe Mountain Coaster is almost guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

The Pipe Mountain Coaster at Revelstoke Mountain; photo by Kari Medig


Tunnel 49 (formerly Mountain High Adventures), is here to provide you with the full adventure package. Don’t sweat the small details, they have you covered. They can provide door-to-door service while offering you thrilling water adventures!

Take a ride on Canada’s first ever giant, 8-man, paddle board – cruise your way down Fernie’s Elk River on the SUPsquatch.

SUPSquatch in Fernie, photo by Kari Medig


Summer trips feature high alpine hiking, glacier viewing, family specific adventures, photography workshops and customized mountaineering packages such as the Mt. Nimbus Via Ferrata (North America’s longest). This trip gives new meaning to a ‘natural high’. You’ll scale Mt. Nimbus, cross a suspension bridge, travel across a series of rock-affixed metal rungs and zipline over a raging river.

Photo courtesy of Via Ferrata Mt. Nimbus at CMH Summer Adventures, Bobbie Burns Lodge

Every day begins with a heli-ride and ends at one of two luxury lodges – Bobby Burns and Bugaboos, where the Purcell, Selkirk and Bugaboo ranges offer up 360 degrees of jaw-dropping, scenic beauty.


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