Top 6 Things TO DO with the White Stuff in the Kootenays

Top 6 Things TO DO with the White Stuff in the Kootenays

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It’s official 'Kootenay Kurt' the local groundhog saw his shadow and we have six more weeks of winter.  But like true Canadians, we take this in stride - since we love the outdoors and everything we can do with all of the ‘white stuff’.

In addition to the many upcoming community events that celebrate snow and winter, such as:

Feb 15-16       Flannel Fest in Kimberley
Feb 16            Snow King’s MasqueParade in Golden
Feb 23            Cross River Fat Bike Race in Radium Hot Springs
Mar 1-3          Griz Days in Fernie
Mar 1-3          Coffee Fest in Invermere
Mar 15-16      Beer Googles in Rossland
Mar 22-23      High Notes Music Festival in Panorama

We also have some more favourite things to do (for those who don’t ski/snowboard or sled) in the Kootenays, including these wonderful winter activities:

#6 – Dog Sledding

‘Mush, mush you little doggies’… while you sit back and let these trained dogs (usually huskies) whisk you away to enjoy the ride and the scenery.  In Golden and Revelstoke dog sledding tours await. 

#5 – Fat Biking

Love to bike? Here in the Kootenays snow doesn’t stop us – and to make it more accessible, we have groomed trails too!  So, rent a fat bike for an exciting new work-out and a fun day exploring packed routes in the region.

Fat biking in Kimberley; photo by Dave Wallace

#4 – Hot Chocolate

Technically not snow, but if you top it off with whip cream then it’s ‘white’.  This past fall, the community of Nelson had a contest on the “hottest” hot chocolate and the Le Petit Café & Creperie at the Prestige Lakeside resort won – for their Mochalicious Matcha LatteBut I’m sure you can make your own delicious choice – why not tour the region and discover other communities and their fave hot chocolate infusions!  

#3 – Ice Skating

Most of our funky Kootenay towns offer ice-skating on local ponds.  There is nothing like strapping those skates on and gliding on an open surface or check out the World’s Longest Skating trail like ‘The Whiteway’ on Lake Windermere. Visit each community’s visitor centre to find out the current conditions.

The Whiteway on Lake Windermere; photo by Dave Wallace

#2 – Snowshoeing

If you can trek, then in all likelihood you can snowshoe too.  It’s relatively easy and a great way to get outside and explore – and in the Kootenays we have some amazing trails with natural beauty around you and breathtaking views in all directions.

Snowshoeing at Island Lake Lodge in Fernie; photo by Dave Heath

#1 – Hot Springs

And when you want to warm up from exploring, then we have the hot springs – seven that are accessible in the winter time.  Easy to get to soothing springs, like Ainsworth (with its natural cave) to Radium Hot Springs (nestled in Kootenay National Park).

Photo by Shannon Harrison, at the Radium Hot Springs hot pool

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Story by KootRocks Staffer (Shannon Harrison).  Cover/top photo by Zoya Lynch.

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