It goes without saying that every road trip needs fuel. No, not the fuel that powers your car, nor the fuel that allows your boat to glide effortlessly across the lake. I’m talking about the fuel that powers you. That morning cup of joe that wakens the senses. The post-adventure plate that invites you into local culture. The apres-pint to relax and watch the sunset with.
Across the Kootenays, our local craft breweries, restaurants and wineries have you covered, ensuring you stay well fuelled on your journey.
~ Pay a visit to the Rossland Beer Company on Friday evenings for live music in their tasting room.
~ Grab a pizza with your pint at Trail Beer Refinery, where their chef will prepare it for you fresh (and be sure to play a game of bocce too).
~ Hand-crafted cocktails and authentic and unique Mexican street food at the Cantina del Centro in Nelson is very popular with the locals.
~ Show up early at Eleven22 Restaurant in Golden for their 3-course Early Bird Special.
~ Try the famous Mucky Fries while sitting on the patio in the Platzl at Pedal & Tap in downtown Kimberley.
~ Watch the sunset over Kootenay Lake from the deck of Sage Tapas and Wine Bar in Nelson.
~ Cellar door sales and tastings are available with the Red Bird Winery in Creston, or join their “Wine Club”.
~ In Nakusp, Valley of the Springs Winery new tasting room opened this summer. And, starting in mid-August their private guest room/suite will be available for bookings for the remainder of summer & fall.
~ 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).
~ Creston Cru: Get a Taste of these Vineyards
~ A Kootenay Coffee Road Trip: Meet the Locals
~ Kootenay Made
~ Kootenay Spirits
~ Wet your Whistle: Along a Kootenay Rockies Road Trip
~ Where the Locals Hang Out in the Kootenays
Top/cover photo courtesy of Island Lake Lodge in Fernie, 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.