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Savouring the Kootenay Rockies this Summer

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.


~ Join the locals for a pint of “Kluckin’ Kolsch” at the Angry Hen Brewing tasting room in Kaslo.

~ Check out the taproom of Backroads Brewing in Nelson.  The interior will remind you of a cozy evening spent with friends in a backcountry lodge.

Photo courtesy of Backroads Brewing

~ Try out the Kootenays three newest breweries, Erie Creek Brewing Company in Salmo, Radium Brewing in Radium Hot Springs and Wild North Brewing Co. in Creston.

~ Finish off your day Mountain biking in Fernie with a pitstop at Fernie Brewing Company, conveniently located a short distance from the Mt. Proctor area trails.

~ Pay a visit to the Rossland Beer Company on Friday evenings for live music in their tasting room.

~ Complete your fishing trip in Castlegar with a pint at Tailout Brewing, which celebrated their first anniversary in the fall of 2020.

Fly-fishing the local rivers in Castlegar; photo courtesy of TailOut Brewing

~ 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).

~ Relax on the patio at Whitetooth Brewing in Golden and enjoy one of their many Belgian-inspired beers.


~ Reward your day of adventure in the Canadian Rockies at Island Lake Lodge in Fernie, at the Bear Lodge Bistro or Tamarack Dining room.

Photo by Mike McPhee, courtesy of Island Lake Lodge

~ Experience ‘mountain casual’ dining at Birchwood Restaurant in Invermere.

~ Hand-crafted cocktails and authentic and unique Mexican street food at the Cantina del Centro in Nelson is very popular with the locals.

The Bomba De Bayas – Blanco Tequila, Ginger Muddle, Rasperry Purée, a splash of Orange Juice, Mint Sprig to garnish; photo courtesy of Cantina del Centro

~ Show up early at Eleven22 Restaurant in Golden for their 3-course Early Bird Special.

~ Enjoy a taste of the Kootenays paired with in-house brewed beer from Fisher Peak Brewing Co. at the Heid-Out Restaurant in Cranbrook.

~ Bring your appetite for the ‘Bavarian Feast’ (a 7-course traditional german meal) at the Old Baurenhaus in Kimberley.

~ Try the famous Mucky Fries while sitting on the patio in the Platzl at Pedal & Tap in downtown Kimberley.

It’s patio season in Kimberley’s Platzl (pedestrian downtown centre); photo courtesy of the Pedal & Tap

~ Watch the sunset over Kootenay Lake from the deck of Sage Tapas and Wine Bar in Nelson.

~ Woolsey Creek Bistro in Revelstoke, enjoy exquisite, fresh culinary creations prepared with local, sustainable ingredients.


~ The Tasting room at Baillie-Grohman Winery in Creston is open daily, or join them for ‘happy hour’ for their Happy Hour session on Fridays & Saturday in the pergola from 5 – 7 pm.

A couple enjoys a wine tasting at the Baillie-Grohman Estate Winery; photo by Kari Medig

~ 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 is open.  Stay in their cozy Bed & Breakfast and add a hiking adventure with Alpenglow Mountain Escapes (Hike, Nakusp Hot Springs dip & Wine Tour/Tasting).

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).

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Top/cover photo by Mike McPhee, 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. 

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