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The Indigenous Connection to Our Natural Hot Springs

September 27, 2022

There is nothing quite like the feeling of 'discovering' something new, whether it is in our backyards or some far-flung destination. As the weather begins... Read More

Little Known Fall Secret: Larch Tree Golden Transformation

September 22, 2022

Most people are familiar with the annual show put on by the maples of Eastern Canada, but the Kootenays have their own, equally stunning autumn... Read More

Unique Stays on a Kootenay Hot Springs Road Trip

September 20, 2022

Domes, rail cars, tipis, mansions, canvas tents and yurts are just some of the unique accommodations in the Kootenay Rockies, perfect for an off-the-beaten-path stay... Read More

A Road Trip of a Lifetime: Kootenay Rockies Hot Springs

September 15, 2022

With long, winding highways running along deep river valleys, over long mountain passes and through picturesque communities, a road trip through the Kootenay Rockies fulfills... Read More

Easy Pedal & Roll Adventures: Kootenay Rails to Trails

September 13, 2022

Rewind 135+ years ago to a time when British Columbia was lured into joining Canada with a promise of a transcontinental railway. In 1880, the... Read More

4 Reasons to Drive BC's Hidden Route: The Slocan Valley

September 6, 2022

The road less travelled highlights many of the area's finest attractions and activities in the Kootenays as we follow Highway 23/6 from Revelstoke to Nelson,... Read More

4 Quirky Communities along Kootenay Lake

September 1, 2022

One unique fact about Kootenay Lake is it never completely freezes in the winter, so at any time during the year, you could enjoy typical... Read More

Fly Fishing the Elk River

August 30, 2022

The burble of the water rippling around your waders.  The rhythmic trance of the cast.  The satisfaction of the perfect presentation. The anticipation as you... Read More

Rewarding Play: Golfing the Kootenay Rockies

August 23, 2022

If you want dramatic mountain golf, the Kootenay Rockies is your golf destination. The many spectacular courses are all about mountain views, elevation changes, rugged... Read More

Cast a Line: Fishing on the Rivers & Lakes in the Kootenays

August 18, 2022

Imagine yourself standing in the middle of a remote stretch of river, fly rod in hand, evening sun glistening off the ripples of the water. ... Read More

Kootenay Made

August 16, 2022

We have an abundance of delicious craft breweries, distilleries, cideries, meadery, wineries and coffee roasters in the region that offer some of the world's best refreshments. ... Read More

Best Summit Hikes in the Kootenays

August 11, 2022

There's a certain feeling that you get from summiting a peak. Whether it's a quick stroll to gain a 360° view or a physical feat... Read More

Easy Kootenay Hikes: To 360 Degree Vista Views

August 9, 2022

To aspire to hike to the top of Fisher Peak (2,845 m/9,335 ft.) near Cranbrook/Kimberley, Mt. Begbie (2,733 m/8,967 ft.) in Revelstoke, and Mt. Burgess... Read More

Scaling Kootenay Heights

August 4, 2022

Are you up for a challenge? Good - the Kootenays are ready for you, too. From mountain biking to white-water kayaking, all throughout this mountainous... Read More

Escape to the Mountains

August 2, 2022

Slip off your shoes, stoke the fire, and settle in for an evening of relaxation at one of the Kootenay's secluded mountain getaways. Tuck yourself... Read More

Craving the Refreshing Flavours of the Kootenays

July 26, 2022

Does the warm summer sun leave you craving the refreshing taste of a cold craft beer on a shaded lakeside patio?  Does your perfect vacation... Read More

Glamping in the Kootenays Rockies

July 21, 2022

Glamping: if you haven't heard of the trend that took off several years ago, let's get you clued in.    Glamorous camping = glamping.   The term doesn't... Read More

Paddling Adventures in the Kootenays

July 19, 2022

From canoeing to whitewater kayaking to stand-up paddle boarding, water has a natural pull on us humans -- probably owing to it having that whole... Read More

Sunshine Houseboats & Marina: Waterpark

July 12, 2022

A one of a kind experience in the Kootenay's, Sunshine Houseboats' floating waterpark is a day trip like no other. Climbing, balancing, sliding and jumping... Read More

Outdoor Adventures: Unique to the Kootenays

July 7, 2022

This summer, challenge yourself to experience the Kootenays Rockies in unexpected ways.  While the quality of our hiking, mountain biking and golfing experiences is well... Read More

Beach Vacations in the Kootenay Rockies

July 4, 2022

With big, epic mountain ranges in the Kootenay Rockies – the Canadian Rockies, Purcells, Selkirks and Monashees, there are also big valleys and many are... Read More

Funky Kootenay Fun Facts

June 30, 2022

Known as BC's Mountain Playground (in the southeast corner of British Columbia) we are renowned for natural, clean, uncrowded activities and experiences that reflect the... Read More

Camping and Glamping in the Kootenay Rockies

June 23, 2022

From just packing your clothes to packing up the entire vehicle, we have some great options for sleeping under the stars after you’ve shared your... Read More

Kootenay Mountain Music Festivals

June 21, 2022

You move to the rhythm, keeping time with the persistent, resonating thump. Lights scan from overhead; tie-dyed shirts and bright beach balls are highlights of... Read More

Guided Paddle Adventures in the Kootenays

June 16, 2022

When the summer temperatures skyrocket and you find yourself drawn to wide-open lakes and the flow of the rivers, the Kootenay Rockies are here waiting... Read More

Savouring the Kootenay Rockies this Summer

June 14, 2022

It goes without saying that every road trip needs fuel.  Yes, we're talking about the fuel that powers you.  That morning 'cup of joe' that... Read More

Colossal Things to See & Do in the Kootenays

June 9, 2022

The Kootenays hold colossal secrets -- the kind that end in a discovery you'll want to share. And while some of the secrets listed below... Read More

Family-Friendly Backcountry Adventures in the Kootenays

June 7, 2022

Memories are made in the mountains. And there’s no better place to spend time with your family and make new memories than in one of... Read More

Connect with the Indigenous Culture in the Kootenay Rockies

June 1, 2022

Venturing through the mountains and valleys of the Kootenay Rockies, you'll be hard-pressed not to come across some aspect of Indigenous culture. Even the name... Read More

Quirky Attractions Only Found in the Kootenays

May 31, 2022

Only in the Kootenays will you find some of the most unique, historic, cultural and quirky attractions found in the world! These fascinating gems hold... Read More

Hidden Waterfalls in the Kootenays

May 24, 2022

These awe-inspiring views of water frothing and churning in mossy canyons is a natural state wonder!  In the art (or adventure) of chasing waterfalls, the... Read More

Pit Stops for a Kootenay Road Trip

May 19, 2022

The open road is calling to you and, being the adventure lover you are, you're all set to lay down tracks in British Columbia. You... Read More

Big Adventures in our Mountains

May 17, 2022

If you had to pick one defining feature that makes the Kootenays special, it would be hard to argue with our incredible mountain ranges -... Read More

Laid-Back Kootenays: Wellness Getaways

May 13, 2022

With the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, taking time out for ourselves is more important than ever.  Lucky for you, the Kootenay Rockies... Read More

Sleep Under the Starry Skies in the Kootenay Rockies

May 10, 2022

You’ve spent the morning hiking up one of the mountain trails and the afternoon paddling the pristine waters of our local lakes.  Now, as the... Read More

Everything is Local

May 5, 2022

In the Kootenay Rockies, residents and visitors alike share our mountain playground. Work and play is a must with our tourism providers. While out exploring... Read More

Kootenay Ambassadors: Mindful Explorers

May 3, 2022

It's that picture-perfect Kootenay day.  The sun's rays filter through the forest, alpine lake shimmers with the gentle waves of the breeze.  In the distance,... Read More

Make the Most of Your Kootenay Rockies Getaway

April 28, 2022

Your bags are nearly packed, the kids are itching to go, and you're just about ready to begin your family vacation to your favourite Kootenay... Read More

Adventures for All: Accessible & Adaptive Sports Road Trip

April 26, 2022

No matter your comfort level or dream destination, there are plenty of ways to begin your adventure. The Kootenay Rockies' operators offers a wide variety... Read More

Forest Therapy: Replenish your Spirit and Reawaken your Soul

April 21, 2022

We’ve all done it – briskly walking the trails, focusing on the destination rather than the journey. We strive to make it to the viewpoint... Read More

Legendary Attractions: Not to be Missed this Summer in the Kootenay Rockies

April 19, 2022

Out here in the Kootenay Rockies, the area is jam-packed with epic mountain biking & remote alpine hiking trails to brilliant blue waters of our... Read More

Get Informed - Before your Wild Adventure in the Kootenays

April 14, 2022

Proper planning, prevents poor performance. This timeless adage is as relevant to our precious holiday time as it is to a job interview or workplace. ... Read More

Cruising Down an Open Highway: Planning Your Kootenay Road Trip

April 12, 2022

Imagine cruising down an open highway, windows rolled down, crisp mountain air flowing through your hair.  In front of you, breathtaking views of the Selkirks.... Read More

Out Your Back Door: Kootenay Community Treks

April 7, 2022

We come by our beauty naturally with BIG mountains - the Canadian Rockies, Purcells, Selkirks and the Monashees and vast valleys in-between these ancient mountain... Read More

Stewards of the Land: Positive Effects

April 5, 2022

Becoming protectors of nature ensures future generations will enjoy all of the region's natural attributes. Stewardship is our collective responsibility to retain the quality and... Read More

Accessible Trails in the Kootenay Rockies

March 29, 2022

Many thanks to all of the dedicated trail builders and volunteers, the Kootenays are full of world class trails for all abilities - adventures for... Read More

Where to See Wildlife in the Kootenay Rockies

March 24, 2022

As I pull my exhausted body up the last stretch of trail before ridgeline, I am overcome with the sensation of being watched.  I glance... Read More

Follow the Trail: Kootenay Hiking Adventures

March 22, 2022

Some of the most spectacular Kootenay landscapes are also some of the most fragile.  In  high alpine basins and on soaring ridges vegetation clings to... Read More

We Are All Connected

March 15, 2022

With over 10,000 years of documented archeological history, a language that is a rare linguistic isolate unrelated to any other language, as well as an... Read More

Getting into Hot Water: Kootenay Hot Springs

March 10, 2022

Longing for a little TLC with your Kootenay Rockies road trip? Your trip is incomplete without a visit to at least one of the Kootenay... Read More

Keeping the Kootenays Natural

March 8, 2022

We all love the Kootenay Rockies for its unique towns, friendly locals, and laid-back lifestyle. But what sets the Kootenays apart is the incredible access... Read More

Keeping it 'Old School': Our Community Hills on the Powder Highway

February 15, 2022

The big, showy resorts along the Powder Highway like to hog the glory, but like most things in life, real beauty can hide quietly in... Read More

EV Powered Turns on a Powder Highway Road Trip

February 10, 2022

Quiet, ultra-efficient, and crazy fun to drive, electric vehicles, or EVs, are becoming a common sight at our ski resorts and Nordic clubs throughout the... Read More

72 Hours in the Columbia Valley this Winter

February 1, 2022

The Columbia Valley (including the communities of Canal Flats, Edgewater, Fairmont Hot Springs, Invermere, Panorama, Radium Hot Springs & Windermere) is one of the major... Read More

72 Hours in Rossland this Winter

January 27, 2022

From the Vancouver & the Fraser Valley, Rossland  is one of the first stops along the Powder Highway (just follow highway 3 to Rossland and... Read More

Cozy Up in One of the Kootenay Authentic Cabins this Winter

January 20, 2022

Each welcoming Kootenay mountain community offers an array of unique cabins, chalets, lodges or yurts to cozy up in.  Relax by a roaring fire, sip... Read More

72 Hours at Panorama Resort this Winter

January 18, 2022

Panorama Mountain rises 1,300-m vertical (4,265 ft.) and has more than 1,214-hectares (3,000 acres) of terrain. It’s not until you reach the summit of Panorama... Read More

Up the Ante: Powder Highway Cat & Heli Day Packages

January 13, 2022

Your trip to the Powder Highway is booked, and you’re craving an experience beyond the local ski resorts. But before committing to a multi-day adventure... Read More

Guiding Services: Powder Highway’s Backcountry

January 6, 2022

You’ve skied Polar Peak at Fernie Alpine Resort, you’ve maxed out the vertical you can bag in a day at Revelstoke Mountain Resort, and you... Read More

72 Hours in Kimberley this Winter

January 4, 2022

Follow the Powder Highway to Kimberley's historic mountain & alpine community.  The Kimberley Alpine Resort is home to North America’s largest gladed terrain over 202... Read More

Quintessential Powder Highway Winters

December 30, 2021

I remember my first Powder Highway winter fondly.  Moving to the Kootenays in the winter of 2014, I vividly recall laying eyes on the Fernie headwall... Read More

Our Kootenay Mountain Culture

December 21, 2021

It’s a chilly day in mid-December and the Platzl in Kimberley is quiet. A cold winter wind whispers its solemn sound through the nearby trees.... Read More

Family Fun on BC's Powder Highway

December 17, 2021

It was tradition in our house to go skiing every weekend in Kimberley... the house would be a buzz with five of us trying to... Read More

Toques & Plaid: Its Unique Vibe on BC's Powder Highway

December 16, 2021

There’s a sure-fire way to tell that winter has arrived in the Kootenays without looking at the weather. No, it’s not holiday lights or the... Read More

72 Hours in Nelson this Winter

December 13, 2021

Lakeside Nelson is the basecamp for Whitewater Ski Resort, the biggest little ski hill on the Powder Highway, and a great destination for an unforgettable... Read More

Kootenay Winters: Why we Love Them

December 9, 2021

The Powder Highway! Just the name alone conjures up images of steep, powder-filled alpine bowls, historic ski towns and residents united in their passion for the... Read More

7 Tips to Get You Started: Exploring Powder Highway's Backcountry

December 6, 2021

BC's Powder Highway in the Kootenay Rockies is home to some of the most sought-after backcountry skiing and riding in the world. From far-flung summits... Read More

Funky Finds on the Powder Highway

December 2, 2021

With over 7.2+ million acres of terrain to be conquered, we suggest multiple visit to the Powder Highway to experience it all! It is home... Read More

72 Hours in Fernie this Winter

November 29, 2021

Follow the Powder Highway to historic Fernie, home to Fernie Alpine Resort and it’s five, legendary, powder-filled bowls. Check DriveBC for the latest road conditions. [caption... Read More

5 Things To Do with the White Stuff in the Kootenays

November 25, 2021

In the Kootenays, we take our winter in stride and we take them outside.  Since we have a true-love for the outdoors, hibernating is not... Read More

72 Hours in Golden this Winter

November 23, 2021

While you are here, we want you to have an incredible time exploring the Kootenay Rockies. For generations, Kootenay locals have taken great care of... Read More

Our Kootenay Winter Celebrations: Along the Powder Highway

November 17, 2021

The rest of the world may tuck itself indoors as temperatures fall, but not the people of the Kootenays. This mountain playground in British Columbia, also... Read More

72 Hours in Revelstoke this Winter

November 15, 2021

While you are here, we want you to have an incredible time exploring the Kootenay Rockies. For generations, Kootenay locals have taken great care of... Read More

What's New on the Powder Highway?

November 8, 2021

As champagne powder starts to blanket the Kootenay Rockies, the mountains begin to lure us with their call.  Along the Powder Highway, ski resorts, backcountry... Read More

A Golden Triangle Road Trip

October 7, 2021

If your idea of a Sunday drive includes scenic highways and the occasional bird-call, it's time to take it to the wilds; Kootenay Rockies-style. Shift... Read More

Kootenay Coffee Road Trip: Meet the Locals

October 5, 2021

The sun isn't up yet, but you are. With all the vistas and adventures you want to see and do while on this Kootenay road... Read More

Unique Local & Spooky Haunts in the Kootenays

September 30, 2021

In the month of October we have colourful inversions around the Kootenays, that showcase our golden larch trees and fall foliage peeking through the mist... Read More

Wet Your Whistle: Along a Kootenay Road Trip

September 23, 2021

The beauty of the Kootenays in the fall, with the larch (tamarack) trees turning golden-yellow, makes for a fabulous time to take a road trip.... Read More

Sculpture Capital of Canada: Castlegar, BC

August 17, 2021

With a population that is 7,000 strong, the community of Castlegar harbours a deeply rooted desire to nurture burgeoning artists, all while encouraging enthusiasts to... Read More

Multi-generational Family Hiking in the Kootenays

July 22, 2021

Dust off Grandpa’s old hiking boots and pick up a pair for the kids.  There’s no better place for a family hiking trip than the... Read More

Kootenay Rockies: Farm to Fork

June 17, 2021

With the support of consumers and chefs who are dedicated to buying local ingredients whenever possible, farm-to-fork is what locals and visitors crave. Whether you live... Read More

Golf our Mountain Playground

June 15, 2021

Pack up the clubs, lace up the golf shoes and hit the links with your family or friends at one of the Kootenay's many fine... Read More

The Power of Horses: Trail Riding in the Kootenays

May 13, 2021

There is something magical about spending time outside, connecting with nature, trekking on horseback down dusty sun scorched trails. As the horse picks its way... Read More

Our Kootenay Spirits

April 22, 2021

Farm to table with a little kick, the increasing number of new Kootenay distilleries are making their home in the Kootenays.  And why not, our... Read More

Celebrating 100+ Years in Kootenay National Park

April 13, 2021

This national park that connects Radium Hot Springs to Banff, turned 100 on April 21, 2020.  The park began as eight kilometres (5 mi) of... Read More

Cool Ways to Travel in the Kootenays

April 1, 2021

The face of Kootenay travel has changed a lot over the years, defined by sudden, 'tipping-point' shifts in how industry and travellers traverse this mountainous... Read More

Waters of Wellness: Kootenay Hot Springs

March 25, 2021

It all starts deep underground. Unfathomable pressures and temperatures work their magic on underground rivulets, filling their waters with concentrations of dissolved minerals not found... Read More

Tips: How to be a Safe & Responsible Traveller

March 23, 2021

Thank you for visiting. While you are here, we want you to have an incredible time exploring the Kootenay Rockies. For generations, Kootenay locals have... Read More

Kootenay Farmers' Markets

March 18, 2021

The taste of honey still warm from the hive, the happy racket of a friendly crowd and the tangy scent of fresh sourdough joyfully bombard... Read More

5 Ideas To Do on your Rest Days while on the Powder Highway

March 9, 2021

Powder, powder, powder may be a challenge for a few people in your ski group to accomplish 7 to 10 days in a row on... Read More

Winter Biking in Rossland Never Looked Better

March 2, 2021

They say necessity is the mother of invention. And much as we like to go on and on about the mind-blowing powder to be had... Read More

Outdoor Skating - Gliding on Frozen Lakes in the Kootenays

February 16, 2021

Each winter when temperatures drop and conditions are 'just right' - the lakes and ponds across the Kootenays transform into the perfect natural ice-skating surfaces.... Read More

Invermere's Whiteway: And All Things Winter

February 9, 2021

The Whiteway on Lake Windermere is the World's Longest Skating Path, a 34-km (21 mile) groomed track that runs all the way around the lake and... Read More

Heli & Cat-Skiing: How It All Started Here

January 5, 2021

It was Hans Gmoser who made snowy adventure in the wild a reality. In 1965, the maverick mountain guide flew six skiers deep into the... Read More

Slackcountry Touring at our Powder Highway Ski Resorts

December 10, 2020

The Slackcountry is the untracked, lift-accessed "backcountry" that snow seekers enjoy just outside ski resort boundaries, without the hours of sweat and toil normally required... Read More

Road Tripping the Powder Highway Like a Ski Bum

November 14, 2020

Located in the southeastern corner of British Columbia, the Powder Highway refers to the area that boasts the highest concentration of alpine resort, backcountry, cat, heli... Read More

How BIG is BC's Powder Highway?

November 12, 2020

IT'S COLOSSAL!  After polling all of the alpine, cat, heli and most of the backcountry lodges - we found out that it is GIGANTIC! 7.2 Million+ ACRES... Read More

Powder Highway 101

November 3, 2020

The POWDER HIGHWAY is "the road" to a one-of-a-kind adventure! Located in the southeastern corner of British Columbia, also known as the Kootenays (by the locals),... Read More

Snowmobiling in the Kootenays: Where to Go

October 27, 2020

"Kootenay winters are the best because the snow is amazing, backcountry options are endless, and the mountains still blow my mind after eight years of... Read More

Avalanche Safety Training: Step 1 for Backcountry Ski Touring

October 22, 2020

Growing up I was fortunate to have a remarkable ski hill in close proximity to me. It truly introduced me to my love and passion... Read More

Planning Your Powder Highway Trip: Local Tips

October 20, 2020

"Welcome to The Powder Highway"! Maybe you're travelling from the east, looking for soft snow covering quad burning pitches. Or you're coming from the west, looking... Read More

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