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Hidden Waterfalls in the Kootenays

June 8, 2020

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

Best Summit Hikes in the Kootenays

June 1, 2020

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

Quirky Attractions Only Found in the Kootenays

May 25, 2020

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

Sculpture Capital of Canada: Castlegar, BC

May 19, 2020

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

Funky Kootenay Fun Facts

May 11, 2020

The region, in the southeast corner of British Columbia, includes natural, clean, uncrowded activities and experiences that reflect the Kootenay mountain lifestyle and culture in... Read More

3 Legendary Kootenay Hikes - You May Have Never Heard Of

May 4, 2020

# 1 -- Easy: Vicky's View (Nakusp) Seated placidly on the banks of Upper Arrow Lake, the town of Nakusp has straddled the watery divide between... Read More

Kootenay Made

April 27, 2020

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

Kootenay Wilderness Wellness Retreats

April 20, 2020

Towering mountains, lush dense forest and the inherent tranquility of the Kootenay Rockies region make these wellness retreats the perfect places to re-connect with both... Read More

Unique Stays on a Kootenay Hot Springs Road Trip

April 13, 2020

Domes, rail cars, treehouses, yomes and yurts are just some of the unique accommodations in the Kootenay Rockies region, perfect for an off the beaten path... Read More

Easy Kootenay Hikes: To 360 Degree Vista Views

April 6, 2020

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, Mt. Burgess (2,599... Read More

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

February 26, 2020

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

Outdoor Skating - Gliding on Frozen Lakes in the Kootenays

February 12, 2020

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

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

February 6, 2020

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

Slackcountry Touring at our Powder Highway Ski Resorts

February 4, 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

Sledding Events & Tours in the Kootenays

January 31, 2020

As the snow billows up over the hood of your machine, and you are hit in the face by a soft, cold powder, the sensation... Read More

Guiding Services: Powder Highway’s Backcountry

January 30, 2020

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

Up the Ante: Powder Highway Cat & Heli Day Packages

January 29, 2020

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

Ski & Soak: Top 5 Hot Springs & Hot Tubs along the Powder Highway

January 28, 2020

You're familiar with the skiers' ultimate dream: a solid day on the mountain followed with relaxing with your ski buds in hot water. In the... Read More

Winter Lunch, Snowshoe & Spa at Island Lake Lodge

January 27, 2020

When you're know as a superlative setting for the cat-ski crowd, there's little doubt that heaps of snow and plenty of outdoor exploration are on... Read More

Road Tripping the Powder Highway Like a Ski Bum

January 24, 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

Kootenay Winter Traditions: Along the Powder Highway

January 23, 2020

We're winter lovers in the Kootenays along the Powder Highway. We look forward with anticipation for the first flakes to fall in autumn, rejoice in... Read More

Our Kootenay Mountain Culture along the Powder Highway

January 22, 2020

"Winter Warmth: Find it on BC's Powder Highway" Snow covers the playground, but the couple brushes off the seat of the swing. I watch as the... Read More

Kootenay Winters: Why we Love Them!

January 20, 2020

The warmth of the holiday season has slipped by and January is upon us. By now, a big chunk of the northern hemisphere is settling... Read More

Monashee Powder Snowcats: My Weekend in Skiers' Heaven

January 17, 2020

It's 4 am and I am wide awake. I am so excited and anxious I have barely closed my eyes all night. The eight-hour road... Read More

Keefer Lake Lodge: Bringing Snowcat Skiing to a Higher Elevation

January 16, 2020

Often regarded as heli-skiing's poor cousin, snowcat skiers were once content with dorms, shared bathrooms and passable grub as long as the powder was deep.... Read More

How BIG is BC's Powder Highway?

January 15, 2020

IT'S COLOSSAL!  After polling all of the alpine, cat, heli and most of the backcountry lodges - I found out that it is GIGANTIC! 7,074,515+ ACRES (2,862,955+... Read More

Powder Highway 101

January 14, 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

6 Things To Do with the White Stuff in the Kootenays

January 13, 2020

Like true Canadians, we take our winter in stride - but we take them outside.  Since we have a true-love for the outdoors, hibernating is... Read More

Family Fun on the Powder Highway

January 9, 2020

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

The Indigenous Connection to Our Natural Hot Springs

January 8, 2020

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

Invermere's Whiteway: And All Things Winter

January 7, 2020

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

Funky Finds on the Powder Highway

January 6, 2020

With over 7+ million acres of terrain to be conquered, we suggest multiple visit to the Powder Highway to experience it all! In addition to... Read More

Waters of Wellness: Kootenay Hot Springs

January 3, 2020

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

Revel-Stoked: On Community, Mountains and Powder

January 2, 2020

It's my third season making the winter migration up to Revelstoke, BC. The name carries a lot of weight amongst snow lovers - visions of... Read More

Rossland's Unique Cabins

January 1, 2020

Rossland is a unique place, to say the least, but its cabin culture sets it apart. Back in the day, cabins were for hunters, trappers... Read More

Polar Bear Swims in the Kootenays

December 19, 2019

It's exhilarating. It rides the line between pain and pleasure. It's really, really cold, very quick, and it's darned fun. A Polar Bear Swim may... Read More

Our Kootenay Winter Celebrations: Along the Powder Highway

December 12, 2019

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

Unforgettable Underground: The Winter World of Cody Caves

December 11, 2019

Cody Cave Tours owner Lee Hollis (photo below) has been taking adventurers into Cody Caves near Ainsworth for the past seven years.  Lee and his... Read More

The Valhallas: Norse God Legend of Ice Creek Lodge

December 6, 2019

"...and gold-bright there Stands Valhall [sic] stretching wide..." from Grimnismol: The Ballad of Grimnir, part of the age-old oral tradition of Norse mythology Shawn Morris Creative Ullr The rock faces of... Read More

Snowmobiling in the Kootenays: Where to Go

December 5, 2019

"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

Learn to Ski or Snowboard on the Powder Highway

December 4, 2019

As snow settles over the mountains and valleys in the Kootenays, winter enthusiasts journey along the Powder Highway in search of deep pow, cozy mountain... Read More

Planning Your Powder Highway Trip: Local Tips

December 3, 2019

"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

Getting into Hot Water: Kootenay Hot Springs

December 2, 2019

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

Backcountry Ski Touring: Step 1 Avalanche Safety Training

November 29, 2019

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

Meet Josie: The Brand-new Luxury Boutique Hotel at RED Mountain

November 20, 2019

The story of RED Mountain and Rossland go way back into the history books.  Once a mining territory (1890) to hosting the very first downhill... Read More

9 Things to Aspire To Do on the Powder Highway

November 19, 2019

#1 - Get a birds-eye view over the terrain at RED Mountain Resort by tandem paragliding with the Get Lost Adventure Centre in Rossland. Launching... Read More

Kootenay Craft Brew Winter Road Trip

November 14, 2019

As the evenings grow deeper alongside the snowbanks, it's time to trade in those shallow, happy-go-lucky summer traditions for deeper pleasures. This applies to clothing,... Read More

Work and Play on Kootenays' Powder Highway

November 6, 2019

Are you a digital nomad? These days that's not just someone who gets lost in fantastical video games. In the modern workplace, it's anyone empowered... Read More

Heli & Cat-Skiing: It All Started Here Over 55 Years Ago

November 5, 2019

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

Laid-back Kootenays

October 8, 2019

That vacation you're planning? That's not going to help you relax. You've jammed packed your itinerary by scheduling an earlier morning guided hike, followed by... Read More

Little Known Fall Secrets: Larches of the Kootenays

September 25, 2019

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

Glamping in the Kootenays

September 4, 2019

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

Out Your Back Door: Kootenay Community Treks

August 21, 2019

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

Paddling Adventures in the Kootenays

August 15, 2019

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 "crucial-to-human-survival"... Read More

Rossland's Epic Seven Summits Trail

August 13, 2019

Riding along a ridgeline, after a grueling ascent, the view of the West Kootenay mountain ranges finally comes into view. Our legs are burning, our... Read More

Revelstoke Dazzles: Luna Arts Festival

August 9, 2019

Like magic -- Revelstoke's downtown centre was transformed. Artisan Kate Tupper's Heavenly Bodies installation; photo by Marissa Tiel Last year, more than two dozen installations dazzled onlookers at... Read More

The Power of Horses: Trail Riding in the Kootenays

August 7, 2019

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 Extreme Adventures in the Kootenays!

July 25, 2019

Everyone knows where to get a rush during our Kootenay winters; our mountains are famous for skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling. But our region doesn't slow-down... Read More

Put it in Drive: A Golden Triangle Road Trip

July 23, 2019

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 Ghost Stories

July 19, 2019

Marshmallows, graham crackers, chocolate -- check! Bonfire -- check! Now do I have a ghost story to tell you? Did you know that the Kootenay Rockies... Read More

Family Adventures On & Off the Beaten Track

July 17, 2019

The Kootenays is the perfect place to enjoy an adventure on and off the beaten track. Here's the top 5 unique experiences encompassing the huge... Read More

Colossal Things to See & Do in the Kootenays

July 11, 2019

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

Top 5 Family Picnic Spots in the Kootenays

July 10, 2019

Chosen by our fans/followers, here are your top 5 picks for the best "Family Picnic Spots" in the Kootenays! #1 -- Kokanee Creek Provincial Park Kokanee Creek... Read More

6 Secluded Swimming Holes in the Kootenays

July 9, 2019

Chosen by our fans/followers and KootRocks staffers, we have the list of our favourite secluded Kootenay swimming holes! Here is what makes them so special: #1... Read More

Scaling Kootenay Heights: Rope Courses, Via Ferratas & Ziplines

July 8, 2019

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

The Golden Ultra Trail Running Race

July 4, 2019

To some, (yours truly included), signing up for an 'ultra marathon' has not made the bucket list... not even close. That type of thing is... Read More

Fulfilling a Lifetime Dream: Logden Lodge

July 2, 2019

Opening a secluded lodge was their life-long dream! However, when they settled on their ideal location - the southeast corner of British Columbia they couldn't... Read More

Creston Cru: Get a Taste of these Vineyards

June 27, 2019

Dawn creeps over the Purcell mountains to the east, slowly bringing Creston Valley's songbirds to life. Between the protection of the range and the Kootenay River... Read More

How To Prepare for a Kootenay Backcountry Adventure

June 20, 2019

In my past outdoor adventures, I have traversed the Purcell Mountains over the course of a 24-day expedition. I've had single day climbing epics, backpacking... Read More

Pit Stops for a Kootenay Road Trip

June 18, 2019

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

Cool Ways to Travel in the Kootenays

June 11, 2019

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

Doukhobor Discovery Centre: Castlegar's Cultural Story

May 28, 2019

From their Russian roots to their new home in Canada, there was a was a cycle that was destined to repeat itself over three centuries,... Read More

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

May 23, 2019

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

Kootenay Hacks: Tips Before You Go Exploring

May 21, 2019

Here are our some tips from a few Kootenay local explorers: "Always take a headlamp into the backcountry. There are a hundred reasons you might get... Read More

Human Powered: The Westside Legacy Trail

May 14, 2019

Open to cyclists, runners and trekkers; the 25-km paved trail from Invermere to Fairmont Hot Springs parallels the local Westside Road. The 'new' Westside Legacy... Read More

Hike, Pedal, Roll and Ski: Our Kootenay Rails to Trails

May 6, 2019

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

The Pipe - The Mountain Coaster at Revelstoke Mountain Resort

May 3, 2019

Later this season, Revelstoke Mountain Resort is promising a hand-waving -- and hair-raising -- wild ride with the unveiling of North America's first Brandauer Mountain... Read More

David Thompson Exploration: Paddle with the Eagles

May 2, 2019

The Columbia River holds a history and a heartbeat. Paddle into the past, as we travel on the David Thompson's 1811 historic route along a... Read More

Fly Fishing the Elk River

May 1, 2019

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

The Wilds of our Columbia River Valley: Wings Over the Rockies Festival

April 26, 2019

In 2021, the Wings Over the Rockies festival will be in May 10 to 16 (the 2020 event has been postponed until 2021).  The beauty,... Read More

Pet Friendly Kootenays

April 24, 2019

Your pet is not just a pet, they are part of your family. Yes? Let's find out how much you have taken that to heart... Read More

Our Kootenay Spirits

April 23, 2019

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

Hiking the Rockwall Trail - A Must-Do Bucket List Adventure

April 16, 2019

I've set out to hike the Rockwall (in Kootenay National Park) on four previous occasions. Three times I've been turned back by rain or weather... Read More

Where the Locals Hang-out in the Kootenays

April 9, 2019

Wondering where to meet a few of the Kootenay locals during your visit? Check out our community's unique vibe over a signature menu item or... Read More

4 Quirky Communities along Kootenay Lake

March 26, 2019

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

Switching Gears in the Kootenays

March 19, 2019

It's March, and typically in the Kootenay Rockies it means an end to big powder dumps and time to reflect on snow free trails filled... Read More

New Places to Stay in the Kootenays (2019)

March 11, 2019

Looking for a new experience this spring? From secluded glamping to high-end hotels, here are 12+ new accommodation options in the Kootenays. BED AND BREAKFAST An award... Read More

Fishing Kootenay Lake: A Story of the Catch

March 5, 2019

Eugene stood waiting as my car pulled into the lot. The day was warmer than expected for early March and a break in a row... Read More

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