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5 Things To Do with the White Stuff in the Kootenays

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 something residents and visitors in the region aspire to.  Here are our top suggestions of what to do with all of the white stuff, for non-ski enthusiasts:

#1 – Hot Springs Soaking

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

The natural cave at Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort; photo by Don Weixl

#2 – Ice Skating

Most of our funky Kootenay towns offer ice-skating on local lakes and ponds.  There is nothing like strapping those skates on and gliding on an open surface, under a beautiful winter sky.  And be sure, to check out the World’s Longest Skating Path – “The Whiteway” on Windermere Lake (connecting the communities of Windermere and Invermere).  

Visit each community’s visitor centre to find out the current conditions, of their local skating ponds.

The Whiteway on Windermere Lake; photo by RipTide Studios

#3 – 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 the packed routes in our mountain communities.

Fat biking in winter at Nipika Mountain Resort’s groomed trails; photo by Kari Medig

#4 – 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 near the community of Radium Hot Springs; photo by Zoya Lynch

#5 – Dog Sledding

If you like dogs be sure to book an adventure with the Revelstoke Dogsled Adventures.  They offer guided dogsled tours through the beautiful Revelstoke area. Working in conjunction with the Revelstoke Mountain Resort (RMR), they are easy to find and booking can be made through the RMR Revelstoke Outdoors Centre.

Photo courtesy of Revelstoke Dogsled Adventures

Bonus – Hot Chocolate Sipping

Technically not snow, but if you top it off with whip cream then it’s ‘white’.  Many of our local cafes and restaurants have their signature offerings… all chocolate infusions.  Just ask what their signature hot beverage is! 



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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Story by KootRocks Staffer (Shannon Harrison).  Cover/top photo by Zoya Lynch, snowshoeing in Radium Hot Springs.


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(Original story published during the 2018/19 season.)

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