Domes, rail cars, treehouses, yomes and yurts are just some of the unique accommodations in the Kootenay Rockies, perfect for an off-the-beaten-path stay on a Kootenay road trip!
(Listed alphabetical, by community.)
Next stop Hogwarts?! The Super 8 in Castlegar has their own Harry Potter themed room. Take a magical journey through the world of Harry Potter and his friends in their Harry Potter room.
Spend a night in the trees, at Outa-the-Woods near Wardner BC (between Cranbrook & Fernie). Featuring a rustic eco-friendly treehouse, raised 5 meters (15 feet) above the forest floor.
Stay in an actual rail car, when you stay at the Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort. This restored rail car has all the comforts, king bed, WiFi, mini-refrigerator, jetted tub, unique decor, premium linens and HD TV.
St. Eugene Golf Resort Casino offers deluxe guestrooms, housed in the original Mission building. In addition to its unique history, it is also home to the nearly extinct Townsend’s Big-Eared Bats. During renovations to the building in 1996 (from an Indigenous Residential School), they built a roost for these bats that is sound-proofed, heated and air-conditioned (plus infrared cameras to monitor the bats’ activities). St. Eugene continues to protect this colony that returns each year.
Wedgwood Manor & Glamping Retreat in Crawford Bay is set on a 50-acre estate. It has stood since 1910 and was built for the daughter of British china magnate Josiah Wedgwood. The Manor is an intriguing English Country House in the midst of natural beauty. It is beautifully restored and decorated with contemporary art.
Emerald Lake Lodge is on its own island in Yoho National Park. Dotting the 13-acre peninsula are 24-cabin style buildings, built to reflect the traditional architectures of the main lodge.
If you wish to wake up listening to the Blaeberry River, then the 8-sided, straw bale constructed ‘Meditation House’ at Quantum Leap Lodge & Retreats near Golden, BC offers a tranquil overnight stay.
If quaint Victorian-era hotels peak your interest, one of the finest examples is the Leland Hotel in Nakusp. It is the oldest continuously operating hotel in British Columbia since 1892.
While, Rock Island Resort south of Nakusp, offers both Yurt and cabin rentals. They have a working pottery studio & gift shop on-site (located just 12-minutes from Nakusp).
Blaylock Mansion was built in 1935-37, this lakeside retreat features 3 acres of manicured grounds – as well as an arboretum with mature trees that can’t be found anywhere else in Western Canada.
Overlooking Kootenay Lake is a Johnson’s Landing Retreat choose between a treehouse, cabin, dorm room, or tenting space. Providing both mountain views, and meditation spaces to relax.
In the lakeshore community of New Denver, you can find the Adventure Domes – four energy efficient cottages with a strikingly unique shape. Views of the Selkirk and Valhalla mountains make this spot ideal for an off-beat getaway.
Addison’s Bungalows were originally housed in Jasper, Banff, Lake Louise & Miette Hot Springs. These post & beam cabins were moved to Kootenay National Park and then to their current home in Brisco (along highway 93, between Golden and Radium Hot Springs).
Kootenay Park Lodge (formerly known as Vermilion River Camp) opened its doors on June 30, 1923 and was the first property on the Banff-Windermere Highway that travelled through Kootenay & Banff National Parks. The cabins were built in the 1930’s by CPR and has been welcoming guests for over 90 years.
Completely off-grid, Nipika Mountain Resort is situated within the wilderness of the Canadian Rockies. The resort generates electricity and heat with renewable energy, for a comfortable and eco-friendly nights stay.
Return to nature at Radius Retreat with their hike-in off the grid yurt retreat located on 404 hectares (1,000 acres) of wilderness.
The oTENTiks in Redstreak Campground are part cabin, part tent, and within walking distance to the town of Radium Hot Springs and the relaxing mineral waters of the hot springs. (The oTENTiks are closed due to COVID-19, plan to re-open in 2021 summer; the Radium Hot Springs pools are tentative re-opening this fall.)
The Yome at Williamson Lake Campground is a blend of a Dome and a Yurt, offering a peaceful camping experience. The Yome can accommodate up to five people and includes a shaded canopy.
The Red Barn Lodge in Rossland, BC was once Rossland’s Dairy and today is situated on 13-acres of private grounds.
Along the shoreline of Lake Windermere, Lakeshore Resort & Campground has teepee rentals, tenting, and RV camping located a short drive north of Fairmont Hot Springs.
~ 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 this summer. 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 this summer 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).
Words by Ashley Voykin. Cover/top photo courtesy of the Adventure Domes in New Denver, BC.
Ashley Voykin is a landscape and outdoor adventure photographer in the West Kootenays. Her work focuses on big mountains, small towns and exploring those spaces. Committed to capturing local landscapes in a new way, she can often be found chasing Northern Lights late into the night and finding new views of endless lakes and mountains around the Kootenays.
(Original published date in January 2019.)