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Exploring the Kootenay Rockies

Set apart from the rest of BC by winding roads, mountain passes and ferry crossings, the West Kootenays are just off the beaten path. Communities that radiate mountain culture dot the landscape and people live in harmony with nature. This is a place nestled between high peaks and wandering valleys. A pocket of BC that thrives by way of the wild.

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Cottonwood Falls Market

Every Saturday in the summer, Nelson’s Cottonwood Falls Market is the place to be. Set in Cottonwood Falls Park, a city park complete with a waterfall, this outdoor market offers everything from woodworking crafts to home baking, live music and organic food.

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Art in Crawford Bay

Crawford Bay, a tiny community located on the east side of Kootenay Lake, is home to a surprisingly large number of artisans. Studios are open daily from May through early September, with some open longer. This is the perfect place to pick up a unique memento, from hand crafted jewellery to pottery, to special brooms created using antique equipment.

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Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort

Overlooking the beautiful Purcell Mountains and Kootenay Lake, this year-round destination resort offers a unique and relaxing hot springs experience with 41 air-conditioned rooms (including specialty rooms), satellite TV, elevator, full-service r...
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SS Moyie

An International treasure, the SS Moyie is the oldest surviving intact vessel of her type in the world. At the edge of Kootenay Lake, the sternwheeler rests permanently in her former port of call at Kaslo. Owned & operated by the Canadian Pacific ...
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Nakusp Hot Springs

The small town of Nakusp, on Upper Arrow Lake, boasts three hot springs. At Nakusp Hot Springs two hot springs-fed pools are set in an amphitheatre-like structure against a backdrop of mountains. At Halcyon Hot Springs Village & Spa, a series of hot, warm and cold pools overlook the lake; a restaurant, a spa and cabins are here too. For something more rustic, head for Halfway Hot Springs where wooden soaking buckets are fed by a hose from the spring.

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Places to Stay

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The Hume Hotel

The Hume is Nelson's boutique heritage hotel since 1898. The property has undergone a major heritage revitalization returning it to much of its original splendour.

Centrally located, we offer a full, complimentary hot breakfast, free WiFi...

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Getting Here and Around

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Canadian Rockies International Airport

The expanded Canadian Rockies International Airport in Cranbrook hosts direct flights to two of Western Canada's gateway airports: Vancouver (YVR) & Calgary (YYC).

Get ready to head out on the Powder Highway for the winter ski safari of y...

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