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Mount Revelstoke National Park
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Outdoor Adventures in the Kootenay Rockies

The Kootenay Rockies region, home to four national parks and a series of glacier-draped mountain ranges, is one big outdoor adventure playground. Ride the rapids on the Kicking Horse River, explore Rossland’s famous mountain bike trails, or hike to an ancient fossil bed in Yoho National Park.

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Mount Revelstoke National Park

Home to Canada's only inland cedar-hemlock rainforest, Mount Revelstoke is the only national park in Canada where you can summit a mountain five minutes from your vehicle. Visitors are invited to stroll amongst giants on the Giant Cedars & Skunk C...
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Glacier National Park

Traverse steep, rugged terrain and be rewarded with views of narrow valleys filled with old-growth cedar and hemlock trees. Hiking trails in this park provide access to alpine tundra, subalpine meadows and lush rainforest. Learn about the completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway at the Rogers Pass Discovery Centre, a museum that Explore Magazine called “the best national park museum in Canada.”

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Yoho National Park

Glacial lakes, snow-capped peaks, and more than 400 km (249 mi) of trails make Yoho National Park a paradise for hikers. Highlights include turquoise-green Emerald Lake, Takakkaw Falls (one of Canada’s highest waterfalls) and the Burgess Shale, an ancient fossil bed and World Heritage Site.
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Kootenay National Park

In Kootenay National Park, a gentle hike along a self-guided interpretive trail leads to the Paint Pots, where iron-rich springs have turned the earth a brilliant orange. Another major draw is Radium Hot Springs, located at the south end of the park. This natural mineral hot springs pool is thought to cure what ails you. Looking for a more rugged experience? Trek the classic, multi-day Rockwall Trail.

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Outdoor Adventure in Golden

From Golden, get schooled by class IV rapids on the Kicking Horse River, one of the wildest... Read more river runs in Canada. Ride the lifts at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort to hike, bike or just soak up the views. Walk among wolves at the Northern Lights Wildlife Wolf Centre, or spot great blue herons, ospreys and eagles in the Columbia River Wetlands, a rich bird and wildlife habitat south of town. For dinner, take Kicking Horse Mountain’s Golden Eagle Express gondola to the Eagle’s Eye restaurant; at 2,350m/7,710ft, it’s the highest eatery in Canada.

Columbia Wetlands Adventures

Immerse yourself in the serenity & wonder of the world-famous Columbia Wetlands. Witness the wetlands come alive as you float quietly past beaver dams, osprey nests & a heron rookery. With over 300 species of mammals & birds & the Rocky Mountains ...
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Heli-hiking

Explore the untouched alpine on a heli-hiking adventure with Canadian Mountain Holidays.... Read more Canada’s longest-established heli-skiing operator, CMH can whisk you high into the Kootenay Rockies for a multi-day holiday hiking through mountain landscapes - think flower-filled valleys, racing brooks and glacial lakes. Start with a dramatic chopper ride past towering spires and hanging glaciers to a comfortable fly-in lodge.  Each day brings a new area to explore, with hikes ranging from family-friendly rambles to challenging ascents. Back at the lodge, a hot tub, sauna, home-cooked meals and magnificent views await your return.

Kootenay River Runners

The originals since 1976! Kootenay River Runners has been introducing adventurous travellers to the delights of river rafting in British Columbia. We've guided thousands down the Kicking Horse River, Kootenay, Columbia Rivers & Toby Creek. These r...
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Panorama Mountain Village - Summer

Imagine a place...where families discover a life outdoors, where adventure seekers test their limits, where you're at home in the mountains. You've arrived at Panorama Mountain Village and the name says it all.

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Hot Springs

Experience the heat of the moment at the many Kootenay hot springs. Just follow Highway 93 and... Read more 95; it’s part of BC’s Hot Springs Circle Route. Join the locals at the rustic Lussier Hot Springs in Whiteswan Lake Provincial Park, check out the lavish spa and pool complex at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort, or wander through a cave at Ainsworth Hot Springs, where hot mineral water rises from the earth and stalagmites form in abundance. To cool down, take a plunge in the stream-fed cold pool.

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Fly Fishing at Silver Spring Lakes

Another way to take to the waters is fly fishing in a turquoise gem in the Kootenays. Hike into the Silver Spring lakes, a chain of three crystalline lakes near Fernie; you’ll be rewarded with solitude, scenery and rainbow trout.

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Mountain Biking in the Kootenay Rockies

Mountain bike movies are made in the Kootenay Rockies for a reason. In Nelson or Rossland ride... Read more the many trail systems near town. The Seven Summits trail is one of the few trails in Canada to achieve “epic trail” status by the International Mountain Bike Association. At Panorama Mountain Village near Invermere check out the lift-accessed mountain bike park. Choose from close to 20 trails and cruise down the 380m/1,247ft of vertical. At Fernie Alpine Resort, 42 lift-accessed trails range from easy cruisers to challenging steeps and technical single track.

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Seven Summits Trail

Rossland's legendary hiking and mountain biking trails include hundreds of kilometers of trails for all levels. The flagship route is the Seven Summits trail. A spectacular point to point traverse of the Rossland Range, it follows a ridge line to link seven mountian peaks along its for 30km/19 mi route.

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Fernie Mountain Resort - Summer

Fernie Alpine Resort is your one-stop adventure this summer with the Aerial Park and Zip line.

Don't miss the best in summer adventure. It's the latest rage in summer fun, the trying & exhilarating undertaking gets you to take the leap of...

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Kaslo Kayaking

Kayak Kootenay Lake in style. No experience necessary. Half day, full day & multi-day guided adventure tours. Kaslo Kayaking has a variety of tours to suit your time & budget. Come explore Kootenay Lake, paddle with us to remote ancient shores, h...
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Outdoor Adventure around Nelson

Nelson, a historic town on Kootenay Lake, makes a great base for outdoor adventure in the... Read more surrounding mountains, lakes and rivers. Hike easy trails in Kokanee Creek Provincial Park or tackle a backcountry trek in high-altitude, lake-rich Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park. Prefer to paddle? Launch a canoe or a kayak and explore the clear blue water of Kootenay Lake, or shoot rapids on a Slocan River rafting trip. A good first stop is the ROAM (Rivers Oceans and Mountains) shop in Nelson, where you can load up on gear and local tips, rent a kayak, or book a hiking, paddling, skiing or snowboarding adventure.

Nelson Whitewater Rafting Co.

We offer whitewater rafting trips for all levels, Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) and kayak rentals at our Prestige Lakeside Marina location.

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Kokanee Creek Provincial Park

Kokanee Creek is the perfect destination campground, with a little something for everyone. The park boasts a number of great activities including a network of nature trails, wildlife viewing platforms and interpretive programs that run over the s...
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Places to Stay

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Cathedral Mountain Lodge

Luxury mountain lodge & cabins with custom furnishings, fireplaces & Aveda Spa amenities. Nestled in the trees along the Kicking Horse River, central to the attractions of Yoho, Banff, Jasper & Kootenay National Parks. Restaurant featuring regiona...
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Emerald Lake Lodge

Emerald Lake Lodge is surrounded by natural beauty. As the only property on secluded Emerald Lake, it is the perfect place to escape and relax. Originally built in 1902 by the Canadian Pacific Railway, this historic property includes 85 units situ...
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Sutton Place Hotel Revelstoke Mountain Resort

Built in a contemporary mountain architectural-style, this property features spacious studios to four bedroom suites furnished with 42-inch flat panel LCD TV (living room), individually controlled heating and A/C, high speed Internet access (WiFi)...
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Bighorn Meadows Resort

This incredible resort is situated on the 9th hole of the platinum-rated Springs Golf Course in Radium Hot Springs. Just steps to the village, this resort offers luxurious, fully equipped 1-3 bedroom suites, most are equipped with fireplaces, gour...
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Fairmont Vacation Villas Mountainside

One and two bedroom villas on Mountainside Golf Course. Accommodations for two to six people. Fully furnished, full kitchens, gas BBQ, full laundry, recreation centre with indoor pool, hot tubs, racquetball, squash and tennis courts. Adjacent to t...
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Prestige Lakeside Resort

Prestige Lakeside Resort in the historic city of Nelson is positioned perfectly to boast the most inspiring and picturesque views of the lake and mountains. From the moment you set foot in this stunning full service resort, you will begin to exper...
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Best Western Plus Baker Street Inn & Convention Centre

Nelson's quaint, full-service hotel has undergone its latest interior renovation (2015). We have a prime location on Nelson's historic downtown Baker Street, with 70 comfortable guest rooms containing stylish new furnishings. All rooms have fridg...
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Getting Here and Around

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Getting to the Kootenay Rockies

The Canadian Rockies International Airport in Cranbrook has direct flights from Vancouver,... Read more Kelowna  and Calgary.. The airport is about 30 minutes from Kimberley, an hour from Fernie, and about 3 hours from Nelson or Rossland. Fancy a road trip? Nelson and Rossland are about an eight hour drive from either Vancouver or Calgary; Fernie is just three hours from Calgary. Revelstoke, on the Trans-Canada Highway, is about five hours from Calgary, or six from Vancouver.

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).

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West Kootenay Regional Airport

Welcome to the West Kootenays, home to over 100,000 residents and a real rugged, mountain playground. With its cultural flair that delivers on the definition of happiness, it's no surprise why we call it the good life.

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