Kootenay Rockies

Did You Know?

  • Canada’s highest restaurant, the Eagle’s Eye at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort (near Golden), is 2,350 metres (7,709 feet) above sea level.
  • The Kootenay Rockies boast a wealth of BC’s natural hot springs, including those of Ainsworth Hot Springs. Here, three odourless pools are set into the mountainside, overlooking Kootenay Lake and the Purcell Mountains.
  • The longest free ferry ride in the world is the Kootenay Lake ferry.
  • This region boasts many quirky world records, from the largest tandem axle dump truck (it can fit two Greyhound buses) in Sparwood, to the largest penny and oldest phone booth (made from a cedar tree trunk) in Salmo, to the oldest intact passenger sternwheeler, the S.S. Moyie, in Kaslo.
  • The city of Nelson has more than 350 heritage homes and office buildings, and a great way to explore them is during the annual Artwalk, when area artists put their work on show for over a thousand art-lovers.
  • One of the world’s most significant fossil finds, the Burgess Shale is located in the stunning Yoho National Park, a place to marvel at ancient history while standing in awe of the towering mountains in your presence.

The Kootenay Rockies region is a spectacular mountain-oriented destination situated in the southeast corner of British Columbia. The region encompasses four national parks, five different mountain ranges, lush valleys, rushing rivers, peaceful lakes, thick forests and beautiful alpine meadows.

Visitors to the Kootenay Rockies will find themselves deep within BC’s famous mountains — not just viewing the peaks from a distance, but standing in awe at their bases and playing on their majestic faces.

The region is home to world-class skiing and the legendary Powder Highway. Whether you’re a first-time skier or an accomplished one, there are uncrowded and scenic runs-a-plenty.

Explore all of the region’s natural, year-round outdoor activities and experiences, which reflect the lifestyle, culture and the communities of Canada’s West. Discover for yourself why the Kootenay Rockies region is known as “British Columbia’s Mountain Playground.”

Heidi Korven
Regional Media Relations Representative
Kootenay Rockies Tourism
1905 Warren Avenue
Kimberley, BC V1A 1S2
Phone: 250-427-4838

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