British Columbia is the kingdom of abundance. A land of giants. A wild place where nature, not man, creates the boundaries. Glaciated mountains have a gravitational pull that is surprising and unforgettable. Amidst this nature are multi-cultural urban centers of extraordinary beauty, offering a dichotomy of refined civilization and raw wilderness. Exploring British Columbia (BC) reminds you of what it feels like to be alive.
In the southeastern corner of BC, the jagged peaks of the Rockies rise in parallel with those of the Purcell, Selkirk and Monashee ranges. In between are valleys, rivers and lakes that have enabled human existence for 10,000 of years. With incomparable scenic beauty around every turn, this is BC’s Mountain Playground.
Rivers include the Kootenay and Columbia, North America’s fourth largest, which from its source in the Rocky Mountains, circumnavigates the region in a wide arc. Tributaries such as the Kicking Horse, Elk, Salmo and Lardeau rivers generate some of the best whitewater conditions on the continent.
This is the birthplace of adventure tourism. Visitors come to the Kootenay Rockies for a rich palette of recreational activities that include world-class mountain biking, climbing, river rafting, paragliding, canoeing, wildlife viewing, hiking and golfing.
Typically, July and August are the best months for most outdoor activities and for lazy days at the beach. In the fall, trails come alive with fabulous displays of gold and crimson, and any time of year is perfect for a therapeutic soak in a natural hot springs pool.
Most hot springs in Canada occur in British Columbia. And the Kootenay Rockies is blessed with numerous hot springs ranging from wonderful resorts to wilderness backcountry pools.
UNESCO has recognized Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, together with, Yoho and Kootenay National Parks, for their ‘outstanding universal value’, and are included in the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site.
With 4 national parks and over 75 provincial parks within the Kootenay Rockies, you’ll find vast areas of unspoiled wilderness and everything in between.
Every town and city in the region has a fascinating story to tell. Along your travels, discover the rare scenic beauty and warm, friendly people. Hike the trails of mountain parks or wander the streets of quaint downtowns. Follow one of the circle routes that winds its way through the region.
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Kimberley Underground Mining Railway
Take a short walk to the Sullivan Mine Powerhouse for a guided tour featuring the huge compressors and generators that used to power the mine before boarding the train again to learn more about Kimberley and enjoy spectacular scenery and glimpses of the occasional wild life as you travel back to the station. Explore the Orpheum Theatre, the North Star Schoolhouse, the Miner’s Cabin and the Caboose as part of your adventure into history.
The Cranbrook History Centre
The collection includes the 7 cars of the 1929 “Trans-Canada Limited” (a classic “Jazz Era Art Deco” design), 2 cars of the 1907 “Soo-Spokane Train” (a deluxe example of “Edwardian Art Nouveau Elegance”), and the 1887 “Pacific Express.” This was a Victorian-era train representing the first transcontinental service in Canada. Also featured at the Cranbrook History Centre are the Cranbrook Museum, the Cranbrook Archives, the Royal Alexander Hall, and a Model Railway exhibit.
Fort Steele Heritage
The Fort Steele Steam Railway is an operating museum, which interprets the experience of branch-line rail travel to the logging, mining and ranching communities of the East Kootenay. Ride on the steam train, and check out historic railway equipment and stationary steam engines displayed outside the engine house. Our vintage locomotive “1077” is a source of fascination for our visitors and for Hollywood: it has been used in several movies shot north of the border.