Behold, adventure seekers. The Kootenays are calling. From high above to the lakes and rivers below, get ready to find your outdoor thrills.

It’s no secret that we love getting high in the Kootenays – high above the trees that is. Experience a bird’s-eye-view for yourself by taking the ultimate aerial plunge at Kokanee Mountain Zipline. Test your limits by soaring through the forest on six lines including a 2400 foot cross-canyon mega ride.

Mountain biking is a way of life out here, and our steep terrain provides the setting for some of the most challenging and rewarding trails in the world (for real!). Downshift into your climbing gears to pedal your way up into the alpine; the thrill of the downhill awaits. Challenge yourself to the epic Seven Summits trail in Rossland or the extensive network of trails around Nelson at Mountain Station or Morning Mountain. You’ll also find bike parks throughout the region to develop your skills or watch the youngsters defy gravity and fear.

Road cyclists will savour the unbeatable winding waterfront and backroads in the region. Rolling terrain, satisfying climbs, diverse scenery and ideally located cafes and accommodations are ideal for skinny tires. Choose from leisurely half day rides to epic multi-day loops.

Interested in going underground? Discover a vast network of stalactites and stalagmites at the otherworldly Cody Caves near Ainsworth Hot Springs. Guided tours of the underground labyrinth reveal the secrets of this amazing place. If you’re more the terrestrial sort, you’ll find great disc golf courses in Rossland and Ymir.

Water sports and long warm summers go hand in hand in the Kootenays. Rent a canoe, kayak or SUP and enjoy the panoramic views of Kootenay Lake in Nelson or Kaslo, or challenge yourself to river surfing on the Columbia River in Trail. Hire a local guide to take you fishing in the hopes of landing a prize trout any time of year.

Pack your gear to choose your own adventure and get yourself on the trails or on the water.

In the Air

On the water

On the Ground

To learn more about summer adventure in the area visit the tourism websites.

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It doesn’t take much to experience something that is part of the arts world on the Kootenay Road Trip. Public Art decorates the streets and alleyways. Museums and galleries are the cornerstone to our past, present, and future. Theatres, bars and lounges showcase the true Kootenay lifestyle with local musicians and actors dominating the stages.

Artisans are prominent as Crawford Bay’s main street, with broom weavers, potters, ironsmiths, weavers and more creating a fascinating destination. Venture further afield along the East Shore to discover more galleries on a leisurely drive.

Playful and historic statues line Rossland’s main street in homage to wildlife, pioneers and free spirits. You’ll find all kinds of independent shops around downtown, including an artisan chocolatier. Learn about the area’s rich mining and ski history at the Rossland Museum & Discover Centre. Fun fact: guided tours include a gold panning demonstration. Bet the kids didn’t see that one coming!

Murals, murals, on the wall. Who’s the fairest of them all? That’s for you to decide on a stroll through Nelson’s alleyways and downtown streets, and just a taste of what to expect when it comes to arts and culture on your road trip. The Nelson International Mural Festival has created a legacy of supersized public art. A combination of permanent and temporary installations on historic Baker Street and beyond is yours to discover.

Nelson theatres, bars and lounges showcase local talent and top-notch touring artists. Visiting in the summer or fall? Don’t miss our many attractions, and a ride on Nelson’s historic Streetcar 23 as it clicks and clacks its way along the waterfront. Colourful murals, iconic heritage buildings, art galleries, boutique shops and museums give Nelson it’s storybook feel.

Kaslo’s historic Main Street has a similar feel, with a nod to the past and an eye to the future. Discover artisans ranging from potters to musical instrument makers in the compact downtown. Make sure to visit the trio of historic buildings, two of which are National Historic Sites: the SS Moyie Sternwheeler, City Hall, and Langham Cultural Centre. Other nearby heritage attractions include the Lardeau Valley Museum in Meadow Creek, JB Fletcher Store and Museum in Ainsworth, and artisans in Balfour.

Arts and culture are front and centre in communities throughout the region. Happily, a road trip is the perfect way to discover them for yourself.

MUST SEE PUBLIC ART

MUST EXPLORE MUSEUMS & GALLERIES

MUST VISIT ARTISANS

To learn more about arts & heritage in the area visit the tourism websites.

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For all the attention the Kootenays get as a mountain bike and ski destination, the region also has another ace up its sleeve. Nine of them in fact. Five of them offering a challenging 18 holes, and four of them with playful 9 holes. Affordable and spectacular, they epitomize mountain golf, with rivers, creeks, lakes, mountains, forests and wildlife providing a compelling backdrop.

The East Shore of Kootenay Lake boasts two courses, including the ridiculously beautiful Kokanee Springs Resort. With on-site dining and accommodation and stunning views, it’s worth making a pilgrimage to Crawford Bay to stay a while and play a few rounds. Make it a double header by taking the free Kootenay Lake ferry west to Balfour for a game at the Balfour Golf Course, featuring 18 holes of challenging golf in surreal surroundings. Nearby 9 hole courses in Kaslo, Riondel and Balfour’s Eagleview are good options for a shorter game.

Nelson’s natural amphitheater setting makes for a challenging yet rewarding mountain golf experience at Granite Pointe Golf Club. You’ll find some of the best views of Nelson and Kootenay Lake from the course and give your legs a workout in the process. Golfhiking anyone? Don’t worry, there are plenty of carts if you’d prefer to cruise around the course in comfort.

The golfing terrain is a little gentler as you head further west. Birchbank Golf Course in Trail and Redstone Resort in Rossland each offer 18 holes of striking fairways. Don’t miss grabbing a bite and beverage at Redstone’s historic log clubhouse; you might find yourself thinking you’ve been whisked away to a backcountry ski cabin.

Meandering creeks, rolling terrain, towering cedars, colourful leafy trees and densely forested mountains make for an unforgettable setting at each course. Add in spacious patios, great comfort food, and great value and it’s a winning combo. Even if your golf game needs some work, you won’t need any mulligans when it comes to figuring out where to play a round in the Kootenays.

MUST GOLF 18-HOLE COURSES

MUST GOLF 9-HOLE COURSES

To learn more about golfing in the area visit the tourism websites.

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