Sometimes we just a need little time to chill, relax and get away from it all. Mountain towns like Nelson, Kaslo and Rossland provide that sweet spot combination of comfortable amenities, charming downtowns, and leisurely activities.

Outdoor gear shops rub shoulders with fashionable shoe and clothing shops in Nelson, while local artists are featured at the Craft Connection and Touchstones. You’ll find carefully curated home furnishings at Willow, Maison, Cartolina and Kootenai Moon, and vintage books, pristine pre-loved clothing, and one of a kind finds at a variety of eclectic shops around town.

Head indoors and catch a flick at Nelson’s historic Civic Theatre or a performance at the grand Capitol Theatre. Murals blanket the walls down alleys throughout Nelson, creating a spectacle of awe and inspiration. Dozens of pubs, restaurants and cafes serve up fresh flavours with a local influence. From fine dining at Pitchfork or All Seasons Café to mouthwatering homemade muffins at Empire or steamy americanos at Oso Negro, freshly baked baguettes at French bakeries to flavourful ales at a local brewpub, the culinary delights of Nelson are all within walking distance of each other.

Kaslo’s charming Main Street features a small selection of shops and eateries in an outstanding location on the shores of Kootenay Lake. Take a stroll through downtown and along the waterfront path past the historic SS Moyie sternwheeler for superb views of the lake. It’s worth continuing along the Kaslo River Trail and the twin signature covered red bridges for a relaxing walk in nature on the edge of town.

Rossland’s historic and compact downtown features a combination of stellar alpine vistas and charming brick and wood clad buildings from an earlier era. Nose around town and you’ll find a gourmet chocolate and ice cream maker, trendy restaurants, fully stocked outdoor shops, locally made crafts and more. A network of trails runs through the town, while colourful and grand architecture rewards visitors who wander beyond the main street. Up at the hill the Josie is the newest hotel, with breathtaking views and top-notch accommodations.

A reputation for wellness in the West Kootenays is well deserved; multiple yoga studios, spas and meditation centres provide plenty of options to find beauty, peace and calm. Indulge in the healing waters at Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort for the ultimate in rejuvenation and warmth.

From historic boutique hotels to waterfront resorts, comfortable suites to spacious vacation homes, you’ll find the perfect accommodation for your relaxing winter retreat. Many are located in the heart of downtown, providing easy access for all the amenities in town.

Wander Nelson’s historic Baker Street, Kaslo’s charming Main Street or Rossland’s compact downtown and you’ll find a unique blend of boutique shops, independent eateries and captivating attractions on your next winter getaway.

To learn more about winter activities in the area visit the local tourism websites.


Every great road trip has a few key criteria; great scenery, awesome activities, tasty meals, and a memorable place to stay. You’ll find all these and just the right place to settle down after a day of travelling in the Kootenays. Whether you’re going for boutique or budget, comfort and ambiance come standard.

The remoteness of the region means you won’t find towering monoculture hotels. Our vibrant and independent culture is reflected in the range of lodging options, from historic hotels to modern slopeside resorts, and from waterfront campgrounds to eclectic vacation rentals. Take your time on a road trip to discover the highly rated accommodations in the region.

Dreaming of skiing legendary powder or riding flowy singletrack at Red Mountain? Check out the Josie Hotel, the newest boutique hotel in Western Canada on the slopes. Blending modern design with an unbeatable ski-in ski-out location and on-site dining, it’s the hippest joint in the Kootenays. Comfortable and well-appointed inns and hostels are also located at the base of Red Mountain, while the Prestige Mountain Resort and Flying Steamshovel Inn are just a short drive away in the heart of Rossland. Mountain lodges are abundant around town and up the mountain, with a unique upscale hostels.

Nelson’s vibrancy boasts an impressive roster of accommodations that reflects its unique combination of heritage and mountain culture. The historic Hume Hotel & Spa anchors the heart of the city. It lives up to its claim of being “antique, chic and boutique” with tastefully updated rooms and multiple dining establishments on site. A block over is the Adventure Hotel, which lives up to its name by featuring a fun, lively and modern vibe. Don’t miss their iconic café with its airy solarium.

If prime waterfront is your scene, reserve a room at the Prestige Lakeside Resort, and enjoy epic views of Kootenay Lake from your room or one of the best patios in town. Looking for a bit more space? The Alpine Inn and nearby Savoy Hotel, and Kokanee Glacier Resort all feature rooms with kitchenettes, while the Dancing Bear Inn is a cozy and communal option on historic Baker Street. If you prefer to live like a local, you’ll find a variety of licensed vacation rentals in Nelson.

With some of the most spectacular drives in the country along Kootenay Lake, it’s worth spending a few nights at one of the many resorts or high-end hotels. The Kaslo Hotel is an intimate experience with majestic views of the Purcell and Selkirk Mountains. Wing Creek Resort and The Sentinel, near Kaslo, both offer retreat-like experiences and private beach getaways. Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort is a hot spot for visitors with rooms, pools and dining on site. On the East Shore, Kokanee Chalets near Crawford Bay provides a down to earth, in nature experience, while Destiny Bay in Boswell is remote, waterfront and cozy.

Prime campgrounds along the Columbia River and Kootenay Lake offer quiet, remote options where the reward goes to those looking to travel further afield.

Finding the right place to settle down after a day of travelling is an essential part of a road trip. Comfort and ambience are key, and we have both.

Book your accommodation early to ensure you stay in the right experience, and make the most of your valuable holiday time.


  • Rossland’s new Josie is a dreamy location and facility up at red Mountain
  • The Prestige, in Rossland and Nelson, is always a great choice
  • Best Western’s in Trail and Nelson are high-end, comfortable and with dining amenities
  • Kaslo Hotel is an intimate experience with majestic views of the Purcell and Selkirk Mountains
  • Kokanee Chalets on the East shore, near Crawford Bay provides that down to earth, in nature experience
  • Wing Creek Resort and The Sentinel, near Kaslo, both offer retreat-like experiences, and private beach getaways
  • Nelson’s historic Hume Hotel & Spa is always a show stopper, right in the heart of the action
  • Destiny Bay in Boswell is remote, waterfront and cozy
To learn more about accommodations 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.



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

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