Is a visit to the Kootenay region of southern British Columbia on your late summer calendar? From a celebrated, century-old lodge to family-friendly attractions, you’ll find no shortage of ways to while away a few days – or weeks!
Here are 10 things to do in the Kootenays this summer:
In Yoho National Park, this lake-side destination is ideal for those who want to disconnect from the outside world. With Wi-Fi only available in the century-old main lodge, where you’ll also find some of the best dining in the area, there’s no television or phone service, but there is plenty of opportunity to relax and explore the lake, forest and mountains.
2. The Enchanted Forest, Revelstoke
An attraction for all ages, the Enchanted Forest will either take you back to your childhood or introduce you to some classics with its trail that takes you on a trip with some famous tales such as the Three Little Pigs, Snow White and others. Located in Revelstoke, admission is $14 for adults, $12 for seniors, $9 for children, and free for toddlers.
Part of the famous Yoho National Park, this waterfall boasts a total height of 373 metres – the second-tallest in Canada. After walking through the trails, take a break and feel the cold water with a breathtaking view of lush forests and mountains.
4. James Chabot Provincial Park
Nestled in between the towering Purcell and Rocky Mountains, this beautiful park offers sandy beaches, open grassy areas with pleasant surroundings, making it the perfect place to be for a day out with the family. The park is free and easily accessible for those planning to visit.
5. Rocky Mountain Buffalo Ranch
Fan of buffaloes and great views? Check out the Rocky Mountain Buffalo Ranch, where you can book buffalo tours and have fun in the Canadian Rockies with views so beautiful, photos don’t do it justice. All are welcome and buffalo tours are $15 for adults and free for kids.
Established in 1920, this national park is full of unique contrasts, from icy mountain rivers to steamy hot springs. Of course, the national park is also the perfect place if you want to settle in for camping or get some exercise and do some hiking.
The internationally recognized Cranbrook History Centre is a landmark site dedicated to preserving and displaying a nationally designated rail car collection. On top of all that, the centre also promotes the rich history and culture of the east Kootenay region. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and teens and free for children five and younger.
If you’re ever feeling thirsty for a tasty beer, check out Golden brewery, whose award-winning beers are crafted from locally sourced Canadian ingredients, with influences from Belgium and the West Coast. Located between the Purcell Range and the Rocky Mountains near the confluence of the Kicking Horse and Columbia Rivers, “our goal is to combine the best experiences that our expansive mountain playground has to offer with the perfect beverage afterwards.”
This lively and historic centre of Nelson’s downtown core offers locally owned shops, restaurants, breweries and cafes. On top of places to eat, drink and shop, Baker Street also has a variety of murals, public artwork and sculptures to explore. Fun fact: The street was also featured in the film Roxanne.
10. Hoodoo Trail
This 3.2-kilometre trail near Columbia Lake 3 offers an easy route popular with hikers and bird watchers. Located on private conservation land owned by the Nature Trust of BC and the Nature Conservancy of Canada, hikers are rewarded with views of the Columbia River headwaters.
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