The Kootenay region is a stunning landscape populated by cascading waterfalls, sandy beaches, rolling meadows, majestic mountains and pristine lakes.
The Kootenay region is Canada's capital for outdoor living. The region boasts four of British Columbia's seven national parks and a bountiful array of wildlife. During the winter, the region is home to 9 of the continent's most challenging and enjoyable ski resorts.
In addition to world-renowned skiing, the Kootenay's is one of Canada's pre-eminent destinations for mountain biking, whitewater rafting, and hiking. The region also boasts excellent golf courses which offer the perfect fusion of challenge and beauty. The lakes are also populated with an abundance of lakes overflowing with fish.
Bestowed with a rich and diverse history, the region offers many opportunities to visit beautifully restored heritage towns, thriving arts communities and gold rush towns.
Zipline down a Mountain, Nelson
Just outside Nelson, is Canada’s longest zipline. Sandwiched between 2 breathtaking provincial parks, Kokanee Glacier Park and Kokanee Creek Park, Kokanee Mountain Zipline is an exhilarating experience visitors won’t forget.
The Zipline is 2,400 feet and balanced 300 feet above the ground. Traveling at speeds of 100km/ h, this zipline is an adrenaline rush! For more information, check out Kokanee Mountain Zipline.
Discover caves at Cody Caves Provincial Park
Visitors can explore caves 170 million years old at Cody Caves Provincial Park. Sign up for a guided tour and discover over 800 meters of passage.
Located in the Selkirk Mountains above Ainsworth Hot Springs, Cody Caves is formed from ancient limestone beds which were laid down almost 600 million years ago. The cave walls display an impressive array of calcite formations.
The caves were discovered in the early 1980s by Henry Cody, a hopeful prospector searching for silver. Since their discovery, the caves have been the subjects of short stories, folk tales and have delighted hundreds of visitors.
Revelstoke Mountain Resort
Voted a ‘must do trip’ in National Geographic’s Ultimate Adventure Bucket List, Revelstoke Mountain Resort is renowned for first-class skiing and snowboarding. With North America’s greatest vertical and an annual snowfall of 40 - 60 feet per year, Revelstoke Mountain Resort offers visitors the best skiing or snowboarding experience of their life.
The resort also offers superb Backcountry Touring, Helicopter and Cat Ski/Snowboard operations, dog sledding, snowshoeing and paragliding.
Canadian Museum of Rail Travel
Cranbrook offers Canada’s premier museum about rail travel. Visitors can step back in time and explore Canada’s most significant industry by taking an historic rail car tour. These tours allows visitors to travel through 17 railway cars, such as antique dining cars and luxurious sleeping cabins. All cabins have been maintained to reflect a certain period in history, from the Jazz Era to the Edwardian Art Nouveau Elegance. In addition to these luxury railcars, visitors can explore the various archives and artifacts related to Canadian Rail Travel and Cranbrook history. To learn more, visit the Canadian Museum of Rail Travel.