6 Authentic Rocky Mountain Towns. 250 kilometres. Culture Abounding. Nature at its finest. #Mykootenays
The Kootenay Rockies region of British Columbia invites you to experience our pristine region of rivers, lakes, waterfalls, beaches, mineral hot springs, alpine meadows and majestic mountains. Wildlife flourishes. Golf courses are in abundance. Visit wonderfully restored heritage towns, thriving arts communities and a gold rush boomtown. All this within a mere 250km stretch makes for the perfect leisurely getaway. Take two days, or spend a week discovering hidden gems and meeting local artisans. Relax and enjoy all there is to offer in the spectacular Kootenays.
Here are some great trip itineraries to get you started on your journey. Try one, combine them, or create your own #MyKootenays experience.
- Breathtaking Beauty in the Great Outdoors
- A Three Day Journey Steeped in Mountain History
- The Golf and Ale Trail
- Three Day Wellness Wander
- Foodie and Culture Crawl
Radium Hot Springs
Find Your Peace
Towering canyons, high mountain passes and exquisite natural vistas will greet you on a trip to Radium Hot Springs BC. Nothing can beat a soak in our world-famous hot springs after a great day of activity. Try your hand at golf or hike to a scenic natural waterfall and you’ll understand that The Village of Radium Hot Springs is worth being discovered.
Invermere on the Lake
Home to Panorama Mountain Resort
Great Mountain, quaint town
Meander through Invermere on the Lake’s quaint downtown district flourishing with funky boutiques and galleries. Take in a meal at many fine restaurants, and cafes. This is the waterside village with it all; beaches for boating or lakes and rivers for kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding. Elevate yourself in the alpine above Invermere - Panorama Mountain Resort offers mountain-side lodging options and an abundance of trail walking. Take in views of Mt Nelson from the spectacular Mile One Express chairlift.
Fairmont Hot Springs
With panoramic views of the nearby Rocky & Purcell mountain ranges and the expansive Columbia Valley, Fairmont Hot Springs Resort is an experience unlike anything else. Where everything is at your fingertips – hot springs, golf, hiking, kayaking, skiing to name a few – and incredible sites surround, we truly have something for everyone. Immerse yourself in everything we have to offer at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort.
A Good Place To Be
Come feel alive! Relax with gentle strolls or bike rides on the hundreds of rolling, forested trails. Get a glimpse of a 60 foot waterfall just a ten minute walk down a scenic trail. Spend time imitating the locals; enjoy the local brewery, café’s and boutique retail offerings that emanate a truly relaxed mountain lifestyle. Unwind on a patio seat in the iconic Platzl or take in a game of golf at your choice of three local courses
Mountains of Opportunity Start Here
The East Kootenay’s largest municipality is home to a historic downtown and is surrounded by a fantastic network of trails for hiking or biking, accessible to all ages and ability levels. The converted rail bed between Cranbrook and is an easy and fun 28km paved trail to explore. The area is also dotted with many quaint lakes and streams, highlighted by the Elizabeth Lake Wildlife Sanctuary. After you’ve spent the day in the great outdoors, come and enjoy some live theatre and a diverse array of culinary delights.
Where nature, history and culture collide.
Historic Fernie is a vibrant mountain town with an artistic flair and an abundance of spectacular scenery. Grand heritage buildings meld with contemporary design creating a charming downtown, surrounded by hundreds of trails, the pristine Elk River and world famous Fernie Alpine Resort and Island Lake Lodge. Fernie’s spirit shines through with its artisan and craft boutiques, restaurants and cafés, heritage attractions, day spa’s and unique brews from Fernie Brewing Company. Come and enjoy Fernie’s friendly and authentic vibe.
Visitors to the Kootenay Rockies arrive by land or air. Major highways feed in and out of the Kootenay Rockies in all directions and there are multiple cross-border access points for both the U.S. and Alberta.
Flying is a magnificent way to enter the region, as it gives you a bird's-eye view of the mountains, lakes and river valleys for which the Kootenay Rockies region is renowned.
- Cranbrook is home to the Canadian Rockies International Airport with flights daily from major Canadian cities.
- Calgary International Airport is 3 hours drive from both Radium Hot Springs (entering the Kootenays from the North) and Fernie (entering the Kootenays from the South).
- Both US States of Montana and Idaho offer access to the Kootenays within 20 minutes from the border crossing.
- Rental Car agencies within the region are detailed here.