6 Authentic Rocky Mountain Towns. 250 kilometres. Culture Abounding. Nature at its finest. #Mykootenays
We invite you on a unique Rocky Mountain road trip to experience small mountain towns, beautiful landscapes, rivers, lakes, hot springs and outdoor activities. This is a place where nature flourishes. A driving tour to explore local heritage, arts, festivals, farm-to-table cuisine, spas, pristine nature, micro-breweries, markets, golfing and fishing. All this within a mere 250km stretch making for the perfect scenic road trip in the Rockies. Take two days, or spend a week discovering the beauty and hidden gems of #MyKootenays
Here are some great trip itineraries to get you started on your journey. Try one, combine them, or create your own #MyKootenays experience.
- #MyKootenays Road Trip Story by Toque and Canoe
- Breathtaking Beauty Sightseeing Tour
- History Lovers Tour
- Catch & Release Fishing Trip
- Golf & Ale Trail Tour
- Wellness Wander
Where nature, history and culture collide
Historic Fernie is a vibrant mountain town with artistic flair and an abundance of spectacular scenery. Grand heritage buildings and contemporary urban design elements create a charming and eclectic downtown ready to be discovered. Hundreds of trails, the pristine Elk River, world-famous Fernie Alpine Resort and Island Lake Lodge are all within easy reach among the surrounding Canadian Rocky Mountains. Fernie’s creative spirit shines through at artisan and craft boutiques and eateries, heritage attractions, day spas and locally crafted beer, coffee, spirits and chocolate. Explore BC’s most easterly city this summer.
Mountains of Opportunity Start Here
The East Kootenay’s largest municipality is home to a historic downtown 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 Kimberley is an easy and fun 28km paved trail to explore. The area is dotted with many quaint lakes and streams and highlighted by the Elizabeth Lake Wildlife Sanctuary. After you’ve spent the day in the great outdoors enjoy the Kootenay’s most extensive selection of live theatre, cultural attractions, and a diverse array of culinary delights.
St Eugene Resort
Where History Meets Luxury
Amid the stunning beauty of forests and mountains lies an enchanted river valley. Just five minutes from the Canadian Rockies International Airport in traditional Ktunaxa territory, this world-class 300-acre resort offers luxurious accommodation, championship golf, casino nightlife, gourmet dining, the restorative Silver Water spa, and the new St. Eugene KOA RV Park. The centerpiece of the resort is a 100 year-old Spanish-colonial style building which once housed the St. Eugene Mission residential school. Learn more about the transformation of St. Eugene at the Ktunaxa interpretive center.
A Good Place To Be
Come feel alive! Relax with gentle strolls or bike rides on hundreds of rolling forested trails; glimpse a 60-foot waterfall from a scenic trail. Live like a local and experience the relaxed mountain vibe at the brewery, downtown and on-mountain cafés, and funky boutique retail. Unwind on a patio in the iconic Platzl or dedicate your stay to mastering your golf game at a choice of three incredible courses.
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.
Invermere on the Lake
Home to Panorama Mountain Resort
Great Mountain, quaint town
Meander through Invermere on the Lake’s quaint downtown district featuring funky boutiques, quirky cafes and artisan galleries. Take in a meal at many fine restaurants or sip a cold beer on a waterside patio. This is the lakeside village with it all; beaches, lakes and rivers for kayaking, boating, canoeing, paddle boarding and sunny family afternoons. 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 and on-mountain café -- a budding photographers dream!
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.
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.
- Visit KootenayRockies.com for more details.