Kootenay Rockies

 

Kootenay Rockies

The Powder Highway is found in this part of British Columbia - the world’s most concentrated region of ski and snowboard destinations. Period.

And where there are mountains there is not only top of the world skiing, but also natural hot springs, festivals, mountain biking, hiking, bird watching and all the wildlife and scenic photography you could want.  Ask yourself what you’d like to do outdoors, and in this eastern bottom corner of the province you can do it.

Nestled within those mountains are towns and communities like Revelstoke, where ski jumping took to new heights, or the slopes of Red Mountain in Rossland, and its landscape pepper with mines from the gold mining heydays (That gold founded the Toronto Stock Exchange). Soothe the soul in the Columbia Valley, where hot springs and Bighorn sheep pose for portraits that you’d hang on your wall.

Fly into the region via Cranbrook, home to the Canadian Rockies International Airport and you’ll land in the epicentre of this destination rich in culture and adventure.

If you came to learn and experience something new, the communities here offer guided trips that will take you to new heights through cat-heli ski options.,Or if you prefer to stay closer to the ground and get your hands dirty taking one of the many gardening, mindfulness or painting classes set amid this region of beautiful peaks and valleys.

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  • Let’s clarify something right away. The Headbangers in this article are not the professional WWE wrestlers, nor are they long-haired musicians tossing their locks to the music.  

  • We were told a Gran Fondo is just an easy ride with a bunch of like-minded cyclists. So, we signed up for the Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo and took the newbie advice from our seasoned cycling friends.

  • Growing up in the East Kootenays, I spent my share of time at the local tourist attractions. I spent many nights on class sleepovers in the old Northwest Mounted Police Barracks at Fort Steele, and even performed in a few school plays at the old Wildhorse Theatre.  

  • It takes the keen eye of an artist or a photographer to appreciate the fine details of a landscape — the way the light shimmers on a lake, the mist hangs over a narrow mountain ridge or the reflection of blazing golden larches on a crystal clear lake.  

  • The 5th annual Wapiti Music Festival takes place in Fernie, BC, Aug. 7-8, 2015, featuring fresh Canadian indie music. It's family-friendly and easy walking or biking distance from downtown and includes crafts, activities, vendors and beverage gardens. There will be live music on Friday evening and Saturday from noon until 11 p.m. and there's a featured free concert in downtown Fernie on Aug. 6 at 7:30 p.m.

  • If you can roll a ceramic ball on a strip of lawn that looks like a bowling alley, you can learn to play bocce in a matter of minutes — perhaps not well, but enough to have some fun.

  • Fernie is a town that knows how to entertain its visitors and show them a good time on and off the slopes. Fernival is one such upcoming event April 12 to 14.  In just under five years, the event has evolved into one of the largest annual musical festivals in the Canadian Rockies in a town known for its vibrant mountain culture.

  • Mark your calendars. On the weekend of June 27 -29, Fernie, B.C. plays host to an action-packed weekend of mountain bike races including the Fernie 3, a three-day stage event and the second annual Fernie Roll & Sole Trail Fest.  

  • Will Gadd visited the town of Golden long before he was given the title Adventurer of the Year by National Geographic.

  • In Fernie, B.C., locals and visitors alike take it in their own hands by hailing “Griz” every winter. Griz Days Winter Festival 2015 will take place Feb. 27 to March 1, and is hands down, one of the best weekends of the season in Fernie.

  • Historically, Golden’s economy has had close ties to the logging industry and the Canadian Pacific Railway. Today, while these relationships still exist, the town’s offerings have diversified – making it a must-see destination that offers fantastic opportunities for family and adventure travel.

  • Highway 93, heading south alongside impossibly turquoise mountain rivers, is one of my favourite Canadian highways - especially this time of year.