Cool Mountains, Big Culture
Sprawling across an incredible mountainous landscape larger than Switzerland, the Kootenays are located in the southeast corner of British Columbia, Canada, bordering the states of Washington, Idaho and Montana and the Canadian province of Alberta. In climate, culture and year-round holiday adventure opportunity, this relatively undiscovered region is unlike any other in the world.
The Kootenays encompass portions of four major mountain ranges: the western Rockies, Purcells, Selkirks and eastern Monashees, and within these ranges are hundreds of lakes, rivers, glaciers and 10,000-foot peaks. The region includes four national parks, 75 provincial parks, and countless year-round, winter and summer recreation resorts, backcountry lodges, hot springs, championship golf courses and far-out destinations renown for world-class hiking, skiing, snowboarding, kayaking, mountain biking and climbing.
Kootenay communities like Golden, Fernie, Nelson, Rossland, Kimberly and Revelstoke are rapidly becoming recognized as having some of the planet’s most outstanding and untouched mountain wilderness. The region is served by two main airports, in Cranbrook and Castlegar, and three major highways, including the world-famous Trans-Canada Highway through Rogers Pass.