Scenic view of Nelson

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Arts, Culture and History in the Kootenay Rockies

Connect with a wealth of artistic talent, culturally-rich communities and charming towns filled with heritage buildings and unique characters on a road trip into the Kootenay Rockies.

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Art in Nelson

Known as one of the top arts communities in the country, Nelson boasts an impressive number of artists per capita and a wide range of studios and galleries open for browsing. In the summer months, Nelson’s Artwalk sees the work of 65-70 artists rotated among several local shops and restaurants, which become miniature galleries. A visit to Touchstones Nelson – Museum of Art and History, housed in a gorgeous building dating back to 1902, is a must.

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Art in Crawford Bay

Crawford Bay, a tiny community located on the east side of Kootenay Lake, is home to a surprisingly large number of artisans. Studios are open daily from May through early September, with some open longer. This is the perfect place to pick up a unique memento, from hand crafted jewellery to pottery, to special brooms created using antique equipment.

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In 1885, just west of Revelstoke, the Canadian Pacific Railway was completed. At Craigellachie, the ceremonial ‘last spike’ of Canada’s trans-continental railroad was driven, symbolically joining Canada from east to west. A picnic area and historic plaque mark the spot.

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Revelstoke Railway Museum

Follow the tracks to Canada's Railway Past at the Revelstoke Railway Museum. History comes to life with fascinating artifacts & exhibits. Climb into the cab of a restored CPR steam locomotive. Discover the challenges encountered by the workers who...
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SS Moyie in Kaslo

An International treasure, the SS Moyie is the oldest surviving intact vessel of her type in the world. At the edge of Kootenay Lake, the sternwheeler rests permanently in her former port of call at Kaslo. Owned & operated by the Canadian Pacific ...
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Doukhobor Discovery Centre

The Doukhobor Discovery Centre is a rare heritage attraction nestled near the confluence of the Kootenay and Columbia rivers. This museum, on traditional orchard land, will introduce you to the unique skills, beliefs, culture and lifestyle of the ...
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Three Valley Gap Heritage Ghost Town

Experience life in the 1800s while exploring over 25 historic buildings in our Heritage Ghost Town. These restored & fully furnished buildings have been gathered from around BC & assembled near the site of the original town of Three Valley, which...
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