Rafting on the Blaeberry River, near Golden

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Family Adventures in the Kootenay Rockies

Take a walk down memory lane at Fort Steele Heritage Town, visit wolves and a grizzly bear in Golden, see prehistoric sea life at the Burgess Shale fossil beds, or travel underground on Kimberley's Underground Mining Railway. BC’s Kootenay Rockies region is prime family vacation country.

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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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Yoho National Park

Glacial lakes, snow-capped peaks, and more than 400 km (249 mi) of trails make Yoho National Park a paradise for hikers. Highlights include turquoise-green Emerald Lake, Takakkaw Falls (one of Canada’s highest waterfalls) and the Burgess Shale, an ancient fossil bed and World Heritage Site.

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In the mountain town of Kimberley, you can join the locals browsing on the Platzl, a pedestrian-only stroll, check your watch against Canada’s largest freestanding cuckoo clock, then catch a ride on Kimberley’s Underground Mining Railway. This little locomotive chugs along a scenic mountain valley before heading underground to the Sullivan Mine, where miners using real equipment show what the hardrock life was like. At the St. Eugene Resort in nearby Cranbrook the Ktunaxa Interpretive Centre explores the history, mythology and everyday life of the Ktunaxa people.
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Kootenay River Runners

The originals since 1976! Kootenay River Runners has been introducing adventurous travellers to the delights of river rafting in British Columbia. We've guided thousands down the Kicking Horse River, Kootenay, Columbia Rivers & Toby Creek. These r...
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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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Kicking Horse Mountain Resort - Summer

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is located 2.5 hours west of Calgary, AB (YYC) in Golden. Surrounded by 6 national parks, with an average annual snowfall of 800 cm, Kicking Horse is the Champagne Powder Capital of Canada. Our terrain boasts 1,260 me...
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History and Heritage

Fort Steele Heritage Town is a living museum near Cranbrook where more than 60 restored and... Read more reconstructed heritage buildings, plus train rides, horse-drawn wagons, and actors playing townsfolk recreate life before the turn of the last century. History also lives on at Three Valley Gap Heritage Ghost Town near Revelstoke, where buildings from around BC have been gathered to recreate a 19th century gold rush town. One of BC’s prettiest historical sites is in Kaslo, where the SS Moyie, the world’s oldest intact passenger sternwheeler, is dry-docked on the shores of mountain-framed Kootenay Lake.

Fort Steele Heritage Town

Wake up next to the Rocky Mountains with a magnificent view of Fisher Peak. We are big rig friendly with 50 amp and large pull throughs.

Choose from over 200 sites accommodating both RVs and tents with or without service. Our log cabin sl...

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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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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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The Burgess Shale

Hold history in your hands at Yoho National Park. The Burgess Shale, part of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the world’s best-known fossil beds. To see it, learn about the Cambrian sea creatures fossilized here, and even hold some of the half-billion-year-old treasures, join Parks Canada on a guided hike through Yoho National Park to the fossil beds. The day-long hikes are scenic and challenging, but not recommended for younger kids. For those under 14, join a KIBS (Kids in Burgess Shale) hike, guided by a student and accompanied by an adult co-guide.
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Railway History

One of the longest railways in the world came together in the mountains just west of Revelstoke.... Read more Visit the Revelstoke Railway Museum to learn what it takes to build a railroad through a mountain range; in Yoho National Park, stop at the Spiral Tunnels viewpoint to see how it was actually done. For more than a century, these looped tunnels, visible from the highway, have helped trains navigate the treacherous grades of Kicking Horse Pass. The luxury cars displayed at Trains Deluxe - The Canadian Museum of Rail Travel in Cranbrook celebrate the golden age of the railways.

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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The Canadian Museum of Rail Travel

The Cranbrook History Centre offers a specialized experience for all ages. From guided tours of 17 restored railcars to self-guided tours of the facility. You will find interpretive information & exhibits on local and regional history, paleontol...
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Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife is a big part of the scenery on a Kootenay Rockies vacation. Bighorn sheep and mountain... Read more goats can often be spotted from the road; bears, deer and moose make their homes here in large numbers; and there is a staggering amount of birdlife in the Columbia Valley Wetlands. For an unforgettable wildlife experience, head to the Northern Lights Wolf Centre in Golden where you can visit, photograph, and even walk with grey wolves. And up on Kicking Horse Mountain visit the Grizzly Bear Refuge to meet an orphaned grizzly bear named Boo.

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Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area

The Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area protects more than 300 bird and waterfowl species. Follow the boardwalk trail leads to a three-story birding tower or enjoy the nature programs at the Interpretive Centre.
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Kootenay Trout Hatchery

The Kootenay Trout Hatchery, near Cranbrook, has been stocking area lakes since 1965 and is now working to restore white sturgeon in the area, too. An interpretive centre, aquarium and children’s fish pond show how it’s done.
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Places to Eat

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Eagle's Eye

Lat: 51.274888
Lon: -117.078042
Diners, Canadian (New)
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Frank's Steak & Schnitzel Haus

Lat: 49.52795
Lon: -115.75061
Steakhouses, German
26 reviews
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The Modern Bakeshop & Cafe

Lat: 50.99818
Lon: -118.19548
33 reviews
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Pedal and Tap

Lat: 49.6858626820322
Lon: -115.983391473219
Canadian (New), Lounges, American (Traditional)
31 reviews
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Places to Stay

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Kimberley Alpine Resort

Welcome to Kimberley Alpine Resort. Our resort proudly boasts some of the best combination of sun & light Purcell powder of any other resort in Canada. With over 727 hectares (1,800 acres) of terrain, 80 named runs & glades and a variety of true s...
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Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort Cranbrook

Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort in the beautiful city of Cranbrook is an inspiring place to host any family getaway or business retreat. Step into the full service spa for some relaxation or venture outside and explore the outdoors with countless ...
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Sutton Place Hotel Revelstoke Mountain Resort

Built in a contemporary mountain architectural-style, this property features spacious studios to four bedroom suites furnished with 42-inch flat panel LCD TV (living room), individually controlled heating and A/C, high speed Internet access (WiFi)...
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Getting Here and Around

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Getting to the Kootenay Rockies

The Canadian Rockies International Airport in Cranbrook has direct flights from Vancouver,... Read more Kelowna and Calgary. The airport is about 30 minutes from Kimberley, an hour from Fernie, and about 3 hours from Nelson or Rossland. Fancy a road trip? Nelson and Rossland are about an eight hour drive from either Vancouver or Calgary; Fernie is just three hours from Calgary. Revelstoke, on the Trans-Canada Highway, is about five hours from Calgary, or six from Vancouver.

Canadian Rockies International Airport

The expanded Canadian Rockies International Airport in Cranbrook hosts direct flights to two of Western Canada's gateway airports: Vancouver (YVR) & Calgary (YYC).

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