Kootenay Rockies Region

Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
UNESCO World Heritage Site
British Columbia, Canada

British Columbia is the kingdom of abundance, a land of giants, a wild place where nature, not man, creates the boundaries. Glaciated mountains have a gravitational pull that is surprising and unforgettable. Amidst this nature are multi-cultural urban centers of extraordinary beauty, offering a dichotomy of refined civilization and raw wilderness. The exhilaration of British Columbia reminds you of what it feels like to be alive. Here, you are wild at heart.

Photo Credit: Andrew Penner

Photo Credit: Andrew Penner

Here, the jagged peaks of the Rocky Mountains rise in parallel with those of the Purcell, Selkirk and Monashee ranges. In between are valleys, rivers and lakes that have enabled human existence for thousands of years. With incomparable scenic beauty around every turn, this is British Columbia’s Mountain Playground.

Major rivers include the Kootenay and the Columbia, North America’s fourth largest, which from its source in the Rocky Mountains, circumnavigates the region in a wide arc. Tributaries such as the Kicking Horse River and the Elk, Salmo and Lardeau rivers generate some of the best whitewater conditions on the continent.

Yoho and Kootenay National Parks, together with Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, have been recognized by UNESCO for their “outstanding universal value” and are included in the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site.

With four national parks and more than 75 provincial parks distributed throughout the Kootenay Rockies region, bus tour groups will find vast areas of wilderness and everything in between.  From a pristine freshwater environment on Kootenay Lake to the highest peaks of the Kootenay Rockies, Canada’s natural treasures are protected forever in provincial and national parks.

Every town and city in the region has a fascinating story to tell. Along your group’s travels, discover the rare scenic beauty and warm, friendly people. Hike the trails of mountain parks or wander the streets of quaint downtowns.

This is the birthplace of adventure tourism. Visitors come to the Kootenay Rockies for a rich palette of recreational activities that include world-class mountain biking, climbing, river rafting, paragliding, canoeing, wildlife viewing, hiking and much more.

Typically, July and August are the best months for most outdoor activities and for lazy days at the beach. During the fall, nature trails come alive with fabulous displays of gold and crimson, and any time of year is perfect for a therapeutic soak in a natural hot springs pool.

Most hot springs in Canada occur in British Columbia. And the Kootenay Rockies is blessed with numerous hot springs ranging from wonderful resorts to wilderness backcountry pools.

Kootenay Rockies Circle Routes driving itineraries highlight many of the area’s attractions and activities. Themed routes include Mountains & Vineyards, Bird Watching, Arts & Culture, Hot Springs and more. Enjoy all this mountain playground has to offer.

For a Kootenay Rockies travel package phone (800) 661-6603 or email info@kootenayrockies.com