Heli-hiking in Glacier National Park

(Ryan Creary photo)

Kootenay Rockies

Paddleboarding in Yoho National Park (Ryan Creary photo)

Paddleboarding in Yoho National Park (Ryan Creary photo)

The Kootenay Rockies is a pristine region of rivers, lakes, waterfalls, beaches, mineral hot springs, alpine meadows and snow-capped mountains.

Four of British Columbia's seven national parks are located here, and wildlife flourishes. During the winter, the region is home to some of the continent's finest powder.

Outdoor pursuits here are epic. The area is one of Canada's pre-eminent destinations for hiking and mountain biking, as well as for whitewater rafting. Golf courses are the perfect combination of challenging and stunningly beautiful, and the region is internationally renowned for its abundant fishing locales.

There are also opportunities to visit wonderfully restored heritage towns, thriving arts communities and gold rush boomtowns. Accommodations range from wilderness camping to luxurious stays in a natural setting.

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