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Rockies & Ranchlands Circle Route

Idaho Peak, Selkirk Mountains

(Dave Heath photo)

Kootenay Rockies

Culture & History

Travelling across rugged terrain, the Ktunaxa First Nations first inhabited the Kootenay Rockies.

Ktunaxa is the traditional name for "Kootenay," a name which may be derived from the Ktunaxa word "Quthni," which means "to travel by water."

Moving with the seasons, the Ktunaxa secured a good living harvesting the region's natural bounty, navigating the river and trading. For thousands of years prior to European settlement, the Ktunaxa First Nations passed through and camped near an area later known as Fort Steele.

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