Historic & Heritage Sites
Heritage buildings (Picture BC photo)
Many historic and heritage sites in the Kootenay Rockies region reflect the region’s railway and mining past.
Watch trains weave through mountains at Yoho National Park’s spiral tunnels. Learn about the world of mining at Kimberley's Underground Mining Railway or the Rossland Museum. Or head to Fort Steele Heritage Town, once a gold rush boomtown, to explore pioneer life. This region also has ghost towns full of historic treasures, like Sandon or 3 Valley Gap Heritage Ghost Town.
In charming Nelson, check out restored Victorian heritage buildings. Or visit Kaslo to board the SS Moyie, the world’s oldest intact passenger sternwheeler. See 505-million-year-old fossils at Burgess Shale in the Canadian Rockies.
Other sites showcase Aboriginal culture and other cultures. Discover Aboriginal art and history at the Ktunaxa Interpretive Centre at St. Eugene resort or learn about Russian immigrant life at Castlegar’s Doukhobor Discovery Centre.
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Trans Canada Hwy 1
Revelstoke, British Columbia
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 swelled & subsided in the 1880s. Highlights of your visit will include the Antique Car Museum, Monashee Mining exhibit & a huge Railway Roundhouse - home to steam engines, railway coaches & one of the largest covered turntables in North America. The Heritage Ghost Town is located next to Three Valley Lake Chateau, an extraordinary resort destination on the Trans-Canada Hwy.
201 Kicking Horse Ave
Field, British Columbia
In 1909 Charles Walcott discovered one of the most significant fossil locations in the world - the Burgess Shale, in Yoho National Park. These amazing fossils provide a window into what the world looked like half-a-billion years ago.
The Mt. Stephen Fossil Beds hike includes a fossil splitting session before the hike begins.
Access to all fossil sites can only be visited with certified licensed guides. Phone to register well ahead of your planned visit.
9851 Hwy 93/95
Fort Steele, British Columbia
With gold rush beginnings in 1864, Fort Steele has gone from boom town to regional centre to ghost town and is now one of the most important heritage attractions in British Columbia. The town site features over 60 buildings. Activities vary by season and include ice cream making, horse-drawn wagon tours, steam train rides, gold panning lessons, live theatre, museum displays and various demonstrations. See many varieties of heritage breed livestock. Fort Steele is perched on the western slopes of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
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115 Gerry Sorensen Way
Kimberley, British Columbia
Take a ride on Kimberley's Underground Mining Railway as it winds through the Mark Creek Valley. It continues its route through a 750 m (2,475 ft) tunnel to the Underground Interpretive Centre, where the history of the Sullivan Mine & mining are preserved & visitors will experience what it was like working underground. On the return trip, we stop for a guided tour of the Sullivan Mine Powerhouse to learn more history & to see the huge compressors & generators that powered the mine. A Resort Express train is available Friday, Saturday & Sunday at 10:00 am.
1720 4th Ave
Invermere, British Columbia
Pynelogs Cultural Centre & Art Gallery is the home to the Columbia Valley Arts Council & is the primary cultural venue for Invermere & the Columbia Valley. This log building features an Art Gallery, Gift Shop, Cafe, as well as space for concerts, films, workshops & special events. Built in 1914, this heritage building with a rich history will be celebrating its 100th Birthday in 2014, with all kinds of events throughout the summer. Located on the shores of Lake Windermere, Pynelogs is a cultural destination for visual, performing, culinary & literary arts.
719 Track St
Revelstoke, British Columbia
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 helped build a nation. See rolling stock, a model railroad layout, kids' caboose play area & more. Enjoy the outdoor picnic area & large gift shop. Bus tours are welcome at British Columbia's premiere railway museum. Be sure to visit our companion historic site & gift shop at Craigellachie on the Trans-Canada Hwy, where the "Last Spike" was driven.
1100 Hwy 3B
Rossland, British Columbia
The mountaintop city of Rossland welcomes visitors to its museum & outdoor history park. Enjoy a guided site tour of the museum outdoor displays, a mine tour video, try your hand at gold panning & visit the amazing Geology Centre. The museum displays bring Rossland's remarkable story to life for your viewing pleasure. Several new displays have been added for 2014.
Yoho National Park
Field, British Columbia
Named for a Cree expression of 'awe and wonder', a trip to Yoho is truly awesome! The park's towering peaks, expansive glaciers and impressive waterfalls have attracted visitors for over a century.
These same features were the curse of railway engineers and inspired the construction of the Spiral Tunnels, an engineering marvel. Although many of its highlights are accessible by road, Yoho is also a hiker's dream. Discover half a billion year old fossils on a guided hike to the restricted Burgess Shale fossil beds or take an afternoon stroll around Emerald Lake or to Wapta Falls. Grab your hiking boots for an epic day or multi-day adventure on the park's high-elevation Iceline Trail.