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Kootenay Rockies

Historic & Heritage Sites

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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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3 Valley Gap Heritage Ghost Town - Revelstoke

Trans Canada Hwy 1
Revelstoke, British Columbia
V0E 2S0
Toll-free888-667-2109
Phone250-837-2109

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.

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Fort Steele Heritage Town - Fort Steele

9851 Hwy 93/95
Fort Steele, British Columbia
V0B 1N0
Toll-free
Phone250-417-6000

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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Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre - New Denver

306 Josephine St
New Denver, British Columbia
V0G 1S0
Toll-free
Phone250-358-7288

The Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre (NIMC) is a National Historic Site dedicated to preserving and sharing of the history of the internment of over 22,000 Japanese Canadians during the Second World War.

The Centre opened in 1994 as an initiative from the New Denver Kyowakai Society and is located on the site of a former internment camp. The site is now operated by the Village of New Denver. The original buildings, period artifacts, interpretive displays, and Heiwa Teien (Peace) garden chronicle this extraordinary episode in Canadian history.

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SS Moyie - Kaslo

324 Front St
Kaslo, British Columbia
V0G 1M0
Toll-free
Phone250-353-2525

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 Railway, the SS Moyie plied the waters of Kootenay Lake for nearly 60 years. The ship has been restored with special attention to preserve her unique & elegant features. Launched in 1898 to provide connecting service to Nelson from the CPR's Crowsnest Pass line from the east, the Moyie remained a fixture on Kootenay Lake until 1957.

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Burgess Shale Geoscience Foundation - Field

201 Kicking Horse Ave
Field, British Columbia
V0A 1G0
Toll-free1-800-343-3006
Phone250-343-6006

In 1886 Richard McConnell climbed to the fossil beds on Mt Stephen, the source of the 'stone bugs' that had been found near the Canadian Pacific Railway tracks. Charles Walcott learned about the fossil find, however it was in 1907 that he first visited the Fossil Beds. Clues led Charles Walcott to the Wapta Highline trail in the summer of 1909 where he made one of the most significant fossil discoveries in the world.

Stephen Jay Gould's Wonderful Life (1989) raised awareness about the exquisitely preserved fossils of the Burgess Shale. Jean-Bernard Caron's discovery of the Marble Canyon site heightened interest.

Fossils are in protected UNESCO World Heritage sites. Access is restricted to hikers who are in a group led by a certified licensed guide.

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Doukhobor Discovery Centre - Castlegar

112 Heritage Way
Castlegar, British Columbia
V1N 4M5
Toll-free
Phone250-365-5327

A rare heritage attraction nestled at the confluence of the Kootenay & Columbia rivers. This museum, on traditional orchard land, will introduce you to the unique skills, beliefs, culture & lifestyle of the Doukhobors as was lived circa 1908-1939.

This complete communal village offers videos, thousands of artifacts, the communal house with petch (oven), the banya (sauna), linen textiles and other crafts. The Village Gift Shop features art displays and Doukhobor Arts & Crafts for sale, CDs, books, videos and cards.

The Village Market (the blue building) is host to The Apple Guy who sells fresh produce and locally made borscht. The Village Bistro Restaurant is currently closed for renovations.

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Kimberley's Underground Mining Railway - Kimberley

115 Gerry Sorensen Way
Kimberley, British Columbia
V1A 3E9
Toll-free
Phone250-427-0022

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 & our underground miner will help visitors 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 a mine model and the huge compressors & generators that powered the mine. A Resort Express train, for those who just like to ride the train, is available Saturdays, Sundays and holiday Mondays at 10:00 am.

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Pynelogs Cultural Centre - Invermere

1720 4th Ave
Invermere, British Columbia
V0A 1K0
Toll-free
Phone250-342-4423

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 celebrated its 100th Birthday in 2014. Located on the shores of Lake Windermere, Pynelogs is a cultural destination for visual, performing, culinary & literary arts.

Come fill your senses at Pynelogs.

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Revelstoke Railway Museum - Revelstoke

719 Track St
Revelstoke, British Columbia
V0E 2S0
Toll-free877-837-6060
Phone250-837-6060

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, a locomotive simulator & 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.

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Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre - Rossland

1100 Hwy 3B
Rossland, British Columbia
V0G 1Y0
Toll-free888-448-7444
Phone250-362-7722

The mountaintop city of Rossland welcomes visitors to its museum complex and archives. Learn about Rossland's rich mining and skiing history along with a number of other permanent exhibits on the social and industrial history of the region. In the summer, enjoy a guided site tour of the museum's many outdoor displays, view our mine tour video, try your hand at gold panning and visit the amazing Geology Centre. The museum displays bring Rossland's remarkable story to life for your viewing pleasure.

We also have an on-site Visitor Centre, gift shop, picnic area, and kids' area.

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