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 and 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 and a huge Railway Roundhouse - home to steam engines, railway coaches and the largest covered turntable in North America. The Heritage Ghost Town is located next to Three Valley Lake Chateau Ltd., 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 important fossil locations in the world, the Burgess Shale, in Yoho National Park, providing an amazing window into what the world looked like half-a-billion years ago.
It is not possible to visit the fossil sites on your own! They are protected sites within the Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site, and can only be visited with licensed guides.
New for Summer 2012: Geo-Walk: 1.5 hour presentation & 15 minute geo-walk. Participate in a journey of discovery & view the Burgess Shale fossil collection.
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.
324 Front St
Kaslo, British Columbia
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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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 a.m.
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 and 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 and more. Enjoy the outdoor picnic area, and large gift shop. Bus tours are welcome at British Columbia's premiere railway museum. Be sure to visit our companion historic site and 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 and 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 2013.