Many of the Kootenay Rockies’ gardens showcase the region’s history.
Cominco Gardens in Kimberley was created in 1927 to spotlight the local mine’s fertilizer, and the Nikkei Memorial Centre Gardens (north of New Denver) commemorate the Japanese-Canadians interned during World War II.
Visit Lakeside Park for the quintessential Nelson experience, and the Columbia Valley Botanical Gardens in Invermere to learn about plant conservation.
Both Castlegar and Trail are designated “Communities in Bloom” by the nationally recognized program that celebrates green space within an urban environment.
Japanese Memorial Gardens
Situated on the Arrow Lakes, Nakusp’s Waterfront Japanese Garden is a peaceful outdoor retreat constructed as a tribute to the Japanese-Canadians interned during WWII. Visitors can stroll by native plants such as hazelnut, pine and juniper, Japanese maples and diverse flowers; sit by the pond and watch the colourful koi fish; and look out over the Arrow Lakes from a sheltered gazebo.