Two hikers admiring the views (Picture BC photo)
The varied terrain and ecological diversity of the Kootenay Rockies region provides incredible hiking opportunities for enthusiasts of all experience and ability levels.
Hikers experience spectacular mountain views, wildflower alpine meadows, old-growth forests, wild rivers, and thunderous waterfalls, while traversing the unspoiled wilderness of southeastern British Columbia.
Hikes in the Kootenay Rockies region range from short interpretive walks, with easy roadside access, to major multi-day backcountry treks. Many hiking trails are located in national or provincial parks, which often offer excellent campsites and facilities.
Additionally, hiking trails are found in virtually every community throughout the region, such as Rossland, named one of "10 Great Adventure Towns" by National Geographic Adventure, one of "Canada's Best Outdoor Towns" by Explore. The Kootenay Rockies are also known for its epic rock climbing, mountaineering and mountain biking.
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Kootenay National Park
Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia
Kootenay National Park is a land of startling contrasts. From glaciers to grasslands, broad vistas to narrow canyons, icy rivers to steamy hot springs - this place has it all!
Every twist and turn of the historic Banff-Windermere highway reveals something interesting to explore: Camp in comfort in one of Kootenay's new oTENTik tent-cabins. Relax and soak in some history at the famous Radium Hot Springs Pools. Marvel at the dramatic colours and sounds of Marble Canyon as you crisscross a narrow gorge and wander into the heart of a recent wildfire. Grab your backpack and lace up your hiking boots for an epic multi-day adventure on the Rockwall Trail or watch the 'slow fireworks' of colourful wildflowers along the Stanley Glacier Trail.
1027 Pandora Ave
Victoria, British Columbia
Our trips explore front-country wilderness settings in Vancouver Island, the Rocky Mountains, Haida Gwaii and Yukon Territory. In these regions we view wildlife, explore parks and get off the beaten path. Trips range in length from 5 to 11 days.
Travellers on our Independent Trip Packages follow an itinerary that outlines pre-booked accommodation, transportation and activities - all the while allowing for plenty of time to explore on their own.
On our Guided Trip Packages, groups of up to 8 are escorted by a Midnight Sun guide. Our guided Family Trips provide authentic experiences for children 6 yeas of age and up.
Based in Victoria, BC, Midnight Sun Adventure Travel is a registered travel agency (licence 3042). We've been in the adventure travel business since 1995.
Trans Canada Hwy
Revelstoke, British Columbia
Home to Canada's only inland cedar-hemlock rainforest, Mount Revelstoke is the only national park in Canada where you can summit a mountain five minutes from your vehicle. Visitors are invited to stroll amongst giants on the Giant Cedars & Skunk Cabbage boardwalks, or enjoy a panoramic view & meadows of subalpine wildflowers from the summit of Mount Revelstoke. Cycling enthusiasts can try riding 26 km (1600 m elevation gain) up the Meadows in the Sky Parkway. During the winter months outdoors enthusiasts can explore the Meadows in the Sky Parkway on skis or snowshoes.
Panorama Mountain Village, British Columbia
Imagine a place... where families discover a life outdoors, where adventure seekers test their limits, where you're at home in the mountains. You've arrived at Panorama Mountain Village & the name says it all. After settling in, your kids discover their playground with new friends at Adventure Camp. You take a leisurely stroll along the Valley Trail enjoying a cooling breeze & the spectacular view of 1000 Peaks. Summer activities at Panorama include mountain biking, hiking & walking, horseback riding, spa treatments, the Village Gondola, golf at Greywolf Golf course & relaxing in an array of world-class accommodation to suit your needs.
2950 Camozzi Rd
Revelstoke, British Columbia
Enjoy the incomparable views of the majestic Columbia River & the towering Monashee mountains this summer at Revelstoke Mountain Resort. After a seven minute gondola ride, you will arrive at the Mid-Mountain Lodge and its breathtaking views. Here you can enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast in the stunning post-and-beam lodge or outside on the massive deck. We look forward to welcoming you with our summer season operations and the Revelation Gondola!
Selkirk Mountain Experience is one of the world's finest hiking, ski touring & mountaineering companies. Selkirk Mountain Experience offers a wide variety of programs to cater to alpine adventurers around the world. The superb skiing on the pristine glaciers & countless alpine peaks surrounding the Durrand Glacier, in the heart of the Selkirk Mountains, are highly popular with skiers & snowboarders. In the summer, over 100 varieties of wildflowers, crystal clear mountain lakes, huge waterfalls & snow-capped peaks attract hikers & climbers. The chalet offers all the amenities for a comfortable stay for up to 18 people. Each day the chalet chef prepares delicious meals.
Experience backcountry skiing at its finest! Valkyr Adventures offers you two backcountry ski touring lodges to choose from with access to 11,000 hectares of terrain in the Valkyr Range. Our staging area is near Burton, 37 km south of Nakusp on Hwy 6W. From there you'll fly in by helicopter for a week in ski-touring paradise. Choose the program that best fits your ability & agenda: guided, self-guided, catered or self-catered. Both Valkyr lodges feature quality accommodation including indoor plumbing, WiFi, fully outfitted private bedrooms, cozy wood fired comfort & separate sauna hut. Ski season is Dec-Apr. For added adventure choose our Apr Hut2Hut trip. Experience pure mountain bliss in summer too! Ramble from flower fields to mountain peaks. Multi-day trips are available Jul-Sep.
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.