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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Get off the beaten path & go where no one else can. CMH Summer Adventures offers 3-6 day lodge-based guided hiking, walking & ambling adventures in the rarely-visited ranges of the Canadian Rockies of eastern British Columbia. Based from luxurious remote mountain lodges, daily helicopter flights take you to otherwise inaccessible alpine lakes, mountain ridges & ancient glaciers to explore at your own pace in the company of professional mountain guides. Come for the mountaineering, via ferrate, walking tours or zip lining while enjoying the trademark hospitality of CMH - Canada's oldest adventure tourism company.
1500 Kicking Horse Trail
Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, British Columbia
Kicking Horse is known for spectacular summer adventure and kids under 12 are free. Visit our Grizzly Bear Refuge, home to Boo, our resident grizzly - a conservation, education and research centre, and Canada's largest enclosed and protected grizzly habitat. Challenge the downhill mountain bike trails in the bike park and hike the alpine mountain paths on weekly Rambler's Hikes. Enjoy lunch with a one of a kind view at Eagle's Eye Restaurant. Mountain biking, horseback riding, river rafting, hiking, dining, sightseeing, interpretive bear programs, - it's not 'what to do?', it's 'what to do first!'
Helicopter Access Only
Golden, British Columbia
Located in the Canadian Rockies between Banff & Yoho National Parks, Mistaya is an eco-friendly wilderness adventure destination. The secluded, cosy lodge is surrounded by a panorama of pristine peaks, glaciers & alpine meadows. Come relax in the beauty & peace; it's an artist & photographer's paradise. Or participate in activities such as hiking, skiing, snowshoeing & mountaineering at all levels. Certified guides will lead you on informative hikes while the cook prepares a wonderful meal. Helicopter access only.
Families are encouraged to come, learn & explore. Our WildCat Cabin is perfect for your next family getaway. Holds up to 6 guests and with optional catering or guiding.
Come and make memories of a lifetime with us.
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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.
CMH Heli-Skiing is one of the world's most comprehensive & spectacular wilderness skiing experiences. Our 11 distinct ski areas in the remote mountains of British Columbia cover 15,765 sq km, more than 1/3 the area of Switzerland. In addition to our traditional heli-ski weeks (7 day trips), we offer several 3, 4 & 5 day Heli-Skiing, Heli-Boarding trips at a variety of lodges throughout the season, including the Bugaboo Mountains, Cariboo Range, Badshot Range of the Selkirks, the Monashees & many more. See our website for trip inclusions, photos of our amazing lodges & all other details.
1760 West Creston Rd
Creston, British Columbia
The wildlife area is an impressive 6,800 ha (17,000 ac) Ramsar designated wetland habitat located 11 km west of Creston off Hwy 3. From May through Oct, naturalists are on-site at the Interpretation Centre ready to inspire & educate in a fun-filled atmosphere. The naturalists provide guided canoe & walking tours (May-Aug), special programs, trail maps & loads of information.
Easy 24/7 access to 32 km of meandering dyke trails & 2 viewing towers create the possibility of viewing some of the 400 species of wildlife that call this area home. Hiking, biking, bird watching, wildlife viewing, canoeing & fishing are some ways you can enjoy this amazing wetland gem.
5339 Ski Hill Rd
Fernie, British Columbia
Fernie Alpine Resort is Your One-Stop Adventure This Summer with the New Aerial Park & Mountain Biking.
Don't miss the best in summer adventure. It's the latest rage in summer fun, the trying & exhilarating undertaking gets you to take the leap of faith & traverse through the rope course challenge, a high level adventure in the tree tops is guaranteed to keep the adrenaline pumping!
Fernie will also operate the Mountain Bike Park Operations & guided hike program again this summer! Check our website & Facebook page for updates & other activities!
Three Valley Gap
Revelstoke, British Columbia
Experience a helicopter flight around Three Valley Lake; $49 per seat. Enjoy the Monashee Mountain Tour where after liftoff, you will fly north climbing up to 3,048 m (10,000 ft) with a spectacular view of the Monashee mountain range. You will pass over numerous glaciers, rugged mountain peaks, high alpine meadows & lakes. The route will then take you back to Three Valley, parallelling the Upper Arrow Lakes & more glaciers; 30 mins; $195 per seat. Heli-hiking tours available.
80 Km West Of Golden
Golden, British Columbia
Once seen as a rugged, inaccessible place where only the wild spirited & adventurous would dare enter, Glacier National Park is home to some of Canada's most fascinating transportation & mountaineering stories. Backcountry enthusiasts can enjoy Glacier's challenging peaks & deep snow while those looking for a more relaxing experience can take a leisurely stroll along the many short trails. At the Rogers Pass Discovery Centre visitors are invited to 'try on some history' as they pose in a new interpretive sculpture exhibit celebrating over a century of women's 'skirtless' mountaineering.
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.