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.
Irie Adventure Tours specializes in guiding hiking and ski trips. Offering 2 signature guided trips: The West Coast Trail (summer) and The RCR Trifecta (winter); Irie Adventure Tours is your #1 choice for any of your adventure needs across the province of BC. Irie Adventure Tours can also create custom trips and charter transportation to suit the needs of any small group, family or company .
With offices located in both Vancouver and Kimberley, Irie Adventure Tours offers top of the line vehicles as well as fully certified, experienced and knowledgeable guides to show you all the activities, sights and beauty that BC has to offer.
For a truly unique and amazing experience come and see the BC we see!
602 A 2nd Ave
Fernie, British Columbia
Walking & hiking in our pristine wilderness & old growth forest relaxes & renews the spirit & provides excitement for the body & mind. Explore the wonders of Island Lake with a Discovery Walk, Adventure Hike or Privately Guided Trip.
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 & with optional catering or guiding.
Come & make memories of a lifetime with us.
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201 Kicking Horse Ave
Field, British Columbia
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.
1760 West Creston Rd
Creston, British Columbia
The Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area is an impressive 6,800 hectare (17,000 acre) Ramsar designated wetland habitat located 11 km west of Creston off Hwy 3. From May through Oct, Naturalists are on-site at the Wildlife Interpretation Centre to provide guided canoe & walking tours (May-Aug), special programs, trail maps & information.
Easy 24/7 access to 32 km of meandering dyke trails & 2 viewing towers provide opportunities to view 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 area.
5339 Ski Hill Rd
Fernie, British Columbia
Fernie Alpine Resort is your one-stop adventure this summer with the Aerial Park.
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!
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.