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Rockies & Ranchlands Circle Route

Idaho Peak, Selkirk Mountains

(Dave Heath photo)

Kootenay Rockies

Arts, Culture & History Tours

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Aboriginal carver

Cultural tours in the Kootenay Rockies take inspiration from the region’s rich history of mining and railways, along with settlers such as the Doukhobors.

There are various guided cultural tours available. Some options? Wander elaborately decorated railcars at Trains Deluxe – Canadian Museum of Rail Travel, learn the gossip of the 1890s at Fort Steele Heritage Town, or take a train ride and watch live mining shows in Kimberley.

Self-guided tours allow for personalized itineraries. Visit artists' studios across the Columbia Basin or wander museums. Choose from heritage sites ranging from historic streets in Nelson to a peaceful island in Castlegar. Or, hit the road on a driving route that includes ghost towns, hot springs and World War II history.

The Kootenay Rockies region is a haven for artists and culture-seekers. On the Columbia Basin Culture Tour (August), visit open studios of local artists, in addition to museums, art galleries and heritage sites.

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