People at an art gallery in Nelson
(Picture BC photo)

Kootenay Rockies

Arts, Culture & History

The historic S.S. Moyie sternwheeler (Picture BC photo)

The historic S.S. Moyie sternwheeler (Picture BC photo)

In the Kootenay Rockies, visit museums and heritage sites to see and hear the stories of the Aboriginal peoples, pioneers, miners and railway workers whose hands forged the rich history of this rugged landscape.

No visit to this region would be complete without a visit to the region's celebrated arts communities of Creston, Crawford Bay and Nelson – where the creative life and spirit of the Kootenay Rockies is alive and thriving.

Doukhobor History

In the late 1800s, a group of Russian pacifists known as the Doukhobors immigrated to Canada and eventually settled in southeastern BC. Their pioneering practices, customs, beliefs, and artifacts are featured at the Doukhobor Discovery Centre in Castlegar. Be sure to try some of the delicious traditional dishes at the bistro – especially the famous Doukhobor borscht.

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