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Heli-Skiing & Cat-Skiing
Indigenous Culture, Hot Springs, Hotels
The Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort is a four season destination featuring 39 contemporary Guest Rooms, the Ktunaxa Grill, Nasookin Room, and a well-stocked Retail/Gift Shop. This property offers a unique cave experience where soothing, hot mineral water surfaces from the earth creating a natural steam bath. Stalactites form in abundance inside the caves. The hot water flows into our main pool and is cooled to a comfortable body temperature, suitable for your whole family. Spring, Fall, Summer and Winter bring guests from around the world to enjoy the pleasures of the crisp, clean air and the calming mineral waters of the Ainsworth Hot Springs.
Ainsworth Hot Springs
The Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre is dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of the internment of over 22,000 Japanese Canadians during the Second World War. The Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre opened its doors in 1994 as an initiative from the New Denver Kyowakai Society to commemorate and honor the stories of over 22,000 Japanese Canadians who were stripped of their civil rights, labelled “enemy aliens” and uprooted from their coastal homes during the Second World War. Located on the site of a former internment camp, the original buildings, period artifacts, interpretive displays, and Heiwa Teien garden designed by the renowned Roy (Tomomichi) Sumi, chronicle this extraordinary episode in Canadian history.
Museums & Heritage Sites
Touchstones Nelson: Museum of Art and History is a multi-faceted organization with a history museum exhibition, regional archives, two contemporary gallery spaces and a fabulous gift shop. The history museum features an introduction to the Sinixt and Ktunaxa nations, culture and perspectives, the history of European exploration and the challenges of trade and travel routes, and how various industries such mining, transportation, hydroelectricity affected the area and the creation of the Queen City. Our galleries rotate exhibitions eight times per year and feature everything from contemporary art and pop culture, to fine craft and design, to local architectural and social history Touchstones exhibitions connect to this areas creative energy and rich heritage. The gift shop features wares from over 100 local artists and authors. If you are looking for a gift that reflects Nelson and areas abundant talent and craft, you will certainly find it in our superbly curated Shop.
Museums & Heritage Sites, Hotels
A lakefront hotel in Revelstoke nestled between stunning Three Valley Lake and the Monashee Mountains, Three Valley Lake Chateau & Ghost Town offers a unique blend of modern comforts and historical attractions. Our Revelstoke resort features 200 comfortable guest room accommodations and suites with beautiful garden or lake views, an onsite restaurant, and a heritage ghost town tour, complete with 25 historic buildings from the late 1800s, an antique auto museum and a railway roundhouse.
Parks & Wilderness Areas, Campgrounds & RV Parks
Facilities: 14 campsites, day-use area, public beach, rustic picnic cabin, water hand pump. Location: 26 km west of Castelgar on Highway 3. An easily-accessible, roadside park with a sub-alpine lake, Nancy Greene Provincial Park is a welcoming and convenient site for day-users and campers. The park is a popular overnight stop for RVer’s and also provides day-use for local residents wishing to escape the summer heat of the valley. It’s picturesque lake makes it a great spot to enjoy fishing, picnicking, walking, swimming, and nordic skiing in the winter. Grizzly Bear sightings are common in Spring and early Summer. Open from May 15 through the last weekend in September.
Art Galleries, Sightseeing
Castlegar Sculpturewalk is an annual exhibition of outdoor sculptures, located on a pleasant walking tour in downtown Castlegar. Viewers are encouraged to vote for their favourite sculpture via ballot – the winner of the People’s Choice award is purchased by the City for the permanent collections. All of the artworks are available for sale or lease. Sculpturewalk 2016 features 31 sculptures from local and international artists. Ballots/maps are located in red ballot boxes along the route (the start of the route is at the Kootenay Market (635 Columbia Avenue), though you can begin the walk from anywhere. Ballots/maps are also available at the Castlegar Chamber of Commerce, City Hall, or the Kootenay Gallery.
Paddling, River Rafting
Nelson Whitewater Rafting is the West Kootenays’ premier rafting company. We provide transportation to and from Nelson and have two trips to choose from as well as paddleboard and kayak rentals on Kootenay Lake. 1: Facchina Rapids – fun for all ages 2: Scenic Float – beautiful and relaxing. Lake Rentals 1: Paddleboards 2: Kayaks 3: Canoes. Our guides are fun and experienced. Your safety is our #1 priority, and your fun a close 2nd.
Skiing & Snowboarding
Whitewater Ski Resort, quietly legendary, is hard to describe to those who have not had the privilege to experience its true authenticity and abundance of snow. Over 12 meters (40 feet) of snow falls each season on 2044 vertical feet of uncrowded slopes of family-friendly groomers and bumps, remarkable steeps, top of the line tree-skiing, and endless backcountry. Some come for the legendary skiing, and some come for the legendary food. Whitewater serves up proper Kootenay hospitality with its internationally acclaimed menu that has inspired four National Best Selling cookbooks. Whitewater. Pure, simple and real
Whitewater Ski Resort
Backcountry Skiing, Skiing & Snowboarding, Hotels
Red Mountain Resort Lodging offers the ultimate in affordable luxury accommodations for your vacation. Nestled at the base of Red Mountain Resort, Red Mountain Resort Lodging provides a range of condominium and chalet accommodations, including ski-in-ski-out locations. From our premium condominiums at Slalom Creek, through to our large, multi-family chalet style properties at The Lofts and Copper Chalet, we can find the perfect accommodation for your group, no matter how big or small. We are the only accommodation provider of our type with a fully-staffed reception desk year-round. This means that we are always available to assist with check-in, direct guests, facilitate queries and provide information and reservation services. Allow us to plan your entire vacation whether skiing, mountain biking, golfing or just coming for a relaxing visit.
Come experience the sights and sounds of Doukhobor life in the Southern Interior of British Columbia (1908-1938). Enjoy indoor and outdoor displays, interactive educational exhibits and historical artifacts. Take a guided tour with friendly knowledgeable staff. Join us to celebrate cultural events. Theres always something to see and do at the Doukhobor Discovery Centre!
Jennifer Chocolates is an artisan gourmet chocolate shop in Nakusp, BC. We make everything right here on location and very often you can see the chocolatier at work and watch our decadent chocolate creations being made. Come and let us tempt your taste buds with our famous dark chocolate truffles or enjoy summer treats like homemade caramel or ice cream Drumstix.
Skiing & Snowboarding, Snowshoeing
Revelstoke Mountain Resort receives 30-40 feet of annual snowfall, covering 1,263 hectares (3,121 acres) of alpine bowls, steeps, glades, and groomers with a descent of 1,713 vertical meters (5,620 feet) – the most in North America. The Resort has two high-speed quad chairs, an eight-passenger gondola and a dedicated beginner slope with Magic Carpet conveyor lift. Revelstoke Mountain Resort is the only resort offering lift accessed skiing and snowboarding, Cat Skiing and Heli Skiing directly from one village base.
Hot Springs, Cabins & Cottages, Campgrounds & RV Parks, Resorts & Wilderness Lodges
Lake, mountains, natural hot springs, wilderness, comfort, fun and serenity… there is so much to explore at Halcyon Hot Springs Village and Spa. Experience the beauty of the Kootenays and our exceptional amenities. The famous Halcyon Hot Springs Lithia Waters have a unique combination of minerals that are very relaxing and beneficial for a variety of ailments. The pools are constantly supplied with fresh hot springs water. Relax and rejuvenate in our natural mineral spring pools while gazing over serene Arrow Lake and the Monashee Mountain range. Enjoy the outstanding cuisine in the Kingfisher Restaurant or a pampering treatment at the Spa at Halcyon. Relax along the shoreline or explore the waters of Arrow Lake from the dock or by canoe or kayak.The resort is open year round and winters are magical. Heliski with CMH or explore the trails surrounding Halcyon Hot Springs with snowshoes or cross country skis. Or visit Revelstoke Mountain for a day of lift skiing.