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Find Adventure in British Columbia's Mountains

Let locals show you how best to explore breath-taking mountain terrain

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Via Ferrata at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort | Ryan Creary

Be it in forests and wildflower alpine or along rushing rivers and calm lakes, make a mountain town your home base this summer and find adventure in landscapes flanked by snow-capped peaks.

 

North of Nakusp | Kootenay Rockies Tourism/Mitch Winton

Ways to Explore the Mountains

BC’s landscape is shaped by its mountains, whether you’re standing on top of a craggy peak or looking up from a river valley. And the opportunities for a new adventure are almost limitless.

Start from ground level and work your way skyward on a hike or a flightseeing tour. Use gravity to your advantage on a downhill mountain bike trail or a zipline. Or admire the view from the water as you cast a line or ride the rapids.

No matter where in BC you find yourself, there are new adventures waiting for even the most seasoned outdoor enthusiasts. Here are seven ideas to try in BC’s mountains this summer.

 

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View of the city of Revelstoke. | Ryan Creary

Mountain Towns

Outdoor adventure is what first draws people to BC’s southeastern mountain towns like RevelstokeNelson, and Rossland. But it’s the culture, character, and charm that solidify the lasting love affair. Here are eight mountain towns you must visit on your next BC getaway.

Wondering where to stay? Whether you’re looking for five-star luxury or a place to pitch your tent, there are plenty of safe accommodation options.

And if you do venture into the mountains on your own, be AdventureSmart. Respect the terrain, know your limits. and always be prepared.

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Exploring in the mountains is second nature for most British Columbians. But one of the best ways to experience the province’s 10 mountain ranges—from the Coast Mountains in the west to the Rockies in the east, the Cascades in the south to the Cassiar Mountains in the north—is with an experienced guide.

Whether you’re a backcountry regular or a total newbie, a guide can introduce you to hidden gems and share their vast knowledge of the landscape, the flora, and the fauna. Bonus: your guide can take care of the logistics and make recommendations based on your interests and level of experience.

Must-Do Mountain Adventures

Uncrowded BC Provincial Parks

Finding your own piece of British Columbia paradise is easy when you venture to some of BC’s lesser-known parks.

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10 Tips for Beginner Mountain Bikers

Ted Morton—Kamloops mountain biker, trail building advocate, bike instructor, and operator of the Canadian and BC Enduro Series—has helped prepare 10 essential tips to help beginner riders get comfortable in the saddle.

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BC’S MOUNTAIN GOLF COURSES ARE CALLING YOU

BC’s spectacular landscape, from rugged coast to highland benches to towering mountains, means some of the most scenic golfing around.

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Mountain Adventure in the Kootenay Rockies

If you had to pick one defining feature that makes the Kootenays special, it would be hard to argue with our incredible mountain ranges – Canadian Rockies, Purcells, Selkirks and Monashees.

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Family-Friendly Backcountry Adventures in the Kootenays

Memories are made in the mountains. And there’s no better place to spend time with your family and make new memories than in one of the many backcountry lodges found the Kootenays, BC’s mountain playground.

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Multi-Generational Family Hiking in the Kootenays

From valley bottom routes full of wildlife to high alpine ridge walks accessible by chairlift, the Kootenays hold opportunities for the whole family to spend quality time in nature.

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Outdoor Adventures Unique to the Kootenays

This summer, challenge yourself to experience the Kootenays Rockies in unexpected ways.

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Scaling Kootenay Heights

Looking for an adrenaline rush in nature with some structure built in? It’s time to try one of the area’s ropes courses, via ferratas or ziplines.

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Uncrowded BC Provincial Parks

Finding your own piece of British Columbia paradise is easy when you venture to some of BC’s lesser-known parks.

Read the Article

10 Tips for Beginner Mountain Bikers

Ted Morton—Kamloops mountain biker, trail building advocate, bike instructor, and operator of the Canadian and BC Enduro Series—has helped prepare 10 essential tips to help beginner riders get comfortable in the saddle.

Read the Article

BC’S MOUNTAIN GOLF COURSES ARE CALLING YOU

BC’s spectacular landscape, from rugged coast to highland benches to towering mountains, means some of the most scenic golfing around.

Read the Article

Mountain Adventure in the Kootenay Rockies

If you had to pick one defining feature that makes the Kootenays special, it would be hard to argue with our incredible mountain ranges – Canadian Rockies, Purcells, Selkirks and Monashees.

Read the Article

Family-Friendly Backcountry Adventures in the Kootenays

Memories are made in the mountains. And there’s no better place to spend time with your family and make new memories than in one of the many backcountry lodges found the Kootenays, BC’s mountain playground.

Read the Article

Multi-Generational Family Hiking in the Kootenays

From valley bottom routes full of wildlife to high alpine ridge walks accessible by chairlift, the Kootenays hold opportunities for the whole family to spend quality time in nature.

Read the Article

Outdoor Adventures Unique to the Kootenays

This summer, challenge yourself to experience the Kootenays Rockies in unexpected ways.

Read the Article

Scaling Kootenay Heights

Looking for an adrenaline rush in nature with some structure built in? It’s time to try one of the area’s ropes courses, via ferratas or ziplines.

Read the Article

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