Quirky Attractions in the Kootenays
Unique, historic, and cultural gems to visit.
With the 75th anniversary of the Alaska Highway in 2017, now is the time to make that dream RV road trip a reality. Start planning with these ideal stops for RVs on the Alaska Highway.
The park runs along the bank of the Kiskatinaw River on the original Alaska Highway near a historic wooden curved trestle bridge. Take a stroll to the bridge and reflect on the unique history of the Alaska Highway, go for a refreshing swim in the river, or spend the day fishing.
The Triple “G” Hideaway is ideally located near the Fort Nelson Heritage Museum, Art Fraser Park, and the Northern Rockies Visitor Centre. It’s also walking distance to restaurants, banks, and shops.
Set in a provincial park, Summit Lake campground is a perfect starting point to a multitude of trails, including Flowering Springs, the Summit Tower Road trail, and Summit Peak trail. The campground sits next to Summit Lake, making it easy to launch a canoe or kayak a few steps from your campfire.
Accessible from the Alaska Highway, Toad River Lodge is quiet and well serviced (with wi-fi). A lake is located behind the main lodge, and there are lots of trails to explore. Take the Nonda Creek route for a 360-degree view of the surrounding mountain ranges from the top of this radio tower trail. For the more adventurous, launch near Centennial Falls and float the Toad River to the wooden bridge for the afternoon. The canoeing is ranked Class One and Two.
Lakeside at Muncho Lake provides the opportunity to plug-in, power up, connect to wi-fi, and treat yourself to a meal at Northern Rockies Lodge, or stay at one of the unserviced provincial park campgrounds (Strawberry Flats or McDonald Campground). Fish Muncho Lake from the shore or by boat and drink in the feeling of peace. Scale the range opposite the lake for a one-of-a-kind view, or explore any of the alluvial fans that open up to the shores of the lake.
After a long journey, enjoy a soak at the Liard River Hot Springs. A well-tended provincial park, and easily accessed from the Alaska Highway, Liard River Hot Springs welcomes visitors with the promise of soothing restless legs in the healing waters. A five-minute walk down a boardwalk, skimming the marshy ecosystem, brings you to this incredible sight. The hot springs, in their beautiful natural setting, offer modern change rooms, washrooms, and access points to the water.
Featured Image: Rush hour on the Alaska Highway. Photo: Andrew Strain.
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