The BC Rockies and Kootenays region of British Columbia is a feast of awesome scenery, national parks, and snow-capped Purcell, Selkirk, Monashee and Rocky mountains. Visit Ainsworth Hot Springs, Castlegar, Kaslo, Nakusp, Nelson, Revelstoke, Columbia River Valley, Fairmont, Radium, Invermere, Cranbrook, Kimberley, and Elk Valley.
Glacier National Park of Canada
Established in 1886 along the original route of the Canadian Pacific Railway, Glacier National Park protects a portion of the Columbia Mountains Natural Region, in the interior wet belt of British Columbia. With over 400 glaciers covering one-tenth of its total area, Glacier National Park offers visitors a chance to discover both magnificent scenery and fascinating history.
The Park offers wonderful opportunities for wildlife viewing. The park protects exceptional stands of old-growth cedar and hemlock that offer real home for endangered wildlife species such as the mountain caribou, mountain goat and grizzly bear. The Rogers Pass National Historic Site is also located in the park. Rogers Pass was chosen for its importance in the construction of Canada's first major national transportation route, the Canadian Pacific Railway Other popular activities include ski touring, hiking, caving, and mountaineering, backcountry camping and fishing. Glacier National Park is open year round, but certain areas of the park close during winter, depending on snowpack conditions and the risk of avalanche.
Kootenay National Park of Canada
The Kootenat Park, Established in 1920, it protects a special part of the southwestern region of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, and is part of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site.
Kootenay is one of the major protected areas in the world. From glacier-clad peaks to semi-arid grasslands where cactus grows, this is a park wealthy in have a wide range of landscapes and ecology.
If you want to discover the Kootenay Parkway in one day, the easiest way is to drive along the scenic Kootenay , from glaciers to cacti.
The park's is well known for its splendid features such as the colorful mineral rich pools known as the Paint Pots, and the naturally-heated soaking pool at Radium Hot springs. Other attractions of the park include the Continental Divide, which marks the division between the Pacific and Atlantic watersheds; the glittering Marble Canyon; the dramatic green waters of Olive Lake; and the towering iron-rich cliffs of Redwall Fault, where bighorn sheep are a common charming view. Many special programs are offered to all and include a range of topics and styles presentations. Kootenay National Park is open year-round.
Mount Revelstoke National Park of Canada
The Revelstoke Park Established in 1914, Mount Revelstoke National Park protects a small portion of British Columbia's Columbia Mountain natural region, with its typical moist climate, rocky peaks and alpine terrain. The park will show everything to its visitors starting from dense old-growth rainforest of giant cedar and pine to sub-alpine forest to alpine meadows and tundra.
Enjoy a short walks between Meadows, for longer day-hikes, Miller, Eva and Jade Lakes are beautiful alpine destinations. The Giant Cedars hiking trail takes you through a stand of ancient Western Red Cedars, while the Skunk Cabbage trail brings you to jungle-like wetland, a birder's paradise. Other well-liked activities include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and fishing. The park offers only backcountry camping, but is surrounded by several campgrounds and two provincial parks. Mount Revelstoke is open year round. Certain areas of the park close during winter, depending on snowpack conditions.
Revelstoke Dam Visitor Centre
Highway 23 N
The Revelstoke Dam is the second largest power generating facility in BC, with enough energy to power 747,600 homes a year! The multi-level visitor centre features new interactive displays and exhibits. Take an elevator ride to the dam crest lookout located atop the massive 175-meter high concrete dam. Free Admission.
Fort Steele Heritage Town
9851 Highway 93/95
Fort Steele, BC
During the mining boom of the late 1890s Fort Steele thrived as the commercial, social and administrative centre of the region. Today, Fort Steele is a Heritage Town, where visitors can travel back in time and enjoy daily re-enactments of the town's past history and heritage year-round.
S.S. Moyie National Historic Site
324 Front Street