The East Kootenays region is a big place, something that becomes crystal clear among its majestic mountains and panoramic valleys. All of the spectacular parks, hot springs and hiking trails, as well as several alpine resorts, make this Utopia for wilderness explorers—especially if they’re beer lovers, too.
If enjoying a beer amid spectacular wilderness vistas is your idea of a good time, then you have come to the right place. National and Provincial parks are waiting for campers and explorers, while the Powder Highway resorts and lodges offer snow-covered slopes throughout the winter months. In the broad Columbia Valley, hot springs beckon and lakes are ready for swimming and boating in the summer.
Spread throughout is a network of thirst-quenching craft breweries. Fernie Brewing is nestled in the Canadian Rockies. From there, travel to Cranbrook, home of Fisher Peak Brewing at the Heid-Out restaurant, and then continue on to Over Time Beer Works in Kimberley. The beautiful Columbia River Valley opens up in front of you as you drive north to Invermere. Nearby is Fairmont Hot Springs where the East Kootenay Beer Festival is held each June. Finally, head north to check out Whitetooth Brewing in Golden and Mt. Begbie Brewing in Revelstoke.
Each brewery has a strong connection with its own unique, local community, making it a pleasure to explore and discover the diversity of stories and people here.
Restored 1890’s pioneer boomtown, with over 60 heritage shops and display buildings.
The Heid Out serves its own craft beers produced by Fisher Peak on-site.
Featuring food and ales fresh from the Kootenays. Sources local, fresh ingredients for all their dishes.
Drive to Fernie, BC, approximately 1 hour.
BC’s easternmost brewery is a family-run operation with a strong connection to its local community.
Latin-inspired cuisine located in the heart of historic Fernie. The freshest tacos in the city.
The Cranbrook History Centre showcases the largest collection of luxury travel cars in North America, including the restored Soo-Spokane Train and TransCanada Limited. Fernie boasts small town charm and big mountain adventure – a huge network of trails are offered as well as a bike park and zipline.
7000 acres of pristine wilderness and countless hiking opportunities, whether you are interested in a 30-minute walk or full day hike.
Historical building in downtown Fernie boasting a culinary and nightlife experience. An old feel with a new twist.
Drive to Kimberley, BC, approximately 2 hours.
This brewery is putting in extra hours to produce its quality, time-themed craft beer.
Best craft beer selection in Kimberley. Great atmosphere and even better food.
Drive to Invermere, BC, approximately 1.5 hours.
The brick and stone facades of Fernie’s historic downtown are nestled below the jagged peaks of the Lizard Range. Take a stroll up to Matheson Falls – it’s a short 20-minute jaunt alongside the creek and a wonderful outing. Enjoy a ride on Kimberley’s Underground Mining Railway through the Mark Creek Valley and check out the theatre, mining school house and powerhouse.
A neighbourhood pub featuring fresh craft beer, delicious food and live music.
Located in Kootenay National Park and surrounded by the red walls of Sinclair Canyon. Enjoy the miraculous geothermal hot springs.
Drive to Golden, BC, approximately 90 minutes.
Visit Golden's popular, award-winning brewery.
Drive to Revelstoke, BC, approximately 90 minutes.
Experience craft beer amid the rugged beauty of mountainous Revelstoke.
Boasting the biggest selection of craft beer in Revelstoke.
Invermere is situated on the shores of Lake Windermere – spend the day at the beach but be sure to explore the shops and artisan galleries downtown. Minutes west is Panorama Mountain Resort. Radium Hot Springs’ biggest draw is the wonderful mineral hot pools. The area also showcases a number of world-class golf courses. Revelstoke’s historic downtown includes the Grizzly Plaza, a number of museums and the Revelstoke Mountain Resort offers gondola sightseeing and a mountain coaster. And don’t forget about Golden, home to Whitetooth Brewing.
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The Birthplace of Adventure
In the southeast corner of British Columbia, the jagged peaks of the Rockies rise in parallel with those of the Purcell, Selkirk and Monashee ranges. In between are valleys, rivers and lakes that have enabled human existence for thousands of years. With incomparable scenic beauty around every turn, this is British Columbia’s Mountain Playground.
In the midst of this monumental landscape, geography, geology and history have conspired to create utterly charming Victorian small towns. Visitors come to the Kootenay Rockies for a rich palette of recreational summer activities that includes world-class hiking, biking, climbing, river rafting, paragliding, canoeing, wildlife viewing and golfing.