Kootenay
Rockies East

Travel far in search of beer.

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, the base of Arrowhead Brewing. 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.

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Day 1

Travel Info

Driving from Calgary

activity
Fort Steele Heritage Town

Restored 1890’s pioneer boomtown, with over 60 heritage shops and display buildings.

brewery
821 Baker St, Cranbrook, BC

The Heid Out serves its own craft beers produced by Fisher Peak on-site.

pub
Heid Out Restaurant & Brewpub
821 Baker St, Cranbrook, BC

Featuring food and ales fresh from the Kootenays. Sources local, fresh ingredients for all their dishes.

Travel

Drive to Fernie, BC, approximately 1 hour.

brewery
26 Manitou Rd, Fernie, BC

BC’s easternmost brewery is a family-run operation with a strong connection to its local community.

restaurant
Nevados
531 2nd Avenue, Fernie, BC

Latin-inspired cuisine located in the heart of historic Fernie. The freshest tacos in the city.

accomodation
Lizard Creek Lodge
5346 Highline Dr, Fernie, BC

Overlook the mountains while relaxing in the outdoor pool and hot tubs. Enjoy the mountain-chic interior and the ultimate resort experience.

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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.

Day 2

activity
Island Lake Lodge Trails

7000 acres of pristine wilderness and countless hiking opportunities, whether you are interested in a 30-minute walk or full day hike.

restaurant
The Brickhouse
401 2 Ave, Fernie, BC

Historical building in downtown Fernie boasting a culinary and nightlife experience. An old feel with a new twist.

Travel

Drive to Kimberley, BC, approximately 2 hours.

brewery
136 Wallinger Ave, Kimberley, BC

This brewery is putting in extra hours to produce its quality, time-themed craft beer.

restaurant
The Shed
180 Deer Park Ave, Kimberley, BC

Best craft beer selection in Kimberley. Great atmosphere and even better food.

Travel

Drive to Invermere, BC, approximately 1.5 hours.

accomodation
Copper Point Resort
700 Cooper Rd, Athalmer, BC

A luxury resort and hotel in the Canadian Rockies. Enjoy all their upscale amenities – tee times, destination dining, pools, a spa and more.

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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.

Day 3

brewery
491 Arrow Road, Invermere, BC

Arrowhead Brewing is located in the beautiful Columbia River Valley, an all-season recreational paradise.

pub
The Station Pub
1701 6 Ave, Invermere, BC

A neighbourhood pub featuring fresh craft beer, delicious food and live music.

activity
Radium Hot Springs
7556 Main St E, Radium Hot Springs, BC

Located in Kootenay National Park and surrounded by the red walls of Sinclair Canyon. Enjoy the miraculous geothermal hot springs.

Travel

Drive to Golden, BC, approximately 90 minutes.

brewery
623 8th Avenue North, Golden, BC

Visit the Kootenays' newest brewery in Golden.

Travel

Drive to Revelstoke, BC, approximately 90 minutes.

brewery
2155 Oak Drive, Revelstoke, BC

Experience craft beer amid the rugged beauty of mountainous Revelstoke.

liquor-store
109 East Victoria Rd , Revelstoke, BC

Boasting the biggest selection of craft beer in Revelstoke.

accomodation
Regent Hotel
112 1st Street East, Revelstoke, BC

Located in downtown Revelstoke. Hotel, cafe, restaurant, pub and lounge all under one roof.

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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 – Whitetooth Brewery just opened its doors in time for 2017’s tourism season.

activity
Fort Steele Heritage Town
brewery
pub
Heid Out Restaurant & Brewpub
821 Baker St, Cranbrook, BC
brewery
restaurant
Nevados
531 2nd Avenue, Fernie, BC
accomodation
Lizard Creek Lodge
5346 Highline Dr, Fernie, BC
activity
Island Lake Lodge Trails
restaurant
The Brickhouse
401 2 Ave, Fernie, BC
brewery
136 Wallinger Ave, Kimberley, BC
restaurant
The Shed
180 Deer Park Ave, Kimberley, BC
accomodation
Copper Point Resort
700 Cooper Rd, Athalmer, BC
pub
The Station Pub
1701 6 Ave, Invermere, BC
activity
Radium Hot Springs
7556 Main St E, Radium Hot Springs, BC
brewery
brewery
liquor-store
109 East Victoria Rd , Revelstoke, BC
accomodation
Regent Hotel
112 1st Street East, Revelstoke, BC
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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.

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