Kootenay
Rockies West

The grand beauty of wild nature paired with craft beer.

Forests, mountains, pristine lakes and rivers, hot springs and waterfalls: this is the West Kootenays. The folks who call this place home are farmers, mountaineers, ski bums, young families and retirees, or those seeking ‘off the grid’ lifestyles, all of them friendly to a fault. Its towns and small cities are ready and waiting with history, culture and, of course, beer.

For anyone seeking a break from the mainstream society, the West Kootenays is filled with folks who enjoy a slower pace, away from the hubbub of larger centres. Many visitors are tempted to join them once they discover the region’s unique combination of wilderness activities and urban communities. Peppered throughout this paradise of mountains, rivers and lakes is a diverse of array of creative, entrepreneurial craft breweries, including a true pioneer and many more recent arrivals.

The Trail Beer Refinery embraces that city’s mining history. Rossland Beer Co.’s comfortable vibe makes it a favourite with locals and visitors alike. The Lion’s Head Smoke & Brew Pub in Robson is an oasis of craft beer in the wilderness, with its own brewery in the works, and Castlegar’s Tailout Brewing celebrates the region’s love of fly fishing.

Nelson, the “Queen City” that is essentially the capital of the region, is home to 10,000 people, some gorgeous architecture, and three breweries, including the region’s oldest, Nelson Brewing, which has been a local favourite since it opened in 1991, along with Torchlight Brewing and Backroads Brewing. Nearby, Kaslo’s Angry Hen Brewing is a brewery with a view of beautiful Kootenay Lake.

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Day 1

cafe
Alpine Grind Coffee House & Eatery
2104 Columbia Avenue, Rossland, BC

Stop by for locally roasted coffee and fresh-baked-daily muffins, scones, cookies, cinnamon buns, and more. Gluten-free baked goods are made in house too!

activity
Mountain Biking on the Millennial Trail Expansion at RED Resort

Get your adrenaline pumping at the Millennial Trail Expansion at RED Resort - three loops totaling 5.8kms of all-new mountain biking trails focused on flow, fun, and variety.

pub
Flying Steamshovel Inn
2003 2 Ave, Rossland, BC

Possibly one of the last official saloons remaining from the Gold Rush days - The Flying Steamshovel has an unmatchable atmosphere, 14 craft draught lines, an award-winning menu and great independent music on stage every week.

brewery
1990f Columbia Avenue, Rossland, BC

An award-winning brewery providing the historic mining community of Rossland a variety of irresistible craft beers.

activity
Nancy Greene Provincial Park

Enjoy an easy, wide, hard packed 5 km loop trail gently meandering around Nancy Greene lake. Or if paddling is more your speed, rent a paddleboard or canoe and go for a cruise.

Travel

Drive to Trail, approx 10 min

brewery
1299 Bay Avenue, Trail, BC

With a name that reflects Trail’s historic connection to mining, refining, and smelting, this brewery has a strong community focus.

restaurant
The Velvet Restaurant and Lounge
4306 Red Mountain Road, Rossland, BC

Treat yourself to a soul-enriching evening of French-inspired fine dining and locally-inspired drinks.

accomodation
Find a place to stay in Rossland!

Rossland has plenty of accommodation options to choose from - head to the explore more section to find your perfect stay.

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Rossland is perched high in the Monashee Mountains. The Gold Fever Follies present a live musical theatre show and the Rossland Museum is the site of the LeRoi Gold Mine offering a Geology Centre, display of artifacts and a gold panning attraction.

Hike up Kootenay Columbia Trail for aerial views of Rossland and the Columbia River.

Plan your stay in Rossland using the resources below:
Hotels & Motels
Condos & Apartments
B&B’s & Vacation Rentals
Campgrounds & Hostels

Day 2

Travel

Drive to Castlegar, approximately 35 minutes

cafe
Crumbs Bakery
635 D Columbia Ave, Castlegar, BC

An artisan bakery and coffee house right in the heart of downtown Castlegar serving up a delicious array of house-baked pastries and breads. Organic, dairy-free and wheat-free options.

activity
Castlegar Sculpture Walk
270 Columbia Ave, Castlegar, BC

Enjoy a leisurely walk through the downtown of Castlegar while marveling at a rotating exhibition of sculptures by artists from around the world. Don’t forget to vote for your favourites! P.s. Humble Bean is a great stop on the Sculpturewalk for a delicious cold drink in the summer!

activity
Canadian Pacific Railway Museum
400 13 Ave, Castlegar, BC

Get a glimpse of the hustle and bustle of the early 1900’s at this 100+ year old Canadian Pacific Railway Station. Browse archives of newspapers and view the historical artifacts.

activity
Doukhobor Discovery Centre
112 Heritage Way, Castlegar, BC

Immerse yourself in Castlegars rich history through exploring historical buildings, artifacts, audio/visual galleries, and interactive displays of the culture and heritage of the Doukhobors

pub
The Lions Head Smoke & Brew Pub
2629 Broadwater Rd , Robson, BC

This historic pub is a hub of outdoor recreation. Across the street from a boat launch popular by fisherman and paddlers. Behind the pub is a famous climbing wall and often you will see bikers end their ride at the pub. Home of BC Craft Beer, with names like Spinnakers, Cannery, Nelson, Mt. Begbie, Crannog and Fernie beers rotating through 12 taps.

activity
Little Bear Golf Course
872 Waterloo Road, Castlegar, BC

This sunny Par 3 Golf Course is family-oriented and suitable for all ages. You can also enjoy an afternoon of golf at Castlegar Golf Club and RV Park.

brewery
Unit A 1810 8th Avenue , Castlegar , BC

With a passion for everything outdoors, you’ll find community and amazing craft beer at this brewery that celebrates the region’s love for fly fishing.

accomodation
Find a place to stay in Castlegar!

Castlegar has plenty of accommodation options to choose from - book your perfect stay at the link above.

Explore More

Looking for outdoor adventure? Check out multitudes of easy afternoon hikes to scenic viewpoints or stunning waterfalls. Be sure to take advantage of the amazing rock climbing, paddling sports and scenic hikes in Castlegar!

Day 3

cafe
Common Grounds Coffee House
692 18th Street, Castlegar, BC

Good morning! Coffee and Avocado toast anyone?

Travel

Drive to Nelson, approximately 35 minutes

activity
Touchstones Museum
502 Vernon St, Nelson, BC

Celebrating the culture and history of Nelson and surrounding area. Museum, archives and art gallery.

brewery
125 Hall Street, Nelson, BC

Nelson’s little nano-brewery that could.

brewery
460 Baker St, Nelson, BC

Craft beer culture in counter-culture central.

brewery
512 Latimer St, Nelson, BC

The all-organic Nelson Brewing Company is one of BC’s pioneer craft breweries.

pub
Mike’s Place Pub
422 Vernon St, Nelson, BC

English-style pub located in the boutique Hume Hotel. Local beer, and tasty food.

liquor-store
157 - 1121 Lakeside Drive, Nelson, BC

Carries a wide variety of craft beers from near and far. Their ever-changing selection will not disappoint even the savviest beer connoisseur.

accomodation
Hume Hotel
422 Vernon St, Nelson, BC

Accommodations featuring modern renovations while maintaining that 1898 heritage charm. A must-see part of your trip to the area.

Explore More

Kokanee Creek Provincial Park on Kootenay Lake offers a sandy beach, hikes through Old Growth Cedars and nearby Kokanee Mountain Zipline.

Take a self-guided walking tour of historic Nelson and catch the tramway (Streetcar #23) at Lakeside Park.

Day 4

cafe
Oso Negro Cafe
604 Ward St, Nelson, BC

Authentic and artisanal coffee. Organically-grown and fair trade. Enjoy a community warmth in the cafe.

Travel

Drive to Kaslo, BC, approximately 1 hour

activity
Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort
3609 Balfour-Kaslo-Galena Bay Hwy, Ainsworth Hot Springs, BC

Take in amazing views from the main pools or retreat to the peaceful soaking experience of a tranquil limestone cave.

restaurant
Bluebelle Bistro
347 Front Street, Kaslo, BC, Kaslo, BC

Stop for lunch as this historic cafe bisto showcasing true local organic ingredients.

activity
SS Moyie National Historic Site
324 Front Street, Kaslo, BC

After plying the waters of Kootenay Lake for over 60 years, the sternwheeler S.S Moyie is now a beautifully restored museum.

activity
Kaslo River Trail
Railroad Ave, Kaslo, BC

Kaslo River is a fairy tale of a trail, winding along the burbling river and mossy banks. The main loop arcs over the river on two covered bridges, both painted an enchanting shade of red.

brewery
343 Front Street, Kaslo, BC

In the heart of historic Kaslo, the Angry Hen offers delicious beers and snacks with a spectacular view of Kootenay Lake.

restaurant
Taqueria El Corazon
344 Front Street, Kaslo, BC

Enjoy fresh traditional Mexican tacos prepared with love and a focus on local, regional, organic and fair trade ingredients. Open Thursday to Sunday.

Explore More

The Kaslo Visitor Centre is located at the SS Moyie and is open May to October to help plan your day.

Looking to “earn your beer”? Spend some athletic time outdoors golfing at Kaslo Golf Club or paddling with Kaslo Kayaking.

Two thousand hectares of crown forest on the east and north boundary of Cranbrook offers interpretive nature trails. The Elizabeth Lake Wildlife Sanctuary, a 6 acre wetland, is home to different animal species and walking trails, viewpoints and picnic tables.

cafe
Alpine Grind Coffee House & Eatery
2104 Columbia Avenue, Rossland, BC
activity
Mountain Biking on the Millennial Trail Expansion at RED Resort
pub
Flying Steamshovel Inn
2003 2 Ave, Rossland, BC
brewery
1990f Columbia Avenue, Rossland, BC
activity
Nancy Greene Provincial Park
brewery
1299 Bay Avenue, Trail, BC
restaurant
The Velvet Restaurant and Lounge
4306 Red Mountain Road, Rossland, BC
cafe
Crumbs Bakery
635 D Columbia Ave, Castlegar, BC
activity
Castlegar Sculpture Walk
270 Columbia Ave, Castlegar, BC
activity
Canadian Pacific Railway Museum
400 13 Ave, Castlegar, BC
activity
Doukhobor Discovery Centre
112 Heritage Way, Castlegar, BC
pub
The Lions Head Smoke & Brew Pub
2629 Broadwater Rd , Robson, BC
activity
Little Bear Golf Course
872 Waterloo Road, Castlegar, BC
brewery
Unit A 1810 8th Avenue , Castlegar , BC
cafe
Common Grounds Coffee House
692 18th Street, Castlegar, BC
activity
Touchstones Museum
502 Vernon St, Nelson, BC
brewery
brewery
pub
Mike’s Place Pub
422 Vernon St, Nelson, BC
liquor-store
157 - 1121 Lakeside Drive, Nelson, BC
accomodation
Hume Hotel
422 Vernon St, Nelson, BC
cafe
Oso Negro Cafe
604 Ward St, Nelson, BC
activity
Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort
3609 Balfour-Kaslo-Galena Bay Hwy, Ainsworth Hot Springs, BC
restaurant
Bluebelle Bistro
347 Front Street, Kaslo, BC, Kaslo, BC
activity
SS Moyie National Historic Site
324 Front Street, Kaslo, BC
activity
Kaslo River Trail
Railroad Ave, Kaslo, BC
brewery
restaurant
Taqueria El Corazon
344 Front Street, Kaslo, BC
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