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.

Sprinkled throughout the Columbia Mountains are eight unique breweries. In Revelstoke, Mt. Begbie Brewing celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2016 by building a brand-new brewery and then was named Canadian brewery of the year at the 2017 Canadian Brewing Awards. A little south is the “Queen City” of Nelson, home to 10,000 people, some gorgeous architecture, and three breweries, including the region’s oldest and a couple of its newest.

Near Castlegar is the Lion’s Head Smoke & Brew Pub, an oasis of craft beer in the wilderness, with its own brewery in the works. And then there’s the Rossland Beer Company, a nano-brewery that offers growler fills and pint sales in its tasting room and on its sunny patio. The Trail Beer Refinery embraces that city’s mining history, and Kaslo’s Angry Hen Brewing is a brewery with a view of beautiful Kootenay Lake.

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Day 1

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1990f Columbia Avenue, Rossland, BC

An award-winning nano-brewery set in the Monashee Mountains of the southwest Kootenays.

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Flying Steamshovel Inn
2003 2 Ave, Rossland, BC

Historic Inn and saloon. 14 craft draught lines, an award-winning menu and great independent music on stage every week.

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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.

Drive to Nelson, BC, approximately 1 hour.

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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.

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

Day 2

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Oso Negro Cafe
604 Ward Street, Nelson, BC

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

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Touchstones Museum
502 Vernon St, Nelson, BC

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

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511 Front Street, Nelson, BC

Nelson’s little nano-brewery that could.

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512 Latimer St, Nelson, BC

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

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

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

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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.

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

Day 3

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Farm Fresh Café
198 Baker Street, Nelson, BC

Delicious, locally sourced fare including smoothies, juices and wraps.

Travel

Drive to Kaslo, BC, approximately 1 hour

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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.

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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.

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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.

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460 Baker St, Nelson, BC

Craft beer culture in counter-culture central.

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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.

Day 4

Travel Info

Drive to Castlegar

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Crumbs Bakery Cafe
635 d columbia Ave, Castlegar, BC

Healthy, seasonal food and tasty treats. Organic, dairy-free and wheat-free options.

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Millennium Park
110 5 Avenue, Castlegar, BC

Three swimming ponds, picnic areas, tennis courts, bike park and more.

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Lion’s Head Brewpub
2629 Broadwater Rd, Robson, BC

A Historic Pub on the mighty Columbia river. Home of BC Craft Beer, with names like Spinnakers, Cannery, Nelson, Mt. Begbie, Crannog and Fernie beers rotating through 12 taps.

Travel

Drive to Cranbrook, BC, approximately 2.5 hours

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Elizabeth Lake Lodge
590 Van Horne St S, Cranbrook, BC

A boutique-style lodge at the south end of Cranbrook. Trip Advisor's Travelers' Choice Award Winner every year since 2009.

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Enjoy the Millennium Walkway and Ponds, Doukhobor Discovery Centre, Zuckerberg Island Heritage Park, Station Museum, Sculpturewalk and more in Castlegar. 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.

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Rossland Beer Company
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Flying Steamshovel Inn
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Trail Beer Refinery
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Hume Hotel
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Hume Hotel
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Oso Negro Cafe
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Touchstones Museum
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Torchlight Brewing Co
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Nelson Brewing Company
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Mike’s Place Pub
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Hume Hotel
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Millennium Park
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Angry Hen Brewing
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Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort
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Backroads Brewing Company
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Crumbs Bakery Cafe
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Millennium Park
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Lion’s Head Brewpub
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Elizabeth Lake Lodge
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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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