Ghost Towns & Hot Springs
the historic Kootenays
The road less travelled leads to the West Kootenays – an area of scenic beauty and home to some of the most famous ghost towns in Canada. Prepare for a fascinating trip through time. Enjoy the slow pace and friendly nature of small-town Kootenay life on this six day tour of abandoned towns, museums and soothing hot springs.
Come discover the hidden gem of the eclectic town of Nelson, historical Sandon, Three Valley Gap Ghost Town, and be renewed and rejuvenated in the refreshing Ainsworth hot springs, explore the character of your surroundings, and take in the views that can only be seen in the Kootenays.
Header Photo Credit: Destination BC/Kari Medig
DAY 1 – OSOYOOS, BC
Enjoy the relaxing pace as we make our way to Osoyoos followed by a guided tour of the Nk’mip Desert Center. End the day with a welcome dinner. Tonight’s stay in at the Best Western Plus.
DAY 2 – NELSON, BC
This day will bring us through the ghost town of Greenwood, Canada’s Smallest City. Next, tour the Doukhobor Center before heading to the town of Nelson, with a two-night stay at the historical Hume Hotel.
This region has one of the largest concentrations of ghost towns in North America, earning it the nickname ‘The Valley of the Ghosts’.
DAY 3 – NELSON
Following breakfast, spend your day exploring the funky downtown core of Nelson. The many shops, heritage buildings, cafes and restaurants will keep you busy all day!
EXPERIENCES & HIGHLIGHTS
Situated in Nelson, lies a historical marvel. Streetcar #23 is a fully functional streetcar that was built in 1906 by the Stephenson Car Company of New Jersey and purchased by the City of Nelson in 1924. Remaining in service until 1949, Streetcar #23 served as a skating rink, dog kennel and craft shop until a group of enthusiasts restored it and put it “back on track” in 1992 making its first revenue run in 43 years!
DAY 4 – AINSWORTH HOT SPRINGS, BC
Jump on board Streetcar #23 for a guided tour of “The Queen City” of the Kootenays before heading to Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort. Relax and enjoy the rejuvenating spring waters in the pool or cave, as you look out at the gorgeous view of Kootenay Lake and the surrounding mountains.
The Ainsworth Hot Springs were first visited by the Ktunaxa First Nations. They have been healing people for hundreds of years with their soothing warm waters.
DAY 5 – THREE VALLEY GAP, BC
Today we head to the unique community of Kaslo and step onboard the S.S. Moyie, the World’s oldest intact passenger sternwheeler. Then, a local guide will join us, sharing stories of the “Valley of the Ghosts” as we visit the ghost towns of Sandon and New Denver.
Following a light lunch in Sandon, we depart for our next adventure, Three Valley Gap Historic Ghost Town. Enjoy a self-guided tour of the restored buildings where you’ll relive the colourful pioneer days. We end the night with a farewell BBQ.