Kootenay Country

BC’s Mountain Playground

Island Lake | Credit: Kari Medig

BC’s Kootenay region is alive with history and heritage.  Full of pristine mountains and rivers, this area boasts wonderfully restored heritage towns, thriving arts communities and gold rush boomtowns.

Covering so many of the region’s quaint areas, this tour invites you to explore and experience the lifestyle, culture and communities of Canada’s west.  Savour the last days of summer and enjoy all that BC’s mountain playground has to offer with stunning panoramic vistas and scenic roadways.

 

TOUR ITINERARY

DAY 1 – OSOYOOS, BC

Travelling past the vibrant hues of Kalamalka Lake and through the vast array of scenic vineyards, we spend the evening on the shores of Lake Osoyoos.

DAY 2 – NELSON, BC

Visit Nk’mip Desert Cultural Centre to learn about Canada’s only desert and the legends and culture of the Syilx people.  Then, experience  Doukhobor life with a guided tour through the Discovery Centre enroute to Nelson.

EXPERIENCES & HIGHLIGHTS

Situated in Nelson, BC 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 3 – NELSON

Jump on board Streetcar #23 for a guided tour of “The Queen City” of Nelson. Visit the unique community of Kaslo and step onboard the S.S. Moyie, the world’s oldest intact passenger sternwheeler.

DAY 4 – NELSON

This is your day to explore.  With over 350 heritage buildings, Nelson has earned a reputation as one of the finest heritage cities in Canada.  You may want to visit the Museum of Art and History, located right next to the hotel. Enjoy your day in Nelson!

DAY 5 – CRANBROOK, BC

Step back in time at Fort Steele Living History Museum, a restored 1890’s pioneer boomtown and one of the most important attractions of its kind in BC.  Later, we make our way to Cranbrook, a town created for the railway and rooted in nature and grounded by culture.

SPOTLIGHT

St. Eugene Mission Resort is a repurposed residential school owned and operated by the First Nations of the area.

DAY 6 – THREE VALLEY GAP, BC

Visit the acclaimed Canadian Museum of Rail Travel, the largest collection of restored rail travel cars in North America. Explore Kimberley, known for its Bavarian theme, Cominco Gardens and cuckoo clock.  During the final evening, take a guided tour of 3 Valley Gap’s Heritage Ghost Town and Railway Roundhouse.

DID YOU KNOW?

The Bavarian City of Kimberley, BC is home to the World’s largest standing Cuckoo Clock!  Built in 1972, it stands 22 feet high and is 12 feet wide.

SPOTLIGHT

3 Valley Gap’s Ghost Town gives you the opportunity to relive the pioneer days of the late 1800’s with the “rush” of gold fever.

DAY 7 – RETURN HOME