Guy Lupien and Chris Lalonde are two outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers born in the province of Quebec, Canada. Back in 2002, we were living in Sherbrooke, Quebec, having raised our two daughters there. After our girls moved out to live on their own, we decided it was time for us to move somewhere more in tune with our outdoorsy lifestyle. Since we are both self-employed (Chris is a translator and Guy is a builder), it wasn’t too hard for us to relocate. That’s how we came to move to the Kootenays and buy a house in beautiful Nelson. We love Nelson and its heritage architecture, rich history, laid-back atmosphere and proximity to the great outdoors.
In 2004, we bought 60 acres of land in Ymir with the project of fulfilling our cherished dream of building cabins and renting them out to guests. Ymir, a small town rich in history, is a mere 29 km from Nelson. In 1899, Ymir had eleven hotels, a bank, a post office, a church, butchers, a newspaper, school grades I to 10, a police station, a jail, a blacksmith shop, a mine recording office, a physician and surgeon, a plumber, a barber, a mining engineer and assayer, an undertaker, two hardware stores, a justice of the peace, a notary public, a mining broker, among others. Today, a cool café/grocery store (The Goods), two hotels (Hotel Ymir that houses an astonishing art collection, and Ymir Palace Inn) and a few thousand creative and quirky individuals call it home.
Throughout the years, we often rented cabins as base camps for our outdoor adventures. We wanted ours to be beautiful and comfortable, but not luxurious. Our goal was to help people access the beauty of the land without intruding on their life. After several years of careful planning and construction, we started renting out the two identical and private cabins in December 2011.
Building the cabins was a labor of love by Guy, who was helped along the way by a few friends. Kootenay Huts are nestled in the beautiful Selkirk Mountains a few minutes’ walk from the feisty Salmo River in the West Kootenay of British Columbia, Canada. They make a great base camp for an amazing array of hiking, biking and water sports, and the best skiing anywhere. They are also wonderful for just relaxing and hanging out. The Kootenay Huts cabins are well-appointed homes-away-from-home located in peaceful surroundings with lots of room to move around in and a perfect layout for entertaining and carefree living.
We are happy to answer any questions you might have in both French and English.