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Hiking

Where there are mountains, there's hiking! Have a look at

Kokanee Park
Ymir Peak
the Valhallas
the Purcells

For more information, visit the
Kootenay Mountaineering Club (KMC) 

 

Mountain Bike around the Kootenay Huts

Mountain Biking

Hang the Bikes on the Cabins Railing

The region offers mountain biking trails for bikers of all skill levels. For example, Nelson is known for its expert level hilly and technical trails; ride the classics in the Mountain Station and Svoboda area. A wider spectrum of trails opened up with the development of the Morning Mountain area. Explore the Big Wood trails and don’t miss the 49 trails.

The Rossland area has more to offer the budding mountain biker as well as exceptional trails geared to the expert rider! For more information see:

Nelson Cycling Club
Bike Rossland

While at Kootenay Huts, don’t miss the Quartz Creek trails, just a few hundred metres south of the property. These are very well crafted handmade trails for the intermediate rider.

Road Bike in the Kootenays

Road biking

Road biking enthusiasts can share the roads of some world-class circuits with mostly courteous drivers and enjoy the best views around!

Strawberry Pass
Bombi Pass
Kootenay Pass
East Shore (Creston – Crawford Bay)
Retallack Pass
Selkirk Loop
Waneta – NorthPort (WA) – Rossland
Nelson North-shore
Grand Forks Cycling Club

Hang-Gliding

Local hang-gliding enthusiasts rave about the possibilities in the Ymir area.

Canoe, kayak and whitewater paddling

For whitewater aficionados, the Slocan and Salmo rivers offer some excellent rapid sections.

For more on this subject visit:

Endless Adventure
Nelson Whitewater Rafting

ATVING

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Rail Bed: The old rail bed has been transformed into a multi-use trail that links Nelson to Salmo and in certain zones all-terrain vehicles are allowed to access the various valleys leading to the fabulous backcountry this region has to offer.

Fishing

The Kootenay Region offers exceptional fishing opportunities in amazing scenery whether fly fishing, spin casting, or trolling in a boat. Kootenay Lake is home of the Canadian record Gerrard Rainbow Trout (36 + pounds). And the Columbia River is the home of the largest game fish in North America, the White Sturgeon. The Kootenay Region is also known for spectacular Rainbow Trout, Bull Trout, Walleye and Kokanee. Only 10 km from the cabins, the Salmo River, a tributary of the Columbia, is fly fishing heaven. If you are into big fish on a small river, this is your spot. The Salmo is relatively untouched and chances are you will not see another soul all day.

For more information, please visit:

Kootenay Angler
Columbia Fly Fishing Guides

More interesting regional links:

Summit Mountain Guides 
Sacred Ride Bike Shop 
Roam Ski and Paddle Shop 
Gerick’s Ski and Bike Shop

 
 
 
 
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Downhill Skiing at Whitewater Ski Resort

With an international reputation, Whitewater Ski Resort offers intermediate and expert terrain in an ideal environment for powder buffs. Skiers can take advantage of backcountry skiing opportunities, with the perk of riding to the top in comfort. This ski resort is also the gateway to the region’s mythical backcountry. The ski hill also offers truly delicious food.

 
 

Skiing at Red Mountain Prestigious Ski Resort

Red offers all sorts of runs and some very technical terrain with great snow conditions.

Downhill Skiing at Salmo ski Hill

This small locally owned ski hill offers night skiing – awesome fun on a powder day!

Cat Skiing

A few cat skiing operations offer great opportunities to ski some deep powder in the backcountry.

Valhalla Powdercats
Big Red Cats 
Retallack

 
 
Backcountry Skying around Kootenay Huts

Backcountry skiing

The Kootenay area is world renowned for backcountry skiing. Of course, anyone wanting to partake in backcountry skiing should have the appropriate knowledge and equipment.

Avalanche association Canada
Backcountry Skiing Canada

 
 

Cross-country skiing and Snowshoeing at Whitewater Ski Resort

Whitewater Ski Resort also offers 13 cross-country trails totalling 15 km that are well-groomed for both skating and classic skiing, as well as snowshoeing trails. You can also just go wild on the plateau behind the cabins.

Cross-country skiing at Nelson Nordic Ski Club

This centre offers 30 km of well-maintained trails for both skating and classic cross-country skiing. It is also open for night skiing. Very friendly atmosphere.

Snowshoeing Around Kootenay Huts
 
 

Snowmobiling

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Rail Bed: The old rail bed has been transformed into a multi-use trail that links Nelson to Salmo and in certain zones all-terrain vehicles are allowed to access the various valleys leading to the fabulous backcountry this region has to offer.