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


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


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.


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