Top 10 Things To Do in West KootenayBeing presented with lifeâs laundry list of things to do is like staring at a kaleidoscope and trying to pick out a single shape and colour. While our laundry is mighty nice, here we present a little, seasonal list (weâll try to frequently update) of cool stuff thatâs all about living life better, not just more:
Nelson â Baker Street Shopping, Eating, or Other BemusementAs a June, 2012 TripAdvisor review says: âVery charming street with a good mixture of shopping for tourists and locals. Boutiques, bookstores, coffee shops, restaurants, food co-op, hardware store, and more. We were enchantedâ¦.â
âThis is a true community of artist and artisans, musicians, farmers, professionals and working class all hanging out together....the street is colourful and alive with real people.....best days are those in the summer when every Wednesday the centre block is closed to traffic and opened up for the farmers market.....WOW....the best day of the week!â
Image courtesy: Haus Lemon Creek
Nelson â Whitewater Rafting Co.Whether itâs rivers wild or scenic float, Nelson Whitewater Rafting will float your boat. The West Kootenayâs premier rafting company, Nelson Whitewater provides transportation to and from downtown Nelson and have three different guided trips to choose from: 1) The thrilling Salmo River from mid-May to mid-July features class 3&4 rapids in a remote canyon setting; 2) The fun and exciting Slocan River in July & August has warm water and grade 2&3 rapids, and 3) A gentle float trip offers a relaxing time on the water with no rapids and beautiful scenery.
For more info visit nelsonwhitewaterrafting.com.
Image courtesy: Nelson Whitewater Rafting's Adventures
Castlegar - GolfGreen and 18 holes â thatâs everyday fare these days. But when you leave Castlegar, drive up the hill and around the bend into quiet, enclosed mountain valley, and slap that ball down conifer fairway, serenity is an easy pill to swallow. Keep your eye out for the bearsâ¦.
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For more info visit golfcastlegar.com
Rossland - mountain bike the seven summits trailA continuous trail, 30.4km in length following a high elevation route along the interconnecting alpine ridges west of Rossland past the peaks of the Rossland Range. Recognized as one of a relatively limited number of Epic trails world-wide by the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA).
For more info visit rosslandtrails.ca
Image courtesy: Kootenay Columbia Trails Society
Salmo - Shambhala Music Festival â August 10Call it a celebration of art, music, and life. The Shambhala Music Festival began in the summer of 1998 when approximately 500 people gathered at the Salmo River Ranch. Over the years, the festival grew organically by word of mouth â friends bringing friends to create a community built upon Shambhalove. In 2010, for the first time, the event reached its 10,000 guest capacity. In 2011 the festival saw its first sell-out in advance of gate opening. Online tickets for Shambhala 2012 sold out in just 17 days, in November 2011.
Put it on your calendar for next year.
Image courtesy: shambhalamusicfestival.com
Castlegar â Eat BorschtThe Doukhobors have a long and proud history in the West Kootenayâ¦and so does their food. Try the local fare â Borscht â at Pie in the Sky Restaurant at the West Kootenay Regional Airport, at Weezie's Borscht Hut, Castlegar Borscht Hut, or Village Bistro.
âWe offer fresh borscht and other Russian dishes like vareniki and pyrahi,â said Amandeep Bahra, who runs the Castlegar Borscht Hut with her husband Subhag. âVereniki is like a perogy, while pyrahi is a veggie tart.â The Borscht is made from only the freshest ingredients. âThe borscht we make is Doukhobor borscht with all the veggies in it like celery, tomatoes, peppers, cabbage, beets, green onion dill, and lots of cream and butter,â said Bahra. Src: Castlegar News
If youâre interested in Russian history in the West Kootenay, visit the Doukhobor Discovery Centre.
Castlegar â Photograph Tulip Creek FallsEarly light or last light captures the magic of water movement. Located in Syringa Provincial Park on Arrow Lakes, the Tulip Creek Falls is an easy 5 minute walk from the parking area.
For more info at friendsoftrails.org
If youâre a photo buff, take a look at the West Kootenay Camera Club.
Image courtesy: Friends of Trails
West Kootenay â Sunrise at Nancy Greene LakeItâs a small park by provincial park standards (203 hectares), but it packs a Monashee Mountain punch with Nancy Greene Lake â a sub alpine lake. Fish, picnic, walk, swim, boat, or nordic ski (heh if you can cross-country ski in the summer you are a heck of an athlete), but locals say thereâs nothing like watching the sunrise over the lake.
The park is located 30 km west of Castlegar just off of Highway 3 near the Highway 3A junction.
For more info visit BC Parks.
Ainsworth Hot Springs â Get SoakedThree odourless pools, a 150 foot horseshoe cave, a main lounging pool, and a stream-fed cold plunge against a backdrop of the Purcell Mountains and Kootenay Lake. Spaaaaahhhhhhh!!!!!!
Image courtesy: hotnaturally.com
Castlegar to Grand Forks â Bike the Columbia and Western Rail TrailThe former Columbia and Western railway extending 150 km between Grand Forks and Castlegar is now a multi-use recreation trail. The trail was upgraded in 2002 and 2004. Christina Lake to Castlegar may be rough in places, but spectacular and well worth the trip. The kilometre-long Bulldog Tunnel requires lights on bikes. Thereâs no fee, but joining Trails BC helps support the trail. Be bear aware.
For more info: Spirit of 2010 Trail, West Kootenay Parks
Image courtesy: West Kootenay Parks