Welcome to BC's Kootenays!
Located west of the Canadian Rockies in southern B.C., just north of the U.S.A.
border, the Kootenays is a forested region surrounded by the Purcell,
Valhalla and Monashee mountain ranges. Filled with treasures, both literally
and metaphorically, people have flocked to the Kootenays for over a century.
Since the late 1800s, gold and minerals were the riches. Today, the area is
treasured for its abundance of scenic beauty and area activities. Valleys, rivers,
lakes and mountains provide a playground for sport enthusiasts, from skiing
to fishing, and areas such as Nakusp
offer hot springs. Likely
inspired by their rich surroundings, towns like Nelson
, Crawford Bay
are known for their artisans who create such treasures as mouth-blown glass
and hand-made pottery.