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The Kootenay Rockies are British Columbia’s answer to Alberta’s famed Rocky Mountains and hold the same UNESCO World Heritage Site status.

Just as big and beautiful, they are far less visited and offer visitors the chance to have the really big open scenery to themselves.

Wildlife of the Kootenay Rockies

Wedged between the mountains are sparsely populated valleys with large numbers of grizzly and black bears, deer, moose and elk: you have an excellent chance of seeing the large mammals.

Assorted mountain ranges

Hiking in the Kootenay National ParkLocated in the south-eastern corner of the province, between the Okanagan and Banff, the region includes several different mountain ranges, including the Rockies, Purcells, Selkirks and Monashees.

The area does not get the same level of publicity as its Alberta counterpart but it should: it’s an undiscovered gem.

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Map of the Kootenays

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    Places near the Kootenays

    Accommodation choices for the Kootenays

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit the Kootenays. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Cross River Cabins

      Cross River Cabins


      Cross River Cabins are a real find. Located in a spectacular area of Kootenay National Park, they offer a great blend of adventure and relaxation, together with warm hospitality from the owners, Rob Patenaude, his wife Marilyn and their son Troy.

    • Bugaboo Lodge, Banff

      Bugaboos Lodge


      Bugaboos Lodge consists of 34 rooms and offers spectacular views of the Bugaboos, and the great glaciers below them.