Provincial Park Camper News - Your West Kootenay guide to camping

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It is really hard to believe it now, but back in the early 1880s at the height of the mining boom, 3,000 people lived in what is now the hamlet of Ainsworth Hot Springs. As mining ceased to be profitable, the fortunes of the area diminished and the population fell to what is now less than 100 permanent residents.

Today, it is home to the Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort, developed around the original, natural hot...

 

 

 

Developed around the original, natural hot springs, the resort features three odourless pools – a main lounging pool, a 150 foot horseshoe shaped cave and a stream fed cold plunge.

On a cool fall day or on a chill evening you can relax in the outdoor pool and enjoy the scenic pleasures of the Purcell mountains and Kootenay Lake while warm soothing mineral waters lap at your shoulders....

 

 

 

One of the unique features of the City of Nelson is that it was among the first communities in Western Canada to have a public transit system. In 1899 electric streetcars started running. In spite of the fact that the line was only five miles long and could boast only three cars, it served the city faithfully for fifty years. In the beginning, the cars were numbered 1, 2 and 3. Early in the 1930s, the...

 Come to the ARGENTA WINTER FESTIVE SEASON. There will be CRAFTs, FOOD AND MUSIC entertaiment on Wednesday, Dec. 10, at the Argenta hall, lunch till later. Would you like to be a vendor? Call 250-366-4422.

 

 

Beautiful, brightly sunny Balfour is a small yet vibrant community. The village of Balfour can be found tucked along and above the shores of the scenic Kootenay Lake. When you get near the junction of Hwy 3A and Hwy 31A, you are in Balfour country, much more than a couple of fun shops and restaurants at the ferry landing.

The community of Balfour was originally a steamboat terminus for all the mining...

 

This park is set along the Columbia River and is operated by the Kiwanis Club of Trail. Here you can enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, and a large day-use area with a playground, basketball court, softball area, and picnic tables. 

There is one main walking trail that follows along the river bank from the south end of the campground. The trail is approximately one kilometre long and winds through open grasslands,...

 

With snowmobiles getting ever lighter and more maneuverable, previously unattainable slopes are now possible. The Beaver Mountain Snowmobile Association was created for winter adventurers looking for ever higher area, and also for locals who just enjoy getting outside with the family. It’s an active group which has taken on the challenge of finding the best places to ride in the mountains skirting the Beaver Valley....

 

Did you know that snowboarding began with the invention of a toy in 1965? The first board was dubbed a “snurfer”, combining snow and surfer. The toy proved so popular that over a million snurfers were sold in the next decade. This heralded the emergence of snowboarding as we know it now. 

What makes snowboarding so popular these days? The answer is flow…the incredible feeling of smooth flow as you...

 

Surrounded by the magnificent peaks of the Selkirk and Monashee mountains, at the confluence of the Columbia and Kootenay rivers, Castlegar welcomes visitors to their small city with the big
community pride.  

Together with 7800 who reside within the city, the district population of approximately 17,000 includes the surrounding communities of Blueberry Creek, Robson, Brilliant, Genelle, Ootischenia, Pass Creek...

 

In 1864, mountain men and prospectors following the Dewdney Trail discovered the beautiful Creston Valley. Travel in and out of the valley was difficult back then, and the waterways were the primary access. Gold provided the incentive for an east-west overland route to link the coastal communities with the gold fields centred on Fort Steele. When the mining fever shifted north to the Kaslo-Slocan region, the valley and...

 

Fruitvale, originally named Beaver Siding, began as a stop on the Great Northern Railroad. In 1906 a land corporation called Fruitvale Limited purchased a great deal of land on both sides of this stop and Beaver Siding became Fruitvale. Its new name more accurately reflected the valley as it was – boasting the best fruit growing in the West Kootenay. The Village of was incorporated on November 4, 1952.

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High Terrain Helicopters have been serving the West Kootenays since 1992. Their services are vast ... from aerial photography to seismic support. Undoubtedly the best use of their services is to get dropped on top of a mountain with your snowshoes or skis, boots and poles - and then meet HTH at the bottom for another ride to the top. With the Kootenays as our backyard, there isn’t a limit on the kind of adventure you can...

 

Beaver Valley has a great ski-trail network with 5 miles (8 km) of easy to advanced ski trails in the gently rolling hills of the Bonnington Range. The Beaver Valley Cross-Country Ski Club in Fruitvale maintains the trails, many of which are groomed. The trailhead is located about 11 miles (18 km) northeast of Fruitvale. Follow the paved road to Champion Lakes Provincial Park west of Hwy 3B and watch for signs just before the...

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