Walking into North Woven Broom, your senses overtake you with the smell of sweet raw broomcorn from the thousands of brooms hanging overhead. You’ll watch as brooms are tied to a variety of handles using antique equipment and ancient skills. These beautiful brooms are practical as well as works of art!

Barefoot Handweaving uses traditional looms to make richly coloured shawls, scarves, sweaters, vests and hats. You...

 

Nelson’s premier arts festival is back for the 27th year, beginning in July and continuing for six weeks. ArtWalk gives Nelson and area artists the chance to have their work on display where just about everybody can see it – the entire downtown becomes an art gallery. The opening event (Friday, July 3) will be a glittering evening with refreshments and fresh art on offer at a dozen different venues. 

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Known today as the “Valley of Swans”, Creston boasts a population of approximately 5300. During summer, the orchards produce a bounty of delicious, succulent fruit. Fresh plums, ripe apples, tasty cherries; Creston is a place to satisfy your taste buds in a healthy manner. Add friendly small-town living, a well-serviced downtown core, great quality of life and you’ve got the formula for someplace special.

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Salmo is home to many stone murals celebrating the history and natural beauty of the area. Take a walking tour around the village and visit these unique murals created by the students from the local Kootenay Stone Training Institute.

One mural is located on the side of the Salmo Museum on Highway 6, a grand mural is on the wall of the Salmo Hotel. Western Financial and the Salmo Arcade and Coffee Shop (SACS) buildings on...

 

When Lily Miller came to the Summer Youth Film Camp for the first time in 2008 she starred in a classic western where she outsmarted the villain to save the day. Last summer, Lily, now sixteen years old, directed a documentary focusing on what makes the people in the Kootenays special. Lily explains, “The process of filmmaking asks that you be in tune with yourself, your crew and your community. It’s really about...

 

Kootenay Meadows Farm is certified organic, and uses sustainable management practices. It is becoming well known for the delicious cheeses produced on the farm by the Kootenay Alpine Cheese Company. The company’s own recipes, labour intensive methods which are modeled after the tradition of French and Italian cheese-makers, their careful aging of the cheeses and of course, the milk from the farm’s herd of well-loved...

 

The West Kootenay EcoSociety is the force behind the great outdoor markets in Nelson. There are two outdoor community farmers markets operating each week throughout the spring, summer and fall months. These colourful markets offer a wide range of products: organic produce, great sweet and savoury food, clothing, jewellery, collectibles, books and more. Be sure to be there early for the best choice of the wares on offer. ...

 

Salmo, Erie and Ymir were small mining towns that grew up along the right-of-way of the historic Nelson/Fort Shepherd Railway during the gold rush years of 1896 and 1897. Gold, silver, lead, zinc and tungsten were mined in the surrounding mountains and Salmo grew as a centre for supplies and entertainment.

The Salmo river valley was famous for the large cedars that grew there. The early logging industry and forest fires...

The desire to make a living in the arts is a tough calling for many. In Nelson there is a school dedicated to training students so that they will one day be successful in their chosen professions in the art, craft and design industry. Kootenay School of the Arts or KSA, at Selkirk College, offers a one-year certificate program in Art, Craft & Design with a major in Clay, Fibre, Metal Work or Jewellery & Small Object Design. KSA’...

 

Touchstone: an ancient device for testing the purity of gold or silver. It is an instrument to determine excellence. The museum’s name acknowledges Nelson’s mining past, its fine stone building, and the excellence of its offerings.

Built in 1902 of local stone and marble, in the formal and fantastic chateauesque style that was the fashion for public buildings of the day, Touchstones was originally an office...

 

One of the great pleasures of touring the Kootenays is finding yourself in a place where wilderness dominates the landscape. Catching sight of wildlife as you drive along the windy roads can be memorable – but there are some things you can do to ensure that the deer, elk, bears or smaller animals continue to move through their habitat peacefully.

Please reduce your speed in areas where the wildlife caution signs are...

 

So you only think of the sunny Okanagan when you think of BC wines? Think again! With three exceptional wineries and counting, the Creston Valley has been dubbed Canada’s next wine region. Take a wine tasting tour around Creston, and you will be impressed by the variety and quality of wines that these boutique wineries produce.

There are two award-winning wineries in Creston located side by side. It could not be...

Provincial Park Camper News - Your West Kootenay guide to camping

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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...

 

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,...

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