Canada Day in Salmo is always a wonderful celebration! The whole town comes out to party! Salmo boasts one of the best Canada Days outside of Ottawa. This year the annual parade, children’s races, fireworks and Show and Shine will take place on Wednesday, July 1st. The annual slo-pitch tournament begins Friday evening with play continuing throughout the weekend. Many more events are scheduled as well. For more information contact Salmo & District Chamber of Commerce...

 

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 4th Street boast murals as well. The first mural...

 

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 have destroyed much, but isolated stands can still...

 

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 easier to taste and tour. A third winery is located...

 

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 cows combine to ensure the rich, complex flavour...

 

 

Agritourism is a relatively new term that is being used in reference to farm tours, winery tourism, agricultural tourism and agriculture entertainment.

The lush and fertile Creston Valley is perfect for agritourism. Many farmers in the valley are actively pursuing this new aspect of their family business to increasetheir farm’s profits and to promote public awareness of the complexity and importance of agriculture. 

You can find a variety...

 

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.

The valley is also home to the Creston Valley...

 

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’ll delight in traditional quality with...

 

Challenge what you think you know about yourself by trekking the magnificent mountains surrounding the City of Nelson.

Is rock climbing your thing? Enjoy a day ascending The Date, a very accessible multi-pitch climb within reach of Nelson. It is a great walk into the base of the route, and a fun and thoughtful climb from there. You’ll enjoy stunning views at the top – the rewards of this great adventure. Pick up a copy of The West Kootenay Rock Guide book at...

 

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 posted. These signs are placed in areas where...

 

 A unique depiction of Nelson’s history is displayed on a rock retaining wall at the south end of Vernon Street. Local artist D. Dan Morslander along with 16 students from local high schools painted four large murals on the wall and unveiled them, as a gift to Nelson, during Nelson’s SnoFest Celebration in 1989.

From up close, these murals are quite abstract, but from 20 feet away, their intended viewpoint, it all comes together.  The first painting...

 

After dinner at one of Nelson’s many fine and original restaurants, a perfect way to top off your evening is with some engaging entertainment at Nelson’s intimate theatre, the Capitol. Constructed in 1927, this historic facility is a terrific place to absorb some local atmosphere during your visit. 

The beautifully restored Capitol Theatre provides Nelson with many different productions throughout the year. The Capitol provides a forum for local actors,...

 

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. 

The 2015 Cottonwood Community Market operates...

 

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. 

Pick up an ArtWalk guide at the Visitor Centre on Hall...

 

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 developing people skills.”

Each summer...