What IS the Kootenay Lifestyle? Part 6a – the “What to Do in the Summer on Land” Edition

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A really big part of the Kootenay Lifestyle involves exploring the spectacular beauty we are surrounded by. Whether you hike, bike, climb, or stroll, to truly embrace the Kootenay Lifestyle means getting out in nature while appreciating its connection to the Ktunaxa Creation Story. Here are some highlights of things you can do, not just in the summer – but in the spring and fall too:

Experience Spectacular Waterfalls

Waterfalls! Boy do we have waterfalls. Below is just a sampling of the spectacular Falls you can find in the East Kootenay. Some of our waterfalls are easy to access (i.e., Marysville Falls) while others (i.e., Heiko’s Trail) are more of a challenge. Some are a short drive from our regional communities, some require a little bit more travel. All are worth it.

Enjoy a Leisurely Hike – or Challenge Yourself with a Doozy

Once again, there are far more opportunities for hiking in the East Kootenay than I could possibly list, but here’s a highlight reel of some of the most popular. And of course, don’t forget the Trans Canada Trail which is located throughout our region.
Note: You’re likely to encounter pristine lakes, stunning waterfalls, and even some wildlife on these trails. For the ultimate guide for hiking in the East Kootenay, check out Mountain Footsteps Guidebook by Janice Strong.

For those who’d like the stunning scenery to be what leaves them breathless, here are some amazing options:

Cranbrook/Kimberley Area:

Fernie Area: 

Creston Area:

Invermere Area:

Golden Area:

If you’re looking for a bit more of a challenge:

Cranbrook/Kimberley Area:

Fernie Area:

Creston Area:

Invermere Area:

Golden Area:

 

For those who are looking for a hard-core adventure:

Cranbrook/Kimberley Area:

Fernie Area:

Creston Area:

Invermere Area:

Golden Area:

Whew! We’ve covered a lot but there is still so much to do outside in the summer (and spring and fall). Next week we’ll go biking, golfing, and so much more. You can’t say the Kootenay Lifestyle is dull!