What IS the Kootenay Lifestyle? Part 6b – The “What to do in the Summer on Land Edition” continued

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As promised, here is Part 2 of What to do in the summer (spring or fall) on land.

This week, let’s explore biking, golfing, and a variety of other fun things to do.

A Mountain Biker’s Paradise

I’ll try to keep this section a little shorter because many of the same trails used for hiking (last week’s post), can also be used for biking.  There are a few additions of note, from the gentle to the gnarly:

Cranbrook/Kimberley Area

  • The Cranbrook Community Forest (including rejuvenated trails bordering College of the Rockies’ Cranbrook Campus)
  • The Magic Line
  • Bootleg Mountain
  • Roller Coaster
  • Upper Coaster
  • Green Chicken
  • More Poultry
  • Purple People Pleaser
  • White Lightning

Those more comfortable on the road can enjoy North Star Rails to Trails.


Fernie Area

  • Dirt Jump Park
  • Cemetery Loop Trail
  • The Lazy Lizard
  • Guide’s Hut Trail Recommendation
  • S-Bomb
  • Project 9
  • Straightline Recommendation
  • Trail to Ale Challenge

Though there isn’t typically a lot of road biking in Fernie, The Fernie City Trail in Annex Park provides 15km of family-friendly trails.


Creston Area:  

  • Creston Bike Park
  • Sullivan Creek Trail
  • Ladyslipper Trail
  • Thompson Pack Trail
  • Duck Lake Access Road

For those looking for a more leisurely bike ride, check out the Millennium Trail, Library Loop, and Steve’s Ride on Creston.ca.


Invermere Area:

  • Mt Nelson Bike & Skateboard Park
  • Meat Grinder
  • Hula Girl
  • South Park
  • Beyond Beef
  • Moose Powder (Upper)

Those more comfortable on the road can enjoy the Markin-MacPhail Westside Legacy Trail.


Golden Area:

  • Kicking Horse Mountain Resort Bike Park
  • Moonraker Trails
  • Mountain Shadows
  • Mount 7
  • CBT

Road bikers rejoice, Confluence Park and the Rotary Trail provide level, graded community-built trails.

Golfing Galore

If you aren’t dazzled already by all there is to do in the summer (well, spring/summer/fall, actually), how about some of the most beautiful and challenging 18-hole championship golf courses? (Don’t worry, there are some less challenging ones too)

Cranbrook/Kimberley Area:

  • Wildstone Golf Course
  • Mission Hills Golf Course
  • Cranbrook Golf Club
  • Bootleg Gap Golf Course
  • Shadow Mountain Golf Course
  • Purcell Golf
  • St. Eugene Golf Resort
  • Trickle Creek Golf Resort

Fernie Area:

  • Fernie Golf & Country Club

Creston Area:

  • Creston Golf Club

Invermere Area:

  • Eagle Ranch Resort
  • Greywolf Golf Course
  • Spur Valley Golf Resort
  • Riverside Golf Course
  • Mountainside Golf Course
  • Radium Course – Radium Resort
  • Springs Course – Radium Resort
  • Copper Point Golf Club
  • Windermere Valley Golf Course

Golden Area:

  • Golden Golf Club


A Bit of This…A Bit of That.

Cranbrook/Kimberley Area: 

A skateboarder in LA, California rides at a skatepark, attempting an assortment of flip tricks and grinds. Youth culture and skill in extreme sports.

  •  Viking Skatepark
  • Arq Mountain Centre (not outdoors but still awesome)
  • Disc Golf
  • Eclipse Helicopters Ltd.
  • Freedom Equine Association
  • GOT Adventure
  • Spur Valley Adventures
  • Wide Open Spaces
  • Windover Equestrian
  • Kootenay Rockies ATV Club
  • Motorized Off-Road Vehicle Trails
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Wander Cominco Gardens
  • Explore the Kimberley Platzl
  • Spirit Rock Climbing Centre (also not outdoors)

Learn more about our backcountry through guided ATV rides by the Kootenay Rockies ATV Club and Backroads Adventures.

Fernie Area:

  • Scenic Summer Chairlift Rides
  • Wander Fernie’s historic downtown
  • Ascent Helicopters
  • Visit Island Lake Lodge
  • Geocaching
  • Go on a Day Trip Adventure
  • Check out the Fernie Oil Derrick
  • The Miners Walk
  • Nature Bob’s Interpretive Centre
  • Tennis
  • Fernie Skate Park

Creston Area:

  • Enjoy local food and drink (including wine tours)
  • Kootenay-Columbia Discovery Centre
  • International Selkirk Loop
  • Creston Skatepark

Get to know the Creston Valley better by going on a tour with Crest0n Valley Tour Company.

Invermere Area:

  • Glacier Helicopters Tours & Adventures
  • Babin Air
  • Invermere Soaring Centre
  • Parasailing/Hang Gliding
  • Pete’s Marina Boat Rentals & Services
  • Mount Nelson Skatepark
  • Valley Zipline Adventures
  • Mineral Mountain Ziplines

Take part in rock climbing, mountaineering, and scrambling with East Kootenay Mountain Guides, or go hiking or backpacking with Playwest Mountain Experience.

Golden Area:

  • Visit the six nearby national parks (Banff, Glacier, Jasper, Kootenay, Mount Revelstoke, and Yoho)
  • Go climbing and/or mountaineering
  • Kicking Horse Aviation
  • Bear Corner Adventures Bed & Bale
  • Explore by ATV, quad, 4×4, or dirt bike
  • Go paragliding or sky diving
  • Golden Freeride Park
  • Soar to new heights at the Golden Skybridge
  • Go on a Wildlife Guided Tour (be sure to say hi to Boo)

BC Mountain Guides and Mountain Services, Flow Guiding Services, and All Aspects Alpine can help make your hiking adventures memorable (and safe).


As long as these last two posts have been, I feel like we’ve only scratched the surface of outdoor adventures available in the East Kootenay. I didn’t even get to camping or hunting which are popular activities in our region and which could be whole blogs themselves. The Kootenay Lifestyle includes exploring, so who knows what else you’ll discover.