Panoramic view from a beautiful hike in West Kootenays, BC
Beautiful trail of Floe Lake hike in Kootenay National Park

West Kootenays

Region in British Columbia, Canada
West Kootenays Map

The West Kootenays is a stunning mountain area that includes towns such as Nelson, Rossland, Castlegar, Salmo, Nakusp and Kaslo. The region has abundant outdoor pursuits, including exceptional hiking, ski touring, mountain biking and more.

The West Kootenays are a bit of a hidden gem. In the southeastern corner of British Columbia, framed by the Trans-Canada Highway from Revelstoke to the north and the U.S. Border to the south, the area includes the Slocan Valley, Kootenay Lake, and part of the Arrow Valley. It is dotted with picturesque mountain towns, but is somewhat more difficult to access than other parts of the Rockies. This creates a more remote and relatively untouched wilderness experience.

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