The Kootenay Rockies is located in British Columbia and it is dubbed as an incredible mountain playground where you will find national parks, a magnificent view of glacial peaks, mineral hot springs, as well as various trails. If you are the adventure seeker type, there are so many things that you can do in this awesome place so make sure to include this in your travel bucket list, but that is if you haven’t yet. In any case, below are some of the things you can do in the Kootenay Rockies, and perhaps even spend one fun night in this splendid place.
Hike the Trails
One of the things that you can do in the Kootenay Rockies is to hike its trails that encompass not one, but four national parks. You can choose from various trail difficulty levels that are suited to your capabilities, but you need to research the route beforehand. This will also allow you to plan on where you can set up camp to rest and spend the night under the stars if you intend on going for overnight camping. While you are gathered around a bonfire, go ahead and enjoy roasted marshmallows, smores, kootenay gummies, and edibles, or other sweets that you are fond of. Otherwise, there is also the option for you to embark on a multi-day guided tour to experience various trails that boast of different sceneries.
Navigate the Cycling Trails
Another thing that you can do in the Rockies is to navigate its various cycling trails. Some trails are meant for adrenaline junkies but there are also those which are more manageable for novice cyclists. Some trails are perfect for families with little kids who love to bike around such as those found in the Fernie Dirt Jump Park. Heading towards the east of this park will take you to the waters of the Elk River, Annex Pond, and Maiden Lake. Like with hiking, you can also set up camp to spend the night after cycling the trails.
Go on a River Rafting
Speaking of the waters in the Rockies, you may also want to consider heading on a river rafting adventure. There are instances wherein the waters are somehow gentle, but you need to brace yourself for the sudden turbulent waters of the Kicking Horse River, which is more popular for the daredevils. Conversely, if you prefer relaxed waters for river rafting, go to the Columbia River Valley for a gentler glide wherein you will be able to enjoy a big mountain view. Rest assured that the licensed rafting operators will provide you with everything that you need for this adventure.
Dip in the Hot Springs
One of the coolest ways to spend a fun night in the Rockies is by dipping in the hot springs after your whole day adventure. In this case, you are likely to enjoy the benefits of only a single healing hot spring. If you find that this is not enough for you, you can embark on a “hot spring road trip” wherein you will have the opportunity to bask in as many as 13 different hot spring key stops along your journey. All of which have a temperature that is sure to melt all your aches and pains away.
Fish in the Rivers and Lakes
If you are fond of fishing, then you should set up camp near the rivers and lakes of the Rockies. You won’t be disappointed and for sure you will have a trophy catch because there are bountiful fish in these waters. However, you need to ensure that you secure the necessary permits to fish in the area because the government requires licenses which you can conveniently secure online or through charter operators.
Get Up Close with a Grizzly
Finally, if you want to be up close and personal with a grizzly, then the Rockies is the perfect go-to place for you. Head to the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort where you will find the largest bear refuge in the world. You can book a tour at any time of the year since these are available all year-round, but a summer tour is much more rewarding in terms of seeing active grizzlies.
In conclusion, make sure to visit the Kootenay Rockies because for sure, you will never regret your decision to do so. Whether it is hiking or cycling its trails, exploring its waters, or getting up close with wildlife, for sure you will find a thrilling adventure that is in the books. If you need a therapeutic relief that only nature can give, this place is where you need to be.