The Kootenay Rockies region of British Columbia has four mountain range to boast about; the BC Rockies, the Purcell Mountains, the Selkirk Mountains, and the Monashee Mountains. Seven national and provincial parks are designated Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Between these ranges are the enormous Arrow Lake and Kootenay Lake, and the Columbia River rolling through Columbia Valley. The diverse region offers glaciers, canyons, grasslands, rushing rivers and the ever-popular mineral hot springs, creating a wilderness backcountry adventure playground for hiking, camping, whitewater kayaking and rafting, rockclimbing, and horseback riding in summer, and winter draws skiers, snowboarders, snowshoers and cross-country skiers to the many alpine ski resorts.

Marble Canyon in Kootenay National Park, British Columbia Rocky Mountains, BC, Canada.
Marble Canyon in Kootenay National Park, British Columbia Rocky Mountains, BC, Canada.

The Kootenays

Dominated by mountains and water, the Kootenays region of British Columbia is cradled by the Monashee Mountains to the west, and the Selkirk and Purcell Mountains to the east. Between these ranges are the enormous Arrow and Kootenay Lakes, and the major wilderness parks of Valhalla and Kokanee Glacier.

BC Rockies

This region is a motherlode of serious adventure, with the mountainous parks presenting some truly extraordinary landscapes to explore. The Columbia Valley is surmounted by the Rocky Mountains on the east and the Bugaboos on the west, with the Columbia River rolling through the southern part of the valley.