Top 10 Things to do Good for Big Groups in Kootenay Rockies, Kootenay Rockies

May 22, 2022 Vergie Nakamoto

Discover the best top things to do in Kootenay Rockies, British Columbia including Kicking Horse River, Rocky Mountain Buffalo Ranch & Guest Cottage Buffalo Tours, Castlegar Sculpturewalk, Peak Axe Throwing, Emerald Lake, Cranbrook History Centre, Whitewater Ski Resort, Fernie Alpine Resort, Revelstoke Railway Museum, Baldface Lodge.

1. Kicking Horse River

Highway 1, Golden, British Columbia Canada +1 403-762-4554 http://www.kickinghorseriver.com
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5.0 based on 105 reviews

Kicking Horse River

Restless river passing through picturesque valleys offers spectacular scenery and some of the finest white water rafting in the country.

Reviewed By 5cottie - British Columbia, Canada

From White water rafting on the upper reaches to Kayak paddling where is enters the Columbia this river is full of fun (if you're sensible) and adventure. The flow much of the year is pretty fast and it ices over in the winter. DON"T WALK ON IT IN THE WINTER. The thicknes of the ice varies dramatically and if you go through you're not comming out! End EX. If you're there in the spring the ice breakup can be pretty dramtic too at times. Ice from further up the Mountain bottlenecks at Golden and tends to pile up , especially after a hard windter and a fast melt. When it lets go it's a sight to see I'm told! It is a great viewpoint though at any time of the year. Whether from the road bridge or the spectacular covered wooden bridge a few yards downstream. The Riverside walks are pleasant too. Spirit place is a tranquil spot to stop and smell the flowers or take a cold bear at the Riverside Tavern and the water garden adds that visual and aural water delight as you can't see the river for the flood bank, protecting Spirit Place.

2. Rocky Mountain Buffalo Ranch & Guest Cottage Buffalo Tours

1739 Oberg Johnson Rd B.c., Golden, British Columbia V0A 1H1 Canada +1 250-344-4779 [email protected] http://www.leodowney.com
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5.0 based on 169 reviews

Rocky Mountain Buffalo Ranch & Guest Cottage Buffalo Tours

Rocky Mountain Buffalo Ranch & Guest Cottage ~ Buffalo Tours. A working Buffalo & Guest Ranch. We offer educational buffalo tours daily May thru September. The owner, Leo Downey, does one tour every morning May 15th thru September, starting at 10:15 a.m. (Alberta Time )This includes the native fire making demonstration. We also offer year round accommodations in our fully furnished guest cottage and our peaceful cabin by the creek,, Wagon in the Woods and Buffalero's Bunkhouse in the Barn. Make yourself at home, see buffalo in their natural social order, learn about them first hand, wander the ranch and our pristine river frontage on the beautiful Blaeberry River.

Reviewed By 733brianaw - Perth, Australia

If you're visiting Golden, this is a must do! Leo is so knowledgeable and a really lovely person, operating a beautiful tour in a great country setting. My boyfriend and I visited a few days ago and got a private tour and absolutely loved it! The bison are just spectacular to see and his love of them is clear - thankyou so much Leo! :)

3. Castlegar Sculpturewalk

270 Columbia Ave, Castlegar, British Columbia V1N 1G4 Canada 1 250-354-9169 [email protected] http://www.sculpturewalkcastlegar.com/
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5.0 based on 131 reviews

Castlegar Sculpturewalk

Castlegar Sculpturewalk is an annual exhibition of outdoor sculptures, located on a pleasant walking tour in downtown Castlegar. Viewers are encouraged to vote for their favourite sculpture via ballot - the winner of the People's Choice award is purchased by the City for the permanent collections. All of the artworks are available for sale or lease. Ballots/maps are located in red ballot boxes along the route (the start of the route is at the Kootenay Market (635 Columbia Avenue), though you can begin the walk from anywhere. Ballots/maps are also available at the Castlegar Chamber of Commerce, City Hall, or the Kootenay Gallery.

Reviewed By erikblaney - Powell River, Canada

I stumbled across this walk over the weekend and was blown away by some of the sculpture pieces. This is an easy walk with plenty of interpretive signs along the way. I really liked the Indigenous Camas preservation area the most

4. Peak Axe Throwing

415-B Victoria Road W Alpine Village Mall, Revelstoke, British Columbia V0E 2S1 Canada +1 250-837-2937 [email protected] http://www.peakaxethrowing.ca
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5.0 based on 141 reviews

Peak Axe Throwing

We specialize in keeping the stoke indoors, providing you and your friends an Authentically Revelstoke Experience. Located in downtown, Revelstoke, BC directly beside Lordco Auto Parts. Peak Axe Throwing is Revelstoke's only axe-throwing facility and latest must-do activity. Get your axes in here! Walk-ins, Reservations, Birthday Parties and Group Outings. No experience necessary.

Reviewed By 174erine

Dustin makes this place so amazing. His energy, excitement, management and teaching are so well balanced and we had such a fun time!!thank you!

5. Emerald Lake

Emerald Lake Road, Yoho National Park, British Columbia Canada +1 250-343-6783 http://www.parkscanada.gc.ca/yoho
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4.5 based on 1,286 reviews

Emerald Lake

Peaceful lake nestled in the mountains and surrounded by lush, green forest.

Reviewed By RAEF715

Before our trip, without really knowing about the beautiful lakes in the Canadian Rockies, by 13 year old mentioned having a dream about being out on a beautiful lake with mountains around, and he wanted to do that, so a canoe trip here was a top goal on our trip. After hitting some construction traffic on the way, we got in the lot just a couple minutes before the deadline- he and my wife ran in and got the last canoe, while my other son and i just enjoyed the late afternoon light hitting the lake. Just a memorable time, and quite the contrast to the white water rafting we had completed earlier in the day. Louise and Moraine are incredibly beautiful, but loved our time at Emerald Lake.

6. Cranbrook History Centre

57 Van Horne Street, Cranbrook, British Columbia V1C 1Y7 Canada +1 250-489-3918 [email protected] http://www.cranbrookhistorycentre.com/
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4.5 based on 159 reviews

Cranbrook History Centre

The Cranbrook History Centre is a museum and archives dedicated to the research, preservation, and restoration of the history of Cranbrook and the surrounding area. Located in beautiful downtown Cranbrook, the History Centre offers something of interest for visitors of all ages. Also known as the Canadian Museum of Rail, the Centre is also home to the Trans-Canada Limited, a 1929 luxury train, as well as many other restored Canadian trains.

Reviewed By SarahKraus - Edmonton, Canada

The museum was a bit old, but the train tour was wonderful! Our tour guide Logan was great, taught us a lot about the TransCanada line. The amount of work that went into restoring each car is remarkable. Highly recommend stopping in!

7. Whitewater Ski Resort

602 Lake St, Nelson, British Columbia V1L 4C8 Canada +1 250-354-4944 [email protected] http://www.skiwhitewater.com
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4.5 based on 243 reviews

Whitewater Ski Resort

Whitewater Ski Resort, quietly legendary, is hard to describe to those who have not had the privilege to experience its true authenticity and abundance of snow. Over 12 meters (40 feet) of snow falls each season on 2044 vertical feet of uncrowded slopes of family-friendly groomers and bumps, remarkable steeps, top of the line tree-skiing, and endless backcountry. Some come for the legendary skiing, and some come for the legendary food. Whitewater serves up proper Kootenay hospitality with its internationally acclaimed menu that has inspired four National Best Selling cookbooks. Whitewater. Pure, simple and real…DEEP

Reviewed By 417deboraht - Vancouver, Canada

We loved skiing Whitewater over the holidays. We felt safe and well taken care off. The snow conditions were great and everything was well organized. All services ran very smoothly including the lift line ups. Staff and guests followed all the Covid protocols that were in place. The resort's website explains everything really well: what to expect this season, how to book your lift tickets, how to reserve a table to have lunch, etc. Whitewater ski resort should be commended for a job well done!!

8. Fernie Alpine Resort

5339 Fernie Ski Hill Rd, Fernie, British Columbia V0B 1M6 Canada +1 250-423-4655 [email protected] http://www.skifernie.com
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4.5 based on 497 reviews

Fernie Alpine Resort

Deep in the snow, high up on the Powder Highway, lies Fernie Alpine Resort. With 37 feet of perfect powder, stunning scenery, 5 huge alpine bowls and endless downhill thigh burning runs. Don't miss an opportunity to fall in love with Fernie, start in the large Learning Area at the base of the mountain serviced by its own t-bar lift, once comfortable you have a huge resort full of secret powder pockets and hidden mountain spots to keep you occupied throughout your skiing/riding career! Find out why Fernie has been named as a Top 25 Ski Town in the World, Best Winter Trip and Coolest Town in North America in recent years.

Reviewed By RainerLorenz - Merimbula, Australia

We're a couple of 'Motoring/Travel Journalists', catering for German and Australian media. As you would expect we ski every year around the world (for 26 years) and usually only make repeat visits if we really like a place. Fernie is listed in our top 6 in the world and our number one in Canada, although we have another couple of places we like, namely Apex and Revelstoke. Yes, we like the steep and deep, but Fernie is a resort able to cater for all tastes and all skiing abilities. This year was our 8th visit to this mountain and again, we where not disappointed. Although we had little new snow for the 5 days, all groom-able runs where perfectly prepared, even some of the steeper ones. Here and there we could find some untracked runs of about 30cm new white bliss, especially close to trees. This year the emphasis was on speed and carving, which was so much fun and a whole lot different from what we experienced days earlier at Revelstoke. Why do we like Fernie? It offers a lot of skiing variety including some magnificent ski-in, ski-out facilities, like for instance the Lizard Creek Lodge with a chair-lift only 40m from the front door. As mentioned earlier, Fernie has something for every standard of skiing. A lot of runs are protected by trees, great when the weather gets nasty and visibility bad. The drive to the town of Fernie takes only 15 Minutes and on offer are great eateries, shops, drinking holes and entertainment. Fernie is well worth a visit with the possibility to fall into love with the place and . . .

9. Revelstoke Railway Museum

719 Track Street West, Revelstoke, British Columbia V0E 2S0 Canada +1 250-837-6060 http://www.railwaymuseum.com/
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4.5 based on 388 reviews

Revelstoke Railway Museum

For the month of April, we are open Friday through Sunday. We are currently closed to the public Monday through Thursday. At the Revelstoke Railway Museum we strive to preserve, share and inspire a sense of wonder and excitement for our Canadian Pacific Railway. Come and see some of Canada's railway treasures. It's a great experience for all ages!

Reviewed By DonL120 - Chilliwack, Canada

I love trains and anything associated with them. The Revelstoke museum has lots of engines and rolling stock to see, together with great displays of related features. Well laid out with a steam engine and passenger car inside the building with a diesel engine and other cars outside. Plan on stopping for a acouple of hours.

10. Baldface Lodge

Nelson, British Columbia V1L 6A5 Canada +1 250-352-0006 [email protected] http://www.baldface.net/
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4.5 based on 15 reviews

Baldface Lodge

Epic snowcat boarding & skiing in the deep powdery mountains near Nelson, British Columbia, Canada. Massage, sauna, yoga, gourmet food and wine, and comfy luxury lodging.

Reviewed By monibubbles - Laguna Niguel, United States

BaldFace is Epic. This was my first time there. There is not one negative thing I can say about this 3 day experience other than I wish it was longer! I was 1 of 2 girls on the trip along with 46 guys. Pretty much half boards and half skiers. Our Cat carried twelve of us guests, plus Terry our Guide, Wexie our Tail Guide, and Joel our Cat driver. With their vast knowledge of the Kootenays, they took us to the most insane untouched, steep, deep and heavenly terrain. Not one run we rode had a single track on it in all 3 days of riding. Everywhere you looked was untouched fresh powder. I’m was magical! The lodge and accommodation were absolutely mountain beautiful. They offer chalets or rooms in the lodge. The beds were comfy, the rooms were cozy and the views were to die for. The food was exquisite. Hearty and delicious breakfasts, pack your own bag lunches, and fabulous gourmet dinners and desserts. The lodge staff was so friendly and worked so hard. There were laid back, warm, helpful and friendly vibes in the air at all times and everything was orchestrated and presented so perfectly through out the trip. If you have the opportunity to go to BaldFace, GO, you won’t regret it. This was by far the best skiing experience of my life, so far. Can’t wait to see ya’ll next year. SFD!

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