The only practical method for touring this area is by road. Car rentals will be available in all major cities. The area is served by an extensive highway network. The Crowsnest Highway (3) is the major east-west route, traversing the area from the Alberta border to the Okanagan. Highway 6 links the area to the North Okanagan in Vernon, and the Trans-Canada Highway passes through this area from Revelstoke to the Alberta border. North-south routes include Highway 23 which links Revelstoke to Highway 6 in Nakusp, and Highway 95 which links Golden to Cranbrook, and the US border farther south.
Greyhound offers coach service to all but the most remote communities in this region.
- Rogers Passbetween Revelstoke and Golden is not to be missed. It receives an incredible ten meters of snow each winter.
- A visit to one of the manyHydroelectric Dams in the area can be fascinating and educational.
- A darker side of Canada’s history is examined at theNikkei Internment Memorial Centre, which preserves the stories of the more than 20,000 Japanese-Canadians interned here during the second World War.
- Fort Steeleis preserved as a 1890s pioneer boomtown. Just north of Cranbrook.
- TheLe Roi Gold Mine and Rossland Museum tell the story of the Kootenay gold rush.
- TheBurgess Shale Fossils, Yoho National Park. A UNESCO World Heritage Site that showcases the world’s finest Cambrian-aged fossils of soft-bodied marine organisms.
- Goskiing or snowboarding at Whitewater (Nelson), Red Mountain (Rossland), Fernie Alpine, Kimberly Alpine, Panorama (Invermere), Fairmont, (Fairmont Hot Springs), Kicking Horse, (Golden), or Powder Springs (Revelstoke).
- The area’s manyProvincial and National parks provide no end of opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. Hiking, mountain biking, and fishing are all popular pastimes in this region.
- Snowmobilingis a popular winter recreation, especially in the Revelstoke area, where competitions and hill-climbs are organized.