BC’s Kootenay region is alive with history and heritage. Full of pristine mountains and rivers, this area boasts wonderfully restored heritage towns, thriving arts communities and gold rush boomtowns. Covering so many of the region’s quaint areas, this tour invites you to explore and experience the lifestyle, culture and community of Canada’s west. Savour the last days of summer and enjoy all that BC’s mountain playground has to offer with stunning panoramic vistas and scenic roadways.
Travelling south on Route 97, we wind our way through the Okanagan Valley. Take in the stunning and breathtaking views that lay just outside your window. From the vibrant hues of Kalamalka Lake to the vast array of scenic vineyards, there is no denying just how beautiful the Okanagan really is. Meeting up with our friends from Paramount Travel, we continue our Journey to the resort community of Osoyoos. Our overnight stay is the Holiday Inn & Suites, located on the shores of Lake Osoyoos. (D)
Today, we visit the Nk’mip Desert Cultural Centre. Pronounced “in-ka-meep”, this state-of-the-art interpretive centre is a hands-on experience that invites you to discover the fascinating stories of Canada’s only desert and share in the rich living culture of the Okanagan people. Following a picnic lunch, we experience the sights and sounds of Doukhobor life as we are taken on a guided tour through the Doukhobor Discovery Centre. Our next three evenings are spent in Nelson at the Hume Hotel & Spa. Wander the colourful downtown from the steps of the downtown. (B, L)
Nelson, an eclectic mix of old families and urban refugees, is a vibrant Victorian town with hundreds of well-preserved heritage buildings, a crazy number of good restaurants, and cool little shops. Jump on board Streetcar #23, a fully functional streetcar that was once in use here in the first half of the 20th century, for a quick tour around town. Then, we are off to visit the unique community of Kaslo. Situated on the banks of the brilliant clear waters of Kootenay Lake, Kaslo is an easy place to fall in love with. Step onboard for a guided tour of the S.S. Moyie, the World’s oldest intact passenger sternwheeler. Then, explore the many shops and local eateries of this picture-perfect town before returning to Nelson. (B)
Today is your day to explore the “Queen City” of Nelson. With over 350 heritage buildings, Nelson has earned a reputation as one of the finest heritage cities in Canada. A self-guided Heritage Walking Tour map will be provided. Peruse the specialty and eclectic little shops that can be found along Baker Street and then taste the flavor of the Kootenays at one of the local dining establishments. The Touchstones Nelson Museum of Art and History is located right across the street from the hotel and is definitely worth a visit. Enjoy your day! (B)
Step back in time at Fort Steele Living History Museum, a restored 1890’s pioneer boomtown. After a hearty BBQ lunch, we continue our exploration of the Kootenays as we make our way to Cranbrook located only a short distance away. Overnight is at the St. Eugene Mission Golf & Casino Resort, a repurposed residential school owned and operated by three First Nations of the area that is encompassed by sweeping views of both the Purcells and Rocky Mountains. (B, L)
Rooted in nature and grounded by culture, Cranbrook was literally created for the railway. Visit the acclaimed Canadian Museum of Rail Travel, the largest collection of restored rail travel cars in North America. Celebrate the glory days of a bygone era of travel as you admire these restored beauties then continue to Kimberley, known for its Bavarian theme, Cominco Gardens, and cuckoo clock, the largest freestanding one in North America. There is free time for lunch and to explore the shops around the town’s Platzl. Our last night is at the quirky Three Valley Lake Chateau, a labour of love still owned and operated by the Bell family, pioneers in BC tourism. Take a guided tour of the Heritage Ghost Town and the Railway Roundhouse, the largest operational one in North America. Swap ghost stories with your new friends over a delicious BBQ dinner served in the saloon. (B, D)
Head home along the Trans-Canada Highway and say a fond farewell to your travel companions, until next time! (B)
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
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September 12, 2021 Guaranteed Departure
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