Have you ever found yourself back road cruising, bike riding down the middle of Main Street, emersed in that extra little freedom that you can only find in teeny, tiny Kootenay towns? There is an element of safety when you know all of your neighbours and that the park/school/water is only steps away – no matter where in town you live. Not to mention the amazing mountain views you’re almost guaranteed to find on almost every street.
Before you decide it’s too good to be true + that you and your family can’t afford to live in B.C., check out these tiny mountain towns:
Just like it sounds, Edgewater is a cute little town on the east side of the Columbia River. It boasts Pips Country Store (a general store/gas station), a beautiful school, Einsteins Treehouse (a great daycare facility), and real-estate prices that can’t be beat.
If Golden still has too much hustle and bustle for you, check out Parson. Parson also sits adjacent to the mighty Columbia River and is minutes away from Golden B.C. and Kicking Horse Resort. It’s known for its outdoor activities and access to the backcountry.
3. New Denver
Located between the eastern side of Slocan Lake and the Selkirk Mountains, New Denver is known for hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, canoeing, cross-country skiing, and a progressive K-12 School. Are you a physician looking for a new place to call home? View the recruitment video put together by the Slocan District Chamber of Commerce
Balfour, British Columbia is more than a few shops along the Ferry landing on your way to Nelson. With 60+ businesses and lower real-estate prices than Nelson, you could find yourself among the locals fishing, hiking, biking and golfing along the Kootenay Bay in no time. Balfour’s K-5 school is only minutes from downtown, and children in grade 6 on bus to Nelson to attend school.
5. Canal Flats
This is not the first time you’ve heard us say that Canal Flats is the next best place to live or Invest. The new Columbia Lake Technology Center (CLTC) is operational and for the time being there is access to affordable housing and room to develop. Oh, and the pristine location between the Rocky Mountains and the Columbia Lake is alright too.
Known for the Kaslo Jazz Etc. Festival and the town’s olden day charm, this tiny B.C. town has it all: from outdoor recreation to rich history to business opportunities. To find out more about Kalso and other tiny B.C. towns click here: https://imaginekootenay.com
Though very different, these six Kootenay towns have a lot in common. Safety, adventure, affordability and mountain views are only a few of the things that make these tiny Kootenay towns so livable.
If you would like to read more about these Kootenay towns + more visit our website www.imaginekootenay.com.