The Kootenay region is located in the southeast of British Columbia bordering Alberta and the United States. The landscape is a moving feast, changing at every turn, with stunning vistas around almost every corner and a common theme of dramatic mountain ranges, dense forest, diverse wildlife, rivers and lakes. Travelling through the region, visitors are treated to quiet highways and welcoming communities with residents from almost every corner of the globe making up an eclectic and inspiring experience.
The property market offers opportunity for every budget throughout both the East and Western parts of the region with affordable acreages and more urban style living both available, as well as everything in between.
Business is alive and well. Primary economic drivers are resource extraction and forestry with agriculture and tourism also making a considerable contribution to local economies and vigorous entrepreneurial activity across many other sectors.
Visitors come to the Kootenays in every season to experience the majestic mountains, alpine meadows, abundant wildlife and many beautiful lakes, rivers, and streams. What is often a surprise for them is the discovery of a thriving arts and culture scene, with events held throughout the year for theater, dance, music, and visual arts, as well as by regional heritage organizations. It is just one of the many reasons Kootenay Communities are wonderful places to live.
The abundance of first-rate recreational facilities and a pleasing four-season climate is perfect for year-round outdoor activities. The rugged landscape of the region affects weather patterns dramatically, with conditions varying from one valley to the next, allowing families to choose the right climate for them.
The winter welcomes skiers and snow boarders as well as intrepid snowmobilers, ice fishermen, cross country skiers and mountaineers.
As spring roles around and the snow gradually recedes, activity in the valley bottom starts with mountain bikes being tuned up, kayaks taking to the rivers and the beautiful wild flowers adding colour to the landscape.
By the time the mountains transition into summer, hiking up into the alpine areas again becomes possible and the odd dip in one of the many lakes becomes a refreshing option. Golfers start swinging, fishermen can take advantage of some of the best dry fly fishing in the world, and if you enjoy camping then this is the perfect time to get out into the parks or venture into the backcountry.
Fall is stunning. Colours appear on the trees and outdoor activities continue late into the year including hunting and fishing… Then it’s time to start the exciting cycle again!
The diverse communities of the Kootenay region all love to celebrate the importance of family. With events to attend, clubs to join, countless outdoor activities to take advantage of, and thriving local arts scenes, families are always busy enjoying the Kootenay region.