On the shores of Kootenay Lake, life in NELSON is unhurried, and people still smile and greet visitors. Kootenay Lake rarely freezes, allowing great fishing year-round, it boasts the world's largest rainbow trout, the Gerrard, which grows up to 30 pounds. Take the longest free Ferry Ride in the world, a 40-minute scenic crossing of the lake, from nearby Balfour to Kootenay Bay. In winter, legendary "bottomless powder" is popular with snowboarders and cross-country skiers alike. Visit Nelson for the Sno Fest in February or watch 150 teams compete when Nelson hosts the world's largest summertime Curling Bonspiel. KASLO enjoys the distinction of being called "Switzerland of the Americas" and justifiably so. This quaint little hamlet, nestled on the shores of Kootenay Lake is northeast of Nelson Summers are sheer magic, with excellent fishing, swimming and boating. Wintertime provides ideal conditions for cross-country, backcountry, snowcat skiing and snowmobiling. The ski resort town of KIMBERLEY became known as the "Bavarian City of the Rockies" in the early 1970's. Canada's largest free standing operating cuckoo clock lives here, and is home to their mascot, Happy Hans. Every hour on the hour, Happy Hans greets visitors and locals with his Bavarian yodel.
The community of FERNIE, in the heart of southeast British Columbia, boasts a world-class ski mountain. That rises 5 km. above the town. Grab a pair of snowshoes or cross-country skis and explore powder filled forests, or hop aboard a dogsled for an ultimate adventure. CRANBROOK, the largest city of the Rocky Mountain region, is located in the Columbia Valley. It is said that the railway made this city. The Canadian Museum of Rail Travel houses a fine collection of beautifully restored classic railcars and locomotives. CRESTON presides over a broad and fertile river valley, where the Kootenay River meets Kootenay Lake. In "The Valley of the Swans," the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area, is a major stopover for migrating Tundra Swans, and a refuge of species of birds and for hundreds waterfowl. Don?t forget your camera!