Kootenays, British Columbia
The Kootenays region is a mountainous region that makes up the southeastern portion of the Canadian province of British Columbia. Specifically, it encompasses the Crowsnest Highway (Highway 3), which runs through the Monashee and Selkirk Mountains between Grand Forks and Creston, Slocan Valley and Upper Arrow Lake (from Salmo to Galena Bay) and the North Kootenay Lake and Selkirk Valleys (from Kaslo to Galena Bay).
The Kootenays is named after the Kootenay River, which was itself named after the Ktunaxa (or Kootenai or Kutenai) First Nation. The explorer David Thompson was the first to encounter the Ktunaxa.
Since waters and mountains abound in the Kootenays, there's no shortage of adventurous outdoor recreation - from snowmobiling to hiking, climbing, downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, helli-skiing, boating, river rafting, kayaking, whale-watching, camping, golf, and much more.
Provincial parks also abound in the area: Boundary Creek, Champion Lakes, Kokanee Creek, Kokanee Glacier, Kootenay Lake, Nancy Greene, Syringa Creek, Texas Creek and Valhalla Provincial Park.
The Kokanee Creek Provincial Park is particularly great for camping, as it is the site of many historical and natural attractions. Adventurous hikers, mountaineers and ski mountaineers will love the rugged grounds of Kokanee Glaciers Provincial Park. Indeed, each of these parks have something unique to offer.