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Enjoy Summer in the Kootenays

Monday, June 12th, 2017

Beautiful Kootenay mountains and wildflower

British Columbia is, among other things, known for being an outdoor paradise, and the Kootenays Rockies region certainly fits that bill.  Small towns are scattered among the many lakes and rivers, waterfalls, mineral hot springs, wildflower meadows and snowy mountains.  Your outdoor adventure is waiting here for you!

Four of Canada’s national parks are located in this part of British Columbia: Glacier National Park, Mount Revelstoke National Park, Yoho National Park, and Kootenay National Park. Glacier National Park near Golden is Canada’s second oldest national park and is considered the birthplace of mountaineering in North America, as in 1888 two Brits completed the first recreational technical climb in the Selkirk Mountains.  A number of years later Swiss guides that were provided to the guests of the Glacier House Hotel in Roger’s Pass established a network of trails that are used by climbers to this date.  Great Bed & Breakfast accommodation can be found in Golden and Revelstoke as your starting point to explore this park and others.

Takakkaw Falls in Yoho National Park

Hiking, mountain biking, canoeing and kayaking, white water rafting on the Kicking Horse River and horseback riding, bird and wildlife watching, all provide many outdoor adventures in the summer. Kootenay National Park is particularly known for its wide variety of ecology and climate, from arid to mountain peaks.  You’ll find a cold mineral spring at Paint Pots, to mineral hot spring pools at Radium Hot Springs.  Enjoy two great interpretative trails at Mount Revelstoke National Park, the Giant Cedars Board Walk and the Skunk Cabbage Boardwalk, and alpine meadows covered in wildflowers.  Yoho National Park features 28 peaks that are over 3000 meters high as well as Takakkaw Falls, one of Canada’s highest water falls.  Explore the more than 500 million year old Burgess Shale fossil deposit and beautiful Emerald Lake and the Natural Bridge.  Of course all national parks are free to explore this year in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday!

Discover Revelstoke in the beautiful Kootenays

The Kootenay region not only has spectacular natural surroundings, but lively communities, great eateries, breweries, coffee roasters, unique shopping, arts & crafts and farmers’ markets.  For history buffs, you can visit the SS Moyie, the oldest intact passenger sternwheeler in the world, at Kootenay Lake in Kaslo, or take in the Revelstoke Dam Visitor Centre. Revelstoke is also home to British Columbia’s premier railway museum, while in Castlegar you can learn about the culture and lifestyle of the Doukhobors at the Doukhobor Discovery Centre.  Nelson is a great historic little city with hundreds of heritage buildings, great restaurants and sidewalk cafes, and the most active cultural scene in the Kootenays.

There is so much to enjoy and discover in BC’s Kootenay region this summer.  Book your accommodation at a Kootenay B&B as Bed & Breakfast hosts are always a great resource when staying in an area, as they’ll know all the fine details of what to see and do and how to get there.  Have a great summer in the Kootenays!

Red Revels in Revelstoke

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016

The Red Chair had an awesome visit in Revelstoke, in BC’s Kootenay Rockies region!

After spending the holiday season in West Kelowna and Peachland, the Red Chair hopped on the bus to reach his next BC B&B hosts at the Courthouse Inn Revelstoke. With Revelstoke Mountain Resort on its doorstep, Revelstoke has become a prime winter sports resort in British Columbia.  With more than 20 feet of powder on the ground, and the longest vertical in North America, you just knew that Red was going to revel in trying all the different winter sports available to BC travelers in this eastern part of the province.

Was it love at first sight at Revelstoke Mountain Resort?

Was it love at first sight at Revelstoke Mountain Resort?

The Red Chair checks in at Courthouse Inn Revelstoke

The Red Chair checks in at Courthouse Inn Revelstoke

The innkeepers at Courthouse Inn Revelstoke, Shawn and Young Seon, had arranged all sorts of adventures for Red’s stay with them, just as innkeepers often assist their guests to make the most out of their stay.  Red went snowboarding, cross country skiing, downhill skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, curling, and dogsledding!  Wow, talk about a busy schedule, but all of this is available to the traveler who comes to Revelstoke, so Red didn’t want to miss any of it.  Red loved the snowmobiling on Frisby Ridge and especially the dogsledding with Revelstoke Dog Sled Adventures. Red is an animal lover, you know. He even met a special someone on the slopes at Revelstoke Mountain Resort, a special romantic someone that is.  After all his new snow adventures, it was great to take the free ferry ride to Halcyon Hot Springs to soak those sore muscles and relax with a few libations.

snowmobiling on Frisby Ridge Revelstoke

snowmobiling on Frisby Ridge Revelstoke

In between all the snow activities, Red did check out the town of Revelstoke of course.  There was a private showing

at the historic Roxy Theatre, the Revelstoke Museum, some more libations at Mt. Begbie Brewery, and 5 pin bowling at the Cabin, where he also tried the famous fishbowl drink.  Are we seeing a pattern here?  Red’s very comfortable Marie Antoinette Room at Courthouse Inn Revelstoke was a wonderful place to relax and rest up from all the activities, only to start the following day with a great breakfast and more adventures!  Revelstoke has had so much snow that Red even got Revelstuck!  Not that he minded spending more time to enjoy the hospitality at the Courthouse Inn and more snow adventures, before getting on the bus again to meet the innkeepers at his next stop at the Greenwood Country Inn in Pemberton!  Red revelled in Revelstoke and is having such a great BC adventure!

Bed & Breakfast for your BC Ski Vacation

Friday, December 12th, 2014

British Columbia has some fantastic ski areas and resorts.  Not only is North America’s #1 ski resort Whistler Blackcomb in BC, there are a total of 13 major ski resorts in the province with a wide variety of terrain. From Mount Washington on Vancouver Island, with breathtaking views and some of the deepest snow on the coast (Ski Canada magazine gave it the “biggest snow” award in 2012), to Panorama, with one of the largest verticals in North America and Canada’s largest on the hill “hot pools”, there is a ski resort to suit your tastes and provide all kinds of thrills.

Deep snow and great views at Mount Washington

Deep snow and great views at Mount Washington

Canada’s newest ski resort is Revelstoke, with the longest lift served vertical in North America. Revelstoke also offers heli-skiing, cat-skiing, lift skiing and backcountry skiing, the only resort to offer all these options in North America.  Great Bed & Breakfast accommodation for your ski vacation can be found in the town at several Revelstoke Bed & Breakfasts.  Auberge Kicking Horse in Golden is the B&B to stay if your ski vacation takes you to Kicking Horse, where you’ll find some of the highest peaks in the Rockies and endless opportunities for heli-skiing.

Thompson Okanagan ski resorts are known for great powder, family friendly resorts and some of the largest ski areas in the province, and in Canada.  Sun Peaks near Kamloops, Big White and Apex, as well as Silver Star, are popular resorts that offer all sorts of activities for the whole family.  Don’t want to stay on the hill?  Many Thompson Okanagan Bed & Breakfasts are not far away at all!

Of course Whistler Blackcomb is one of the world’s great ski resorts with exciting dining and apres-ski once your day on the hill is over.  Nearby Pemberton as well as Whistler Village offer many accommodation choices, including some great Bed & Breakfasts!  Less than an hour and a half from Metro Vancouver, drive the spectacular Sea to Sky Highway up to some fabulous skiing.  And Metro Vancouver itself has three ski hills right on the North Shore, so if you want to combine your ski vacation with a little urban exploration, Vancouver area Bed & Breakfasts will provide a wonderful home away from home, only better!

Why come to BC for your ski vacation?  Because it has everything for a great time, and so much more!


Come On Out for the 2014 Kaslo Jazz Summer Music Festival

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

2014 Kaslo Jazz Summer Music FestivalThe 23rd annual Kaslo Jazz Summer Music Festival is scheduled for August 1st through the 3rd, 2014 and what a show it will be!

One of the best things about the Kaslo Jazz Summer Music Festival is the venue. Kaslo, BC’s natural green amphitheatre was named as one of the top 10 places in the world to hold a music festival – and we feel sure you’ll agree.

Between the stunning vistas serving as backdrop to all the great performances and the natural acoustics that warm and accentuate every note played, you’d be hard pressed to find a more perfect location for a music festival. Add the unique, floating main stage for the festival that rests just offshore Kootenay Lake’s welcoming, sandy beach and you can see why it garnered such an honor.

This year’s lineup for the Kaslo Jazz Summer Music Festival is an amazing group of talented and diverse musicians:

MAZ – Jazz/World Fusion
Djabe – Jazz/World Fusion
The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer – Blues | British Columbia
George Leach – Blues/Rock
Current Swell – Folk/Rock
Hornography – Jazz/Groove
Kellylee Evans – Jazz/Soul
Matt Schofield – Blues
Wil Campa y su Gran Union – Cuban
Kootenay’s Best Singer – Jazz
Trespassers Will – Rock/Folk
Tofu Stravinsky – Indie-Jazz
Craig Korth and the Guilty Pleasures – Bluegrass
Rabnett 5 + Donnie Clark – Jazz
Jeff Lang – Blues/Roots
25 or 6 to 4 – Rock/Jazz
David Ward – Blues/Rock
Sound of the Sun – Progressive Folk Rock
The Kelly Fawcett Trio – Jazz/Blues

Other stages for the Kaslo Jazz Summer Music Festival include the Front Street Concert Stage, the Maple Tree Stage, the Langham Cultural Center, and St. Andrews United Church.

Along with multiple stages of music throughout the festival’s three days, you can also count on great food, refreshments, and craft vendors selling unique and beautiful handmade items. What a great way to kick off your August!

Kaslo Jazz Summer Music Festival

August 1, 2014 to August 3, 2014
For a full schedule, tickets, and more info, be sure to visit:

Kaslo Jazz Summer Music Festival Lodging
Whatever brings you to the wild and beautiful Kootenay Rockies of British Columbia, be sure to further heighten the pleasure of your visit with a stay at one of our member, bed and breakfast inns. With five spectacular mountain ranges and four National Parks, plus events like the Kaslo Jazz Summer Music Festival, you’ll never run out of fun things to do in our neck of the woods. We dedicate ourselves to providing you the home away from home you deserve with comfortable guest rooms, delicious breakfasts, and those personal touches that leave you refreshed, relaxed, and ready for your next adventure in the Kootenay Rockies.

The 13th Annual Radium Hot Springs Art Glass Show and Sale

Friday, April 18th, 2014

2014, 13th Annual Radium Hot Springs Art Glass Show and SaleThe 2014, 13th annual Radium Hot Springs Art Glass Show is almost here and you do not want to miss it!

In the 13 years that this juried stained glass show has been produced, it has only grown in size. Each year has been larger than the last and has displayed greater, more diverse works. This year’s Radium Hot Springs Art Glass show has gained so much momentum that it should prove to be the biggest and best one yet!

The 13th Annual Radium Hot Springs Art Glass Show and Sale brings together artists from all over western Canada to display their visions in stained glass. True stained glass works of art take careful planning and skills in many fields to successfully produce, and the end results should work whether they are hung to transform light or simply to receive it. (more…)

Let’s Hear it For Summer! and Our Updated Website!

Monday, August 26th, 2013

myra canyon Bed & Breakfast

Let’s hear it for this amazing summer season in beautiful British Columbia!

As we head into the last long weekend of the summer, we encourage everyone to take one last trip! Venture across the province, and stay at one of the many amazing BC Bed & Breakfasts! Or stay local, making it a bit more special with a fun getaway in your hometown.

Travel the Vancouver Coast and pair your stay with a beautiful morning hike – (maybe some last minute back to school shopping) – then unwind and relax with an amazing dinner at any one of the hundreds of amazing culinary restaurants located in the region.

Take a quick ferry ride over to Vancouver Island, and truly understand why Condé Nast Traveler magazine has ranked Vancouver Island as the number one island to visit in Canada in 2012. The eco-system is diverse and they have activities to match. Surf then storm watch in Tofino, or visit  blooming Butchart Gardens in Victoria, or go whale watching at anyone of the amazing communities on the Island.

Visit the Okanagan, the region of BC that truly has something for everyone! An early morning fishing trip, followed by a winery tour in the afternoon and cozying up at one of BC’s finest B&Bs to watch the sunset over the majestic mountain valley landscape. Sounds pretty blissful.

Ride up-north and find all the colors of summer in Northern British Columbia –  including warm-yellow sunsets, rich-green mountainsides and the clearest of turquoise waters. Go off road, and go on horseback or charter a plane or hike to some of the most  idyllic campsites! They may be in the wilderness, but that doesn’t mean they don’t come with modern amenities!

Live large in the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast! No, we are not just talking about the Caribou, but also BC’s largest Provincial Park, Tweedsmuir Provincial Park. The Chilcotin Coast combines a rural culture with artistry and spirit! Take a long horseback ride through some amazing landscapes then eat lunch and tour art studios and historic sites.

Rock’n’Roll the Kootenays! Rock the many outdoor activities (The Kootenays are known for their epic outdoor activities). Hike, bike or go whitewater rafting! Or do all three! Then roll on down to the many hotsprings to relax!

Let’s all celebrate summer and also celebrate the best and most hospitable accommodations, The Bed & Breakfasts and Inns of BC! Search our listings today, check availability and book!

We would also like to celebrate the revamp of our website! We revamped the site to better serve you! Our new design and architecture is much more intuitive for you and aimed to make you find a great B&B quicker! Thank you for your patience during the change and of course, we would love to hear from you on how you think our revamped site is doing! Send us a note! 

2013 Freeride World Tour Starts in Revelstoke, BC for the Second Year in a Row

Saturday, December 8th, 2012
Freeride World Tour Logo

Freeride Word Tour Freeskier at Revelstoke Revelstoke again hosts the opening of the Freeride World Tour.

The Swatch Freeride World Tour by The North Face (FWT) is the preeminent free snow skiing and boarding tournament in the world and will, for the second year running, start off at Revelstoke in the Kootenay Rockies of British Columbia, Canada.

The Freeride World Tour holds the records as both the largest and longest running mountain competition in the history of freeriding skiing and boarding.  Athletes from all corners of the globe will converge on Revelstoke to kickoff the competition for $100,000 in cash prizes.

The action is guaranteed to be thrilling.  Freeriding, whether on skis or a snowboard, combines Olympic-level athleticism with the untamed beauty of natural ski runs.  It’s been called “a vertical free-verse poem on the mountain” by FWT.  Without the use of man made obstacles or even ski run grooming, freeriding is snow sliding sport in its most natural state and is breathtaking to watch.

Attendance is expected to be high for this free admittance event.  It is recommended that you make your Kootenay Rockies lodging plans now and consider a stay in one of our member bed & breakfast inns to make the most of your FWT experience. (more…)

Kimberley Accordion Festival Brings Old Time Music to Kootenay Rockies

Saturday, June 16th, 2012

The accordion music will ring of the hillsides of the Purcell & Rocky Mountains at the International Old Time Accordion Championships in Kimberley, BC.

The 2012 Kimberley International Old Time Accordion Championships (KIOTAC) will be held July 9-14, so now’s the time to make your travel and lodging plans for attending this charming event in the Kootenay Rockies region in the southeastern corner of British Columbia.

A world class line-up of accordionists and over $11,000 in cash prizes ensures that the competition and performances of this Kimberley accordion festival will be hot.

Accordion Competitions for Every Style & Age

The competition categories at KIOTAC include accordion solo, duet and band performers.  Styles of music include Jazz, Popular Music, Light Classical, Diatonic and Improvisational.

Each competitor in all old-time styles will perform dance tunes for each category entered, including a polka, a schottische and a waltz.  These performances will be scored on Phrasing & Old-Time Feeling (40%) Musical Correctness & Technique (30%) and Dance-ability (30%).

Special Guest Artists Concerts & Dances

As of June 12, 2012




Monday, July 9

Cowboy Bob

Made up of former members of roots/country band The Cruzeros, Country Bob performs “Golden Era” (1900 to early 1950s) music using accordion, acoustic guitars, upright bass and stirring vocals.


The Softones

Hailing from Brooks, Calgary, Seven Persons & Tilley, Alberta, The Softones have performed show, gospel and dance music since 1994 using accordion, guitar, keyboard, organ, stand-up bass fiddle, and rousing vocals.

Tuesday, July 10

Mario Pedone IMario Pedone

A “Professor of Accordion” graduate from the Academia de Acordeon Smith, Mario Pedone is a talented player of Classical, European and American Standards, Latin, Tango, and many other styles.


Edwin Erickson & Tight Squeeze

Edwin Erickson is a cofounder of and regular competitor at KIOTAC. Tight Squeeze mixes Nordic and swing styles with a strong sense of nostalgia for America from 1900 through 1920s.

Wednesday, July 11

Kerry Christensen

Virtuoso yodeler (and accordion player) Kerry Christensen is an internationally recognized performer who is equally adept at Alpine, Cajun, classical, Cowboy, Hawaiian, jazz, Jewish, Latin, and his own humorous forms of yodeling.


Alex Meixner @ WMNF Heatwave 5.15.10 - 05Alex Meixner Band

Cutting edge accordionist Alex Meixner and his band specialize in crafting performances that encourage traditionalists to embrace new forms and new-schoolers to embrace the old.

Thursday, July 12: Best of the Platzl Dance

Friday, July 13

Baker Bridge Duet

This duet of talented accordionists is comprised of Michael Bridge, the 2011 Canadian Roland Digital Accordion Champion, and Alicia Baker, a three-time winner of the KIOTAC Happy Hans Open (2007, 2010 & 2011).


Austin Kawa Band

Steeped in and having a love for traditional music, the Austin Kawa Band performs in a broad range of musical styles, including old time, swing, country, and even rock ‘n’ roll of the sixties.

Saturday, July 14

AccordionsKimberley International Old Time Accordion Championships

Massed band performances, awards, and presentations highlight this final concert of KIOTAC.


Alex Meixner @ WMNF Heatwave 5.15.10 - 22Alex Meixner Band – Family Dance

The Alex Meixner Band returns Saturday night for a night of memorable music and dancing.

Accordion Music, Dancing…and Spectacular Mountain Views

Kimberley, BC

Downtown Kimberley, BC evokes Bavarian architecture.

Kimberley, BC, is located between the Purcell and Rocky Mountains and overlooks the Kootenay River Valley, so your music-listening and dancing will be surrounded by the beauty of nature on all sides.

Away from the event, you’ll also have access to a wide array of attractions and activities, including:

  • Over 100 kilometres of multi-use trails
  • Nature Park, one of the largest and most beautiful municipal parks in Canada
  • The Platzl (plaza) is pedestrian-only and features a picturesque setting, boutique shopping and dining
  • Marysville neighbourhood main street shops and restaurants
  • Area cycling, golfing, hiking, hot springs, mountain biking, river rafting and much more

For more information about this event and how to purchase tickets, please visit the Kimberley International Old Time Accordion Championships website.

Choose Kootenay Rockies Lodging as Individual as an Accordion Solo

Kootenay Rockies Bed and Breakfast Inns

Prepare to be pampered by the B&B inn of your choice during your stay for the Kimberley accordion festival in the Kootenay Rockies region of British Columbia

Our Kootenay Rockies bed and breakfast inns offer a personalized lodging experience as you enjoy the Kimberley accordion festival and all the activities and attractions the Kootenay Rockies region of British Columbia has to offer.

Enjoy a large variety of breakfast options, comfortable and luxuriant B&B guest rooms, and the personal service and area knowledge of the innkeepers at locations all across British Columbia’s Kootenay Rockies region.

What’s Your Kimberley International Old Time Accordion Championships Expectation or Experience?

The Kimberley accordion festival has been celebrated in the Kootenay River Valley between the Rockies and Purcell Mountains for many years and has grown to become a major musical event in British Columbia, Canada.

Please share your plans for this 2012 event and memories of past Kimberley accordion festivals.

In the Heart of the Kootenays

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Situated in the heart of the Slocan Valley, the small unincorporated Village of Winlaw is a place of history, uniqueness, and most importantly a strong sense of community. With a population of only 400 people, and named after local pioneer John Brown Winlaw, who built a sawmill on the railway line in 1900, Winlaw is home  to everything from golf shirts, dread locks, lumberjacks, outdoor enthusiasts, and even a couple Mercedes.

Frog Peak, Valhalla Provincial Park

Conveniently located close to popular tourist destinations like the Valhalla and Kootenay Provincial Parks, and the towns of Nelson, Castlegar and New Denver, Winlaw is the perfect getaway for the traveler seeking to ‘get away’. It is also the perfect destination for all mountain bikers as Winlaw is the starting point for the annual Shreddin’ the Loop mountain bike race. In addition to mountain biking, the Village of Winlaw and its surrounding area has much to offer its visitors. Scuba divers can even make the short drive up to Slocan Lake and search to discover the sunken Silverton Box Cars. This popular recreation destination offers hiking, fishing, camping, golfing, and a number of winter activities from skiing to ice fishing which attract visitors from all over British Columbia and Canada on a yearly basis.

The most important part of a holiday to a community such as Winlaw, is finding accommodations that provide a true representation of the culture and community. And when visiting Winlaw, Arica Gardens Bed & Breakfast does just that. A beautiful and luxurious timberframe home on ten acres of land, Arica Gardens is the perfect spot to seek your respite from city living. And with three rooms/suites available, all with great views, your stay at this wonderful Kootenay bed & breakfast will leave you wanting to come year after year!

Nakusp Hot Springs

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Mineral Pool at the Nakusp Hot Springs

Nestled deep within the natural beauty of the Kuskanax valley, locals and tourists alike have been flocking to the Nakusp Hot Springs to relax and revive their lives for decades. Offering over 200 acres of outdoor recreational opportunities from the mineral pools to hiking, biking, and fishing, the Nakusp Hot Springs, and the Arrow Lakes region is a gem in British Columbia’s Kooteneys.

Offering two outdoor pools, one hot and one warm, the Nakusp Hot Springs is the perfect place to rest your aching body and revitalize yourself when you are feeling weighed down with your day to day life. Not only do the pools provide a great excuse to relax, they are also known to provide many health benefits. Two years ago a Hungarian medical study by seven PhD scholars, showed that hot spring soaking is an effective treatment modality in elderly patients with osteoarthritis of the knee or with chronic low back pain, and its benefits lasted for at least 3 months after treatment. Say what? Relaxing in a pool of hot mineral water is good for my health? Sign me up!

And the mineral pools at the Nakusp Hot Springs are only the tip of the ice berg when visiting this region. The Arrow Lakes, which in essence are simply a widening of the Columbia River, offer great recreational opportunities including fishing and water sports. Stretching from Castlegar to Revelstoke, the lakes are surrounded by dense forests home to a great diversity of wildlife from Eagles to Grizzly Bears. The region is also well visited by ATV and snowmobile enthusiasts who can find great trails no matter where they look, and by winter activists who are looking for a spot to strap on their cross country skies and snowshoes.

Only a short drive away from four provincial parks and famous cities such as Revelstoke and Nelson, the Nakusp Hot Springs is a fantastic destination which should not be passed on. And with many great Kootenay Bed and Breakfasts in the region there really is no excuse to skip out on an opportunity to escape the city life and give your mind, body and soul a break while relaxing in the hot mineral pools.