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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!

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.

Cruisin’ in the Queen City, that’s Nelson don’t ya know!

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

The Queen City Cruise, September 10 and 11, is a fairly new happening in historic Nelson in the Kootenay Rockies region, having begun in just 2003.  The Nelson Road Kings, and car collectors from all over, even the famous Dukes Car Club, America’s oldest established car club, find the appeal here to show off their cars.  Whether you think of Nelson as the “Queen City” or the “Heritage City”, it offers cosmopolitan dining, fascinating shopping and great BC Innkeepers’ Bed & Breakfast lodging, all on the shores of stunning Kootenay Lake.  It’s no wonder car buffs bring their eye popping best rides here for this good time event.   If you’ve a car you want to show you can register early at the Bogustown Pub on September 10th or at 9 AM on Saturday the 11th.  Friday afternoon there will be a soap box derby hosted by the Nelson Business Association and then a parade ending downtown.

Saturday morning is the big Show and Shine event on Baker Street.  Prizes and trophys will be awarded in the afternoon.  At 7 in the evening doors open for The Roof Top Dance at the Parkade, featuring Pauly and the Greaseballs.  Eat your heart out Bowser…