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Consider outdoor exhilaration, mountain peaks and charming towns when planning your summer staycation
As British Columbians, we seek solace in the mountains, humbled and exhilarated by their magnitude. In eastern B.C., dramatic landscapeswith their towering peaks, plunging falls, and charming townshelp us connect with nature on a grand scale. This summer, discover larger-than-life mountains and outdoor adventure in places like Fernie, Revelstoke, and Valemount. While the journey may take longer, the experience will leave you awestruck.
Once youve been, you know. Mountain ranges in this part of B.C. are on a different scale. Even the most seasoned adventurist is speechless at the sight of the Rocky Mountains. Mount Robson Provincial Park, home to the largest peak in the Canadian Rockies, is a must-see.
This area is home to seven UNESCO-designated parks, including Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park. Explore the mountain ranges with a lift-accessed alpine hike, or plan a stay in a backcountry lodge surrounded by ancient peaks.
A trip to B.C.'s mountain towns, as wild and vibrant as the nature surrounding them, is a rite of passage for every British Columbian. Tucked into valleys, on shores of rivers, and along old railway routes, communities like Fernie and Cranbrook are pulsing with energy and entrepreneurial spirit. Spoiler alert: the vibe is infectious, if you havent already been.
As you may have observed, a feverish pursuit of outdoor activities and great coffee are common traits, but each town has its own personality and charm. Swing by a java joint, like Nelson's Oso Negro, to find friendly faces and a laid-back vibe. Absorb the ethos of each place by visiting Indigenous-owned businesses, exploring historic attractions, popping into boutiques, and meeting interesting characters.
In the mountains, a day of adventure almost always ends with an aprÃ¨s. Sip craft beer on a sun-drenched patio, and live like the locals doif only for a short while.
If you love the outdoors, you may have already paid a visit to the Kootenays or Valemount for the abundance of activities. But, once is never enough. From hiking to biking, paddling to golfing, there'splenty to keep you entertained.
With four lift-accessed bike parks (including Golden's Kicking Horse Mountain Resort) and 600-plus trails, the Kootenays are a mountain biker's paradise. Whether your ascent is lift- or leg-powered, you can conquer some of the province's best-known bike trails, maneuvering through tight singletrack and wheeling through alpine wildflowers.
Paddle the calm waterways or navigate raging rapids. Kootenay Lake, home to the world's largest trout species, is prime for fishing. Tip: hire a guide for insider knowledge. Meanwhile, tee time is served with spectacular mountain views when you golf at one of the 25 championship courses in the Kootenays.
From local gems hiding in plain sight to natural wonders further afield, It's time to rediscover B.C. with a collection of experiences from around the province:
Learn more about these B.C. experiences at ExploreBC.com.