Quiet roads. Restful villages. Unspoiled landscapes.
Welcome to the heart of the West Kootenays.
A place where time passes slowly and life is less complicated.
Where aimless wandering is not just accepted, but encouraged.
Where the journey truly is the destination.
Find your moments.
Soak in the natural beauty.
BC’s best hot springs are on the West Koot Route -- from thermal caves to spa-style pools to ‘wild’ backwoods options. While here, don’t miss the indie eatery and accommodation options.
Go on an active journey.
Whether it’s hiking in the backcountry or biking on a rail trail or fishing for the legendary Kokanee, this wilderness paradise has it all.
Trace the history & experience the local culture.
Discover some of BC’s most important historic sites, from Sandon ghost town to the Nikkei Memorial Internment Centre to the SS Moyie sternwheeler.
The West Koot Route is in the south eastern corner of British Columbia, just 50 km from the USA Border. It’s a quiet single-lane highway that winds through the heart of the West Kootenays (or ‘West Koots’), a lightly populated region of idyllic villages, snow-capped mountains, and glacier-fed lakes.
Check out what you can do.
Check out the events & festivals happening in every season.
Food & Drink
An abundance of local food and drink options for every taste.
Places to Stay
Experience legendary West Kootenay hospitality.
Two hikers by Kari Medig, Courtesy of KootenayRockies.com
Relax, Courtesy of KootenayRockies.com
Play, Courtesy of KootenayRockies.com
Getting Here Map by Reinfluence Marketing Inc
Happenings, Phil Best, Courtesy of KootenayRockies.com
Food & Drink by David Gluns, Courtesy of KootenayRockies.com
Places to Stay by Ryan Flett, Courtesy of KootenayRockies.com