Travel Inspiration

There's No Shortage of Travel Inspiration 

The Kootenay Lake region is a travel inspiration hotspot. There's impressive history, heritage, arts, nature and people around every corner. Find out what makes our region so special, you're bound to find inspiration to plan a trip.

Our Place

The ‘Our Place’ series gives you an insight into the lives of a handful of the local legends who call Kootenay Lake home. Answering the question of what makes our region unlike any other, this series highlights just a few of the many reasons why arts, activities, and people in the Nelson and Kootenay Lake region are something special.

What makes Kootenay Lake unique?

Locally Made

Take a stroll through our one-of-a-kind stores and bustling markets to find an array of locally made products. You're sure to find the perfect memento or gift for any occasion.

I'm ready to shop for local gifts

Local Photographers

Every month a local photographer is showcased through our Photographer in Residence program. We have been successfully running this program since April 2021. Now you can take a peak through the lens of these photographers that call Kootenay Lake their home.

Show me inspiring imagery


Have a listen to the Hear & There Podcast for a taste of what our region has to offer. These byte-sized podcasts are quick and easy to listen to, so you can get your fix of Kootenay Lake goodness anywhere, anytime.

What are the locals saying?

Responsible Travel

The Kootenay Lake region is committed to responsible travel. Please review our visitor code of conduct to help us protect and preserve our beautiful region.

I want to respect nature


Looking for some travel inspiration stories? We've got plenty of them! Our collection of stories about the region will help you get to know it better and might even give you some inspiration for your next vacation.

Story time on Kootenay Time


Get inspired by the various events happening around Kootenay Lake. The region's daily events are listed on the Kootenay Calendar. Click on the button below and filter by Category, Community or Day.

Events Calendar


Visit our Reservation System that provides you hotel rates and seasonal specials with a direct booking link to the accommodator. An additional feature is a list of attractions to make it easy for you to book direct and plan a trip. 

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The Region

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Read our visitors guide online or order a copy of the official visitor's guide and map for our region.