A road trip through the Kootenays in British Columbia
I spent the first week of life on the road driving through the winding roads and lakes of the Kootenay region in British Columbia. There are so many unique stops along the way and I barely scratched the surface, but here are the highlights!
Artisans of Crawford Bay
Crawford Bay is British Columbia’s artisanal hamlet and surrounded with beautiful views. I spent the afternoon chatting with the loveliest handweavers, potters and broom makers. The Lady Bug Café made the perfect lunch spot before hopping back on the ferry.
Watch the video on Instagram here! You can find more information on the Artisans of Crawford Bay website here.
Longest free ferry ride in the world
You won’t be able to continue down the road without taking this record-breaking ferry ride! Enjoying the views of Kootenay Lake on this 35 minute long ride for free make this one way more fun.
Watch the video on Instagram here! Find more information on the Kootenay Lake ferry website here.
The City of Nelson
This one is a favourite for many. There is so much to enjoy in the city and in the surrounding area! My first stop was to take in the effortless panoramic views from Gyro Park. From there, I made my way to hop on Streetcar #23. For a small donation, you can take a ride along Nelson’s waterfront on a restored streetcar originally built in 1906.
If you’re feeling up for a hike, Pulpit Rock is one of the most
popular trails for a reason. Only 3.5km out-and-back and you’ll be rewarded with even more views! Or you could simply wander the streets of downtown stepping in and out of local cafes and bookshops.
Watch the video on Instagram here!
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Ghost Town of Sandon
If you are willing to travel a little off the beaten path, this one’s for you!
This abandoned mining town once had a population of 5000 people, but now is home to only six and a collection of trolley cars. I spent the afternoon chatting with the locals and taking in the town’s rich history. There is a museum, a historic hydroelectric plant and a small café!
Watch the video on Instagram here.
Halfway Hot Springs
There are many hot springs in the area, but these natural pools are my first pick! Not only are they beautiful and well-maintained, they are free. It only means driving down a very long bumpy logging road.
Make it worth the drive by staying the night at the nearby BC Rec Site for $15/night (first come, first serve).