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Day 1 – Revelstoke

2 p.m.
Get your tree legs at SkyTrek Adventure Park

Half an hour west of the town of Revelstoke and about two hours from Kelowna International Airport, SkyTrek Adventure Park offers activities for adrenalin seekers of all levels and ages, from the epic kids-only Jungle Gym to the Sky Climb, which lets you scale tall trees via strapped-on climbing holds. The highlight is the Aerial Trekking Course, a series of increasingly challenging (and increasingly high) obstacles, like wobbly walkways and ziplines, that ends with the Leap of Faith – a jump from a sky-high platform into thin air. Reassurance for the cautious: The automatic belay system will catch you and lower you safely to the ground.

7060 Trans-Canada Hwy., 866-944-9744, skytrekadventurepark.com

6 p.m.
Dine on the patio at Chubby Funsters

Downtown Revelstoke’s Grizzly Plaza hosts a different band every evening from late June to late August as part of the Revelstoke Summer Street Fest. While chairs for spectators are set out in the plaza, you can also enjoy the tunes from the plaza-side patio of town institution Chubby Funsters, whose long menu features plenty of pub mainstays. Ask for the list of rotating BC beers on tap, which might include Surrey’s Central City or nearby Fernie Brewing Co.

114 MacKenzie Ave., 250-837-2014, facebook.com/Chubby-Funsters-Kitchen-and-cocktails-735852543169976

Day 2 – Revelstoke

Revelstoke Mountain Resort

Photo: Ian Houghton

10 a.m.
Indulge your need for speed

The beauty of the open-air Pipe Mountain Coaster at Revelstoke Mountain Resort is that you have full control of your speed: Push the lever just a little for a gentle downhill ride or all the way to hit speeds of up to 42 km/h as you wind down 1.4 kilometres of track and a 279-metre vertical drop. Tip: If you know you’ll want to go fast, ask for an extra-long wait after the person in front of you starts to descend.

2950 Camozzi Rd., 866-373-4754, revelstokemountainresort.com

Mount Revelstoke National Park

Photo: Rob Buchanan

1 p.m.
Hug a tree and watch for wildlife

You could spend weeks exploring the diverse mountain scenery surrounding Revelstoke. But since you’ve only got an afternoon, check off some of the short trails in Mount Revelstoke National Park. Breathe deep on the Giant Cedars Boardwalk, an easy half-kilometre loop through old-growth forest and past centuries-old cedar trees. Then drive up to the summit for access to the Fire Lookout trail, which leads to an ancient lookout station and stellar regional views.

250-837-7500, pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/bc/revelstoke

Day 3 – Golden

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort

Photo: Kicking Horse Mountain Resort

10 a.m. – Kicking Horse Mountain Resort
Get bear aware

Drive two hours from Revelstoke, via the town of Golden, and check into Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, known in winter for its steeps and powder and in summer for its famous resident, Boo the grizzly bear. Once an orphaned cub, Boo now reigns over his own 20-acre enclosed refuge. Interpretive tours explain how he’s helped researchers better understand these giant mammals.

kickinghorseresort.com

via ferrata

Photo: Scott Brown

2 p.m.
Reach new heights

Italian for iron road, a via ferrata is a mountain-climbing route created with steps and handholds – and the essential safety cable – built right into the rock, making steep rock faces accessible even to beginners (though a basic level of fitness is ideal). At Kicking Horse, a guide will accompany you every step of the way and even take that perfect summit photo.


Lush Mountain Accommodations

5 p.m.
Live the chalet life

Sleep on-resort tonight in a private home or condo rented through Lush Mountain Accommodations. The selection runs the gamut from cozy to grandiose. Pick one with its own hot tub or sauna to really soak in the mountain experience.

888-344-8681, lushmountain.com

Day 4 – Invermere

Arrowhead Brewing Company

Arrowhead Brewing Company

12 p.m.
Sample local brews

While it’s now part of a huge global company, Kicking Horse Coffee (named for a local mountain pass) started out in 1996 as a tiny roastery in the town of Invermere. Stop by its café for a cup of joe and a sandwich, and pick up some energy balls and a bag of beans for the road.

491 Arrow Rd., 250-342-3634, kickinghorsecoffee.com
 

Across the street is the Arrowhead Brewing Company, which has been making beer for more than five years. The range of brews created by owners Leanne and Shawn Tegart and team includes six permanent varieties, including the playfully named India Session Ale I’ve Been Thinking About Getting the Band Back Together and a handful of seasonal options. Visit the taproom for a flight of seven tasters or take some bottles or cans to go.

481 Arrow Rd., 778-526-2739, arrowheadbrewingcompany.ca

Pedal and Tap

Photo: Nicole Leclair

4 p.m.
Soak your cares away

The Kootenay region is dotted with natural hot springs, but perhaps none is as picturesque as Lussier, at the edge of Whiteswan Lake Provincial Park and 17.5 kilometres along a Forest Service Road. There’s no cell service here, so you can let your mind wander as you alternate between gravel-lined pools of varying temperatures. Once your fingertips are wrinkled, drive one hour to the town of Kimberley for dinner at Pedal and Tap and a good night’s sleep. (Try the Mucky Fries topped with mozzarella, cheddar, maple bacon, green onions and chipotle sauce.)

Pedal and Tap 215 Spokane St., 250-427-3325, pedalandtap.com
Whiteswan Lake Provincial Park, env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/whtswan

Day 5 – Crawford Bay/Nelson

11 a.m.
Shop for artisan wares

On the east side of Kootenay Lake, tiny Crawford Bay is known for its community of artists and artisans and the souvenir-acquiring opportunities they provide. Pick up a brochure and choose from vendors selling forged-iron home accessories, hand-woven hats and even handmade brooms in historic styles. When you’re done, you’re minutes from the free Kootenay Lake ferry that will take you across toward Ainsworth Hot Springs and the town of Nelson.

artisansofcrawfordbay.com

Ainsworth Hot Springs

Photo: Matthew Brown

3 p.m.
Get steamed up

The waters that feed into Ainsworth Hot Springs have long been visited by the local Ktunaxa, but it was only in the 1930s that they were developed into a pool, complete with steamy horseshoe-shaped cave. Now a resort complex (with hotel and restaurant) owned by the Lower Kootenay Band, they’re a busy destination for vacationers. Alternating a hot soak with a cold plunge is the best way to experience the waters.

3609 Balfour-Kaslo-Galena Bay Hwy., 800-668-1171, ainsworthhotsprings.com

Tremont Loft

6 p.m.
Live that boutique life

As quaint and quirky as the town it calls home (but definitely more stylish than average), the Tremont Loft takes up the 1,400-square-foot top floor of the heritage building that also houses gift, accessory and map shop (and sister business) Cartolina. Two bedrooms and two bathrooms make it just right for couples travelling together; be sure to leave time for aperitifs on the private patio.

250-551-2000, cartolina.com/pages/the-tremont-loft

Day 6 – Nelson

10 a.m.
Soar above the trees

Kokanee Mountain Zipline offers two-hour guided excursions seven days a week. Zigzag across the scenic Kokanee Creek ravine at speeds of up to 100 km/h; the longest line stretches more than 700 metres and has you soaring 90 metres above the ground.

844-764-4484, zipkokanee.com

Cartolina

2 p.m.
Shop downtown Nelson

Known for being artsy and offbeat, Nelson is home to many stores with souvenir-worthy wares. Find vintage maps and souvenir T-shirts at Cartolina (the shop below the Tremont Loft); try on clothing and accessories at Scout; and browse artwork and artisan creations at Craft Connection art cooperative. If you have time, stop by Touchstones Nelson, an art and history museum with a fine gift shop.

Cartolina 652 Baker St., 250-551-2000, cartolina.com
Craft Connection 378 Baker St., 250-352-3006, craftconnection.org
Scout 532 Ward St., 250-352-1878, scoutclothing.ca
Touchstones Nelson 502 Vernon St., 250-352-9813, touchstonesnelson.ca

Pitchfork Eatery

6 p.m.
Have dinner at Pitchfork Eatery

Opened in 2017, Pitchfork Eatery checks all the trend boxes: charcoal in cocktails, vegetarian and gluten-free menu options, even its own 20-acre farm, just 15 kilometres out of town. Start with the Old Growth Forest, a blend of cedar-infused gin, lemon and rosemary peppercorn syrup; then ask your server for a wine to pair with a grilled chicory Caesar starter and elk rack main.

518 Hall St., 250-352-2744, pitchforkeatery.ca

Day 7 – Nakusp

MacDonald Creek Provincial Park

Photo: Kip Wiley

10 a.m.
Catch some rays

Head northbound out of Nelson with a picnic lunch on hand for one last stop: the wide, sandy beaches of MacDonald Creek Provincial Park, outside of Nakusp. The waters of the Arrow Lake reservoir are chilly but a welcome respite on hot days.

Hwy. 6, 10 km south of Nakusp, env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/mcdonald_crk

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