Review: Where Locals Hike in the West Kootenay

Yes, locals refer to this as “the guidebook”. With over 50 hikes of premier trails – including day hikes, backpacking trips, and off-season treks- this book is a great resource for locals and tourists alike.

Title: Where Locals Hike in the West Kootenay – the Premier Trails in Southeast BC near Kaslo and Nelson

Published: 2012 (3rd edition)

Authors: Kathy and Craig Copeland



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Why so Blue?

A few people have noticed that photos in the Kootenays are really very blue.

“Is something wrong with your camera, Abby?”

Well, no. This is atmospheric perspective at work – the effect of the atmosphere on viewing distant objects. The further away a mountain is, the more blue light from the sky is scattered across the line of sight, and the more blue the distant mountain appears.

And as the Kootenays are layered with distant mountains and moist air, everything turns pretty blue on a sunny day!

Slocan-Evans Creek

The Slocan-Evans Creek trail is a ‘there and back again’ hike, following the Slocan lakeshore along the edge of Valhalla Provincial Park. The turnaround point is the bridge over the roaring Evans Creek, but the trail continuously opens up into rocky meadows and lapping crystal-blue shoreline.


Map: Valhalla Provincial Park

Trailhead: Main Street, Slocan – BC Parks Kiosk

Distance, round trip: 17km

Elevation: +200m

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