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
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!
This easy hike offers extreme scenery along the blue vista of Kootenay Lake. With access to multiple beaches of smooth pebbles and clear water, Pilot Peninsula is a choice day hike!
Map: Pilot Bay Provincial Park (note: the trail goes beyond park boundaries)
Trailhead: Pilot Bay Road, close to the Kootenay Bay ferry landing
Distance, round trip: 12.8km
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
A solid trek from the edge of Nelson up into West Arm Provincial Park. The trail winds up in a scenic clearing, looking past Nelson and beyond into the Kootenay River valley.
Map: Trailforks or the Nelson Cycling Club Trail Map Book
Trailhead: Svoboda Road
Distance, Round Trip: 11km