About the Blog

The Kooteneer is a blog about hiking in the West Kootenay mountains of British Columbia, including trail reviews, hiking tips, musings, and photos.

This blog is… reviews of local trails, including highlights and photos

This blog is not … a guidebook! You won’t find detailed directions on finding trailheads and following trails here. Check out the Resources page for some suggested guidebooks.

About the Author


I am Abby, a hiker.img_0378

After spending many years living in Ontario, my husband and I uprooted our lives and embarked on a cross-Canada move to resettle in beautiful Nelson. Why? For a more adventurous life filled with the great outdoors!

I started this blog to share my favourite West Kootenay trails and encourage others to get exploring too. While there are many good hiking resources out there, it can be hard to get recent trail reports and photos.

AbMtAssinJct9608While new to the West Kootenay, I have many years of experience hiking and camping in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario, starting in my early childhood! My first backpacking trip was into Mount Assinaboine at the age of seven.

I’m excited to discover and share more West Kootenay hikes. Thanks for following along!