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British Columbia Vacations
Kootenay & the Rockies
Undiscovered Destinations
What A View
A little walk along a ridge, through alpine meadows, to the Idaho Peak forestry lookout will reward you with glorious views of Slocan Lake and Valhalla Provincial Park. The ruins of Sandon and its mines are also worth a peek. Be sure to check out the bakery as well as other restored buildings in this ghost town.

Hot Finds
Avoid the crowds and find your own undeveloped natural hot springs in the Lussier and Ram Creek area near Whiteswan Provincial Park. Keep your eyes peeled for Shiras moose, a subspecies only found here, around Alces Lake.

We're All Wet
Surprisingly, the Rockies region has one of the largest undeveloped wetland areas in North America. This area of the Columbia Valley, from Canal Flats to Golden attracts over 250 species of birds. Wings Over the Rockies, a major event in May celebrating the wetlands, includes floats on the Columbia River.

Real Whistle Stops
Railway buffs love the Rockies. Places to visit are the Revelstoke Railway Museum and the Canadian Museum of Rail Travel in Cranbrook; Craigellachie, the site of the Last Spike, on Highway 1; Spiral Tunnel Viewpoint in Yoho National Park; Rogers Pass Interpretive Centre; and Loops Brook Trail and Abandoned Rails Trail in Glacier National Park.

Scenic Drive Time
It's a bumpy, but beautiful route. Drive along the Lardeau River from Kaslo to Galena Bay (about 142 kilometres or 88 miles) on a gravel road and see the old Quaker settlement of Argenta, as well as the gorgeous countryside.

These Towns Are Mine
Explore the mining towns of Elkford, Sparwood and Fernie in one of B.C's major coal mining districts. See the heritage buildings in Fernie and murals in Sparwood depicting historic scenes. Or venture over to the ghost town of Sandon.

Dolina, Dolina
In Dolina Ooteshena, The Valley of Consolation, near Castlegar, discover the history and heritage of the Doukhobors of Russia. The Brilliant Suspension Bridge, built in 1913 and now a national historic site, is of particular interest, as is the Doukhobor Village Museum, a reconstructed communal village.

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