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The Columbia-Rockies region is an mountainous area in British Columbia.

Map of the Columbia-Rockies travel region

Cities[edit]

Map of Columbia-Rockies
  • 1 Revelstoke — a railway town that has become a tourist centre for exploring the mountain parks and skiing
  • 2 Golden — a year-round destination for adventure sports: skiing, snowboarding, whitewater rafting, hiking, mountain biking, and hang-gliding
  • 3 Field — a cozy, small town in Yoho National Park

Other destinations[edit]

Understand[edit]

This region is composed solely of mountainous terrain. The mid-level Monashees mark the western gateway, and the majestic Rocky Mountains mark the east.

Get in and around[edit]

Revelstoke

By plane[edit]

The nearest airports with scheduled flights are in Castlegar, Cranbrook, Calgary, and Kelowna. Calgary's airport is the largest of those and Kelowna is the next largest.

By car[edit]

Caution Note: There is major construction to expand a 4.8 km (3.0 mi) section of the Trans-Canada Highway just east of Golden, through the Kicking Horse Canyon, to four lanes, with an anticipated completion of Winter 2023/24. Highway 1 is subject to closures that can range from 30 minutes to multiple days, depending on the season. A more updated caution box can be seen at Golden (British_Columbia)#By car.

Use Hwys 95 and 93 between Golden and Castle Junction, AB (between Lake Louise & Banff) via Radium Hot Springs as an alternate route, which will add 1.5 hours of travel time. See Kicking Horse Canyon - Phase 4 or Drive BC of more information.

(Information last updated 11 Aug 2022)

The region is bisected east-west by Highway 1 (Trans-Canada Highway), and for many people, this stretch is the most scenic of the highway's entire length. Exploring by car is the only reasonable way to enjoy this region.

By bus[edit]

By public transit[edit]

BC Transit (Revelstoke Transit System), +1-250-837-3888. Operates several bus routes within Revelstoke.

See[edit]

Trans-Canada Highway at the top of Rogers Pass
  • Rogers Pass is an important connection between British Columbia and the rest of Canada in Glacier National Park east of Revelstoke. The Canadian Pacific Railway and the Trans-Canada Highway both pass through this 1330-m-high gap in the Selkirk Mountains.
Takakkaw Falls
  • Takakkaw Falls, Canada's second tallest waterfall, in Yoho National Park.
  • Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge, in downtown Golden, is the longest covered, free-span timber-frame pedestrian bridge in Canada
  • There is lots to see in the region for rail fans. The Revelstoke Railway Museum in Revelstoke, and The Last Spike, at Craigellachie (45 km west of Revelstoke) tell the story of the coming of the Canadian Pacific Railway to the region, and the importance of this trans-continental railway in uniting Canada. At the Spiral Tunnels viewing spots about 10 minutes from Field, you can watch the trans-Canada train spiralling through the mountain.
  • Three Valley Gap Heritage Ghost Town (west of Revelstoke) has many abandoned buildings that have been preserved.

Do[edit]

Galcier National Park

There are ways to enjoy the mountain scenery for people of all abilities. There are scenic drives, like the Meadows-in-the-Sky Parkway in Mount Revelstoke National Park, boardwalk walks, short and long trails, and backcountry hikes.

Go skiing, snowboarding or snowmobiling from the Revelstoke Mountain Resort, or from the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort near Golden.

White-water rafting along the Kicking Horse River, which is known for having one of the longest stretches of class four rapids in the world. Three companies operate from Golden.

There are horseback riding opportunities in the area surrounding Golden.

Stay safe[edit]

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