Looking for the perfect summer getaway? The East Kootenay region of British Columbia is well known for its legendary skiing in the winter, but it’s also home to a plethora of summer activities to suit every interest and ability. With the Rocky Mountains to the East, the Purcell range to the West, and an array of stunning lakes, rivers and trails in between, the Kimberley & Cranbrook area in particular is a recreational paradise. Here are five ways you can experience the ultimate Kootenay summer this year!

GOLFING

The Kimberley and Cranbrook area is the Kootenay’s premier golf destination. With eight stunning courses to choose from in the region, you’re never far from your next round! Tee-off with a variety of options ranging from par 3 executives to challenging championship courses. With 360 degree mountain views, there’s always a reason to keep your head up, no matter your score!

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Photographer:  Don Weixl   Location:  Trickle Creek Golf Resort, Kimberley

Photographer: Don Weixl
Location: Trickle Creek Golf Resort, Kimberley

MOUNTAIN BIKING

Offering an extensive network of trails and spectacular views, mountain biking in Kimberley is one of BC’s best kept recreational secrets. You’ll never run out gorgeous scenery to take in with Kimberley Nature Park’s 2,000 acres of terrain or the 25km paved Rails to Trails route from Kimberley to Cranbrook. With trailheads just minutes from Kimberley’s downtown core, you can enjoy a break for lunch or a few craft brews after a day on the trails.

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Photographer:  Kari Medig   Location:  Kimberley Nature Park

Photographer: Kari Medig
Location: Kimberley Nature Park

white water RAFTING

Experience an exhilarating afternoon of wilderness and adventure on one of the Kootenay’s stunning rivers. Kootenay Raft Co. offers leisurely river floats or choose to upgrade to a full-on whitewater experience to really get your adrenaline pumping. They also provide canoe, kayak and SUP rentals for even more fun times on the water.

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Photo courtesy of Kootenay Rafting Co

Photo courtesy of Kootenay Rafting Co

fishing

With five beautiful rivers all within close proximity, the East Kootenays offers some of the best fishing in Western Canada. Guided fishing trips are available from Kimberley Fly Fishing who will lead you to the best spots in the area to find our famous Kootenay trout. Stay with us at Cherry Creek and we’ll even cook up a fresh fish feast for your after your day on the river!

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Photographer:  Kari Medig   Location:  Fly Fishing on the Bull River

Photographer: Kari Medig
Location: Fly Fishing on the Bull River

helicopter Tours

Get up close and personal with the Rocky Mountains this summer with a helicopter tour. Eclipse Helicopters offers spectacular flights over the East Kootenays including the infamous Fisher Peak. It’s an easy way to access incredible views, without requiring the fitness level of a professional climber!

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Photo courtesy of Eclipse Helicopters

Photo courtesy of Eclipse Helicopters

With so many Kootenay summer activities to choose from, you’ll have trouble choosing just one! Luckily Cherry Creek Estate is perfectly located to begin your exploration of the Kimberley & Cranbrook area. With luxury accommodations for up to 45 guests, gourmet farm-to-fork style cuisine and 320 acres of mountain view property, we offer a stay and play experience unlike any other. Choose from our summer retreats below or ask us about creating a custom package just for your group!