Situated between the Selkirk and Purcell mountain ranges, the Kootenay Boundary area is home to just under 80,000 people. Residents enjoy glacier-fed lakes, majestic vistas, natural hot springs, a temperate climate and vibrant communities.
Recreation is important to life in the Kootenay Boundary. In winter, the ski areas provide downhill, cross-country and heli-skiing. In summer, the area is famous for mountain biking, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, waterskiing, fishing, boating and golf.
Residents of this area have a strong connection to the community. They value the benefits of smaller rural centres such as safe communities and minimal crime. Residents are glad to enjoy all the amenities, but none of the congestion of the “big-city” lifestyle.
This area is also known for its varied cultural assets. The Kootenay Centre for the Arts is a hub of cultural events, and there are also special events like the Kaslo Jazz Festival and Trail’s Silver City Days that attract hundreds of visitors each year.
We have a country-like setting, but also have an airport, I live on the river and have land where I can grow a garden easily, we’re rural with culture, there’s good access to the US (shopping, Spokane Airport, you can drive to Las Vegas or even Mexico), we have great schools with a French Immersion program, and lots of kid’s activities are available with less competition, but still quality programs.
- Dr. Dave Larocque
As you descend into the ’Sunshine Valley,’ Grand Forks blossoms before your eyes. With the Granby River flowing into the Kettle River, our town is rich with heritage and natural beauty. You’ll find the heart of our town filled with cafes, unique shops and in the warmer months an amazing farmer’s market. Christina Lake is down the road 20 minutes and we are located minutes away from the US border crossing. From camping and fishing, skiing, golfing, to sampling a bowl of homemade borscht, Grand Forks is a place our residents are proud to call home.
- Kerry Lea Plotnikoff, Long Term Care Aide & Logistics worker, Boundary Community Health Centre, Grand Forks
Nelson's live entertainment venues host first-rate performances year round, which combined with the selection of more than 30 fine restaurants, and the many seasonal outdoor patios, you'll experience the advantages of big city cultural nightlife and dining.
Come the warm days of spring, summer, or fall, I just enjoy hopping on my bike, riding to work, and arriving there invigorated to start the work day. On my way home – what should I do? Shall I go by the boathouse and put the kayak in the lake for a short paddle or ride along Baker Street to stock up on local delights or organic produce? Oh yeah, it's Friday afternoon, I could stop into the local wine store and taste a little red or white wine before deciding on a bottle. Then home to get ready for dinner out at one of the many fine dining establishments before heading to an art show, music event, or theatre production. And in winter, with its crisp cold snowy days that blanket the ground in white, I can head to the slopes to ski, snowshoe, or go to the recreation centre for a workout. Maybe I should stay home warm in front of a fire watching the snow fall on the cedars. So much to do. So many wonders that speak to my heart ... I love living here!
- Anne Marie Doig, RN, Kootenay Lake Hospital
Trail has great opportunities for family recreational activities and the slower pace and lower cost of living makes it an ideal place to work, settle down and start a family. I love the wonderful array of beautiful scenery and wildlife, and the small community atmosphere makes it feel like home!
- Pamela Hanson, Pediatric/Maternity RN, KBRH
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