Kootenay Rockies

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Kootenay Rockies

You’ll feel as high as the mountains when you hook into one of this region’s legendary Gerrards – the largest rainbow trout species in the world. In the 1930s, a 23.6 kg (52 lb) behemoth was taken from Jewel Lake which is near Grand Forks, BC.

From high in the Rocky Mountains where clear, cold glacial waters feed hundreds of lakes, the region stretches west through the Selkirk, Purcell and Monashee mountain ranges to famed Kootenay Lake. Here, in the southeast corner of British Columbia, anglers come for the superb fishing, spectacular scenery and abundance of wildlife. In addition to Gerrards, the region’s lakes tempt anglers with kokanee, rainbow, brook and bull trout.

Anglers wanting to get away from it all can hike into any of a number of alpine lakes in the Elk Valley, Flathead, St. Mary and Findlay river drainages. The treks range from 30 minutes to four hours or more. Around Creston, the lakes teem with largemouth bass, with some lunkers coming in at 4.5 kg (10 lb).

And there’s nothing better than spinning a few tales while you relax in one of the region’s many natural hot springs.


For more information:

Kootenay Rockies Tourism


P O Box 10
Kimberley, BC
V1A 2Y5Toll Free: 1-800-661-6603
Tel: (250) 427-4838
Fax: (250) 427-3344