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A quick reflection on 2020…

What a strange year 2020 was! Just as hiking trails were thawing out last March, the COVID-19 pandemic began and many parks and recreation sites were closed. New Trails Added With restrictions in the spring, I re-hiked many of the trails within a short drive of Nelson and added new photos and information to West …

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Winter 2020 Updates

It’s February and already starting to feel a bit like spring with milder temperatures and returning daylight. Luckily, the West Kootenays got a record amount of snow in January, providing lots of opportunity of winter adventure. Things slowed down on West Kootenay Hiking this winter, but I am working on a snowshoe guide and collecting …

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Best Hiking Viewpoints over Nelson, BC

Nelson is surrounded by forested mountains with hidden viewpoints. It’s a hikers paradise – if you know where to go! Here are some of the best viewpoint trails that will let you gaze out over our mountain town.

75 Trails Giveaway!

West Kootenay Hiking has hit some big milestones in the last few days 75 trail reviews posted 50,000 visitors on the new site and this new Facebook page! Let’s celebrate with a giveaway! WHAT YOU CAN WIN: A unisex t-shirt from the West Kootenay Hiking collection in the colour, size, and design of your choice: …

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Introducing… WestKootenayHiking.ca

Happy Canada Day! Today is the launch of WestKootenayHiking.ca! When I moved to Nelson in April 2016, I started a personal hiking blog called “The Kooteneer” to capture trail reports and adventures on our West Kootenay hiking trails. Since then, I’ve written nearly 100 posts and had traffic to the blog steadily increasing to over …

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Wildflowers on the Flagpole Trail

With summery temperatures pushing +30, the snow-line is finally receding higher into the mountains and more shoulder-season hikes are opening up. The wildflowers on the Flagpole trail above Nelson are absolutely fantastic right now. Red paintbrush, blue delphinium, and huge clusters of yellow balsamroot, as well as many more are blanketing the open sections of …

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The first snow-free hikes of 2018

The snow is going fast at lake-level with the mild spring temperatures, and that has opened up a couple of great shoreline hikes! These two trails are now snow-free and ready for exploring: Pilot Peninsula – East Shore Kootenay Lake Yellow Pine Trail – Syringa Provincial Park, Castlegar