Kootenay Boundary
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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. 

Health care improvements

In 2006, Nelson Jubilee Hospital received $1.6 million to relocate and improve their Operating Room department. In 2008, Grand Forks was awarded a $12.8 million renovation to Hardy View Lodge. All funded renovations ensured the highest quality of care and services would be provided to the residents of Kootenay Boundary.

Find an Interior Health facility in the Kootenay Boundary region or download complete profiles for hospitals in the area.

Our local communities

The following cities and towns make up the Kootenay Boundary region. Learn more about these communities.