Kootenay Rockies

Salmo

Located in the South Kootenay area of British Columbia’s Kootenay Rockies region, Salmo is a small community nestled in the beautiful Selkirk Mountains. The town is home to many stone murals celebrating the history and natural beauty of the area. The nearby Salmo/Creston skyway mountain pass not only boasts being the highest point of elevation of any major highway in Canada, it is also the home of a small herd of Big Horn Sheep. A feeding station is located just 10 km (6 mi) from Salmo where you can view animals in their natural habitat. Nearby Erie Lake is abundant with wildlife. This beautiful natural setting is an ecosystem in itself, providing local wildfowl, moose and deer and a turtle family with an abundance of food and shelter. The surrounding mountains, pristine lakes, streams and rivers make Salmo a natural haven for a wide variety of wildlife and offer an ideal setting for outdoor enthusiasts. In summer, many hiking trails and local parks provide endless opportunities to enjoy a healthy living lifestyle.

Location

Known as the “Hub of the Kootenays” Salmo is located an equal 30-minute drive from the communities of Nelson, Castlegar, Trail and Creston at the junction of Hwy 3, the Crowsnest Hwy, and Hwy 6.

A Step Back in Time

Salmo is a small friendly community nestled in the beautiful Selkirk mountains of southeastern British Columbia. Originally known as Salmon Siding, Salmo, along with Ymir and Erie were small mining towns that grew up along the right-of-way of the historic Nelson/Fort Shepherd Railway in the latter days of the 19th century. Mining and logging were the major industries in those early days. Mines in the area were major producers of gold, silver, lead, zinc and tungsten. Logging has continued to flourish over the years and continues today as a mainstay for many residents in the area. In the early days the valley was famous for its large cedar trees. Small isolated stands of these ancient giants can still be found in the area and huge stumps also bear witness to the size of the old trees.

Before the dams on the Columbia River were built, the Salmo River was teeming with large salmon giving the river and the townsite its name. The names were later changed to Salmo to avoid confusion with other places bearing the same name.

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Rocking River Campground

Rocking River Campground

Salmo

Welcome to the PRIDE of the Kootenay area - "Rocking River" Campground, where you truly leave it all behind and have a chance to relax and re-connect to nature. 10 acres of total peace and quiet situated 8 kms. south of Salmo, BC and right on the Salmo River. Each campsite is spacious enough to put ... Read more
Beaver Valley Family Park Campground

Beaver Valley Family Park Campground

Fruitvale

Overnight camping and day use area near to Champion Lakes Provincial Park. Hookups, hot showers, volleyball court, covered picnic shelter. ... Read more
Castlegar Golf Club & RV Park

Castlegar Golf Club & RV Park

Castlegar

Special Green Fee rates for RV Guests $57 plus tax not incl. power cart. New spotless washrooms, hot showers, 30 & 50 amp service, laundromat. Overflow sites available. Free WiFi. Golf and hiking. Communal firepit, free firewood. Pets welcome. ... Read more
Kootenay River RV Park

Kootenay River RV Park

Castlegar

A quiet adult only RV park, situated near the convergence of the Kootenay and Columbia Rivers. Kootenay River RV is nestled in the Columbia Valley and is only a 5 minute drive to the city of Castlegar. This area provides plenty of adventure and excitement for everyone. Some activities include: fishi ... Read more
City Of Trail RV Park

City Of Trail RV Park

Trail

The City of Trail operates an RV Park in the city for the convenience of travellers to the area. The park offers various sites to choose from, including grassed grounds, partially serviced and gravel sites. For your convenience and comfort, washroom facilities and flush toilets are available for use ... Read more
Cozy Pines Motel

Cozy Pines Motel

Castlegar

Located at the West Entrance to Castlegar, Cozy Pines Motel welcomes you to the largest motel in town that provides you with exceptional service. Our well-appointed rooms and suites include one queen bed, two queen beds, kitchenettes, or full kitchens. Each room features modern bathrooms, air condit ... Read more
Castlegar Cabins, RV Park & Campground

Castlegar Cabins, RV Park & Campground

Castlegar

Situated halfway between Vancouver and Calgary, Castlegar Cabins, RV Park & Campground is an ideal destination for guests travelling on Hwy 3 or wanting a family vacation. Nestled on 23 acres of lush forest, our resort provides a peaceful mountain setting to unwind and relax. Our campground offers 4 ... Read more
Rossland Lions Campground

Rossland Lions Campground

Rossland

Rossland Lions Community Campground is Rossland's only campground. Located 3 mins. drive/15min. walk south west of downtown, just off Hwy 3B, situated alongside Centennial Ball Park and Rossland’s Advanced Mountain Bike Dirt Jump park. Easy access to bike trails – Drakes, Tamarack, Centennial Tr ... Read more
Parklane Motel & RV Campground

Parklane Motel & RV Campground

Christina Lake

Enjoy a peaceful and fun camping experience at the Park Lane RV Park and Campground! Both RV and camping sites are spacious and they offer semi-shade with their own firepit and picnic table. For our campers’ convenience, all sites have access to dishwashing sinks, power and water. All guests are w ... Read more
Blue Mountain Lodge

Blue Mountain Lodge

Christina Lake

Blue Mountain Lodge Christina Lake, is set on our 1.5 acre property with a variety of beautiful trees throughout. We offer you the best in comfortable accommodations, perfect for vacations or family/group gatherings. Choose from our fully-renovated Lodge Suites, popular Cottage, cozy Rose Cabin, or ... Read more
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