Communities

  1. Ainsworth Hot Springs
  2. Canal Flats
  3. Castlegar
  4. Christina Lake
  5. Cranbrook
  6. Creston
  7. East Kootenay
  8. Elkford
  9. Fairmont Hot Springs
  10. Fernie
  11. Golden
  12. Grand Forks
  13. Invermere
  14. Kaslo
  15. Kimberley
  16. Nakusp
  17. Nelson
  18. New Denver
  19. Radium Hot Springs
  20. Revelstoke
  21. Riondel
  22. Rossland
  23. Salmo
  24. Slocan
  25. Sparwood
  26. Trail
  27. West Kootenay

Recent Communities articles.

Group photo of Wapiti Music Fesitval Society members.
East Kootenay, Fernie

Indie music, innovation and incredible food celebrated at Fernie’s Business Excellence Awards

12 deserving businesses and individuals were celebrated at the annual awards

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Venessa Loubert and Perry Dzuris, owners of Arcane Coda in Salmo, B.C.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Retail, Small Business

Local businesses promote Kootenay-inspired apparel

Find uniquely home-grown Kootenay clothing, wearables and gear from these local companies

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Aerial view of the City of Trail, showing wide river with a bridge across it, the city along the banks of the river and low mountains in the background.
West Kootenay, Technology

New West Kootenay supply chain model maps economic opportunity in the region

Metal Tech Alley, an industrial and tech think tank located in Trail, recently launched the West Kootenay Supply Chain online model

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Kathryn and Josh at the SilverKing Soya Foods Factory in Nelson
West Kootenay, Nelson

Breathing new life into a popular West Kootenay company

The owners of Silverking Soya Foods in Nelson are a perfect fit for the health-conscious community.

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Female owners of Moonrise Boutique, The Roasted Chickpea and Tailout Brewing, sitting at table with awards and smiling into camera.
West Kootenay, Castlegar

Castlegar Chamber of Commerce plays host at 2022 Business Excellence Awards

A total of 15 winners were recognized at the annual Business Excellence awards.

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Letty Bartel, owner of Otter Books, stands in front of bookshelves holding a large stack of books.
West Kootenay, Nakusp, Nelson, Revelstoke, Rossland, Trail

Read ’em and reap: A list of West Kootenay bookstores

If you’re a devoted bookworm, you’ll love the varied selection of new and used bookstores across the Kootenay region

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Interior of Four Points Books in Invermere.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Golden, Creston, Fernie, Invermere

Read ’em and reap: A list of East Kootenay bookstores

Can’t get enough reading material? Check out this list of bookstores in the East Kootenay.

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East Kootenay, Elkford

One-on-one with Ariadna Laris, executive director of the Elkford Chamber of Commerce

Elkford’s new executive director shares news about the community and what’s new on the horizon for the town.

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Kyle Thornley wearing his blacksmithing apron and smiling at the camera
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Small Business

Forging the way: How this B.C. artist is taking blacksmithing to new heights

Kyle Thornley of Metal Mind Forge produces stunning metalwork creations in Revelstoke.

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Group of award winners all smiling and holding awards.
East Kootenay, Elkford, Small Business

Elkford’s Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards celebrated with six winners

Elkford’s 2022 Business Excellence Awards were held on October 22.

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Interior of 2nd Edition Coworking in Fernie, showing comfy set of chairs, small table and windows with mountain view outside.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Golden, West Kootenay, Kaslo, Nelson, New Denver, Revelstoke, Small Business, Technology

These 11 Kootenay coworking spaces offer community and creative collaboration

Shared workspaces in communities like Cranbrook, Golden, Fernie, Nelson and Trail provide flexibility and support in a communal environment.

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Kris Newman and Kevin Blackwell at the opening of a show home.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Radium Hot Springs, Developments, Real Estate

Talking real estate market with TRC Projects Ltd.

Kevin Blackwell, a housing project developer, talks to Kootenay Business about the housing industry in the Columbia Valley

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Andrea Legg holding a cup of tea and smiling
West Kootenay, Nelson, Retail, Small Business

From acrobatics to aromatic tea: How Virtue Tea in Nelson was born

Imagine two members of Cirque du Soleil finding love and running off to start a business in the Kootenays.

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Person snowboarding down hill at Panorama Mountain Resort, wind-swept snowy mountains in background.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism

Top ski resorts in the Kootenays and Canadian Rockies to find legendary powder

Check out this list of ski destinations in the Kootenays and Canadian Rockies region

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Michelle Fairbanks, dressed in pink old-fashioned dress and floppy white hat, holding a selection of books.
West Kootenay, Rossland, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business

Rossland’s Gold Rush Bookstore keeps the history pages turning

The Gold Rush Bookstore is a valued part of the downtown Rossland business landscape.

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Desiree smelling a white flower wearing a white dress
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Retail, Small Business

Stepping out of her comfort zone and starting a business in Sparwood

Desiree Markewich found herself reinvented by flowers, and she wants to pay the joy forward.

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Sarah and Carley sitting beside each other
East Kootenay, Kimberley

In challenging times, Kimberley patients count on this pharmacy

Our health care system is strained to the max, and these entrepreneurs decided to do something about it.

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Exterior shot of the Backroads Brewing Company, pink blossom trees in foreground.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Entertainment and Hospitality, Environment, Retail

All in the loop at Backroads Brewing Company

The circular economy may be a buzzy-sounding term but at this Nelson brewpub, participating in it is an obvious benefit to the company and the community.

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Photo collage of Kootenay Meadows products, along with picture of Erin Harris, co-owner of company.
East Kootenay, Creston

How to handle a PR crisis without losing a brand’s reputation

A Creston dairy farm owner gives a masterclass on handling a crisis without crying over spilled milk.

by Kerry Shellborn
Dayna Leduc, filling large industrial container with fluid.
East Kootenay, Creston, Energy, Environment, Small Business, Technology, Transportation

Finding a way forward with Leduc Biodiesel Energy

By collecting and recycling used cooking oil into green, biodiesel products, Dayna Leduc has found his passion

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