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The former Kootenay Hotel in Creston has been transformed, from top to bottom, into Casey's Community House.
East Kootenay, Creston, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality Casey’s Community House brings the “wow” factor to Creston

Casey’s Community House is a new restaurant in a beautifully refurbished heritage building in downtown Creston.

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Main entrance at the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort.
East Kootenay, Fairmont Hot Springs, Developments, Financial $5M in BDC Financing helps Fairmont Hot Springs Resort do extensive upgrades

$5-million financing from BDC to go into enhancing guest experiences at the year-round B.C. resort.

New high visibility signage greets Komatsu customers in Sparwood.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Developments, Mining A peek inside Komatsu’s new Sparwood facility

Komatsu in Sparwood has successfully merged four separate operations and buildings into one newly updated, modern facility.

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A new building being built in Nelson.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Developments New multi-story building rises in Nelson with commercial opportunities

The new building, currently under construction in Nelson, comes with two open concept units.

An artist's rendition of the proposed Fairfield Inn in Revelstoke.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism New 87-room Fairfield Inn proposed for Revelstoke

According the development application to the City of Revelstoke, the six-storey structure would be built along the Trans-Canada Highway, next to the Ramada.

The Columbia River Skywalk in Trail.
West Kootenay, Trail, Developments Award of Excellence handed out to Trail’s Columbia River Skywalk

The City of Trail has won a prestigious award for their new Columbia River Skywalk from the BC Recreation and Parks Association.

From left: Jan Morton (president, Lower Columbia Affordable Housing Society), Johnny Strilaeff (CEO, Columbia Basin Trust), Minister of Children and Family Development and MLA for Kootenay West Katrine Conroy and Mayor of Rossland Kathy Moore break ground at a new affordable housing development in Rossland on May 1, 2018.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Developments, Financial Affordable housing for Columbia Basin residents

The Government of British Columbia is working with the Columbia Basin Trust to build 167 new homes for people in the region struggling to find housing.

A concept design of the new Elkford District office building.
East Kootenay, Elkford, Developments Scott Builders awarded design/build contract for $2.1 Million district building in Elkford

Council and staff at the District of Elkford recently discussed the layout, placement and footprint of the new Elkford District office and building.

The former Kootenay Co-op building in Nelson.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Developments Former Kootenay Co-Op building in Nelson sold

Word on the street is that Shambhala Festival owner and operator Jimmy Bundschuh has purchased the former Kootenay Co-Op building in Nelson.

Patrick Tolchard
East Kootenay, Radium Hot Springs, Developments, Financial, Small Business, Tourism Radium Hot Springs adventure entrepreneur recognized by BC Business magazine

A Radium Hot Springs entrepreneur, Patrick Tolchard, has been recognized by BC Business magazine as one of the province’s Top 30 Under 30 business people.

Little Nieve Thomas standing in front of a NABS construction sign.
West Kootenay, Nakusp, Developments, Health & Wellness, Transportation World-class mountain biking coming to Nakusp, BC

Mountain bikers looking to explore what BC has to offer will now want to add Nakusp, BC as a destination.

by Janis Neufeld, Project Manager for the Nakusp and Area Bike Society
Columbia Basin Broadband Corporation Chief Operating Officer, Dave Lampron, Kaslo Infonet Society (KiN) President Don Scarlett, KiN Board Member Tim Ryan together with Robert Abbey, Assistant Manager of the Kaslo Hotel, showcase a section of fibre optik cable similar to the one used in this project. (Left to right: Don, Robert, Dave, Tim)
West Kootenay, Developments, Technology Northern Kootenay Lake ramps up its high-speed internet

The northern Kootenay Lake area is mountainous and thickly forested, which made traditional Internet infrastructure difficult and expensive.

The new Glade Ferry, built by Waterbridge Steel in Nakusp.
West Kootenay, Developments, Tourism, Transportation Nakusp’s Waterbridge Steel constructs and launches new ferry at Glade

Waterbridge was awarded a $27.9-million contract in 2016 to design and build the four new cable ferries.

Group photo of ground-breaking ceremony.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments, Education, Tourism, Transportation The Cranbrook History Centre announces 1st phase of a 4-million-dollar heritage railcar preservation

The Heritage Railcar Preservation building will ultimately provide a complete building to enclose and preserve the Museum’s collection of heritage railcars.

At $11.3-million the project will be funded through BC Housing with additional funding coming from funding bodies like the Columbia Basin Trust, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and the Nelson CARES Society.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Developments 47 Unit—$11.3M Affordable Housing Project Set To Go In Nelson

B.C. Housing awarded $6,300,300 in funding to a Nelson CARES project that will build 47 units of affordable housing

Dan Moberg (centre) is owner, manager, labourer, janitor and CEO of Kootenay Insulation Systems Ltd.
East Kootenay, Creston, Fernie, Developments The codes, they are a-changin’

Find out what you need to know about the BC Energy Step Code from Dan Moberg, CEO of Kootenay Insulation Systems Ltd.

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A yurt taking shape.
East Kootenay, Radium Hot Springs, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Yurt development pops up near Radium

Radius Retreat is a yurt development taking place just north of Radium Hot Springs on a 1,000 acre parcel of backwoods land.

Workers at the Driftwood Creek project site.
East Kootenay, Developments, Mining MGX Minerals engages Hatch Ltd. for Magnesium Metal Study at Driftwood Creek, British Columbia

The Hatch study will evaluate process routes, and order of magnitude capital and operating cost estimates for an initial 10,000 tonne per year processing plant.

Graphic showing the recreation grants that Columbia Basin Trust will be funding.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Developments, Environment, Financial, Health & Wellness Improving rec spaces keeps residents active

Columbia Basin Trust provides $3 million for 53 new recreation infrastructure projects

Mike and Melissa MacKay own Cinch Homes in Fernie.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Developments, Real Estate, 40 Under 40 Mike and Melissa MacKay

Mike and Melissa MacKay, owners of Cinch Homes in Fernie, B.C., provide high-quality, affordable housing options in the Elk Valley and surrounding areas

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Ned Johnson of Innovation Building Group and Vidorra Developments, plans to build a mixed commercial and residential building in Golden, B.C.
West Kootenay, Golden, Developments High-quality housing for Golden

Ned Johnson of Vidorra Developments in Golden hopes to break ground on the Oso rental apartment project in 2018.

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This is an artist's rendering of the proposed Kicking Horse River Dike Improvement Project in Golden, B.C.
West Kootenay, Golden, Developments, Mining, Real Estate Good news from Golden

Golden is seeing more tourists year round, a significant increase in housing starts and responsible improvements in infrastructure.

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Collage of photos depicting people across rural BC.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Developments, Financial BC Rural Dividend grants support projects in Kootenays

The Government of British Columbia is providing over $103,000 for cultural, social and infrastructure projects in the Kootenay region.

Smitty's Family Restaurant sign.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality New Smitty’s Restaurant opening soon in Cranbrook

Smitty's Restaurant is a Canada-wide chain of family-friendly restaurants.

In photo: Chief Alfred Joseph, ?akisq’nuk First Nation and Wendy Booth, Vice-Chair, Columbia Basin Trust Board of Directors.
East Kootenay, Developments, Financial, First Nations Ɂakisq’nuk to build new rec centre

Columbia Basin Trust provides $500,000 to help realize a community dream

Students in Selkirk College’s Carpentry Foundation Program have been busy putting together the pieces of a pair of ice rinks for the Blewett Conservation Society which will be assembled at the Morning Mountain Recreational Area just west of Nelson in December.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Developments, Education Selkirk College Carpentry class helps Blewett outdoor rink project

A new winter recreation amenity will soon be available in the region when the Blewett Conservation Society's outdoor rink project is completed.

The Kootenay East Youth Soccer Association is gathering funds and support to build an indoor soccer & sports facility.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality, Financial, Health & Wellness RDEK Gives KEYSA $130K for new indoor soccer facility

The youth soccer organization is currently gathering funds and support to build a $1.7 million indoor soccer/sports facility in Cranbrook.

West Fernie restructure work as been ongoing. This is a picture of Phase 1 completed last year.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Developments 115 more West Fernie properties are now officially part of the City of Fernie

Approximately 115 properties on the north side of Highway 3 in West Fernie are now officially part of the City of Fernie.

The Windsor Hotel, located in the Fort Steele Heritage Town.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Update: The Restoration is Complete at Fort Steele’s Windsor Hotel

The Windsor stands to this day on its original location and is classified as an official heritage building.

Map of potential 12 premium development sites of multi family for pre-sale.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Developments, Real Estate Nelson Landing waterfront property goes up for sale

The owners of Nelson Landing are reaching out to developers and builders in Nelson to invite them to express their creative ideas on the lakefront property

Wild Horse Surgical's new clinic is under construction near Hot Shots Cafe.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments, Real Estate, Retail, Small Business Cranbrook Developments and New Business Roundup

The Cranbrook and area business landscape has been busy over the last 12 months, with businesses expanding, renovating and updating.

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Overhead view of pool at Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort.
West Kootenay, Ainsworth Hot Springs, Developments Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort looks to build 10-unit staff housing

The resort, owned and operated by the Lower Kootenay Band, is requesting approval to build a 10-unit, two-storey housing structure.

A wooden structure is under construction
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments, Health & Wellness Spacious fitness with a new view

Trevor Zak, Fitness Inc. CEO, is excited about the company’s new facility in Cranbrook, B.C.

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An excavator digs a deep trench where a road used to be.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Developments Welcome to the family, West Fernie

Phase 2 of the West Fernie Servicing and Restructure project is nearing completion

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Kimberley Mayor Don McCormick.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Developments, Real Estate Kimberley’s Mayor highlights many positives happening in city

At the recent Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards, Kimberley’s Mayor Don McCormick was one of the guest speakers.

Nicole Fricot is the director of community economic development in Revelstoke, B.C.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Developments, Financial, Small Business, Kootenay Influencers Nicole Fricot for Revelstoke development

Building permit applications are piling up at Revelstoke City Hall, and Nicole Fricot, community economic development director, is busy.

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New Sushi & More restaurant.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Animal Care, Cuisine, Developments, Health & Wellness, Real Estate, Retail, Small Business Part III: The Entrepreneurial Spirit is Thriving in Kimberley — New Businesses Roundup

Kimberley and Marysville have been seeing a surge of new businesses, construction and start-ups over the past year.

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Both Nelson and Kimberley (pictured) have solar projects that are producing power.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Developments, Energy, Technology FortisBC looking to build B.C.’s largest utility-led solar project in Kelowna

The proposed Ellison Community Solar Pilot Project, if approved, would be B.C.’s largest utility-led community solar project to date.

Sign on fence about the new Radium Community Hall.
East Kootenay, Radium Hot Springs, Developments Radium Community Hall construction is underway

The building will be home to a library, a small meeting room for public use as well as a large community hall space for larger gatherings.

Exterior of the attractive new VISAH.
West Kootenay, Golden, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Golden’s new state-of-the-art Visitor Centre is good to go

Kootenay Business magazine had the opportunity to tour the new Golden Visitor Centre recently.

Couple with bike on gondola.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Developments, Tourism Vancouver-based Replay Resorts selected as master developer partner for Panorama Mountain Resort

Panorama Mountain Resort is a four-season destination resort situated in British Columbia's Purcell Mountains.

FortisBC's new facility
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Developments, Energy A by-the-numbers look at the newly opened FortisBC Operations Centre in Castlegar

As FortisBC's $23-million operations centre comes to completion in Castlegar, we examine some of the benefits and features of the new facility

The Columbia Valley's new Economic Development Officer is Ryan Watmough
East Kootenay, Invermere, West Kootenay, Golden, Developments, Financial Ryan Watmough is the new Economic Development Officer for the Columbia Valley

Ryan Watmough has recently been hired by the Regional District of East Kootenay to be the new Economic Development Officer

Excavators dig up 2nd Street South
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, West Kootenay, Developments Rejuvenation through reconstruction

MacKay Contracting has almost completed the reconstruction of 2nd Street South in Cranbrook

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The new RV park at the St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino site is situated on the banks of the scenic St. Mary River.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism A new RV park in the mix

The new St. Eugene RV Park should attract more visitors to the East Kootenay and create a micro-economy for the region

by Gerry Warner
The Tamarack Centre's new exterior
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments, Retail The more things change, the more they stay the same

Cranbrook’s Tamarack Centre has been the regional retail hub for the past 40 years

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Architectural drawings of the recently-built homeless shelter in Chilliwack, B.C.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments Homeless Shelter Project gains momentum

Cranbrook's Homeless Shelter Coalition is picking up momentum and moving forward with a plan to build a homeless shelter

Eagle Pass Lodge
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Developments, Small Business, Tourism Eagle Pass Lodge celebrates grand opening of new day lodge

Eagle Pass Lodge near Revelstoke celebrated the official grand opening of their new day lodge in June 2017

West Kootenay, Golden, Developments, Tourism Looking to Golden’s future

Infrastructure, infill growth and community connectivity are high on the agenda for the Town of Golden.

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The new building will include 23,000 square feet of office space.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Developments, Energy FortisBC Kootenay Operations Centre in Castlegar, British Columbia

The centralized Kootenay Operations Centre in Castlegar, British Columbia, provides increased efficiency, among other benefits.

by Jillian Clark

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