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Two young women try their skills at logrolling during Logger Sports in Kaslo, B.C.
West Kootenay, Kaslo, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Summer-long celebrations in Kaslo

Come to the party in Kaslo—enjoy the beauty, the welcoming atmosphere, and the many events and activities that mark Kaslo’s 125th anniversary.

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Rob Sorenson poses with last year’s golf tournament banner.
West Kootenay, Christina Lake, Entertainment and Hospitality, Financial Christina Lake Fire and Rescue Charity Golf Tournament

Christina Lake Fire and Rescue does good work all year. Join their charity golf tournament for some good work of your own.

by Timothy Fowler
The Colours of Nelson Mural Project was created through a collaborative design process by 16 artists, ages 15-39.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality, Financial Art goes public thanks to new Trust program

Columbia Basin Trust commits $750,000 to help communities increase public art

Krista Berg and Patrick Tolchard, owners of Valley Zipline Adventures in Radium Hot Springs, B.C., celebrated opening day on June 21, 2017.
East Kootenay, Radium Hot Springs, Entertainment and Hospitality, Environment, Small Business, Tourism Aerial adventures in the Valley

Valley Zipline Adventures is a hot new tourist draw near Radium Hot Springs.

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St. Eugene is located near Cranbrook amongst beautiful geography.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality, Financial Charity golf tournament planning advice from St. Eugene’s pro Cindy Soukoroff

It’s not too late to organize this year’s golf tournament, but you better get on it!

by Timothy Fowler
First Nations people in colourful traditional dress, at National Aboriginal Day parade
East Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality, First Nations , Small Business, Tourism Indigenous tourism is a growing sector

The trend toward experiential, educational getaways is driving a spike in the interest in Canada’s Indigenous cultures and activities.

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Tom Wayman
West Kootenay, Nelson, Entertainment and Hospitality Noted author Tom Wayman launches new book “34 Years Later”

The launch of a collection of essays by West Kootenay author Tom Wayman on Tuesday, May 1 will feature readings and a musical performance.

Esi Edugyan and Steven Price.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Entertainment and Hospitality Elephant Mountain Literary Festival virtual box office opens

Tickets are now on sale for the 7th annual Elephant Mountain Literary Festival, July 12 – 15 in Nelson.

Genevieve Robertson, new Executive Director at the Oxygen Art Centre in Nelson.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Entertainment and Hospitality New executive director at Oxygen Art Centre in Nelson

Robertson is excited to build on the momentum generated from Oxygen’s twelve-year span as the only rural artist run centre in the region.

George and Rachel Freitag are the owners of Elizabeth Lake Lodge, an award-winning accommodation in Cranbrook, B.C.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism Elizabeth Lake Lodge scores again

Appreciation from customers and community are sweeping Elizabeth Lake Lodge to high rankings on lists that matter.

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Murray Shellborn (left) of Koocanusa Publications/Kootenay Business magazine presents Con Murphy of Cranbrook Pest Control with the 2018 Business-to-Business excellence award.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Cranbrook Chamber hands out the award hardware at gala event

The Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce held their annual awards gala celebrating the best in the Cranbrook business community on Saturday, April 14th, 2018.

One of the courses features chainsaw Vancouver Island artist Kevin Lewis who will spend three days teaching skills on the Tenth Street Campus.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Education, Entertainment and Hospitality Selkirk College introduces Nelson Summer Arts Series

There are 13 courses included in the Nelson Summer Art Series that span a range of disciplines which are taught by working artists from around the province.

Western Financial Place, the home arena for the Kootenay Ice Hockey Club, will have a jumbotron installed in time for the 2019-2020 hockey season.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality New features for WFP

Word has come down from the Western Hockey League that Western Financial Place must undergo upgrades to comply with league standards.

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Taynton Bay Spirits in Invermere
East Kootenay, Invermere, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Invermere’s Taynton Bay Spirits captures multiple national awards

The Canadian Artisan Spirit Competition (CASC) recently held their first ever national event recognizing excellence in the independent distillery market.

Bighorn Meadows Resort offers a complete package of luxury accommodation and a wide variety of year-round recreation options in southeastern B.C.'s beautiful Columbia Valley.
East Kootenay, Radium Hot Springs, Entertainment and Hospitality, First Nations , Tourism True Key expands its family

On February 1, 2018, True Key Hotels & Resorts took on the management of the Radium Golf Group.

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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.

Employees of Island Lake Lodge accept the 2018 Employees First Award.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Island Lake Lodge wins 2018 Employees First Award

The Employees First Award recognizes a British Columbia tourism industry employer who has upheld high standards of excellence in human resources.

Carly Hadfield stands before the bar at the Lion's Head Smoke & Brew Pub in Castlegar, B.C., where she is the co-owner and vice-president
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, 40 Under 40 Carly Hadfield

Carly Hadfield deserves recognition for her role in starting a successful taphouse and furthering the craft beer industry in the West Kootenay.

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The Overwaitea Store in Kimberley is one of the stores which recently re-branded as a Save-On-Foods.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality Overwaitea stores in the Kootenays re-brand as Save-On-Foods

As Save-On-Foods, the newly re-branded stores will offer the same great products at amazing value from the same familiar team.

(L to R) Phanuphong (Bass), Chansuai (Mam) and Udorn Siri own and operate the Family Thai Restaurant in Cranbrook.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Fab Family Thai Restaurant

The Family Thai Restaurant in Cranbrook has been pretty much an instant success.

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Wabie Quayle of Nelson is making a great success of her business, Starbird Bakehouse
West Kootenay, Nelson, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, 40 Under 40 Wabie Quayle

Wabie Quayle of Starbird Bakehouse creates exquisite feasts for the eye as well as the palate.

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College of the Rockies Invermere sign.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Education, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism College of the Rockies launches first-ever Diploma Program in Invermere

The Hospitality Management diploma program was developed in direct response to needs voiced during community and industry consultations in Invermere.

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.

A view of The Springs golf course in Radium Hot Springs, B.C.
East Kootenay, Radium Hot Springs, Entertainment and Hospitality True Key Hotels & Resorts enters Management Agreement with Radium Golf Group

True Key Hotels & Resorts is pleased to announce a new agreement with Radium Golf Group for the management of the Radium and Springs Golf courses.

Luna Festival: Nocturnal Art and Wonder 2017
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality Arts and culture grants now available

Over the next three years, the Trust is expanding its support for arts, culture and heritage with $11.6 million. \

Brandi O’Neil, owner of the Paper and Cup bookstore in Kimberley.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Read All About It: Paper and Cup Opens New Page in Kimberley

Brandi O’Neill is the owner and operator of Kimberley’s new boutique bookstore and cafe called Paper and Cup.

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.

Marvin Perry
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Fernie, Entertainment and Hospitality New general manager—Cranbrook/Fernie division Jim Pattison Broadcast Group

Former GM at The Drive/B-104 Leo Biggio recently took a transfer back to the Kamloops market, after being in Cranbrook since 2012.

Best Western Plus Fernie Mountain Lodge
East Kootenay, Fernie, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism How to run or attend an outstanding conference

Renné Hooper from Best Western Plus Fernie Mountain Lodge gives practical advice about how to plan a prosperous symposium

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The Whitetooth Brewery in Golden, B.C.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Golden, Entertainment and Hospitality Golden’s Whitetooth Brewery expands

Described as a modest expansion, Whitetooth added two new tanks in November 2017.

Sophie Larsen, co-ordinator of Cranbrook's Farm Kitchen, is shown here in the shared-space commercial kitchen
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Cranbrook’s Farm Kitchen

Cranbrook’s Farm Kitchen, opened by Community Connections Society of Southeastern B.C., is a shared-use commercial kitchen plus office space.

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Andrew Hayden and Jillian Rutherford, Fernie Distillers.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Entertainment and Hospitality Fernie Distillers set to open this winter

Fernie Distillers will be the first licensed craft distillery situated in Fernie, East Kootenays.

Angela White is the office manager for Fairmont Creek Vacation Rentals in Fairmont Hot Springs, B.C.
East Kootenay, Fairmont Hot Springs, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism, Top 10 Business People Angela White

Fairmont Creek Vacation Rentals has a treasure in its office manager, Angela White.

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Whitewater Ski Resort sign.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Evolution of Nelson’s Whitewater Resort Continues

The big news at Nelson's Whitewater Resort is the installation and operation of their new Summit Chairlift, which is a Leitner-Poma fixed-grip quad.

Mike McPhee on a mountain
East Kootenay, Fernie, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism, Top 10 Business People Mike McPhee

The director of sales and marketing at Island Lake Lodge, Mike McPhee, has taken the business to mountainous new heights thanks to his creative ingenuity

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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.

Jimmy Bundschuh, owner of the Savoy Hotel in Nelson, B.C.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism, Kootenay Influencers Bundschuh sets the stage

Jimmy Bundschuh is most comfortable working behind the scenes, but recognizes that the scope of his business has made him a regional influencer.

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Don Macdonald (left) and Allison Girvan (right) create the sound of a 20-voice choir in the new release of choral music title breaTH. The 10-track album was recorded in the couple’s home studio in Nelson.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Entertainment and Hospitality Selkirk College music program instructor releases breaTH

Selkirk College Contemporary Music & Technology Program instructor Don Macdonald and his wife Allison Girvan provide all the vocals on the 10-track album

Miriam Needoba
West Kootenay, Nelson, Entertainment and Hospitality Executive director leaving post

Oxygen Art Centre’s Executive Director Miriam Needoba will be leaving her role at the end of the year after six years of service.

Craig Moritz is a country singer and animal advocate who lives in Canal Flats, B.C.
East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Animal Care, Entertainment and Hospitality, Kootenay Influencers Canal Flats music man

Craig Moritz brings a talent for country music and a passion for animal rescue to his new home community of Canal Flats.

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Picture of casino with slot machines.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, West Kootenay, Castlegar, Entertainment and Hospitality, Financial Casino revenue in the Kootenays tops $20 million annually

Gambling revenue at the two provincially licensed casinos in the Kootenays generated a combined revenue of over $20 million in 2015/2016.

Picture of two people looking at paintings in an art gallery.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality, Financial Trust expands support for arts, culture and heritage

Columbia Basin Trust is expanding its support for arts, culture and heritage with $11.6 million over three years.

Picture of people shopping in an indoor market.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism Cranbrook Farmers’ Winter Market November 25 and 26

Festive market celebration brings together more than 70 local producers and artisans

Kimberley Dynamiters head coach Derek Stuart stands with two other coaches behind the bench at a Kimberley Dynamiters hockey game
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Dynamiters invest in Kimberley

The Kimberley Dynamiters Hockey Club provides strong and willing shoulders for the community to lean on.

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Matt Cockell, the president, general manager and co-owner of the Kootenay Ice Hockey Club, with the empty ice in the background
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Team ICE reaches out

The Kootenay Ice drives Cranbrook’s economy. It also inspires our kids, develops responsible, caring citizens and gives us excellent hockey.

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Picture of author Jody Jacob
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality, Retail Local resident Jody Jacob publishes children’s book

Writer Jody Jacob, born and raised in Cranbrook, has published a children’s book called The Man & the Bear, created for kids between the ages of birth to seven.

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.

The Best Western Hotel in Cranbrook is one of the city's hotels collecting the new 3% accommodation tax.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality, Financial, Tourism Cranbrook tourism: new 3% hotel tax projected to generate $450K annually

Cranbrook Tourism, a society created and incorporated in 2015, is to market and promote Cranbrook and region as a preferred, year-round destination

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

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