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Erika Krest smiles for a photo.
West Kootenay, Trail, Retail, Small Business, Tourism Combat COVID with BINGO

Erika Krest, executive director for the Trail and District Chamber of Commerce, is promoting #thinklocalfirst Bingo to encourage local shopping

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Jessica Kazemi smiles for a photo.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Small Business, Tourism Meet the new Cranbrook Farmer’s Market manager

Jessica Kazemi, the new manager of the Cranbrook Farmer’s Market, is excited to lead the market into the future

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Baker Hill Heritage Bed and Breakfast is a large brown house with many windows and colourful trees in the yard.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business, Tourism So you want to run a B&B? Follow these 7 suggestions

Gladys Goss-Laing, owner of Baker Hill Heritage Bed and Breakfast in Cranbrook, outlines what it takes to run a successful B&B

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The faces behind Kettle Down, a niche clothing line in Grand Forks, B.C. From left to right: Meagan Savaia, Stacey Smith & Hannah Baker.
East Kootenay, Grand Forks, West Kootenay, Retail, Small Business, Tourism Kettle Down settles down in Grand Forks

Fuelled by a love of fashion and a passion for their community, three local businesswomen create Kettle Down, a unique clothing brand

by Julie Matchett
A child climbs up a colourful wall inside Arq Mountain Centre.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Top 10 things to do in Cranbrook with kids

Children can climb, swim, bowl and mini-golf their way to adventure in Cranbrook, B.C.

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View of ski hill and buildings.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism New website connects resort-based employers and job-seekers looking for their next working holiday

Understaffing at ski resorts and towns is a chronic problem and new website aims to help alleviate that shortage

by Julie Matchett
Inside of tiny home.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Snow Valley Lodging’s tiny home hotel in Fernie is a first in Canada

Snow Valley Lodging in Fernie celebrated the grand opening of its tiny home concept on October 8

People skiing down ski hill
East Kootenay, Fairmont Hot Springs, Tourism Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Ski area extends its season with new snowmaking technology

Family-friendly ski area in the heart of the B.C. Rockies improves facilities for the upcoming season

Red Mountain’s Nowhere Special hostel front entrance in Rossland, B.C.
West Kootenay, Rossland, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism, Best of Business Nowhere Special Hostel is a haven away from home

The Nowhere Special Hostel in Rossland, B.C., is a unique new version of the traditional hostel ideal, and is one of our 2019 Best of Business winners.

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The Josie Hotel at RED Mountain Resort in Rossland, B.C.
West Kootenay, Rossland, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism The Josie Hotel in Rossland in the running for the 2019 Best New Ski Hotel in the World

The World Ski Awards is the only global initiative to recognize, reward and celebrate excellence in ski tourism

Airplane taxiing on tarmac, with airport worker marshalling plane.
West Kootenay, Trail, Financial, Tourism, Transportation Government of Canada investing in safety at the Trail Regional Airport

Well-maintained runways, taxiways and aprons ensures safe usage by aircraft, passengers, and crews, and helps protect costly airport safety assets

Crystal Scott, GM at the Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort, sits in front of the fireplace in the hotel's renovated lobby
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Completing Prestige transformation

Crystal Scott is the new GM at the beautifully upgraded Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort in her home town, Cranbrook, B.C.

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As manager of Cominco Gardens, Dan Matheson spends a lot of time in the gardens. Here, he is standing next to tall purple delphiniums.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Tourism Cominco Gardens: A floral work of art

While checking out Kimberley’s visitor attractions, don’t forget the flowerful Cominco Gardens

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A WestJet plane sitting on the tarmac.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Tourism, Transportation WestJet Link giving Cranbrook another hub option

All WestJet Link flights are operated through a capacity purchase agreement with Pacific Coastal by using its fleet of 34-seat Saab 340B aircraft

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Two people teeing off on lakeside course.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Tee it Up: Golf the Kootenays this summer and fall

The Kootenay Rockies is home to many golf courses, from nine-hole gems to challenging, championship courses

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Colourful storefront of Kootenay Virtual Reality
East Kootenay, Creston, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism Virtual reality has a home in Creston

The virtual reality experience is a new entertainment option in the Kootenay region thanks to Kootenay Virtual Reality in Creston, B.C.

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Wildfire in forest.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial, Tourism $25K to Kootenay Rockies Tourism for emergency prep and communication

The tourism sector can play a critical role in keeping people safe, especially in rural and remote areas

Honor Neve, chief curator, and Valerie Bourne, business manager, Cranbrook History Centre
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Status boost for Cranbrook History Centre

The railcar collection at the Cranbrook History Centre has attracted recognition from the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.

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(L to R) Kristy Jahn-Smith of Cranbrook Tourism, Kathy Cooper of Kootenay Rockies Tourism, Paula Amos of Indigenous Tourism BC and Richard Porges, Destination BC.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism A wide-angle look at tourism

A four-member tourism panel presented information about trends, opportunities and challenges in the Kootenay tourism industry.

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Group of ten interns standing in front of College of the Rockies.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education, Tourism College of the Rockies interns depart for overseas placements

Participants will gain professional experience through international development work

Slocan Lake and Valhalla Provincial Park in Slocan, B.C.
West Kootenay, Slocan, Tourism The Slocan Trifecta

The Village of Slocan, South Slocan and Slocan Park thrive on the area’s tourism and outdoor adventure opportunities.

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A blind golf competitor uses the assistance of a coach as he sets up a shot.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Creston, Kimberley, Tourism The Kootenays: a destination for blind golf this summer

With three events planned for July, the East Kootenay is a busy location for the sport of blind golf thanks to local advocate and competitor, Darren Douma

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Kaslo Jazz Etc. Festival on the shore of Kootenay Lake, backed by the Purcell mountains
West Kootenay, Kaslo, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism, Kootenay Influencers Kaslo makes music

Kaslo Bay Park, Kootenay Lake and the Purcell mountains create a gorgeous natural amphitheatre for Kaslo’s summer music festival.

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Ball player slides in at home plate
West Kootenay, Grand Forks, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism The GFI is back

The return of the Grand Forks International baseball tournament embodies the unquenchable spirit of the community.

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Brad Parsell, Executive Director at the Fernie Chamber of Commerce.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Entertainment and Hospitality, Retail, Small Business, Tourism “Staffing for Businesses” session designed to address employment challenges in Fernie

Staffing for businesses is a challenge in the Fernie area due to the seasonal nature of the tourism economy and a small labor market.

Erinne Allen has a two-year contract for the position of events manager for the City of Grand Forks, B.C.
West Kootenay, Grand Forks, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Celebrations in Grand Forks

Events manager Erinne Allen is planning a whole slew of events for Grand Forks and the surrounding area.

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The Royal Alexandra Hall has a high, arched roof with wooden beams stretching across its ceiling. Bright, exquisite chandeliers hang low from up above.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Tourism Cranbrook History Centre: Come for the sublime Royal Alexandra Hall, stay for the choo-choo train

Melissa Roberts, tour guide for the Cranbrook History Centre and Royal Alexandra Hall, recommends touring the trains, hall and dino fossils

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Golf course with golf cart, water feature and fountain, against a mountain backdrop
East Kootenay, Invermere, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism PGA of BC comes to Copper Point

In July 2019, the G&G Golf Company and Callaway Golf PGA of BC Pro-Assistant Championship will be held at Copper Point Golf Club in Invermere.

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A red wagon with a white linen roof holds passengers as two brown and white Clydesdale horses stroll through Fort Steele.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Tourism Travel through time to the 1800s at Fort Steele

Jasmine Beaulac, education co-ordinator for Fort Steele, encourages visitors to come and see this preserved 1800s gold mining town

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Renovations on the famous hot spring pools are underway with new concrete finishing.
East Kootenay, Fairmont Hot Springs, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality, Financial, Tourism $5M upgrade to Fairmont Hot Springs Resort well underway

Most of the projects will be wrapped up before Fairmont's busy summer season arrives

View of St. Eugene Resort.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Nature inspires redesign and renovation of Casino of the Rockies at St. Eugene Resort in Cranbrook

Work for the redesign is set to begin in early April, and is expected to take under three months, wrapping up in June

Fort Steele Heritage Town.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments, Education, Tourism Fort Steele builds on its success

Fort Steele Heritage Town is a significant draw to the Kootenay region as the attraction continues to grow and expand.

Kootenay Gallery of Art has been showcasing art to the rural community of Castlegar for the last 40 years.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Tourism Kootenay Gallery of Art in Castlegar has been showcasing art for the past 40 years

Maggie Shirley, curator and gallery assistant for Kootenay Gallery of Art in Castlegar, B.C., highlights the historic gallery’s exhibitions and programs

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The Summit Trail Makers Society will be improving access to Azure Lake with support from Columbia Basin Trust’s Trail Enhancement Grants.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Developments, Environment, Health & Wellness, Tourism Get outside! Basin trails to see improvements

The Trust increases recreation opportunities with $484,000 for 29 trail projects

“We yearned to provide intimate and life-changing safaris in the bush that mirrored our own experiences throughout Africa,” said Fannuel Nsingo, co-owner of Escape to Africa Safaris.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Small Business, Tourism Escape to Africa via Nelson, B.C.

Fannuel Nsingo and Colleen Chisholm, co-owners of Escape to Africa Safaris in Nelson, B.C., take small groups of travellers on intimate trips into Africa

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Picture of ski scene, with word REVELSTOKE in large plain font.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Revelstoke reveals a new visual identity: REVELSTOKE.

The new look was designed by C&B Advertising of Calgary, under the guidance of the Revelstoke Tourism Advisory Committee.

Kimberley’s Platzl is a gathering space for the community.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Developments, Financial, Tourism Outdoor gathering spaces to get a facelift

Municipalities, regional districts and First Nations communities can apply for up to $500,000 to create, restore or enhance an outdoor multi-use space.

MP Wayne Stetski in his Cranbrook Office.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education, Environment, Small Business, Tourism MP Wayne Stetski looks behind and ahead

After serving as Cranbrook’s Mayor from 2011 to 2014, MP Wayne Stetski continues to serve the Kootenays on a grander, federal scale in 2019.

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Tourism students at College of the Rockies.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Health & Wellness, Tourism College of the Rockies: News and Notes

First-year nursing students are holding a Health Awareness Fair, February 7; Tourism Management students off to provincial finals

Rebekah Tebrinke of PV Ranch Adventures, in front of the fireplace
West Kootenay, Grand Forks, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism Rebekah Tebrinke, PV Ranch Adventures

Rebekah Tebrinke is following in the footsteps of her parents and grandparents at PV Ranch Adventures, near Grand Forks, B.C.

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Andrew Crozier in front of Christmas trees.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education, Tourism College of the Rockies Business Management student completing semester in Andorra

Agreement between College and University of Andorra adds to international exchange opportunities for College students

Charmaine Richter is one of the Top 10 Business People of 2019.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism, Top 10 Business People Charmaine Richter

Charmaine Richter, sales and marketing director of Copper Point Resort in Invermere, B.C., has taken Copper Point into the Top 10

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(L to R) Todd and Jay Manton are the owners of Kokanee Mountain Zipline in Nelson and Mineral Mountain Ziplines in Fairmont.
East Kootenay, Fairmont Hot Springs, West Kootenay, Nelson, Tourism, Top 10 Business People Jay and Todd Manton

Todd and Jay Manton, owners of Kokanee Mountain Zipline in Nelson and Mineral Mountain Ziplines in Fairmont, are Top 10 Business People

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Prestige Radium Hot Springs Resort.
East Kootenay, Radium Hot Springs, Developments, Tourism Prestige Radium Hot Springs Resort, BW Premier Collection

Newly Renovated Prestige Radium Hot Springs Resort In Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia

A picture of a tiny home with cedar siding.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Developments, Tourism Fernie “Tiny Homes” development coming on stream

Hummingbird Micro Homes, also a Fernie-based company, constructed and supplied the units for the development.

Theresa Kostiuk of Lane & Meadow, and Caitlin Berkhiem and Christel Hagn of Soulfood in their new space at the Mount Baker Hotel. (Missing Soulfood co-founder Tamara Mercandelli)
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality, Health & Wellness, Tourism Soulfood launches Little Soul Café & Market as part of relocation and expansion plan

Welcomes lifestyle retailer, Lane & Meadow, to newly-renovated space at the Mount Baker Hotel

The Cranbrook Tourism Board of Directors.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Cranbrook Tourism launches new website and announces board of directors

The 10-member board of the Cranbrook and Region Tourism Society is comprised of local accommodators, business owners and tourism stakeholders

Kristy Jahn-Smith became the first executive director of Cranbrook Tourism on September 4, 2018
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Retail, Small Business, Tourism A leader for Cranbrook Tourism

As the first executive director of Cranbrook Tourism, Kristy Jahn-Smith aims to put Cranbrook on the map as a tourism destination.

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Diane Manson, owner of Mountain City Travel in Kimberley, is a consistent supporter of the city's business community.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Real Estate, Small Business, Tourism, Kootenay Influencers Kimberley influencers

Here are a few members of Kimberley’s business community whose attitudes and practices inspire and influence others.

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