About the West Koot Route

If you’re feeling stressed out, skip the tropical resort and head directly for the West Koot Route.

Along this meandering mountain byway, you’ll find idyllic lakeside towns set amid some of the most spectacular scenery on the continent. The area boasts underused amenities and attractions, including some of BC’s best hot springs, rail trails, ghost towns, and ski terrain. It’s an easy place to wander away a week, a month, or more.

Slocan Valley

The West Koot Root is a gateway to the Slocan Valley, a 160-km-long valley stretching from the village of Crescent Valley in the south to New Denver in the north. Famous for fertile organic farms, a thriving arts community, trout fishing, and the Slocan Valley Rail Trail.

Nakusp Arrow Lakes

Nestled against the tranquil waters (and long, sandy beaches) of Upper Arrow Lake is the village of Nakusp. Walk the lakeside boardwalk, hike among old growth cedars, or take a dip in one of the many local hot springs.


Situated in a protected cove on Kootenay Lake, the town of Kaslo offers historic charm and culture. Just west, up through a sinuous mountain pass, lies Sandon, a ghost town with a storied past. Head south and you’ll come to Ainsworth Hot Springs, where you can swim through a cave.

Start Your Journey

Whether you’re a nature lover, hiker, biker, birder or boater, the West Koot Route offers a vast array of things to see and do, in a relaxed and low trafficked setting. It’s a wanderer’s paradise, just waiting for you to explore.