Transportation to the BC Rockies - Kootenay Country
Regularly scheduled airlines service Cranbrook and Castlegar with connecting flights through Vancouver or Calgary. Castlegar is the crossroads of the Kootenays and is ideally situated at the junction of Highways 3, 3a and 22.
From Vancouver BC
The area is an approximately 6-8 hour drive from Vancouver. From Vancouver take Highway 1 to Hope and then follow Highway 3 east through Princeton and Osoyoos to Bridesville and you have entered the Kootenays in the southwest corner. The north route is via Highway 1, Highway 5 or Highway 3 and 3A to Penticton and north through the Okanagan Valley to Revelstoke.
From Calgary, Alberta
From Calgary, Alberta, the region can be reached by taking Highway 1 west. Just after Banff, head south on Highway 93 into Kootenay National Park and Radium Hot Springs. Here Highway 93 joins into Highway 95 and continues south. Near Cranbrook is the junction with Highway 3. To get to Creston follow Highway 3/95 west. An alternate route from Calgary is to go south on Highway 2 to Fort Macleod and then head west on Highway 3 to Fernie and onto Cranbrook. To reach Revelstoke, keep on Highway 1 west.
From The Okanagan Valley
If you are in the Okanagan there are a couple of routes to the Kootenays. From Vernon go east on Highway 6 approximately 135 km (85 mi) to Needles and you are in the center of the Arrow Lakes & Slocan Valley region of Kootenay Country. A second route is from Penticton south on Highway 97 to Osoyoos and then east on Highway 3 to Bridesville. From Kelowna you can go to Penticton or Vernon and follow the one of the previously mentioned routes or a third route is along Highway 33 which goes through Beaverdell, Westbridge and The Kettle River Provincial Recreation Area to Highway 3 at Rock Creek in the south west corner of Kootenay Country.
From Seattle, Washington
From Seattle you can take Interstate 90 east to Wenatchee and then go north on Interstate 97/Highway 20 to Oroville and cross the border into Canada and Osoyoos and then head east on Highway 3 to Bridesville or noth through the Okanagan if you are heading to Reveltoke and Banff.
A scenic alternate route is to go north from Seattle or south from Bellingham on Interstate 5 to Highway 20, The North Cascade Highway, and then go east to Wenatchee and then north as previously mentioned on Interstate 97/Highway 20.
From Spokane Washington and points south to Mexico
From Spokane (or all the way from Mexico) go north on Interstate 395 to the Laurier/Cascade border crossing. From Cascade it is a short drive west on Highway 3 to Grand Forks or north to Christina Lake. Alternately you may exit Interstate 395 near Kettle Falls and go north on Highway 25 to Rossland and Trail.
From Idaho and Montana
From Idaho or Montana it is also easy to get into the region . From Sandpoint, ID, take Interstate 95 north or from Libby, MT, take Interstate 2 north to the junction of 95 & 2 and then continue north, on 95, to the junction of 95 and Highway 1 north and take HIghway 1 to continue onto the Porthill border crossing and then Creston or take 1 to the Eastport border crossing and continue onto Cranbrook.