Where are the Kootenays? East or West Kootenay

Come Visit
in Southeastern BC, Canada.

The Map below is from Janice Strong's hiking guide-book to the East Kootenay --
Mountain Footsteps. Maps in the hiking book were drawn by Jamie Levine and Janice Strong

Ek Map from Book Kootenay Map

The Thumbnail left links to the large East Kootenay Map

A scenic mountainous area in Southeastern British Columbia, the East Kootenay includes high alpine tundra, forested valleys, pristine glaciers, numerous lakes and fast clean rivers.

The East Kootenay offers diverse climate and ecological zones, ranging from low elevation grasslands to high alpine glaciated landscapes.

The Canadian Rocky Mountains straddles the border between and Alberta and British Columbia. The East Kootenay enjoys the western slopes of those majestic Rockies. On the western side of region is the high elevations of the Purcell Mountain Range.

"When you wander through the majestic wild spaces, take the time to explore the little things of nature's rewards. Notice the droplets of an alpine creek that splash in the sunlight, making tiny radiant sunbursts in the air. Hike through a mossy old growth forest and feel the timeless energy of the powerful trees. Feel the freedom and peace as you stand atop a high summit or watch a mountain sunset. " from Janice Strong's Hiking Guide Book - Mountain Footsteps.

Maps by Janice Strong

For Hikes and Bike Trails map researched and drawn by Janice Strong
around Cranbrook BC,
get a copy of Cranbrook Recreation Trails Map.


City of Cranbrook, BC Canada

Elkford Trails and contour maps for snowmobile and ATV. map researched and drawn by Janice Strong.

Elizabeth Lake Trail Map. Researched by The Naturalist Club of Cranbrook, map drawn by Janice Strong.


Places in the East Kootenay, featured in Janice's hiking guide book.

Silent Pass Purcell Mts
  • Rocky Mountains in Southeastern BC
  • Purcell Mountains - Eastern side
  • Invermere
  • Cranbrook
  • Kimberley
  • Fernie
  • Elk Valley
  • Creston Valley
  • Upper Columbia River
  • Upper Kootenay River


The Thumbnail below links to the
(this sample is from an older version of the mapbook)

The new mapbooks feature topographic lines and UTM and lat/longitude for GPS, plus they are full colour.
"Backroad Mapbook" page for the Cranbrook Kimberley Area.

Cranbrook Kimberley Road Map

The Map shown here is from The Backroad Mapbook, 'IV The Kootenays' by Mussio Ventures Ltd.

These Mapbook Series are fabulous. I suggest if you want to camp, hike, bike, fish, drive ATV's or snowmobiles in the region you obtain a copy of these great books.

'The Backroad Mapbook the 5th Edition Kootenays.' The Mapbook has road maps of the area for general access maps. The roads are fairly accurate, but many of the old roads on the maps have been abandoned and some new roads have been built. The books are good reference for the secret hidden back roads and to some special places. The new editions of the the backroad map books have GPS information on the maps making them more backcountry user friendly.

Driving Back Roads

Driving many of the Kootenay Backroads are unmarked or unsigned, so if you have both the mapbook and a GPS with built in maps you will find your destination easier.

Also note that many of the BC Forest Service Roads are used by heavy machinery and logging trucks. They are much bigger than passenger vehicles and industrial traffic has the-right-of-way.

Other Topo and Recreation Maps for the Area