Welcome to the 8th Edition of the Kootenay Rockies Backroad Mapbook!
Tucked into the southeast corner of BC, the Kootenay Rockies are one of Canada's best-kept outdoor adventure secrets. As you move west from the world-famous peaks of the Rocky Mountains, the crowds thin out and the opportunities for outdoor adventure grow. Forest-covered mountains hide sun-filled valleys, where rainbow trout swim in sparkling streams and deer graze along the shoreline. A maze of logging roads extends deep into the backcountry, offering access to countless campsites and hiking and mountain biking trails. In the winter, the region is covered by a thick layer of dry, fluffy snow, affectionately referred to by the locals as champagne powder.
To help you take advantage of this incredible region, the latest edition of our Kootenay Rockies Backroad Mapbook features extensive updates and upgrades from our last publication. We have updated our road network, added numerous multi-use trails and paddling routes and expanded our Adventure sections. This Mapbook also includes updated fish stocking and trail charts, private land and labelled fish species for the countless lakes, rivers and streams in the region.
In your durable, heavy-duty, spiral-bound 21.5 cm x 28 cm (8.5" x 11") Kootenay Rockies Backroad Mapbook you will find 51 detailed topographic maps at 1:200,000 scale spanning the region, complete with labelled recreation sites, amenities, highways, backcountry roads, trails and other points-of-interest. Not only are these maps user-friendly, but they boast a level of cartographic sophistication unparalleled even by government resources making them the maps of choice for search-and-rescue.
In addition to our maps, we list Kootenay Rockies accommodations, services, tours, and amenities.
Our detailed adventure section is one of the features that makes your Backroad Mapbook so much more than just a map of the Kootenay Rockies. From hiking to hunting, ATVing, paddling, wildlife viewing and beyond, our team of writers and researchers have come up with the most comprehensive adventure information you will find anywhere.
Divided into Map and Adventure sections, the index includes numbers and map coordinates for each activity and location, plus important numbers, distance charts and an advertiser list for easy referencing.
In the latest edition of our Kootenay Rockies Backroad Mapbook you will find close to 70 listings for the best things to see and do while travelling along the region's highways, city roads and backroads. From hidden hot springs to cascading waterfalls, fascinating museums and long-forgotten ghost towns, there is something to see in every direction.
The Kootenay Rockies offer abundant fish populations in a spectacular setting, including the famous Gerrard rainbow trout as well as landlocked salmon and some of the best bass fishing in BC. In your Kootenay Rockies Backroad Mapbook you will find 310 listings for the best lake and stream fishing in the region, complete with stocking charts and labelled fish species on the maps.
The Kootenay Rockies offer an abundance of big game and game bird hunting opportunities, including white-tail and mule deer, moose and wild turkey. In the 8th Edition of our Kootenay Rockies Backroad Mapbook, you will find detailed descriptions for the region's main hunting species, tips on how to find them and descriptions of the area's Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) and Limited Entry Hunting areas too.
From rushing white-water creeks and rivers to glassy lakes, there is plenty to explore in a canoe or kayak in the Kootenay Rockies. The latest edition of our Kootenay Rockies Backroad Mapbook contains 60 detailed listings for the best places to paddle in the region, complete with put-ins and take-outs, difficulty (Grade and Class), length, highlights and more.
The Kootenay Rockies offer a network of National, Provincial and Regional Parks that protect some of Canada's most stunning natural landscapes. In the latest edition of our Kootenay Rockies Backroad Mapbook, you will find close to 110 detailed listings for the region's parks, complete with easy-to-read activity symbols, information on campsites, picnic areas, reservations, access and more.
Rec Site Adventures
Your Kootenay Rockies Backroad Mapbook is your ultimate guide to the region's remote and rustic camping and day-use rec sites. In this Mapbook you will find 175 detailed rec site listing complete with information on access, amenities, activities, reservations and more.
From epic multi-day treks through the alpine of the Rocky Mountains to leisurely riverside strolls through a regional park, the Kootenays have a hiking trail for everyone. In the latest edition of our Kootenay Rockies Backroad Mapbook, you will find 480 multi-use trail adventures for hikers, horseback riders, mountain bikers and more, complete with distance, elevation gain, difficulty, access, highlights and more. We also include trail charts for the region's main parks including Glacier, Kootenay and Yoho National Parks, plus the Trans Canada Trail.
With a sprawling network of logging and mining roads and a ton of designated ATV areas to explore, the Kootenays offer some truly exciting motorized recreation. In the latest edition of our Kootenay Rockies Backroad Mapbook, you will find over 90 detailed listings for the best places to ride your ATV or dirt bike in the region.
From the remote Flathead region to the endless alpine around Revelstoke, the Kootenays offer world-class snowmobiling. In the latest edition of our Kootenay Rockies Backroad Mapbook, you will find close to 70 listings for the best places to snowmobile in the area, complete with staging areas, distance, highlights and more.
From large mammals such as bear, elk and goat to hundreds of species of waterfowl, songbirds and raptors, the Kootenays are a wildlife watcher's paradise. In the latest edition of our Kootenay Rockies Backroad Mapbook, you will find over 70 detailed listings for wildlife viewing areas, complete with access, species and more.
The Kootenays already majestic scenery becomes even more impressive in winter, with a generous snowfall that can last from November well into April. Cross-country and backcountry skiers and snowshoers have fantastic trail networks to explore and the region offers some of the best downhill skiing and snowboarding in the world. In the latest edition of our Kootenay Rockies Backroad Mapbook, you will find 85 detailed listings for the best places to get outdoors once the snow falls.
Backcountry Huts & Cabins
From remote ski touring huts to private lodges, alpine cabins and snowmobile shelters, the Kootenay Rockies are home to an impressive network of huts and cabins that provide shelter from the elements for outdoor recreationists. In the latest edition of our Kootenay Rockies Backroad Mapbook you will find 70 detailed listings for huts and cabins throughout the region complete with information on size, amenities, reservations, access and more.
For a digital version of the mapbook, select PDF Book from the Media Type drop-down menu. The PDF version can be viewed on your computer, smartphone or tablet using any pdf reader, including iBooks or Google Play Books, meaning it can be downloaded straight to a smartphone, tablet or eBook reader to bring along on adventures. Viewing the mapbook as a PDF book has the added bonus of a scrollable index to quickly find a region on the maps or jump to a specific Adventure.
- Easy to Read: zoom into the maps or text for easy route planning
- Lightweight: transport several mapbooks at once using your phone, tablet, or computer
- Easy to Navigate: use the index or search function for easy navigation between pages and maps
- Eco-Friendly: zero paper waste!
Please note that these PDF books are not printable or geo-referenced. See our Mobile Maps for geo-referenced versions of our maps.
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