The famous “Kootenay Vibe” runs through the arts, heritage and people of this region.
With 14 communities, 23 + galleries, 30 + festivals and unlimited culture.
Rossland & Trail
Like any good mountain town, Rossland is home to a thriving arts and culture scene. Rossland Council for Arts and Culture runs a roster of programming out of the Minters Hall. The Rossland Light Opera Players produces original and classic musical theatre work. Want to learn a little more about Rossland’s storied history? Take in a summer performance by the Gold Fever Follies, visit the Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre or pick up a Rossland Walking Tour brochure. Boutique shops feature work from various artists or you can visit Quoynary Art Gallery and Stephanie Gauvin’s studio to view their work and curated pieces. Just down the hill from Rossland, in Trail, The Trail District & Arts Council and Charles Bailey Theatre host regular theatrical and performance arts events and movie-goers will find the latest films playing at The Royal Theatre.
Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre | Rossland Council for Arts & Culture | Trail & District Arts Council | Charles Bailey Theatre | Quoynary Art Gallery | Rossland Gold Fever Follies | Rossland Light Opera Players | Rossland Heritage Commission | The Royal Theatre | Blizzard Music Festival | Stephanie Gauvin Artwork Studio | Rossland Mountain Film Festival
Nelson, Kaslo & Kootenay Lake
The Kootenay Lake communities of Nelson, Kaslo, Ainsworth Hot Springs, Balfour, North Kootenay Lake and the East Shore are home to a large and diverse arts community that is the foundation of many popular festivals, events, attractions, artists, and venues. The region boasts a medley of boutique shops, heritage sites, markets, theatres, and galleries, alongside public artworks tucked into photo-worthy nooks and crannies. Networks of artisans, writers, performers, and more are constantly creating and sharing new work throughout these vibrant, talented communities.
Nelson Museum & Art Gallery | The Langham Cultural Centre | SS Moyie National Historic Site | Capitol Theatre | The Civic Theatre | Nelson Artwalk | Nelson International Mural Festival | Artisans of Crawford Bay | Kaslo Jazz Festival | Oxygen Arts Centre | May Days & Logger Sports | JB Fletcher Store & Museum |
Arrow Lakes and Slocan Valley are known for their unique beat culture and the aspiring and flourishing artists and creators that colour the region. Being off the beaten path means tapping into the local art and music scene will turn up the hidden gems. Galleries are found in Nakusp and Slocan Valley. Café walls are host to local artist’s work and their shelves dotted with a curated collection of locally made products. The region’s rich history is found in the heritage downtowns, museums and the preserved ghost town of Sandon. Dive in, tap into local culture and get inspired.
Studio Connexion Gallery | Hidden Gallery | Still Point Pottery | North Valley Mountain Film Festival | Silverton Gallery | Nakusp Museum | Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre | Silvery Slocan Museum | Ghost Town of Sandon|