Fletcher Falls south of Kaslo is a worthy Kootenay Day Trip where access to a natural wonder is rather simple.

Fletcher Falls south of Kaslo is a worthy Kootenay Day Trip where access to a natural wonder is rather simple.

Launching the day tripper in the Kootenays

The Kootenay/Boundary is a wonderland of natural treats, fascinating history and funky small-town living.

We live in one of the most incredible spots on the planet. The Kootenay/Boundary is a wonderland of natural treats, fascinating history and funky small-town living. We step out our doors into a place others target as a vacation destination.

It’s in that spirit that Black Press newspapers of the Kootenay/Boundary has launched Kootenay Day Trips. With so much opportunity for discovery in our own backyards, we felt it’s worth sharing with locals and visitors.

The Nelson Star and our sister papers in the region will provide ongoing stories that take a closer look at outings worth experiencing (see the first Star story here). Hiking, shopping, fishing, camping and exploring will be covered. Golfing, skiing, biking, climbing and any other recreational opportunity you can think of will eventually make it on the list. Museums and historical points of interest are also an important part of the mix.

The goal is to create a point of entry for both locals and those who come to explore our region. Each newspaper will be publishing their own stories in print and online under the column header: Kootenay Day Trips. Those adventures will then end up at our new Facebook page which can be found at www.facebook.com/KootenayDayTrips or by searching Kootenay Day Trips. One stop shopping for your next outing.

But there’s more. We want you to share your favourite day trips. We understand locals have their own secret spots and we’re not asking you to give those up for mass consumption. But if there’s a day trip you like to take on a regular basis or a place you direct your out-of-town visitors to, we want to hear about it. You can post photos, stories and directions to locations straight on our Facebook page or email us your tales of adventure (editor@nelsonstar.com) and we’ll post it online for you.

No trip is too small. What seems awesome to you, will very likely be just as memorable to someone else. It’s all about sharing experiences that make the Kootenay/Boundary great.

So get out there and explore the region this summer. And when you do… don’t forget to tell us all about it.