Publication Summary
Issue ID: GF2009-06
Title: GeoTour Guide for the West Kootenay, British Columbia Geology, landscapes, mines, ghost towns, caves, and hot springs
Author(s): Turner, R.J.W., Anderson, R.G., Franklin, R., Anderton, L., Fowler, F.
Series Name: GeoFile
Publication Year: 2009
NTS Map Sheet(s): 082E,F,K,L
Place Keyword(s): British Columbia, South, West Kootenay, Slocan Valley
Lat/Long (NSWE): 51, 49, -118.3, -116.3
Theme Keyword(s): guide, landscape, mines, ghost towns, caves

The West Kootenay region is a land of contrasts: the rolling pastures of the Slocan Valley and rich floodplain farms near Creston; the big Kootenay, Slocan, and Arrow Lakes; the heritage downtowns of Nelson and Kaslo; the high glacier peaks of the Selkirk and Purcell Mountains; and the industrial landscape of Trail. To the curious mind, the West Kootenay is a landscape full of questions. Why is the West Kootenay region so mountainous? Why do most of the valleys run north-south? Why are the major lakes long and skinny? Why do the Columbia and Kootenay rivers follow such convoluted routes? Why are there hot springs? What source of wealth financed the fine heritage buildings in Nelson, Trail, Rossland and Kaslo? This guide helps up explore these questions and others. Is there logic to the landscape? Letís go take a look.