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Kootenay

Kootenay

About

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The Kootenay region is in the southeast corner of British Columbia and features spectacular mountains, valleys, lakes and rivers. A region of great beauty and outdoor opportunities, it’s known for its historic towns and resource industries.

Lifestyle

  • Largely rural, the region has an active arts community, offering many cultural events.
  • Four of our province’s seven national parks are located here.
  • Coal production, other mining and logging are important industries, as is tourism.

Key Cities

Cranbrook, Nelson, Trail, Castlegar, Kimberley, Creston, Fernie, Rossland, Sparwood

Outlook

By 2025, this region will have:

26,900

expected jobs in total

25 %

from economic growth

75 %

from replacing retiring workers