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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

Nelson, Castlegar, Slocan, Creston, Fernie, Cranbrook, Kimberly, Trail and Rossland.

Outlook

By 2029, this region will have:

23,900

expected jobs in total

21 %

from economic growth

79 %

from replacing retiring workers