Having seen and heard good things about the Kootenays, we packed up the kids and drove over to Revelstoke, across the Arrow Lakes on the Galena Ferry, along Trout Lake and into the Kootenay Lake region.
The highlights of this trip were the awesome climb up the Duncan-Lavina FSR to the Lavina Fire Lookout and the old ghost mining towns of Sandon & Cody. We also stopped at the Buchanan Lookout over Kaslo, visited New Denver and ventured inside the hotsprings caves of Ainsworth along the way. We did attempt Healy Creek, but about 14km in, the road is completely gone to the creek below.
Leaving Kaslo on the last day, we stopped for dinner in Kokanee Glacier Park and continued south but could not actually find any place to camp. Surprising since you're in the interior surrouded by trees. FSRs were all gated. So we pushed onto Rossland and the Old Cascades Hwy in the dark, finally finding the Santa Rosa Rec Site.