Let’s face it, travelling for work or leisure on your own can be lonely, but it also has its benefits. You have no one to answer to, so there isn’t a fight about which toppings you want on your pizza or which TV show to watch. You can make up your own agenda, so you can stay up all night, or go to bed at 8 p.m. And you will likely meet new people, if you make the effort.
For those travelling to the Kootenay region, there are a number of BC attractions that guarantee a fun time for a solo traveller.
1. Go ziplining
Of all the BC attractions, this is guaranteed to be at the top of your list for fun things to do in the Kootenays. It’s also a perfect activity for the solo traveller, as it’s just you on the line, zipping above the forest canopy with some of most spectacular views of the BC mountains, lakes, rivers, and glaciers.
You won’t be completely alone, of course. Friendly guides will harness you up and take you to the launch pads, where they will cheer you on, and meet you on the other side.
2. Soak in the hot springs
If you are seeking some R&R, there’s no better way than checking out BC's finest natural hot springs, which lend themselves to their surroundings.
Imagine lying in naturally heated natural mineral pools, easing tired muscles, and looking up at the mountains.
Those visiting the East Kootenays/Columbia Valley should visit at least one of these three hot springs:
- A full-service resort, Fairmont Hot Springs is located just south of Lake Windermere and features one of the largest hot pools in Canada. Guests can also enjoy a swimming pool, a cooler diving pool, in addition to activities such as hiking, golf, skiing, and soon, ziplining.
- Open year-round, Radium Hot Springs is set amongst the rocky setting of the Sinclair Canyon and features two large pools, a day spa, gift shop, hiking trails, picnic area, and more.
- Located in a more wilderness setting up a gravel road that leads to Whiteswan Provincial Park, Lussier Hot Springs is located alongside the Lussier River, and is a non-commercial facility – just you and nature. A popular spot, it is recommended that you wear a bathing suit so you don’t scare the wildlife.
3. Hit the green
Golf is one of those activities that you can do alone, or not, as there are likely other solo travellers looking for a partner to go the rounds.
Most golf courses rent out equipment in case you have left your clubs at home, and have green fees for non-members.
There is no shortage of golf courses in the East Kootenays, including at Fairmont Hot Springs where you can tee off at three different courses!
4. Take on a trail
Whether it’s hiking or mountain biking, both are free activities that should be taken on only with proper preparation and knowledge of the surroundings, especially if you are going it alone. While it's no sweat physically to take a quick jaunt solo on an easy trail, it’s still best to tell someone where you are going and carry the proper equipment, including:
- Solid pair of hiking shoes or boots
- Map, compass, GPS
- One water bottle per hour that you will be out in the woods
- Energy-filled snacks
- Rain gear, extra clothes
- First aid kit
- Knife and matches to start a fire
- Patch kit and pump if you are biking
For those looking for fun things to do in BC, check out one of the most exciting BC attractions. Mineral Mountain Zipline is your stop for high-flying adventure! Visit www.zipmineral.com for more information.