Just west of the Canadian Rockies lie the majestic and remote Selkirk and Purcell mountain ranges. Experience walking through the pristine rainforests in BC’s interior without the crowds. Hike in the fragrant woods or venture up into the snow capped alpine mountains and glaciers.
Enjoy the best local alpine hikes and interpretive walks with certified hiking guides and professional interpreters, offering mountain experiences you won’t find in any guidebook. Day programs for beginners all the way up to advanced hikers are available, you choose the level of challenge, families and individuals of all ages are welcome.
The trail selection is as diverse as the terrain, giving you a range of easy to challenging trips to choose from. Join for a guided half day walk or full day hike with Hike & Stay packages starting as low as $52 per person per day including guiding and 1 night accommodation at the Alpine Inn.
2-4 Hour Easy Trekking
For those that have limited time or are warming up their calf muscles, a 2 or 4 hour guided hike may be perfect for you! Learn about the unique wildlife and wildflowers of the West Kootenays. Discover the stories behind the scenery with your interpretive guide.
Easy Trekking is a popular choice. Two or four hours of walking on gentle trails, appropriate for all ages and fitness levels. Guests of the Alpine Motel receive discounted rates from $29 per person.
Majestic Mountains…a full day hike
To fully understand the magic of the Selkirk and Purcell mountains, may we suggest you immerse yourself in a full day hike. Experience the scent, sounds and vistas of high elevation hikes. Climb through various ecosystems, learn about unique plant adaptations, feast on the diversity of flora and notice subtle signs of small and large mammals.
Majestic Mountains is a classic hike, ranging from five to eight hours, on a well established trail that meets your ability. As a guest of Alpine Inn, you receive 10% off our regular full day rate of $70 per person.
Walk while you talk… an interpretive focus
If you love learning while you walk, join a special interpretive themed hike. Depending on the location and season, you will learn the unique stories behind the biology and ecology of the forests. Join your interpreter for “Survival in the Alpine”, “Relationships that Work” or “Bears of the Columbia Mountains” on a trail that best suits your level and interests.
Alpine Inn guests can book a guide for as little as $180 for a group.
Heli-Hiking… a lift to the alpine
For those that have a limited time in Nelson, we can offer speedy access into the Purcells and Selkirk Mountains. Experience the incredible views of Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park or the steep granite mountains of the Valhalla Range. Enjoy being dropped off on a remote ridge, left to meander in meadows or along alpine ridges with your interpretive guide. Discover the wildlife and unique flowers that coexist in this high elevation zone. Trips start as low as $199 per person.
Fondue Views… experience all the senses
For those of you that live by chocolate, why not add fondue to your hike! On trail, take in the smell of pine or the distinct call of a red breasted Nuthatch. Arrive at a breathtaking viewpoint and indulge in fruit dipped in sweet chocolate while you bask in the Selkirk Mountains. Fondu can be added to your hike for $10 per person.
Have It Your Way… private guiding
Experience the personal service of a guide for yourself, a small group or family. Plan a trip into the Purcell or Selkirk Range and ensure to get the most out of your holiday time. On exclusive hikes we promise to walk your way! Alpine Inn guests can arrange a private trip and get 10 % off regular group rates by booking one week in advance.
Group of 1 – 4 people:
Half Day $200
Full Day $300
Group of 5 – 8 people:
Half Day $250
Full Day $350
All prices are subject to tax.
What you need to know…
- Groups include a maximum of 8 people for low ecological impact and your enjoyment.
- Youth are welcome, providing they can easily walk the distance. For children younger than eight, consider booking a private hike so we can walk their pace.
- A waiver must be signed prior to the walk or hike.
- Proper equipment is necessary for safety and comfort. Bring sturdy footwear with good grip, hat & gloves, sunscreen & sunhat, water & a snack or lunch and rain gear.
- Extra equipment such as poles, back packs, water bottles can be provided if necessary.
- Bring a snack and lunch or enjoy a locally made organic lunch. Please make requests for a packed lunch in advance.
- A French speaking guide can be provided on request.
- Well mannered and leashed dogs are permitted in some areas, contact us for more information on dog friendly hikes.
Self drive to the meeting spot or trail head is required, giving you greater flexibility in your holiday time and reducing costs to you. Some roads are in rough condition. Contact us if you require transportation to the trailhead.
Destination and Booking
Choose from a variety of trails, ask about our favorites. Be the first one to book a hike and you determine the level of challenge and location! You can join a trip that is already booked or arrange a trip of your own on another day that is available. You can also book a trip exclusively for you and your group. In order to ensure hikes are available, please book as far advance as possible. One day notice may not guarantee you a guide.
Please call now for availability and further details: 1-888-356-2233 or Reserve Online