Hotel at a Glance: Northstar Mountain Village Resort
Northstar Mountain Village Resort’s spacious two-bedroom condos are set in the Canadian Rockies. Each unit has a fully stocked kitchen and a private deck with a barbecue grill, a hot tub, and panoramic views of the mountains. Inside, exposed logs and river-rock fireplaces mirror the surrounding wilderness.
- Homey perks: a washer and dryer and free WiFi in each unit
- Why visit now: You can enjoy summer activities, such as rafting, mountain biking, and fly fishing in July and August, and see beautiful fall foliage from mid-September through mid-October. Additionally, you can enjoy the outdoor heated pool and hot tub.
- Book a massage with certified massage therapist and reflexologist Jena Nicholas.
- Warm up in a private outdoor hot tub—there's one on each condo's lower deck.
Kimberley, British Columbia: Alpine Charm and Outdoor Adventure
Resting on the southeastern corner of British Columbia, the charming mountain town of Kimberley overlooks the Kootenay River Valley and lures outdoor enthusiasts to its natural beauty and abundant activities, including excellent horseback riding, mountain biking, and fly-fishing. There are seven championship golf courses in the area, and you'll also be close to waterfalls and hot springs.
For a peek into Kimberley's history as a mining town, the Underground Mining Railway ferries riders on a narrated trip via rail through Mark Creek Valley. In the 750-foot-long tunnel of the underground mining interpretive center, day-trippers can immerse themselves in the life of a miner and see working mine equipment.
The vibe of a small Bavarian village permeates the Platzl, a pedestrian-only outdoor shopping mall in downtown Kimberley. Visitors can peruse the art display at gallery Centre 64, dine at one of the German-themed cafes along the street, or pose for a photo with one of the largest freestanding cuckoo clocks in North America.