Casino Resort with Four Restaurants in the Canadian Rockies’ Foothills
For 10,000 years, the nomadic Ktunaxa tribe roamed the present-day Kootenay region in pursuit of migrant game and seasonal vegetation. Today, St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino pays tribute to this indigenous Canadian tribe with an onsite cultural center highlighting the Ktunaxa tribe’s renowned canoe-making and woodworking skills. Once a 19th-century mission school, the property became a resort after undergoing renovations that both maintained its historical integrity and incorporated Ktunaxa-inspired accents.
The onsite Casino of the Rockies features 239 slot machines. Blackjack, three-card poker, and Texas hold’em tables are scattered throughout the space, and there are off-track-betting simulcasts for horse and wheelbarrow racing. Your stay includes a $50 casino, golf, or resort credit.
There’s a variety of onsite dining options. At the upscale Purcell Grill, chefs use seasonal ingredients to create gourmet dishes. Head to Fred’s Saloon for a more casual ambiance and comfort food such as freshly baked pizzas; Fisher Peak Lounge boasts views of the Rocky Mountains.
Cranbrook, British Columbia: Scenic Vistas and Charming Mountain Villages
Tucked within a broad basin in British Columbia’s East Kootenay region, Cranbrook is framed by the Canadian Rockies and the Purcell Mountains. This dramatic landscape is on full display at Cranbrook’s Elizabeth Lake Sanctuary, a 15-acre wildlife reserve known for its big-game herds, migratory waterfowl, and plastic-flamingo populations. Trails wend around the lake through wetlands and a forest, where visitors may glimpse western painted turtles, coyotes, elk, and moose.
The whimsical, Bavarian-style village of Kimberley is fewer than 20 miles northwest. Many art galleries, shops, and German-themed cafés fill a pedestrian mall known as the Platzl, one of the town’s main draws. While here, watch and listen for Kimberley’s most famous resident—a large, freestanding cuckoo clock that chimes every hour.