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The Kootenay Region (in common parlance "The Kootenays") comprises the southeastern portion of British Columbia. It takes its name from the Kootenay River, which in turn was named for the Ktunaxa (or Kootenai or Kutenai) First Nation first encountered by explorer David Thompson.


Various permutations of the boundaries of the Kootenays

The Kootenays have no official boundaries and some variation exists in terms of what areas are or are not a part. The strictest definition of the region is the drainage basin of the lower Kootenay River from its re-entry into Canada near Creston, through to its confluence with the Columbia at Castlegar. In most interpretations, however, the region also includes:

* an area to the east which encompasses the upper drainage basin of the Kootenay River from its rise in the Rocky Mountains to its passage into the U.S.A. at Newgate. This adds a region spanning from the Purcell Mountains to the Alberta border, and includes Rocky Mountain Trench cities such as Cranbrook and Kimberley, British Columbia and the southern Canadian Rockies in and around Fernie. This region also includes part of the Flathead River drainage basin.

* an area to the southwest encompassing the Columbia's drainage from the Kootenay confluence south to the U.S. Border plus the Salmo River basin. This adds the communities of Rossland, Trail, Fruitvale and Salmo

Some or all of the following areas to the north, which drain into the Columbia River, are also commonly included in the Kootenays:

* The Arrow Lakes area, which adds Nakusp.

* The Upper Columbia Valley, which parallels the first section of the Kootenay River, including the communities of Invermere and Radium Hot Springs

* The Columbia drainage between the Kicking Horse Pass and the Rogers Pass, in and around the town of Golden.

* The Columbia drainage between the Rogers Pass and the Eagle Pass, in and around the town of Revelstoke.

When the above regions are added, sometimes the region's name is morphed into Columbia-Kootenay or Kootenay-Columbia, although that terminology also includes the Big Bend Country and Kinbasket Lake, to the north of Golden and Revelstoke, which is not considered part of the Kootenays.

Finally, the Boundary Country, a southern east-west corridor between the Okanagan and the Bonanza Pass and drained by the basins of the Kettle and Granby Rivers, is sometimes mentioned as being in the West Kootenay. In the event of its inclusion, the region could be described as the complete Canadian portion of the Columbia Basin minus lands drained by the Okanagan River.

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