Tips for Crossing the U.S.-Canada Border

Traveling to and from British Columbia through one of the Inland Northwest’s many border crossings has gotten faster and easier over the past decade, even for the millions of Americans who remain resistant to getting a passport. Make your border crossing experience even quicker with these tips.  Proper ID: Make sure everyone in your vehicle …

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Winter Adventures in British Columbia

Traveling north of the border for skiing, snowboarding, hot springs soaking, snowshoeing, or other winter adventures is incredibly easy and worth every kilometer of extra driving. One of the best yet often under-appreciated things about living in Spokane and North Idaho, in fact, is the proximity to interior British Columbia. This lightly-populated, vast expanse of wild mountains, valleys, lakes, and rivers; enchanting yet authentic mountain towns; and destination-worthy resorts, parks, and trails is a wonderland right next door.

Photo of OTO publishers, Shallan & Derrick Knowles with family posing in front of Big White sign.

Out There Ski/Snowboard Trip to Big White Ski Resort, BC

Out There Outdoors is hosting an early-season ski and snowboard trip to Big White Ski Resort near Kelowna, British Columbia, (4.5 hours north of Spokane) December 14-16. Slopeside lodging and lift tickets for two people start at $135 USD per night and you can extend your stay for several days on either end of those …

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Cranbrook is close to two ski famed ski resorts, the Canadian Rockies Airport and as pictured here, Fort Steele Heritage Town. (Photo: Janice Strong)

Cranbrook: Best Kept Secret

Put this ski base camp on your radar this winter By Aaron Theisen for On the Powder Highway of southeast British Columbia’s Kootenay Rockies, the ski towns—Fernie, Revelstoke, Nelson, Rossland—have as big a reputation as the peaks above them. But there’s only one community within an hour of two world-class Powder Highway resorts, serviced …

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