Kootenae House National Historic Site
Stand on the historic spot where trade began between the Ktunaxa (Kootenay) people and European fur traders in 1807, forever changing the course of First Nations and Canadian history. On this terraced grassland overlooking the Columbia Valley, the North West Company built the first fur trading post in the region and legendary explorer and surveyor David Thompson set off to survey the Columbia, the renowned “Great River of the West.”
Mid-May to mid-October
Hours of operation
Always open. The site may be inaccessible in the winter due to snow.
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