KOOTENAY is the name applied to the mountainous southeast corner of BC, extending eastward from the OKANAGAN VALLEY all the way to the Alberta border and from the US border north to the TRANS-CANADA HWY. The region takes its name from the KTUNAXA (Kutenai) First Nation. It has an area of 59,500 sq km, which is 6.7% of the total land area of the province, and a population of 153,400. Unofficially the region is divided into West Kootenay, between the MONASHEE and PURCELL MTS and including the...

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