Love bears? A shout-out to colleagues at Ocean Adventures Charter Co.

A big shout-out to our colleagues at Ocean Adventures Charter company.  Our dear friends Eric and Trish run this amazing operation from their 54-foot ship, the Great Bear II.  Their coastal trips are utterly deluxe and offer unparalleled comfort and privacy to experience B.C.’s most remote and spectacular settings.  On their ocean voyages guests may see whales, dolphin, bears (including grizzlies and possibly the rare white spirit bear), all manner of seals and other marine mammals, and the amazing biodiversity of BC’s rich coastal areas.

They are also passionate conservationists, advocates for bears of all types… and all-round amazing people.  They were recently instrumental in convincing the BC government to finally heed massive public outcry and ban the hunting of grizzly bears.  This is a huge stride forward for the conservation of these majestic (and endangered) creatures, and this little guy, for one, thanks them!

Photo by Trish Boyum

Drool over the amazing photos on their web-site:  and get in touch with them about their amazing trips.



“Book Now” Incentives for Summer 2018

A special deal for the summer of 2018:
ummer may feel a long way in the future… but we are already getting bookings for the prime dates in summer 2018.

Book your block of prime summer dates now (pick your mid-June to mid-September sweet spot) and still have flexibility to change your dates if you need to.

Go canoeing or kayaking.  You’re 3 minutes from the lake
Chill out on the shady, covered front porch

Don’t miss out.  The Cottage in Hills books quickly for summer — don’t delay!

From:  The Manager, Lorna

Hobbits? Perhaps.

Thanks to recent guest Ron J. and his lovely partner for dashing off this charming poem.  They obviously enjoyed their stay at The Cottage in Hills!

The Cottage in Hills

We came upon a cabin
Tucked in a forest glade
Within, a magic comfort
Like Hobbits would have made.
A couple days of serene rest
And on again we tracked,
With longing wishes that some day
Would see us coming back.

  • Composed at The Cottage in Hills, Oct. 3, 2017

4th Night FREE: Fall Special Offer

For fall of 2017 we are offering a super deal: stay three nights and get your 4th night FREE… plus a pair of free passes to the relaxing, clean, healing Nakusp Hot SpringsScreen Shot 2017-09-23 at 4.09.18 PM

All this at our affordable shoulder season rate.   This is absolutely your best value of the year, so book now to stay at your personal “little house on the mountain.” Screen Shot 2017-08-08 at 4.22.56 PM

A final note: the province-wide fire ban is now lifted, following what was a decidedly nerve-wracking summer for most of BC and parts of Alberta.  We did not have any fires in our area but nonetheless the possibility was as real as the next lightning strike.  We thank all our guests for being super-careful (smoking is allowed outdoors only, on the porch).

You say you want a revolution? We host a Tesla electric car (and its humans)

We’ve had our share of hybrids here but this past weekend we hosted our first fully-electric car, a Tesla Model S.  What a beauty — and what an intelligent car.  Driving one of these babies gives you rock-star status, cruising swiftly and silently, creating zero pollution.

The owner loves it and will NEVER have to buy gas again — imagine!  Tesla cars come with a lifetime of free power charges at super-fast charging stations strategically located on major routes.

This guest came from Calgary, flash-charged in Revelstoke, drove to the Cottage in Hills, took a day-trip to Kaslo and back to Hills, tootled around here sightseeing and going to the beach (turning heads everywhere he went — and leaving a trail of broken hearts, sorry ladies, he’s taken!).  Then home again via Revelstoke where he flash-charged for the trip over the Rogers Pass.  Pretty impressive.

While here he plugged in at the cottage porch.  It wasn’t exactly a flash-charge but overnight charging did add a measurable boost of power to the battery.  A bit of a top-up, if you will.

We are very pleased to support the electric car revolution.  Coming soon, a local project called Accelerate Kootenays will be launching a series of charging stations in this area.  When up and running, they will be added to the PlugShare app so e-car drivers can plan even more travel to our beautiful area with our twisty roads for cruising through gorgeous scenery.

E-car owners, bring on the revolution!  We LOVE this for the Kootenays.

Below: the Tesla Model S at The Cottage in Hills