If your idea of a relaxing getaway involves time on the water, a trip to Kootenay Lake in British Columbia will be right up your alley. The long and thin lake offers views of gorgeous mountain ranges on either side and is ideal for almost any water-related activity you can think of, including swimming, boating and fishing. As a bonus, since the lake is so close to mountain ranges like the Selkirks and Purcell, you can head there for hiking, skiing, and mountain biking.
What you pack for your vacation partly depends on what time of year you go. If you head there during the summer, shorts and t-shirts are a must. But, if you visit during the cooler fall and winter season, you need to pack some sweaters and warm hats to cut the chill out of the lake breeze. You also may want to prepare ahead of time and get your boating license so you can make the most out of your adventure.