If you are driving you should drive through Nelson!
Yeah I was originally thinking about driving. It's about 12 hours if I went through Banff and Revelstoke, more like 14-15 going through Fernie, Nelson, etc. I've got a season pass for Fernie and Kimberley so I could have hit them on the way through, but they company is paying for flights so I can't pass up an 1.5 hr flight instead of 15 hrs on the road!
I will come out your way one of these days, maybe do a Kimberley trip and do a couple different mountains in the area?!?