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West Kootenay Go & Do
Hot Springs Pools & Cave
Contemporary Rooms & Suites
Swimwear & Gift Boutique
Spirit Water Spa
Fresh, local, indigenous inspired.
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It's time to get out and explore again, isn't it?
Come to the mountains!
As you travel our winding
roads, on two wheels or four
within the Kootenay Boundary
region, we promise you majestic
views, wildlife sightings,
creatively organized and wildly
unorganized spaces, and plenty
of unique shops and restaurants.
Even if you are a born and bred
Kootenay kid, there are always
new neighbourhoods and new
activities to discover. If you're
coming from further afield,
we are so glad to have you.
It's wonderful that we can
welcome new faces again!
Come and explore our hills,
valleys, lakes and rivers –
and our mountain
villages and towns too.
Even the smallest of towns in the
Kootenays (Silverton, for example,
with fewer than 200 residents) has
always been up for a celebration.
Our fairs and festivals and markets
had to take a pause recently,
but two years of pent-up energy
is set to be released in 2022.
Are we eager? Yes we are!
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On the cover: Idaho Peak
Photo: Dave Heath
courtesy Destination BC
We have RV supplies, camping and
fishing gear, ice, propane and propane refuelling, tarps,
life-jackets, pet toys and food, batteries, electronics,
wiener-roast skewers, fire pits, stationary, housewares, and even
snacks and drinks for lazy days at the lake or on the road.
everything a traveller could need
Come for a visit, stay for a lifetime.
We have all the contractor contacts, building supplies and hardware you will
ever need ... and might even have employment for you – inquire within!
Silverton Building SupplieS S
216 lake avenue • 250-358-2293
Monday – Saturday: 7aM – 5pM
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Rock face on HWY 31, Photo: Gary Schneider
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Kootenay Lake Ferry
Connects Highway 3A from
Balfour on the west side of
the lake to Kootenay Bay on
the east side. It is the longest
free ferry ride in the world at
approximately 35 minutes.
See schedule on right.
Lower Arrow Lake Ferry
Crossing takes approximately 5
minutes. Runs every 30 minutes
on the hour and half hour
from Fauquier 5 am to 10 pm;
every 30 minutes at 15 and 45
minutes past the hour from
Needles, 5:15 am to 9:45 pm.
On demand 10 pm to 5 am.
Upper Arrow Lake Ferry
Enroute to Revelstoke and
the TransCanada Highway.
The free ferry crosses from
Shelter Bay (west side)
to Galena Bay (east side)
once an hour on the hour,
5 am until 12 midnight;
and returns from Galena
Bay to Shelter Bay once
an hour on the half hour
from 5:30 am to 12:30 am.
Arrow Park Ferry
Important info for 2022
Make it a habit to check www.
drive.bc for the most current
information on Public Health
Orders affecting travel. Drive
BC also shows video from the
web cams at the ferry landings
so you can see how many
vehicles are ahead of you.
Samantha Marina, @spitfire.diaries
Kootenay Lake Ferry
Summer Hours June 18 to September 12 2022
Osprey 2000 6:30 am 6:30 am 7:10 am 7:10 am
Osprey 2000 8:10 am 8:10 am 9:00 am 9am
Osprey 2000 9:50 am 9:50 am 10:40 am 10:40 am
MV Balfour 10:40 am 11:30 am
Osprey 2000 11:30 am 11:30 am 12:20 pm 12:20 pm
MV Balfour 12:20 pm 1:10 pm
Osprey 2000 1:10 pm 1:10 pm 2:00 pm 2pm
MV Balfour 2pm 2:50 pm
Osprey 2000 2:50 pm 2:50 pm 3:40 pm 3:40 pm
MV Balfour 3:40 pm 4:30 pm
Osprey 2000 4:30 pm 4:30 pm 5:20 pm 5:20 pm
MV Balfour 5:20 pm 6:10 pm
Osprey 2000 6:10 pm 6:10 pm 7:00 pm 7pm
Osprey 2000 7:50 pm 7:50 pm 8:40 pm 8:40 pm
Osprey 2000 9:40 pm 9:40 pm 10:20 pm 10:20 pm
All times are Pacific (Balfour) time.
Sometimes you need to line up early. Check the ferry cam:
Visit our stores at
511 Baker Street in Nelson &
the Balfour Ferry Terminal
or shop online at
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CRESTON | EAST SHORE
Celebrating Our 109 th Anniversary!
BETWEEN THE FERRY AND CRESTON
If we don’t have it, you don’t need it!
open 7 days a week
East Shore, Photo: Karma Halleran
Tasting Room Open
Easter to May Long Weekend:
Thursday to Sunday, 11am - 5pm
May Long Weekend until Thanksgiving:
Open Daily, 11am -5pm
Come visit the Baillie-Grohman Estate Winery!
Experience a tasting with our knowledgeable staff, stay for a drink,
enjoy the views and a bite from our menu
Photo credit: Wines of BC
1140 27th Ave South, Creston, BC | 250-428-8768 | www.bailliegrohman.com
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CRESTON | EAST SHORE
Creston, Photo: Dave Heath courtesy Destination BC
Creston, Photo: Kari Medig courtesy Destination BC
A road trip that begins with a lake cruise
A great example of the journey
being as memorable as the
destination is a trip to Creston
along Kootenay Lake's East Shore.
It begins when you leave Balfour
on the longest free ferry ride in the
world. Get out on deck and feel the
wind in your hair. That lighthouse
you see is your first port of call.
Once on land again the access to
Pilot Bay Provincial Park is immediately
on your right. There is a
network of hiking trails through
the park and along the Pilot Peninsula
and it's an easy walk to the
historic Pilot Bay lighthouse. Keep
an eye out for the stone ladybugs
that travel. Do your bit to help
them along, then post a photo to
Driving south along Hwy 3A You'll
arrive in the Village of Crawford
Bay. There are a lot of interesting
shops and artist's studios to
explore, blacksmiths, potters,
weavers and a traditional broom
maker. Pick up your own Nimbus
2000 or Firebolt - now there's
alternative transportation for you!
If you have kids, stop at the
community park; the playground
is really fun.
Gray Creek is the next stop on
your meandering on the East
Shore. At the Gray Creek Store,
pick up the Gray Creek Historical
Society booklet for information
on self-guided tours.
Kuskanook is where the American
Great Northern Railway met
steamships on the lake in the late
1800s. It once had the reputation
of being the toughest town in
Western Canada. Still on Hwy
3A, the next stop is Sirdar. Here
an Italian gold seeker decided
to settle, terracing the hillside
and establishing a fruit orchard.
Stop and sample the Wynnwood
Cellar wines at the tasting room.
There is a roadside pub, too.
Creston The orchards surrounding
Creston and the rich valley
bottomland produce a bounty
of fruit, vegetables and grain.
The valley’s gentle slopes are
seamed with rows of grapevines.
As befits an agricultural hub,
your first view of Creston from
the north will be the tall wooden
granaries. The Visitor Centre is
right there too – so pick up a map,
and ask about the many
different tours. There are
vineyard tours, nature
paddles, and guided
explorations to introduce
you to the legends and
culture of the Ktunaxa.
On the main road
through Creston there
are farm stands where
you can buy local produce
and other products.
Be sure to visit Creston's
museum at 219 Devon
St, showcasing rural
life and examples of
A 17,000 acre wetland stretches from the
south end of Kootenay Lake to the US
border. Over 286 species of birds, 57 species
of mammals and 29 species of fish, reptiles
and amphibians call the wetland home.
The Kootenay-Columbia Discovery Centre is
open until October. There are boardwalks, viewing
platforms and a number of trails. Guided
canoe tours start in May. For more info call
250-402-8661 or visit discovery-centre.ca
May 13 – 15
Creston Valley Bird Festival
May 20 – 23
Creston Valley Blossom Festival
Creston Farmers Market
Saturdays, May through October, 9 am until 1 pm,
at the west end of Canyon Street near the Visitor
Centre. An array of flavours!
Think Local, for a day, a week or
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5500 Highway 22, Genelle BC | PH: 250-693-2255
• Largest natural grass practice facility
in the area with practice bunker
• CPGA lessons available
• Fully stocked pro shop with demos
Call ahead for our seasonal specials
AS LOW AS
18 HOLES, SHARED CART
The Birchbank Bistro is a fully licensed
establishment, open daily to the public, with
a full menu and wide range of refreshments.
Come in after your round of golf and enjoy the
beautiful views on our full service covered
patio. We offer daily specials, event/function
catering, and provide a full service beverage
cart for the course.
Contact our Bistro Manager and book your event!
Renting & Selling
at Great Prices
• mid size
• full size
Drive a Good Bargain!
• 15 passenger vans
• moving trucks
Nelson 250-352-5122 • Creston 250-428-9343
Castlegar 250-365-1980 • Grand Forks 236-352-0400
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'The Family' Across from the Arena Photo: Mark Hamilton
Gyro Park, Photo: Mark Hamilton
Five communities hugging both sides
of a curve on the fast flowing Columbia
River make up Greater Trail. Trail boasts
affordable real estate, an abundance of
outdoor activities, superb fishing and
an active arts and culture community.
The City of Trail has a growing and
innovative economy and attracts
investors who are intrigued by this
rural town with a high-tech mindset.
In a phrase, the city and its supporting
economy is now being promoted
worldwide as Metal Tech Alley, which
is a “simple” recognition of a more
complex fact, that Trail is culturally
and historically a mining town.
The 1890 discovery of gold and copper
ore on the face of Red Mountain was
the single most important event in
the history of Trail. In 1898 the first
smelter was built to process the
Red Mountain ores, and the small
town named after the Dewdney Trail
grew. It was incorporated in 1901.
Citizens of Trail have always been active
in sports; it has two baseball teams to
represent the city and is home to the
famed Smoke Eaters Hockey Club, the last
amateur Canadian team to win a world
title. The Home of Champions monument
downtown recognizes the importance
Trail places on excellence in sport.
Colourful murals depict the city’s history,
and the flowers and plantings tended
by the Communities in Bloom team are
breathtaking. If you want to know more
about the scenes depicted in the murals,
head to the Trail Riverfront Centre,
where Trail's Visitor Centre is located. There
you can purchase a guide and find out
what's happening while you are in Trail.
Also at the Riverfront Centre
is the Trail Museum.
Trail Historical Society’s Sports
Hall of Memories From baseball
and hockey to curling and track and
field, Trail is known for its athletic
achievements. The highlights of
years and years of successes may
be found at 1051 Victoria Street.
The Bluffs Trail is one of the first
to open in the spring due to its low
altitude, sandy soil and southern
aspect. The view from the flagpole
of Trail, the Columbia River and the
Rossland Range is fantastic. For more
info and maps visit www.kcts.ca
For families the Railgrade Trail is
perfect. Halfway to Rossland from Trail,
at Warfield, it is a 7.1 km connector
trail that is popular year round. www.
Columbia River Skywalk At 1000 feet
in length, the Columbia River Skywalk is
one of the longest pedestrian bridges
in North America and is on Canada's
Great Trail network. Join the locals in
"Walking the Bridges", a 2 km loop that
takes you over the Columbia twice.
Fish the Columbia River. Fish for
rainbows (the largest rainbow trout in
the world, 24.4 lbs was caught here),
walleye, northern pike and whitefish
right from the boulders near Gyro Park.
There are also plenty of back eddies to
try along the river banks nearby. If you
need gear or would like the guided
fishing experience, ask the staff at the
Visitor Centre at 1505 Bay Avenue.
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Gyro Park In this riverside park you'll find a beach, a
playground (that includes a wheelchair accessible merry-goround),
a brand new skatepark, a spray park, a boat launch,
and an off-leash dog park. On Thursday evenings in the
summer, enjoy live music and the concession at the gazebo.
MUSIIC IIN THE P A RK
MUSIIC IIN THE P RK
16 TO AUGUST 25
THURSDAYS JUNE 16 TO AUGUST 25
THE NIGHT MARKET 7 JULY & 4 AUGUST
THE FOOD NIGHT MARKET
BEER GARDEN JULY MARKET
FOOD BEER GARDEN GYRO PARK, MARKET TRAIL
TRAIL-ARTS.COM GYRO PARK, TRAIL
Trail Bridge, Riverfront Park Photo: courtesy Trail Chamber
Explore our industrial roots
& sporting heritage.
1970 Main Street
5 RV SITES
• Full hook-ups
(water, sewer, 30 amp electricity)
• On-site sani dump
• NO TENTS
Located behind the Fruitvale Memorial Centre
is the newly constructed Creekside RV Park
with 5 full service RV spaces. Each graveled
space has its own 30 amp service, water and
Explore our industrial roots
sewer connections, picnic table and fire pit.
& sporting heritage.
No reservations – first come first served
Photo courtesy of Don Conway, Lower Columbia
Spend some time with us at
the Trail Visitor Centre.
Explore our industrial roots
& sporting heritage.
Spend some time with us at
the Trail Visitor Centre.
Visit our gift shop for vintage
Smokies apparel & more.
at the Trail Riverfront Centre
Spend some time with us at Visit our gift shop for vintage
1505 Bay Avenue, Trail, BC
the Trail Visitor Centre.
Smokies apparel & more.
trailmuseum.ca • firstname.lastname@example.org
Explore our industrial roots
& sporting heritage.
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at the Trail Riverfront Centre 1505 Bay Avenue, Trail, BC 250-364-0821
Uphill from Trail and tucked high in
the Monashee mountains, Rossland
is a mountain town with a turbulent
history. When Rossland was a gold
rush town in the late 1800s and early
1900s, it was one of the largest cities
in Western Canada. By 1897, the town
had 42 saloons, 4 banks and 17 law
firms. Today, Rossland’s population is
half of what it once was, but despite
the 20th century, there are still no
traffic lights or sprawling malls.
It seems that the mountain town of
Rossland has just been waiting for
the right bikes and riders to be born.
With so many native advantages –
old whiskey-running routes, miners’
Trail's IncrEDIBLE Farmers Market
Every 2nd Saturday, 10 am – 2 pm
In Gyro Park on the Esplanade
Music in the Park every Thursday
7-9 pm in the summer. Trail, Gyro Park.
Schedule at www.trail-arts.com
Smoke ‘N Steel Cruisin’ the
Columbia Show & Shine June 17 - 19.
On the Esplanade, downtown Trail.
Sky High Rossland
trails (the “rawhide” trails), the winding
roadbeds from long disused narrow
gauge railways – the mountain
biking scene was all set to explode.
Over twenty trails are graded with either
a green (easy), blue (intermediate) or
black (advanced) rating, so choosing
the right trail for your skills and attitude
is easy. The most famous of all of
Rossland’s mountain biking trails is
the Seven Summits. Recognized by
the International Mountain Biking
Association as an official ‘Epic’ ride
and awarded ‘Trail of the Year’ by
Bike magazine (2007), it is the crown
jewel of the Rossland trail network.
Beaver Valley May Days May 20 –
22 It all starts Friday, when the ball
tournament gets underway. The little
guys will love the kiddie car rides,
which they can go on again and
again all weekend. Also all weekend
will be live music, vendors, great
carnival food and beer gardens.
For all the details and the schedule
Rossland Gold Fever Follies
Every year since 1987, Rossland’s
unique theatre group, The Gold Fever
Follies, has been entertaining visitors
and locals with their live performances
based on Rossland’s exciting gold
rush days of the late 1890s.
As always, the Follies will be melding fact,
fiction and imagination when they present
this summer’s brand-new musical comedy
WHAT’S IN A NAME? – a story that focuses
on the early days of Rossland before it
got its name, back when Mrs. Allan, the
infamous serial monogamous hotel owner
ran the best establishment in town.
As always, there will be a budding
romance, and some rip-roaring, highkicking
cancan entertainment! It’s sure to
entertain adults and children alike. Held
in the restored 1898 Miners Hall at 1765
Columbia Avenue, catch two shows daily,
Tuesday through Saturday at 3 and 7:30
pm from July 2 to August 27 with a special
Canada Day show on July 1 at 7:30 pm.
For advance online ticket purchases and
updates on any COVID protocol, visit their
TRAIL | ROSSLAND | FRUITVALE
Love Italian Food?
“Come Twirl With Us”
Italian family style dining featuring
our world famous spaghetti dinner!
Shopping at Waneta Plaza?
Try the Colander Express - Pasta & More!
And our banquet facility!
The River Belle
11:30 am–2 pm Weekdays
1475 Cedar Ave, Trail • For Reservations 250-364-1816
4:30–8:30 pm Daily
July 1 to August 27
(no matinée on July 1)
2 Shows Daily
Tues thru Sat
3pm & 7:30pm
Please check our website for
updates on our COVID protocol
Live Musical Theatre from the Gold Rush Days
New Shows New Music
available via website
Admit One Admit One
Rossland Miners Hall
1765 Columbia Avenue
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North on Hwy 23
Vote for your
Brochures and ballots are available along the route, or
at Kootenay Market, City Hall and the Visitor’s Centre.
All of the sculptures are available for sale or lease
after the exhibition year!
Special Thanks To Our
“Choosing Hope” by Kyle Thornley
“Rebirth” by Peter Vogelaar
Tied for the 2021
People’s Choice Award
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Columbia River, Castlegar
Photo: Mitch Winton, courtesy Kootenay Rockies Tourism
Millennium Park, Castlegar Photo: Gary Schneider
In the heart of the Kootenays.
The City of Castlegar's location at the
confluence of the Columbia and Kootenay
Rivers has had a great influence
on the historic and cultural evolution of
the community. The area was initially
used as a trading and fishing area
for First Nations people. Zuckerberg
Island, separated from downtown
Castlegar by a pedestrian suspension
bridge, has paths and interpretive
signs and features a reconstruction
of the Salish semi-pit-style winter
dwellings of Castlegar’s first people.
Castlegar is “The Sculpture Capital
of Canada”. Over fifty pieces of
sculpture created by local, national
and international artists are placed
in green spaces or on the sidewalks
in Castlegar's downtown. You'll find
some that are thought-provoking,
some whimsical and playful, and some
are abstract and powerful. You'll be
hard pressed to pick your favourite.
Explore Millennium Park and hang
out at the pools on the shore of the
Columbia River, walk along the river
trails, cross the suspension bridge to
Zuckerberg Island and have a picnic.
In the hills around Castlegar the adventure
recreation possibilities are
limitless: hiking, rock climbing, mountain
biking, trail running…and the
river and lake fishing is legendary.
Castlegar boasts some very good
restaurants and shops, there are
three golf courses nearby, several art
galleries and historical museums.
Doukhobor Discovery Centre
In 1908 the largest internal migration in
Canada took place when 5,000 Doukhobors
moved from Saskatchewan
to the Castlegar area. The community
had little choice but to leave the
prairies, after the government seized
the land they had sought refuge on
from persecution in their native Russia.
The Discovery Centre shares this history,
the culture and stories of what it was like
to have lived through this time.
The Centre is across the highway
from the Regional Airport. Open
Monday to Saturday, 11 am – 4 pm.
For a fascinating journey into the
past, download the OnThisSpot app.
The app offers walking tours of both
Castlegar and area and the Doukhobor
Discovery Centre. Archival photos are
cleverly blended with recent colour
photos at points of interest. If you're
on that spot, and viewing both the
present in front of you and alongside
the past in your hand, time just
slips away. The app also provides a
ton of good historical information.
This amazing riverside park is the pride
and joy of Castlegar and you can walk
to it from anywhere in downtown. The
natural ponds, complete with sandy
beaches and grassy areas for lounging,
are a calm and welcoming apron along
the shore of the
wild and powerful
Columbia River. The
3 acre bike park
will entertain the
kids while you read
or relax near the
water. Bring a picnic
and stay a while.
6th Ave) July
There are many
hiking and biking
trails to explore.
Check 'em all out at
Summer Markets & Events
Castlegar Craft and Farmers Market
Saturdays, 9 am - 1 pm at the Station
Museum, starting April 9. 445 13th Ave.
Village Market at the Doukhobor
Discovery Centre. Open daily 10 am –
5 pm. Across from the Regional Airport.
Produce and locally produced foods.
Sunfest June 4, 5 at Kinsmen
Park, 910 2nd Street.
West Kootenay Trade Show
April 22 - 24, 2022. The Castlegar
& District Chamber of Commerce
hosts the West Kootenay Trade
Show annually in April, showcasing
businesses, products and services
inside and outside at the Castlegar
Complex. A variety of food vendors
and prize draws. Family event.
Open mic nights at Tailout Brewing
every Monday from 6pm - close. (Weekly
event, see Tailout's Facebook Page.)
Our focus is on simple, delicious
& nourishing food with
locally sourced ingredients.
We welcome you to our table in our newly
renovated space where gratitude abounds!
OPENING HOURS: Tues-Thurs 11:30am-2pm & 4-6pm
Fri-Sat 11:30am-2 pm & 4-7pm | closed Sun-Mon
400 Columbia Avenue
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The Ktunaxa Grill at Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort
Fresh. Local. Indigenous inspired. Casual fine dining
with friendly, professional service. 3609 Hwy 31,
1-800-668-1171. Reservations a must:
JB’s Restaurant & Pub at Woodbury Resort
World famous fish and chips, flame broiled burgers,
AAA steak and piled high nachos all at a good value.
Please call ahead for seasonal hours. Located at
Woodbury Resort just 4 km north of Ainsworth Hot
Springs. 4112 Hwy 31, 250-353-7716
Cuisine of India Enjoy the authentic taste of India.
Committed to the highest quality in food, drink and
service. As everything is made fresh to order many
of your special requests, i.e. food allergies and other
dietary requirements, can be respected. Eat-in, catering
and take-out. 908 Columbia Avenue. 250-365-0999
Grateful Table Family owned Greek restaurant serving
Castlegar and nearby cities since 1998. Offering Greek,
Mediterranean and Pizza. Gluten free, vegetarian,
and vegan options available. 400 Columbia Avenue
Castlegar, 250-365-2311 www.gratefultable.ca
Baillie Grohman Estate Winery During opening
hours (see website) they offer a selection of platters on
the patio or bring along your own picnic. Sit out with
a glass of wine by the vineyard, or drink a glass of wine
on the deck. 1140 27 Ave S, 250-428-8768
Angry Hen Brewing Asian inspired street food with
locally sourced ingredients - some made with Angry
Hen beers and all chosen to go well with a pint of
Shirley’s finest. 343 Front Street, 250-353-7746
Kaslo Hotel Dine in the pub or on the patio with
its breathtaking view of Kootenay Lake. Enjoy one of
many craft beers on tap, or try one of the many great
dishes from the extensive menu. 430 Front Street,
The Clubhouse Restaurant at the Kaslo Golf Course
Open during the golfing season for light meals and
drinks on the veranda 7 days a week. 418 Pine St,
The Treehouse Restaurant In the heart of Front
Street. Breakfast all day, burgers, sandwiches, burritos,
nachos, soups, dessert & drinks, all at affordable prices.
Open Tuesday-Sunday, 7am to 3pm. 419 Front St,
Sunnyside The organic eatery in Kaslo. Fresh daily
soups, wraps, pitas, salads: green or quinoa. Locally
sourced, seasonal accompaniments. Juice bar with
create-your own options. 404 Front Street,
The Lodge at Arrow Lakes Centrally located at 515
Broadway, the Lodge offers something for everyone.
The Arrow Lake Tavern is renowned for its hearty pub
fare. The dining room is perfect for families, serving
everything from a quick bowl of homemade soup to a
full menu. 250-265-3618 www.arrowlakeslodge.com
Outer Clove Restaurant Longtime Nelson favourite,
offering modern European comfort food. Everything
on the evolving menu is freshly prepared from scratch,
and there are daily lunch and dinner specials. 536
Stanley Street, 250-354-1667 www.outerclove.ca
Valley View Golf Club Fully licensed establishment
with a variety of local organic beers and spirits. Open 7
days a week May thru September. We offer affordable,
tasty, healthy food, and look forward to providing
family and friends with a wonderful meal. 6937 Hwy 6
Winlaw, 250-226-7241 www.golfvalleyview.ca
Harold Street Cafe Classic, home-style cafe, serving
breakfast, lunch , dinner, desserts & delicious coffee,
all reasonably priced. Great service, outdoor seating
& takeout available. Definitely worth a visit – a hidden
gem! 717 Harold St, 250-355-2663
Birchbank Golf Club The Birchbank Bistro is a fully
licensed establishment, with a full menu created by
their Red Seal Chef, plus daily specials and a wide
range of refreshments. 5500 Hwy 22, Genelle. 250-
Colander Family restaurant specializing in great Italian
food. The Colander has become known as “The Trail
Tradition”. The Colander Special includes spaghetti and
meatballs, side salad, chicken and jojo potatoes and a
dinner roll. Or you can choose from a variety of other
Italian favourites. 1475 Cedar Ave,
Artifacts displayed throughout the museum
112 Heritage Way, Castlegar
Across from Castlegar Airport
May thru September 10-5 daily
Eat-In • Take out • Catering
Mon to Fri 11am-9pm, Sat 12- 9pm and Sun
4pm-9pm. Lunch buffet: Mon to Fri 11-2pm
908 Columbia Ave, Castlegar 250-365-0999 www.cuisineofindia.ca
Sister restaurant in Nelson: Tandoori Indian Grill, 409 Kootenay Street
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MelDeAnna An easy to intermediate
trail, it is both bike and dog friendly.
It is a 5 km loop, level and shaded,
and great for bird watching.
Brilliant Overlook Takes you up the back
of the bluff on the east side of the Kootenay
River. Your reward after the 330 m elevation
gain is an incredible view of both
the Columbia and Kootenay River valleys.
Merry Creek Bike Trails: This network
includes the easy Merry Creek Loop,
the intermediate Merry Go Round and
Hail Merry trails as well as the much
harder Crazy Merry trail. To access them,
follow Hwy 3 west from Castlegar to
Merry Creek Forest Service Road, turn
right. Drive about 2km to the trailhead.
Kootenay Gallery of Art
The Gallery, located across from
the airport in Castlegar, provides a
professional venue for regional artists
to show and sell their work.
Outside the gallery
are the butterfly and
The butterfly garden
has attracted some
rarely seen species
such as the western
pale swallowtail and
garden is planted
with native grasses
and perennials. Interpretive signs give
you more information and help you to
identify all the shrubs, plants and trees.
See the ad below for hours and
the website for current shows.
Salmo, originally just a whistle stop on the historic Nelson/Fort
Shepherd Railway, at the turn of the last century became a centre for
supplies and entertainment for prospectors, miners and loggers.
The Hub of the Kootenays
Today Salmo is a quaint town at the
junction of two highways. There are
fishing and swimming holes to be
discovered along the picturesque
Salmo River, hiking and mountain
biking and BMXing at the ski hill, there’s
a municipal campground, and on any
summer Thursday until the end of
September you can stroll the Farmers
Market from 3 to 6 pm, where you will
get a taste for the valley and its people.
There are a number of rock murals
throughout the downtown area. Take
a stroll and see how many you can
find. If you come across the pedestrian
bridge, cross over the Salmo River. If
you keep heading west, you'll come to
Springboard Park where huge cedar
stumps are reminders of the Valley’s
former old growth forests, harvested
near the turn of the century. There
are still groves of old growth cedar
trees in this park. The park’s entrance
and trail route is off of Bakken Road.
The Salmo museum exhibits mining
artifacts, photographs and maps
of the Dewdney Trail among other
items. It’s located at the corner of
Fourth Street and Railway Avenue.
Canada Day in Salmo
The epic weekend Salmo festival is back
in 2022! Logger games, bubblegum
blowing and watermelon eating
contests, children’s races, fireworks
and the Show ‘N’ Shine are a few of
the traditional entertainments.
Just out of town
Play a round: Just 3 km south of Salmo
is a great little community-run 9 hole
course that has pretty much everything
you want in a bigger golf course: club
and cart rentals, a restaurant, wide and
flat fairways… But the Salmo District
Golf Club is known for some things the
executive 18 hole courses are not famous
for – small town friendliness and low
green fees. No tee
times required either
and if you are under
12, you play for free!
Valley 8 km south
of Salmo, follow
Sheep Creek Road
to the Sheep
Creek Mines. The
mines and mining
from before the turn of the century
until the 1950s, include Kootenay Bell,
Reno, Goldbelt and Queens. There
are quite a lot of ruins to explore, as
well as many trails for ATVers and
hikers that lead into the mountains.
ATVing and dirt biking are popular
activities and there are two volunteerrun
off-road tracks in the area: the Rover
Creek Trails and the Tree Hugger Trails.
Find out more at www.wkrdas.com
Hiking & Biking
The Nelson Salmo Great Northern
Trail is a 48 km stretch of old railway
line that connects Nelson, Ymir, and
Salmo. Since it follows the bed of the
former Burlington Northern Santa Fe rail
line the grade is very family friendly, just
as it was suitable for heavy locomotives
on steel wheels back in its heyday. (Less
than a 4% grade is the standard for
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train routes.) It’s about 15 km along the
Great Northern from Salmo to Ymir.
Delaurentis Bluffs Lookout This is
the kind of hike – while not long at less
than 3km in length – where you want
to be fairly fit and have well-fitting
shoes. The elevation gain (the key to the
views and the challenge!) is almost 300
metres. The reward is great views up
and down all of the surrounding valleys.
The trail starts on Delaurentis Avenue,
which is a short spur off Airport Road
near where it crosses the Salmo River.
The Salmo Ski Hill is the place to
be in spring and summer too! Trails
have been designed for mountain
bikers, runners and hikers of all levels.
Visit salmovalleytrailsociety.org to
buy a trail pass. Day passes start at
just $10 per day, and if you're a local,
a lifetime pass for all the trails is
only $30. 100% of your membership
fees go towards building and
maintaining trails in the Salmo Valley.
For maps, photos and even video of
most West Kootenay Trails, check out
trailforks.com and enter your location.
share your adventure
Après Hiking & Biking
Salmo has a new craft brewery – the
Erie Creek Brewing Company at 117
4th Street, downtown Salmo. Raise a
pint of one of their seasonal ales – the
perfect thing to do after a day hiking
Salmo's trails! Check their Facebook
page for live music and events.
To be sure you are dressed appropriately
local, consider buying a Salmo Dinner
Jacket. You can purchase a jacket and
all kinds of accessories to match at the
Village Hall at 423 Davies Avenue.
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Welcome to Salmo
We Love Summer
Salmo, “the Hub of the Kootenays” has a strong community spirit and is a fantastic
place to live or visit. Local residents and visitors love our great outdoor lifestyle,
including excellent hiking, fishing, golf, and in-village camping, while enjoying
close proximity to urban amenities and special village features like
the world’s largest penny and our historical stone murals.
Village Office CAMPING? Stay in our municipal
campground in beautiful KP Park
Chamber of Commerce
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Nelson bridge looking south, Photo: Karma Halleran @gokootenays Pulpit Rock, Nelson Photo: Dave Heath courtesy Destination BC
Set on the shores of the West Arm of
Kootenay Lake and surrounded by
the Selkirk Mountain range, Nelson is
home to approximately 11,000 souls.
This small city is perched on the edge
of a wilderness as vast as any you’ll
find in southern Canada. Perhaps that’s
why it attracts (or creates?) a strong
contingent of skiers and mountain
bikers, hikers and climbers, and paddlers
of all sorts. Despite its distance
from any major urban centre, Nelson
has a flourishing arts scene as well.
So, where do the artists and the extreme
sports lovers mix it up? On the
patios of the craft brew pubs and the
unique, not-a-chain restaurants in
Nelson’s very walkable downtown.
On a warm evening, put on something
lovely and comfortable and
check out the numerous options to
grab a bite, swill a pint, or delicately
balance a bespoke cocktail.
Getting to know the wide variety of
independent shops in Nelson, from
booksellers to handcrafted jewellery,
would take the better part of a week.
There are also heritage tours and mural
tours to get a little calf-burn going
(yes, Nelson does have some serious
hills!) Pick up tour brochures and maps
at the Visitor Centre in the old train
station at the foot of Baker Street.
Nelson has some wonderful parks.
Gyro Park in uphill Nelson has beautiful
gardens, a wading
pool for kids and a
you can get an
view of the downtown and waterfront.
There is always something going
on at Lakeside Park. Head down for
a picnic on the beach or get out on
the water. Travel upstream under
what locals call BOB (the big orange
bridge) and come back floating over
still waters towards a setting sun.
Canoes, kayaks and paddleboards
can be rented either at the Nelson &
District Community Complex, 305 Hall
Street, or at the marina of the Prestige
Lakeside Resort, 701 Lakeside Dr.
Nelson Museum | Archives | Gallery*
Your Cultural Touchstone
It’s time for change.
This year, Touchstones Nelson: Museum of Art and
History will be known as the Nelson Museum,
Archives, and Gallery. This change signifies our
alignment with the international museum sector,
which embraces clarity to better support access,
inclusion and decolonization.
We are developing a new brand identity, launching
502 Vernon Street | Nelson BC | thenelsonmuseum.ca
Red Ribbon Round It, installation view
Photo by Kevin Underwood
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RIDE THE TROLLEY!
May 20 – October 10, seven days a week
Every thirty minutes between 11am and 4:30pm
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Freshly prepared lunch, dinner & tapas
Vegetarian & gluten-friendly choices
Generous portions • Children’s menu
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Get a Season Pass!
(available from Conductor)
Adult (13+) $25
Senior (55+) or Child $15
Children under 6 are FREE
Visit our Museum at Lakeside Park,
noon - 3pm, 7 days a week
Please note: Streetcar and Museum hours
are subject to change
Rose Quartz $10/lb
Family fun collecting natural
gemstones in the
MAGIC CRYSTAL FOREST
526 Stanley St. Nelson
on HWY 6 North of
Info & Bookings
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Nelson Photo: Ryan Dury
courtesy Destination BC
Heritage Baker Street
Looking down the length of Baker
Street, you might think it will only take
five minutes to go from one end to the
other. Three hours later you still haven’t
had time to explore all the gift shops,
bookstores, the hip home furnishing
outlets, or the funky and fine clothing
boutiques. Many stores and restaurants
are ArtWalk hosts and you'll find plenty to
look at, and buy if you like, on their walls.
While away an hour or two with a craft
beer or two, a whiskey cocktail or a
meal. Nelson's architectural heritage
is fully on display here, not to mention
the parade of locals who sport typical
Kootenay style (you'll soon figure it out!)
Nelson’s electric streetcars first started
running in 1899. The line was only
five miles long and could boast only
three cars, but it served the city faithfully
for fifty years. After the Second
World War, the electric tramway service
was replaced by buses. Car 23 was
re-purposed as a gift shop, a storage
shed, even a dog kennel before it
was rescued and restoration began.
The Nelson Electric Tramway Society was
formed in 1988 and soon the vision to
have Streetcar 23 back “on track” started
to become a reality. The car made its
second debut in 1992, carrying over
20,000 people in four months. Today
there are over 70 volunteers who look
after all aspects of the operation and new
members are always welcome. These
people make it possible for you to relive
the past with a ride along the shore of
the West Arm of Kootenay Lake from
the Prestige Inn to Lakeside park, two
kilometres of relaxing nostalgia. The fares
are modest and the ride is great fun.
Nelson’s City Campground offers shaded
campsites, full hook-ups, showers,
picnic tables, a covered dining area, a
sani-station, and best of all, a terrific view
of Kootenay Lake. The campground is
pet friendly, and has reasonable rates
and is centrally located so you can walk
or ride your bike just about anywhere
within minutes Enjoy all the amenities
of the city while camping! Reserve
a spot by emailing campground@
nelson.ca or calling 250-352-7618
Out and UP
Mountain Biking is a journey to Nirvana
for the avid biker. With the breathtaking
backdrop of the Selkirk Mountains,
Nelson’s rides include gentle railway
grades where two abreast can cruise,
to challenging single track that climbs
and swoops. Under your wheels may be
rock & roll chutes or blessedly forgiving
loam. There are many great tracks
within a 15 minute drive and quite a
number of trails that you can get to
from Nelson on your own two wheels.
Stop in at one of Nelson’s sport or bike
shops for current information and a copy
of The Nelson Mountain Bike Guide. The
knowledgeable staff at Gerick's at Baker
and Hall Streets can help you determine
the best trails for your interest and ability.
Hiking. Nelson is central to many types
of hikes for all abilities. A popular local
climb is Pulpit Rock, a steep climb that
leads to a promontory where you get
a great view of the city from across
the lake. Check the book stores for
Where Locals Hike in the West Kootenay
or ask for trail advice at the Info
Centre or sports stores around town.
Is rock climbing your thing? Enjoy a
day ascending The Date, a very accessible
multi-pitch climb within
reach of Nelson. It is a great
walk into the base of the route,
and a fun and thoughtful climb
from there. You’ll enjoy stunning
views at the top – the
rewards of this great adventure.
Pick up a copy of The West Kootenay
Rock Guide book at the Visitor Centre at
91 Baker Street for information on more
than 400 climbs in the Nelson area!
Cottonwood Lake is the headwaters of
Cottonwood Creek. The regional park is
about 7 or 8 kilometres south-southeast
of Nelson up Ymir Road. It’s also on the
Great Northern Rail Trail and you can
cycle up to this pretty little lake in half a
day (it’s about 10km from the very top of
Uphill Nelson with a 2% grade overall.)
Bring a picnic and your fishing rod.
Cottonwood Lake is stocked.
Kokanee Creek Park
This beautiful provincial park is just 20 minutes
north of Nelson on Hwy 3A. The adventure
playgrounds and wide sandy beach will
keep the kids busy and active all day.
There is also a good spot to launch your
boat, a viewing platform over a fish-bearing
channel and some great walking
and hiking trails. Spend some time at the
nature centre and find out about their
kids' and evening nature programs.
Kokanee Creek Paddle Sports offers
canoe, kayak and paddle board
rentals off the main beach.
Kokanee Glacier Park Old Growth
About 19 km north of Nelson on Hwy
3A, then turn left at Kokanee Glacier
Park Road and drive up for 11.4 km.
Zip Kokanee What will stay with you,
long after you are unlatched from your
harness, is the exhilarating sensation
of moving through three dimensional
space, soaring high like a bird over
valleys, and under the sun. Reservations
are a must! Call 1-866-358-8688 or
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Helping you enjoy our beautiful province this summer!
Plus loads of HOT reads for beach & hammock.
New Hours: Mon - Fri 9:30 - 5:30, Sat 10 - 5
For updates and to shop online, visit: otterbooksinc.ca
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Lainey Benson Fine Art
Aug 6 & 7, 2022
10:00am - 5:00pm
Explore artists’ studios,
museums, art galleries and
heritage sites through this
free, self-guided tour within
the Columbia Basin.
A project of
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Lakeside Park beach, Nelson Photo: Patty Axenroth
May 7, race starts 8am
Run Like A Mother Half Marathon
10 KM and 5 KM road race.
The Half Marathon is a beautiful course
that takes you to all the gems of Nelson.
You will experience Baker St, B.O.B (our
big orange bridge), Horlick Point, and
the historic Great Northern Rail Trail.
This race starts and finishes at Hall St
Plaza. The 5 KM is a fun out and back
run along Nelsons new Fairview to
downtown neighbourhood bikeway.
May 8, 9am – 2pm
Garden Starter Market Baker Street,
downtown Nelson. Live entertainment,
food, plants, gifts for Mom
Fathers Day at Cottonwood Lake
Family Fishing Weekend. No licence
required this weekend only.
June 23 – 27, 2022
Elephant Mountain Literary Festival
June 24 & 25
Kootenay Burlesque festival
June 24, 6 – 9 pm
ArtWalk Opening Night
Showcasing participating artists at
their venues alongside a collection of
street performances and other delights
throughout Nelson’s downtown core.
Canada Day at
Fun, food and
July 29, 6 – 9 pm
NELSON'S OUTDOOR MARKETS
Wed noon – 6 pm, Sat 9 am – 2pm
The Market for both Wednesday and
Saturday is located at Cottonwood
Falls Park 199 Carbonate St, Nelson.
Farm produce, bakers, artisans,
live music and lots of community
spirit, are what makes the Farmers
Market the heart of Nelson.
LIVE MUSIC AROUND TOWN
Finley's Bar & Grill. 705 Vernon St
Hume Hotel 422 Vernon St
The Royal 330 Baker St
The Capitol Theatre 421 Victoria St
Red Light Ramen 308 Herridge Lane
Pitchfork Eatery 518 Hall St
Nelson and our part of British Columbia offer a remarkably
unique mix of big city everything and small town life.
Culture, cuisine, adventure, health and wellness, social
services, education, recreation and relaxation. All right out
your business’s front door, or waiting in your backyard. It’s a
wonderful place to live, work, raise a family, or own a business.
Located in the historic CP Rail Building
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About halfway between Kaslo and
Nelson is the community of Balfour. For
a driver, it seems like a long strip of a
town that is spread out along the shore
of Kootenay Lake, but first impressions
can be deceiving. You won’t see it at first
glance, but 60 businesses contribute
to the lifeblood of this small town.
Find a place to stop at the ferry landing.
There's a great little bakery and right
next door to it is a general store called
Gill & Gift. This establishment is stuffed
to the gills (excuse the pun) with fishing
tackle, souvenirs and lots of fun stuff
for the kids. It's also a dandy place to
get local information on fishing, hikes
and tours, and the opening hours
for Balfour's restaurants and pubs.
Also at the ferry landing is the original
"flagship" store of Blue Sky Clothing. It
was here that owner Marilyn first sold
the comfortable, elegant clothing made
from natural fibres out of her VW van.
Now Blue Sky has several stores in Vancouver,
Victoria, Kamloops and Nelson,
but the production philosophy remains
the same: Kind to the environment and
their workers and kind to all the different
bodies who wear Blue Sky clothing.
Cast a line
A day spent fishing on Kootenay Lake
is like a day in the bank. You’ll be withdrawing
from it forever – whenever
you need to find yourself again
There are three different types of rainbows
in Kootenay Lake; Mykiss, Kamlooper
and the world renowned Gerrard
rainbow with sizes ranging from 1 to 20
lbs! Not to be outdone is the bull trout
or Dolly Varden.
They are great to
eat or smoke up
for later and range
from 1 to 15 lbs.
Rent a boat from
Jones Boys Boats
(see page 4) or from
(see page 35) Want
to go fishing with
an expert? Contact
Kerry at Reel Adventures
Fishing regs are
online at www.env.
Lake is Region
4 in the province.
Line up a shot
Designed by Les Furber, the Balfour Golf
course provides the complete golfing
experience. Players will find the front nine
carved neatly through a forested region
with sand and water hazards strategically
placed; the back nine uses the mountains
to provide elevation from tee to
green and has a breathtaking view across
Kootenay Lake to the Purcell Mountains.
Nestled along the shores of Kootenay Lake,
Balfour is a small but vibrant community,
offering multitudes of opportunity
for the avid hiker, biker,
golfer, boater and fisherman.
Please contact us for more information:
Balfour & District Business & Historic Association
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NAKUSP | NEW DENVER
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The Nakusp Farmers Market happens every Saturday
from 9 am until 1 pm on the 600 block of Broadway (in
front of Canada Post) from Victoria Day to Thanksgiving.
Pick up locally grown produce and a bottle of cool climate
craft wine from the Valley of the Springs Winery.
Old Firehall Market
5th Avenue, Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm.
Fringe Friday Market At the Old Firehall, noon to 4 pm
19th Horizons Unlimited Canwest Travellers Meeting
the premier overland adventure travel event for
motorcyclists & travellers on 2, 3 or 4 wheels! June 9 – 12
Canada Day celebrations: Pancake breakfast, parade,
entertainment, games for the kids, food and fireworks.
Whether your idea of fun is
quiet reflections or late night
beverages in the bar, The Lodge
at Arrow Lakes is more than
happy to accommodate.
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courtesy Kootenay Rockies Tourism
One of the first things you can do upon
arriving in Nakusp is take a stroll along
the paved path that follows the shoreline
of upper Arrow Lake. The landscaping,
the view, the beach, the fact that
you can walk from one end of town to
the other and feel energized rather than
tired – this is just the beginning of why
residents of Nakusp love their town.
Fishing, boating, swimming, snorkelling,
walking, hiking, biking, camping
and golfing are all possible here.
For a more leisurely adventure, check
out the many downtown shops and
restaurants, or visit the hot springs.
Barrier free adventure
In recent years, the efforts to improve
and expand the number, quality and inclusiveness
of mountain biking trails has
been a phenomenon. Find out more
about Nakusp’s amazing new adaptive
mountain biking routes, rental and
riding clinics at https://kootenayadap
tive.com. Get a ton of local information
on all the trails from the Visitor Centre
or from Shon’s bike shop and hostel,
downtown on Broadway Street.
Nakusp Hot Springs
Tucked away in the Selkirk mountains,
the circular shaped hot springs
pool of the resort is housed in an
ampitheatre-like structure above
Kuskanax Creek. The hot springs are
located 12 kms up a paved and well
maintained mountain road. In earlier
times there was only a path that was
used by pack-horses escorting paddlewheel
passengers who came to
sample the deliciously warm waters.
After enjoying the soothing waters, go
hiking and mountain biking, or camp at
the resort’s campground in the serene
setting of a grove of
old growth cedars
and hemlocks on
Open 9:30 am to
9:30 pm daily. Call
find out the current
or visit www.
Hot springs hikes
Starting in the Nakusp Hot Springs
parking lot, hikers can choose trails
ranging from short to long, level to
steep. Begin on the pet friendly, wheelchair
accessible trail leading to the
Kuskananx foot bridge. On the far side
of the bridge you can view a spectacular
waterfall and cathedral cedars, swim
in an alpine lake or walk along the 8.5
kilometres of cross country trails, all the
way back into the village, if you wish.
Maps: Nakusp Hot Springs lobby
or at the Visitor Centre on 6th
Street in downtown Nakusp.
Corner of Hwy 31A & Hwy 6
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NEW DENVER | SILVERTON
Prospectors arrived in New Denver in 1892
and cobbled together the beginnings of
a town. The name they gave to what was
hardly more than a camp with only a few
wooden buildings was El Dorado City. Early
hopes were that the settlement would
soon rival the boomtown cities that had
sprung up during the California gold rush,
but the golden moniker, in the absence of
a major gold strike, was soon to change.
The Silvery Slocan Museum in the old
Bank of Montreal building at the bottom
of Main Street is the place to get an introduction
to this turbulent early history.
This village was first settled in 1892 by lead and
silver miners working the south face of Idaho
Mountain. The galena ore was packed down on
horseback or, in the winter, by “rawhiding”. The
ore would be loaded and lashed into the hide
of a steer and get pulled by horses downhill
like a toboggan. That packhorse trail is now
called the Wakefield Trail and it’s a spectacular,
demanding hike to spectacular Idaho peak.
Silverton has a 40-site campground with
boat launch, and an interesting museum
that is worth a visit even when it’s closed,
since many of the mining artifacts from
the silver rush days are outside.
Markets & Events
New Denver Friday Market
10 – 2. June to Sept, downtown.
Slocan Saturday Market
10 – 2. June through August,
Expo Park in the Village of Slocan
The Nikkei Internment
Memorial Centre, dedicated
to telling the story of over
22,000 Japanese Canadians who
were forcibly relocated during
World War II. is located at 306
Josephine St. New Denver, BC
opens for the season on My 1st.
Welcome to the
As well as a large selection of hardware, building
supplies and paints, we also carry lots of supplies
and equipment for
river tubing & swimming
kayaking & canoeing
camping & picnicking
hiking & biking
Have a wonderful visit!
5763 Hwy 6, Winlaw
plus toys for the kids,
food for your pets,
and much more
Open 9-5 Mon-Fri, 10-4 Saturdays • Closed Sundays
Dramatic mountain vistas,
lakes, the serene beauty of
the Slocan River, winding
roads and friendly villages all
combine to make the valley
an inspiring place to visit.
The water of the Slocan
River is crystal clear and
by early summer becomes
warm enough for swimming
in its many deep
pools. Floating down the
river on a raft or inner
tube is a popular activity.
The Slocan Valley Rail Trail
is a beloved local feature
developed from an old rail
line that follows the curves
of the Slocan River, connecting
Slocan Lake downstream
to South Slocan, a 52 km
gentle journey. There are
several trailheads on the
way and enough amenities,
and a few excellent eateries,
that you could make this
trail the focus of a multi-day
trip with barely a footstep to
take on a paved highway. To
plan a trip, go to the source:
Slocan Lake is the source of
the Slocan River. If you’ve
taken the Rail Trail as far
north as you can go, you’ll
find yourself in the Village
of Slocan on the shores of
Slocan Lake. The village has a
rich and varied history as an
age-old summer encampment
of the indigenous
people, it was a mining town
during the silver boom, in
the 1940s it was the site
of a Japanese-Canadian
internment camp, and until
recently, a lumber mill town.
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RV PARK & CAMPGROUND
Base camp for
Valhalla Provincial Park,
Slocan Lake and the
35 Sites . Showers . Full Hookups . Wi-Fi
. Wash Station . Sani-dump . Cell Service
5 minutes from beach and boat launch
Harold Street Café
717 Harold St., Slocan (centre of town)
www.slocancity.com E:email@example.com T:250.355.2266
1020 Giffin Ave,Slocan,BC, V0G2C0
Open 7 days a week • 250-355-2663
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& SLOCAN VALLEY
Slocan Lake Photo: Kari Medig
courtesy Destination BC
and Nature Park
Winlaw Regional and Nature Park
is a 22.7 acre parcel of land located
just north of the Winlaw Bridge on
the west shore of the Slocan River.
Two boardwalks over wetland areas
are a key part of the trail system. The
rest of the park is beaches, forest
and wetlands with trails meandering
along the river and into the forest.
This is where the locals go to enjoy
the woods and river, to see wildlife,
to walk dogs, to count the birds, to
snowshoe or ski, to have picnics, to
swim and to build sand castles and
visit with each other while the kids play
on the swings or chase each other in
a game of tag. It is the place to share
with guests, to have weddings, to do
yoga, to have Art in the Park shows, for
open air theatre. The park is also the
destination for the famous Slocan River
Poker Float that takes place in August.
Come and visit! Hike down the path
through the shady forest and over the
boardwalk, listen for the cry of the eagle,
watch the ducks and Canada geese
feeding by the shore of the river, have
a seat on a riverside bench, breathe the
fresh air and relax. Welcome to nature.
Attitude meets altitude
For over a century people have been
hiking and scrambling to the top of
mountain peaks in and around the Valhallas
and Slocan Valley.
The early days saw
explorers dressed in
wool clothing and
sturdy shoes carrying
walking sticks or ice
axes and, perhaps,
a hemp rope tied
around their waists.
Today, a new generation
of athlete is
climbing the steep
faces of rock that
the West Kootenay.
In the Slocan
Valley alone there
are four “cragging”
The most popular
area for rock climbing
is Slocan Bluffs,
on the outskirts of
the Village of Slocan,
right beside the
lake. For specific
details of the
areas and climbs in the Slocan Valley,
refer to the West Kootenay Climbing
Guide, on sale locally. And for further
information, visit wonowmedia.com.
Valley View Golf Club
Greenhouse & Nursery
Growers of the finest
bedding plants, trees & shrubs,
5531 SLOCAN RIVER RD, WINLAW
Turn left at Mama Sita's Café, left off Winlaw bridge 1.5 km
Open 9-5 daily
After June 30: Open 9-3, closed Wed & Sun
Just a 45 minute drive from Nelson or Castlegar, through the
beautiful Slocan Valley on Highway 6, finds you at the picturesque
Valley View Golf Course. After your round enjoy delicious food in our
licensed restaurant with its inviting wrap-around deck overlooking the
course. The friendly and relaxed atmosphere will make you want to
return again and again.
It’s a nine hole course with separate tees for the back nine.
The course contains sand traps and some water hazards and offers
rewarding enjoyment for golfers of any caliber.
Affordable Green Fees!
Club rentals as well as pull carts and power carts are available. Free
overnight parking for self contained vehicles. For more information call
Just north of Winlaw
in the Slocan Valley Ph 250-226-7241
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The Regional District Park at Winlaw
Photo by Craig Lawrence
Invites you to come and see the dramatic improvements
done by the Kootenay Adaptive Sports Association (KASA)
The nature park is now more accessible,
especially for those with mobility issues.
Enjoy new boardwalks and pathways, picnic tables and
benches, parking lot and improved washrooms.
Located on the banks of the beautiful Slocan River
1 km north of Winlaw Bridge on Slocan River Road.
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Kaslo, Photo: Karma Halleran
Driftwood moose Photo: Gary Schneider
It’s an easy place to fall in love with; the
beauty of its setting is almost overwhelming
at first. Looking across the brilliant clear
water of Kootenay Lake at the mountains
opposite, the Purcells appear unmarked
by roads and man-made structures. The
forested slopes beckon hikers, mountain
bikers and backcountry skiers, and provide
inspiration for musicians and artists.
Kaslo kids grow up with the lake as their
front yard and the bush as their back yard.
Come to Kaslo for a rest, a dose of inspiration,
or to get your pulse racing on the
lake or in the back country. Come for a day,
a week or forever – you’ll be welcome!
The Sweetheart-of-the-Lake is
embarking on a journey through
history and you are invited.
For nearly 60 years, the SS Moyie
and her sister steamships provided
a transportation lifeline to the many
isolated communities on Kootenay
Lake, literally opening the Kootenay
region to miners, businesses, farmers
and pioneer families. When the
Moyie was launched on October 22,
1898, there were no roads or trains
into these remote mountain valleys.
In 1957 the Village of Kaslo purchased
her from the CPR for the
grand sum of $1. Now a designated
National Historic Site and BC Landmark,
the sternwheeler is open daily
after Mother's Day in May. She is also
home to the Kaslo Visitor Centre.
Visit her at 324 Front Street, Kaslo.
Narrowly escaping demolition in the
1970s, this building on A Avenue and
5th Street has been re-animated and
re-purposed a dozen or more times
in its 123 year history. When it first
opened its doors as a hotel in 1896, it
was described in the Sandon Streak as
“one of the most commodious residential
quarters in town, having the
benefits of all modern improvements
in the way of electric lights, baths, etc.”
The Langham is
now a cultural
centre that houses
and two art
galleries. Its WWII
era history – when
it served as tiny
Kaslo Craft Brewery
343 Front Street
apartments for families of Japanese
descent who had been forcibly displaced
to BC’s interior – is illuminated in
the Japanese Canadian Museum on the
second and third floors. Take a self-guided
tour any time the building is open.
Kootenay Star Museum
The turn of the 19th century was a
time of dangers, hardships, toil and
rewards – an era when fortunes were
made and squandered in a day.
Kaslo’s turbulent history and its absolute
determination to survive is
embedded in the mining and forestry
artifacts on display at the Kootenay
Star Museum on Front Street. Definitely
worth a look – and afterwards
treat yourself to Teresa’s homemade
pie and a coffee in the front room!
Solid Health. Happy Heart.
Come, rest your feet!
Groceries, supplements & body care
that sustains you the natural way
Organic juices, smoothies & specialty
drinks made to your specs
Fresh, organic, gluten-free or vegan
soups & snacks
Open: Tues - Sun
7am - 3pm
Breakfast all day!
Burgers & Sandwiches, Burritos,
Nachos, Soups, Dessert & Drinks.
Fresh • Delicious • From Scratch
419 Front St, Kaslo • 250-353-2955
404 Front Street, Kaslo | 250-353-9667
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Come Visit Our Historic
Your Community Grocer
One of the very first courses in BC,
established in 1923.
We are a proud community member,
providing a fine recreation opportunity
to residents and visitors.
Spectacular views from every shot!
Full In-store Bakery • Produce
Meat Department • Deli
411 Front Street, Kaslo • 250-353-2331
Store Hours: 9am - 7pm, Mon–Sat; 10am - 6pm, Sunday
Summer Hours (June 5 - Sept 3) 8am - 8pm 7 days a week including holidays
The course is challenging to golfers of all ages
and skill levels. Set on a bench overlooking the
town, the lake and mountains, the experience of
playing here is unparalleled.
No pre-booked tee times required.
Ask about the 10 pack and other specials!
New electric carts available to rent.
Enjoy a beverage on our patio.
Come and enjoy the day!
418 Pine Street,
Kaslo, BC V0G 1M0
250-353-2566 408 Front Street, Kaslo
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At the Kaslo Golf Club there is a spectacular
view at each of the nine holes.
The course has rolling hills, well conditioned
greens and defined fairways.
There is a picturesque water hazard
adjacent to the 9th green that has a
waterfall and an accurate scale model
of the SS Moyie. The club also has a
driving net and a practice green.
After your round, relax with a drink on
the deck of the timber frame clubhouse.
At the Kaslo Golf Club you do not
usually have to pre-book tee times
– come when you want to play, register
and start in order of arrival.
Ride, run, walk
Kaslo’s recreational trail system is
the pride and joy of her residents.
The trails are so numerous, with so
many options for access, that you
rarely bump into other users as you
walk, ride or run the various routes.
Fishing on Kootenay Lake Photo: Kendrick Lawless
Kaslo May Days
Kaslo has been celebrating May Days in
its own inimitable style for over a century.
Her first May Days was celebrated in 1892.
In the old days the sternwheelers ran
excursion trips from Nelson and stopped
to pick up revellers at every point along
the way, while others arrived in every
type of boat and conveyance, filling
the streets of Kaslo with miners, prospectors
and their families. The main
event then was a horse race down
Front Street, with prizes as high as $250,
and a unique “Prospectors’ Race.”
May Days has events for all ages and
tastes - musicians in the park, a slowpitch
tournament, a Show ‘n’ Shine, kids’
races. On Saturday and Sunday, join the
crowds at the Logger Sports Grounds
down by the beach. Grab a seat on
the grandstand and take in the amazing
athleticism demonstrated by the
competitors at this international logging
skills competition. On Monday catch the
sights and sounds of the Kaslo Parade.
Afterwards, walk down to the Maypole
in Vimy Park and watch the children
weave ribbons in a traditional dance just
as their parents and grandparents did
when they were children themselves.
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“One of the best
buildings in BC”
of BC, 2014
Visit our website
for schedule of events
Handcrafted in Kaslo www.thelangham.ca • 447 A Avenue, Kaslo • 250-353-2661
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THE KASLO HOTEL
Luxury hideaway on the picturesque
shores of Kootenay Lake.
Mountain and lake views form your
own private balcony.
Relax & unwind in our pub with
local brews and delicious food.
429 Front St, Kaslo BC • 250-353-2257
250-353-7714 | Toll Free 866-823-1433
430 Front Street Kaslo BC V0G 1M0
LOWEST PRICES IN THE KOOTENAYS
Name Brand Clothing
Basics • Swimwear • Beach Towels
Gifts • Jewellery • Personal Care Products
One Stop Shopping that’s worth the drive!
415 Front St, Kaslo 250-353-9688
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slo Jazz Fest
z is in the name, but over the years
pe of the music has broadened.
stival goers will discover a diversity
musical genres, a natural laid-back
vironment that’s very family friendly,
ality sound, and truly exceptional
ent. Mountains rising over 10,000
t from the lake are the backdrop
the performers. The audience can
tch and listen while reclining on the
nny, sandy beach, in the shade of
trees, or even while swimming or
ating in the water around the stage.
kets and info on performers
ents & Markets
slo May Days May 21 - 23
idaRide Races for the whole family.
y 3 www.iDIDaRide.ca
slo Jazz Etc Festival July 29 – 31
slo Saturday Market June 11 – Oct 8
turdays 10am – 2pm, Front St
rdeau Valley Sunday Market
ndays 10am – 2pm, Meadow Creek
Kootenay Lake parks
Campbell Bay: A small park on Kootenay
Lake, just across the lake from Kaslo. It
has a sandy beach and is only accessible
by boat. Primitive camping facilities.
Davis Creek: The smallest park
on Kootenay Lake but easily
accessible by Highway 3.
Lost Ledge: Accessible by Hwy 3. Enjoy
spectacular views of the Purcell Mountains
to the east, not to mention fishing,
boating and swimming. Informal camping
experience and lovely wild beaches.
Coffee Creek: Arrive by boat or park
your vehicle at the Hydro substation
just north of the Coffee Creek Bridge on
Hwy 31. It might take a minute or two
to spot the trail leading down to where
Coffee Creeks empties into Kootenay
Lake. Your reward is a secluded beach
with great views and good fishing.
Midge Creek: This boat access only
park is located on the west shore of the
main body of Kootenay Lake, across from
Sanca Creek. It boasts more than a kilometre
of sandy beach and backs onto the
Midge Creek Wildlife Management Area.
Up the lake
North of Kaslo is the beautiful Lardeau
Valley which embraces the small
communities of Lardeau, Cooper
Creek and Meadow Creek, Howser,
Argenta and Johnsons Landing.
The area was first settled at the turn of
the last century when a flood of prospectors
searching for rich lodes of ore
invaded the area. Starting in the 1950s
the area saw an increase of people
including draft dodgers, back-to-thelanders
and hippies as people looked
for a way to get back to nature. Now the
area is becoming a base for eco-tourism
operations and outdoor enthusiasts.
Don't miss the Lardeau Museum in
Meadow Creek. It is filled with homey
items that were treasured or else were
used daily in years past. There are many
displays outside on the grounds including
a steam donkey (an engine which
was used back in the day to winch logs
to the landing) and a new display of
heritage tractors and farming tools.
Open during July and August
or by appointment.
Your Adult Vacation Paradise
Romantic Romantic Luxury Luxury Cottages
Gift Gift Gift Shop Shop Shop and and and Gallery
Falling Falling Water Water Spa Spa Spa
Private Private Beach
5 cottages on 20 acres of Kootenay Lake
waterfront just north of Kaslo
AINSWORTH | WOODBURY
Ainsworth Hot Springs
The source of the springs lies in the mountains above
the settlement of Ainsworth, in the Cody Caves area.
The water works its way down through porous calcareous
rock to flow through to the pools below.
Today, the site of the ancient hot springs is home to
the Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort. Staying at the hotel
means you have exclusive use of the healing waters in
the mornings before 10 am. Float in the steaming openair
pool, then wade into the horseshoe-shaped cave,
where the darkness, the mineral deposits and the humidity
all combine to offer an exhilarating experience.
The resort also has a restaurant with an indigenous inspired
menu of wonderful food and thoughtful service.
In Ainsworth, don't miss the J.B. Fletcher Museum.
This was Ainsworth’s general store from 1891 until
1972. With all its original fixtures, it looks much as it
did when J.B. (Pop) Fletcher first came to Ainsworth
Kaslo & Area
in 1912 to manage it for owner Henry Giegerich.
Kaslo Manor Lodge
Kaslo Manor Lodge is centrally located
and offers lodging for 2 to 6 people,
most with kitchen facilities. Your friendly
and knowledgeable hosts can provide
trail information and shuttle service.
Grab a specialty coffee or snacks from
our Kaneʼs Landing store!
Offers a unique country setting in Ainsworth,
with clean, quiet and comfortable rooms.
Just a 2 minute walk to the relaxing naturally
hot pools. Kitchenettes and suites available,
all rooms with a breathtaking view. Coffee,
satellite TV, Wi-Fi, and shared lawn area
complete with BBQ. Affordable.
Woodbury is home to a thriving resort and marina and
the well known Jones Boys Boats, a family firm that offers
boat and ATV rentals, sales and service. The resort, open
year round, is a natural playground right on the shore of
Kootenay Lake. Twice a year, Terry Jones and his staff host
popular fishing derbies. Many a fish story has become
a Kootenay legend over a pint or two in the pub.
Woodbury is also a gateway to Kokanee Glacier Provincial
Park and the Silver Spray Cabin. In summer, you can
access the park by driving up Woodbury Creek Forestry
Road for 13 km to the trailhead. When you’re done
playing for the day, enjoy the good company and good
food at JB’s. Two of your appetites satisfied, and how!
Explore this wild but fragile underground world sculpted by
glacier fed waters. The access via Cody Caves Forest Service
Road is just a couple of minutes south of Woodbury Resort.
All tours are by reservation only. For more information call
250-359-CAVE (2283) or visit www.codycavetours.com
Sunny Bluffs Chalets
Our cozy chalets and lodge are
located above Kaslo Bay. The chalets
have an open kitchen living room,
bathroom, upstairs bedroom, deck
with barbecue and beautiful Selkirk
Mountain views. TV and Wi-Fi.
This lakefront guesthouse motel is a
beautifully restored heritage building
on Kaslo beach. Walk just one block
to downtown shops and restaurants.
The well appointed suites offer privacy
and comfort with spectacular views of
Bay Shore Escape
An adult oriented, 2 bdrm-deluxe beachfront condo suite.
Everything to make your “escape” a lifetime memory! Incredible
Kootenay Lake and mountain views, beachfront cobblestone deck,
luxurious beds, extensive amenities, underground parking, in-suite
laundry, private Wi-Fi, 10-minute trail walk to Kaslo.
No pets / no smoking. 3 night minimum stay.
bayshoreescape.com • 250-353-1141
Wing Creek Resort
Relax in this spectacular lakefront retreat for adults.
Enjoy luxury cottages, wood burning fireplaces, stunning views,
a private beach, forest trails, orchard, gardens, and the
Falling Water Spa. Located on 20 acres of paradise,
5 minutes north of Kaslo.
www.wingcreekresort.com • 250-353-2475
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Kootenay Lake’s Destination Resort
Explore the beautiful
at your back door.
Hiking/ATV & mountain
AINSWORTH | WOODBURY
Stop in for details.
Gas, boat rentals & tackle
JB’s Restaurant & Pub
boats available for rent
Fish for Rainbows from your front door!
Motel and Cabins
with full kitchens and
Register at the store
friendly recreation & fishing
IN THE AREA
Waterfront & treed
tent sites, fire pits
RV sites with full
hookup (30 amp)
JB’s Restaurant & Pub
Dine in & takeout available
Seasonal hours - please check our website
Same owner since 1982
4 kms north of Ainsworth Hot Springs
PO Box 1262, Ainsworth, BC V0G 1A0
250-353-7717 • JB’s 250-353-7716
Toll Free 1-877-353-7717
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org • www.woodburyresort.com
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