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The town of Balfour is a resort community with accommodation, camping, marinas, and a full range of fishing services. Balfour can be reached along Highway 3A east of Nelson or by travelling south from Kaslo on Highway 31.


The highway winds through this quiet community, on the East side of Kootenay Lake, providing dramatic vistas of towering mountains and sparkling water.

Located on the southern tip of the Arrow Lakes chain, at the confluence of the Kootenay and Columbia Rivers, Castlegar is a perfect base for a whole range of outdoor activities: hiking, water sports, fishing, and canoeing.

Christina Lake is one of the warmest and clearest lake in BC, serving up delicious summertime fun. The lake is 19 km. long and more then 180 meters deep in some sections.

Crawford Bay, on Kootenay Lake, has a beautiful sandy beach and marina. Accommodations include motel, lodge, an historic country inn, cabins, and an RV Park & campground, with the Community Park and mini-golf nearby.

Creston overlooks a broad, fertile valley where the Kootenay River meanders between the Selkirk and Purcell mountains, and can be reached by Highway 3, east of Salmo and west of Cranbrook Visitors can enjoy golfing, fishing, hunting, hiking, cross-country skiing, and birdwatching.

Grand Forks is an attractive valley town named for its location near the convergence of the Kettle and Granby Rivers, on Hwy 3, west of Castlegar and east of Osoyoos. Offers a swimming pool, skating rink, picnic sites, hiking, cross country & downhill skiing, hunting, and waterskiing.

The community of Gray Creek, first settled in 1906, is located ten kilometres south of Crawford Bay on the East shore of Kootenay Lake. If you like history, stop at Kootenay Lake's oldest general store.

Nestled in the mountains east of Osoyoos and west of Grand Forks, Greenwood is now Canada's smallest city, but when it was incorporated in 1897 it was a mining boom town. Many turn-of-the-century buildings in this picturesque community have been restored.

A product of the silver bonanza of the 1890's, Kaslo is set on a delta of the Kaslo River, between the Selkirk and Purcell Mountains. Follow Highway 31 north of Balfour or Highway 31A south of New Denver. Visitors enjoy golfing, boating, fishing, camping, hiking, hot springs, and swimming.

The ferry terminal on the east shore of Kootenay Lake, Kootenay Bay offers restaurants and accommodations in motel, cabins, B&B or a private campground. Excellent hiking trails begin just a few kilometres away at Pilot Bay.

Located 47 km. (29 miles) north of New Denver on Highway 6, Nakusp is central to 230 km of lakes from Revelstoke to Castlegar. Golf, hiking, fishing, and skiing provide visitors with year round enjoyment.

Located on the West Arm of Kootenay Lake, Nelson is home to 350 heritage buildings. This charming city offers lots to see and do: fishing, boating, sailing, swimming, hiking, cycling, golfing, and skiing.

Set on the northeastern shore of Slocan Lake, and located at the junction of Highways 31A and 6, 47 km. northwest of Kaslo, New Denver is a busy center for hikers, anglers, boaters, skiers, and snowmobilers.

Located on the east shore of Kootenay Lake, Riondel has a population of approximately 400 people, a lakeshore campground, beach, community centre, playground, 9-hole golf course, grocery and liquor store, cafe, pub and medical clinic.

This cozy community tucked into the Monashee Mountain Range, only 6 km north of US border on Highway 3B, is literally surrounded by recreation, including a world class ski hill, cross country ski trails, hiking, golf course, skating rink, mountain biking, snowmobiling, and swimming pool.

Salmo is located 43 km east of Castlegar at the junction of Highway 3 and 6. The streets and 1930's architecture of downtown are being revitalized. Salmo offer a golf course, hiking, cross-country & downhill skiing, fishing, hunting, and gold panning.

Silverton is located on the eastern shore of Slocan Lake. This historic mining town is noted for trail rides, pack trips, fishing, golf, tennis, horseback riding, canoeing, boating, and biking.

Located south of Silverton, Slocan was established in the 1890's after prospectors discovered large silver-lead deposits. Hiking, boating, fishing, downhill & cross-country skiing, golfing, kayaking, canoeing, and rock climbing are popular activities.

The city of Trail is located on the Columbia River, 27 km. (17 miles) south of Castlegar on Highway 3B. Home to the Cominco lead & zinc smelter, Trail offers a swimming pool, skating arena, curling rink, cross country and downhill skiing, golfing, hiking, fishing, boating.



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