Kootenay Lake Things to Do

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    Kaslo - S.S. Moyie sternwheeler

    by sunnywong Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Step back in time aboard the oldest sternwheeler in the world! An international treasure, the S.S. Moyie is the oldest surviving intact vessel of her type in the world. Berthed at the edge of Kootenay Lake, the sternwheeler rests permanently in her former port of call. Owned and operated by the Canadian Pacific Railway, the S.S. Moyie plied the waters of Kootenay Lake for nearly 60 years.

    Self-guided tour with walk-about brochure (available in English, French and German.) 9 minute video and Guided tour of pilot house included with admission. Opportunity to blow original ship's whistle (with a donation of $5.00). Interpretive guides available to answer questions.

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    Fort Steele

    by sunnywong Updated May 23, 2003

    The origins of Fort Steele can be traced back to the small settlement of Galbraith’s Ferry born during the 1864 Kootenay Gold Rush. Today, over 60 restored and reconstructed homes and buildings are waiting to take visitors back to yesteryear.

    Living history street dramas, live professional musical comedies at the theatre, steam train rides and horse-drawn wagon rides are just part of the excitement of spending time at Fort Steele. Guided and self-guided tours of the townsite are available.

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    Ainsworth Hot Springs

    by sunnywong Written Feb 25, 2003

    Features a horseshoe-shaped cave that was a mine shaft, abandoned when drillers discovered more hot water than ore. Highest mineral content of any hot springs in Canada. You can explore a 20m lighted cave to spring’s source. Daily 8:30am - 9:30pm.

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    Creston - Columbia Brewery

    by sunnywong Written Feb 25, 2003

    Home of Kokanee Beer. Open Mid-June to Mid-September, Mon - Fri. Tour time 10am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm, closed-toe shoes must be worn. Free narrated tours Complimentary beer is available at the end of tour.

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    Kimberley Townsite

    by sunnywong Written Feb 25, 2003

    It is British Columbia's highest town (1117m) and a Bavarian village. If nothing else, you can leave Kimberley in the knowledge that you have seen the "World's Biggest Cuckoo Clock.

    Apart from the clock, and a small museum upstairs in the library down the road, other minor local sights include the Sullivan Mine, pre-Bavarian Kimberley's main employer and one of the world's biggest lead and zinc mines, which is occasionally open to tourists in the summer (ask at the infocentre).

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    Sparwood

    by sunnywong Written Feb 25, 2003

    home to the Terex Titan – the world’s largest dump truck (350 ton capacity). A tour of the mine site, 3,000 feet above Sparwood, is also a unique opportunity.

    Elkview Coal Corporation operates a major coal mining facility at Sparwood. In July and August, daily tours depart from the Infocentre; group tours are available April to October with advance reservations, ph 250-425-2423.

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    Kimberley - Bavarian City Mining Railway

    by sunnywong Written Feb 25, 2003

    Take a nine kilometre (seven mile) long ride on the Bavarian City Mining Railway through switchbacks, and up steep slopes and sharp curves, as it winds through the narrow valley of Mark Creek. The railway links the downtown of Kimberley with the site of the old Sullivan Mine surface facilities.

    The history of the Sullivan Mine, and the importance of mining in general , are to be preserved in Sullivan Mine Interpretive Centre.

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    Cranbrook - Canadian Museum of Rail Travel

    by sunnywong Written Feb 25, 2003

    The only national rail museum of its kind! The Canadian Museum of Rail Travel features complete train sets representing various era of travel including the prestigious million-dollar 1929 ‘Trans Canada Limited’.

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    Balfour - Kootenay Lake Ferry

    by sunnywong Written Feb 25, 2003

    Ride of the world’s longest free ferry. Daily schedule 45 minute free ferry ride. From Balfour Terminal 6:00am-12:20am. From Kootenay Bay Terminal: 6:50am-1:00am

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    Boswell - Glass House

    by sunnywong Written Feb 25, 2003

    They used over half a million discarded embalming fluid bottles to build it. Daily 8-8, July-Aug. Other season 9-5. Admission $6

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    Creston - Creston Wildlife Management Area Centre

    by sunnywong Written Feb 25, 2003

    Aside from wildlife viewing, visit the Interpretive Centre to take a self-guided tour along the boardwalk, or an interpretive canoe tour. Centre open daily 8-8. Admission $3

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