Kootenay Lake Travel Guide

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    MV Osprey 2000 ferry
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  • Looking down the lake near  Sanca
    Looking down the lake near Sanca
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Kootenay Lake Things to Do

  • Kaslo - S.S. Moyie sternwheeler

    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...

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  • Fort Steele

    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...

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  • Ainsworth Hot Springs

    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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  • Balfour - Kootenay Lake Ferry

    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

    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...

    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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  • Creston - Columbia Brewery

    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

    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...

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  • Sparwood

    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...

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Kootenay Lake Off The Beaten Path

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    by sunnywong Written Feb 25, 2003

    This once thriving heart of the Silvery Slocan mining region, now a renowned historic site.
    There are just a few dilapidated or collapsed buildings from the past. Museum is open daily. A Steam Locomotive No. 6947 CPR is on display.
    Sandon is located on highway 31A, 13 km east of New Denver or 43 km west of Kaslo.

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Kootenay Lake Favorites

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    by YolandaC Updated Sep 29, 2004

    Favorite thing: The little towns around the lake all seem to sport several fruit stands, because it was fall they all seemed to be bursting with different hues of orange, reds, rust and so on. Beautiful!!!

    Fondest memory: The villages are whimiscal. Boats that have been converted to homes, lawn decorations of all shape and size, hand painted signs, and tons of local crafts.
    Great for a road trip, car filled with snacks and camera loaded.

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