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hiking and walking trails along the WEST KOOT ROUTE Goat Range Provincial Park

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ExPlore the west koot route This guide will help you find your way along the West Koot Route. Plan your own journey, take time to explore, and discover some unexpected adventures along the way. On the West Koot Route the journey is truly the destination. The West Koot Route connects three regions: Nakusp & Arrow Lakes, Slocan Valley & Slocan Lake, and Kaslo & Kootenay Lake. In this guide you will find maps of all three regions, as well as maps of some of the towns along the way. We’ve pointed out some of the most popular hiking and walking trails along the route. There are unlimited opportunities for further exploration. For more detailed trail information stop in at one of our visitor centres or give us a call.

Always be prepared when heading out onto the trails. You are in bear country. Let someone know where you are going, travel in groups, and go wander.

Visitor Centres Nakusp Visitor Centre - 92 6th Ave. NW 1-800-909-8819 | nakusp@telus.net www.nakusparrowlakes.com New Denver Visitor Centre - 202 - 6th Avenue 250-358-2719 | vic@slocanlake.com www.slocanlakechamber.com Kaslo Visitor Centre -324 Front Street, Kaslo 250-353-2525 | ssmoyie@klhs.bc.ca www.kaslochamber.com

And be sure to visit westkootroute.ca at any time.

VALHALLA PURE OUTFITTERS New Denver | 250.551.7271 newdenver@vpo.ca | vpo.ca

hike in to an Alpine lodge at 7,200’ Mount Carlyle Backcountry Lodge www.skihikebc.com info@kmhbc.com 250-355-2269 In the winter Mount Carlyle Lodge is a no-nonsense, backcountry ski lodge perched at 7,200 feet. In the summer it is a great basecamp for plentiful hiking expeditions. The lodge sleeps 10 to 12 guests and has a kitchen and sauna. After a 4 hour hike in, you can explore grassy ridge walks with wild flower meadows and spectacular views of 5 mountain ranges and 2 Glaciers. If you are looking for bigger adventure, try the Sourdough traverse. All you need for this 4 day, 3 night hiking trip is your day pack. We have 2 campsites along the way supplied with all the gear you need. Contact us for more info.

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We are the o r i g i n a l Valhalla Pure Outfitters store, started in New Denver in 1990, across the lake from Valhalla Provincial Park. The owners and staff at Valhalla Pure Outfitters are passionate about being outside. If you love being active come and join the adventure with us!

The BeachShop newdenverbeachshop@vpo.ca thebeachshop.vpo.ca | 250.551.7282 Also visit our PaddleSports rental shop, located down the street at the waterfront. Rent a kayak, canoe or paddle board, and check out our selection of offered activity programs, SUP Instruction, Yoga SUP-Fitness, Lake Tours, Hike-Paddle Tours and more. Call 250-551-7282

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Departs Shelter Bay: Every hour on the hour between 5:00am and 12:00am.

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Departs Galena Bay: Every hour on the half hour between 5:30 am to 12:20am

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Goat Range Provincial Park

NAKUSP

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BURTON

SLOCAN Lake

SANDON NEW DENVER SILVERTON

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Ferry Schedule Departs Fauquier: Every 30 minutes on the hour and half hour. between 5:00am and 10:00pm.

Kokanee Glacier ProvinciaL PARK

Valhalla Provincial Park

Departs Needles: Every 30 minutes at 15 and 45 minutes past the hour between 5:15am and 9:45pm.

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Ferry Schedule Departs Departs Balfour: Kootenay Bay: 6:30 7:10 8:10 9:00 9:50 10:40 10:40* 11:30* 11:303A12:20 12:20* 1:10* 1:10 2:00 2:00* 2:50* 2:50 3:40 3:40* 4:30* 4:30 5:20 5:20* 6:10* 6:10 7:00 7:50 8:40 9:40 10:20 * Summer Only - June 20 - Sept 11

Kootenay Lake

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AINSWORTH HOT SPRINGS Kootenay Bay

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Crawford Bay

To Creston


delicious hand crafted apple cider Burton City Cider 5470 Highway 6, Burton info@burtoncitycider.ca burtoncitycider.ca | 250-265-7044

A PEACeFUL B&B in a COUNTRY SETTING Brouse Creek B&B, Nakusp 250-265-4625 or 250-265-1801 www.brousecreek.com welkerling@telus.net

Certificate of Excellence 2016

Enjoy the peace and quiet of our country setting with a beautiful view of the valley and mountains. Kids can collect eggs, pet the goats and get a pony ride. Experienced riders can join us on trail rides with our Icelandic horses. Or use our bicycles for a tour around the area. At nearby Box Lake you can rent a stand up paddle board or take a lesson. We have a 2 bedroom cottage available or a single room suite with wheelchair access and roll in shower.

Burton City was once a town of a few thousand people and the area was Canada’s main fruit growing region. Today, the old town site is mostly under water but the Cidery is thriving and we are planting apple orchards once again. Come by and take a tour of the cidery and orchard and taste some delicious hand crafted apple cider. We are located less than 30 minutes south of Nakusp along the Arrow Lakes. We serve 5 different cider flavours and have fun fixings for a picnic in the orchard. Summer hours are Wednesday – Sunday 11 -4 or by appointment, just call or text.

stay on the Shores of Arrow Lakes Unplug, Unwind and Reconnect

Burton Historical Park www.burtonhistoricalpark.com reservations@burtonhistoricalpark.com 1-844-265-4885 Welcome to Burton’s family-oriented campground situated on the shores of the Arrow Lakes. We have 37 sites which are mostly treed, some sites are pullthroughs and 21 of them are serviced. There is also a sanidump, hot showers, fire pits, beach access, boat launch and dock, group sites, gazebo, canoeing and kayaking, fishing, swimming, bird watching, biking and hiking, and large recreation areas. Everything you need for a family camping adventure. We are 22 km north of the Needles Ferry and 36 km south of Nakusp on Highway 6 towards Fauquier. Open from May 1 through to September 30.

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An Inn for Two, Fauquier www.innfortwo.com bookings@innfortwo.com 250 269-7134 After a long journey or a short trip, escape to the peaceful, relaxing surroundings of An Inn for Two. Off the beaten path and quietly tucked among the trees, discover the privacy of a comfortable cabin built just for two. Enjoy the relaxing views of the Monashee Mountains & Arrow Lake from the privacy of the cabin deck, snuggle up in front of the gas fireplace or soak your cares away in the double soaker. Peaceful, Quiet, Relaxing – and a bit Romantic - your escape awaits! An Inn for Two – A place to Unplug, Unwind and Reconnect with the one you love.

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Hot Springs Trail - This 8.5km trail meanders along the Kuskanax Creek from just outside of Nakusp, up the valley to the Nakusp Hot Springs. Cross the impressive, covered Kuskanax Creek foot bridge just a short walk from the hot springs.

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Departs Shelter Bay: Every hour on the hour between 5:00am and 12:00am. Departs Galena Bay: Every hour on the half hour between 5:30 am to 12:20am

2 Vicky’s View - An accessible and

spectacular viewpoint close to town. You can reach Vicky’s View via the Kuskanax Mountain Road. A short walk through the forest takes you up to some awesome views.

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Halcyon Hot Springs To Kaslo

3 Kuskanax Mountain Trail - A

moderate to challenging hike brings you to the summit where you will enjoy spectacular 360° views of the surrounding mountain ranges.

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4 Cedar Grove Trail - A gentle half

kilometer loop through a stand of majestic old growth Western Red Cedar trees.

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5 Kimbol Lake Trail - Cross the

impressive, covered Kuskanax Creek foot bridge just a short walk from the hot springs and continue through cedar and hemlock forests along the southern slope of the Kuskanax Creek valley and to the lake.

6 Box Lake Trail The 1.3km loop

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7 Saddle Mountain Trail The 5.3km

(one way) trail ascends Saddle Mountain to a rocky knob above the tree line. The knob was chosen as a Forest Service fire lookout because of the panoramic view of the surrounding peaks and valleys. High clearance vehicle needed.

For detailed trail information stop in at the Nakusp Visitor Centre or visit westkootroute.ca

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Departs Arrow Park: on demand from 5am to 12:05pm and 2:15pm to 9:20pm, Crossing time is only 5 minutes.

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Fauquier

Summit Lake Provincial Park

Ferry Schedule

8 Nakusp & Slocan Rail Trail - Follow the old rail line from the village of Nakusp, to Summit Lake. Work is underway to complete the trail all the way to Rosebery.

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Ferry Schedule Departs Fauquier: Every 30 minutes on the hour and half hour. between 5:00am and 10:00pm. Departs Needles: Every 30 minutes at 15 and 45 minutes past the hour between 5:15am and 9:45pm.

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Slocan To Winlaw, Crescent Valley


Photo: Betty Fahlman

Photo: Jillian Trainor

ALFA Art Walk & Studio Connexion Studio Connexion, Nakusp 203 5th Avenue NW studioconnexion@telus.net 250-265-3586

Coachman Campground, Nakusp coachmancampground.com info@coachmancampground.com 250-265-4212

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The Arrow Lakes Fine Arts Guild (ALFA) Art Walk is a summer-long, self-guided art tour of participating venues. Each year, selected artists are featured in various establishments in the downtown core. Pick up a beautiful brochure and follow the feather flags along the way. Studio Connexion Gallery is a small quaint space located in the heart of Nakusp just 2 1/2 short blocks from Broadway Street. The regular exhibition season spreads from mid-May to mid-October and the gallery is open by appointment all year around.

1912 Centennial Building - 92 6th Ave Nakusp and District Museum | 250-265-0015 Arrow Lakes Historical Society | 250-265-0110 alhs-archives.com | alhs1234@telus.net Nakusp Public Library | 250-265-3363 nakusp.bc.libraries.coop | nakusplibrary@netidea.com The Nakusp and District Museum has over 5,500 artifacts in displays that include hotsprings, sternwheelers, farming, mining, forestry, and the First Nations Sinixt People. Dig even deeper into our history at the Arrow Lakes Historical Society. We have over 30,000 photographs, and slides, pioneer interviews, newspapers dating back to 1893, and a regional research library. Browse the Nakusp Public Library with over 23,000 items to choose from and free internet/wifi. BC library card holders can borrow items at no charge. Your library card: “Don’t leave home without it”.

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Family friendly, full service camping

Located 2km from downtown Nakusp, towards the Nakusp Hot Springs. This family owned and operated campground is opened from April until October. The campground has a wide variety of RV and tenting campsites nestled amongst trees and open areas. There is a mix of full service, partial service and non serviced spots. Each site has a picnic table and fire pit and is pet friendly (on a leash). We have shower houses and flush toilets, as well as ice and firewood for sale. There is also one cozy little cabin available that sleeps 2–4. With a kitchen and free wifi. Reservations are accepted.

Shon’s - more than just a bike shop Shon’s Bike & Ski 409 Broadway St, Nakusp www.shons.ca | info@shons.ca 250-265-3332 More than just a place to get your bike serviced, Shon has created a centre that nourishes the culture of cycling. A place for like-minded people to get together, share stories, and ride together. At Shon’s Bike and Ski Shop, our primary goal is to get you outside and enjoying all the recreation opportunities available in our area. Our specialty is mountain biking and road cycling gear and services. We are a four season store with ski equipment too. We can gear you up with all the essentials you’ll need and even point you in the right direction.

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To ferry / Revelstoke Trout Lake & Halcyon Hot Springs

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Nestled in a valley with panoramic views of three mountain ranges - the Selkirk Mountains, the Valhalla Mountains and the Monashee Mountains, our lakeside village offers a wide range of outdoor activities. Head out into the wilderness on one of many hiking and biking trails, then enjoy a soothing soak in the mineral waters of one of the local hot springs. Or soak up the sun on the warm sands of the public beach and then take a refreshing dip in the lake. While you are walking around town be sure to take a stroll along the lake on the waterfront walkway. For detailed trail information stop in at the Nakusp Visitor Centre or visit westkootroute.ca

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Take a stroll on the Waterfront Walkway, with stunning views of the Arrow Lakes and surrounding mountain ranges. It’s a level, paved pathway in the downtown area with benches, shade trees and beautiful garden areas.

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Slocan Lake’s Grocery Store New Market Foods, New Denver newmarketfoods.ca shop@newmarketfoods.ca 250-358-2270

Your retreat in the country The Cottage in Hills www.thecottageinhills.com cottageinhills@xplornet.com 250-358-2722

TheCottageInHills

Cottage in Hills, BC, Canada

Rest, refresh and rejuvenate at the charming Cottage in Hills. This very private, fully equipped, 2 bedroom/2 bathroom cottage sleeps six. With a full kitchen and a rustic covered porch for relaxing with a view of the Valhalla mountains. Hike, bike or stroll to Slocan Lake and a network of hiking and walking trails in the area.

A home away from home Lemon Creek Lodge and Campground, Slocan 1-877-970-8090 info@lemoncreeklodge.com www.lemoncreeklodge.com Nestled between Kokanee Glacier and Valhalla Provincial Parks, is our all-season, European-style Lodge. With ten bedrooms, five shared washrooms, a licensed fine-dining restaurant and free breakfast. We also have two private cabins and a 26 site campground with 30 & 15 amp service, tenting, hot showers and flush toilets. Enjoy a walk or bike down the Slocan Valley Rail Trail right next to us. Nearby there is more hiking, swimming, fishing, golfing, x-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling. We’re located 9 kms south of Slocan, just off Hwy 6 on Kennedy Road.

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New Market Foods has everything you are looking for to replenish your supplies. We are a grocery store with fresh produce, fresh meat, and a deli featuring home made soup, sandwiches, deli meats, cheese, olives and salads, fresh baked buns We carry a variety of local products such as coffee, condiments, breads, cheese, milk, eggs, yogurt, candy, flour, pasta, granola, and produce - in season. We are centrally located at Hwy 6 & Hwy 31A with lots of customer parking. Open 7 days a week – 8am to 6pm.

cottages & camping in winlaw Karibu Park, Winlaw www.karibupark.com info@karibupark.com 250-226-7306

We offer guests a variety of accommodations on our landscaped and forested land, flanking the Slocan River and the Rail Trail. We have eight comfortable, fully equipped cottages surrounding a large recreation area, 10 RV sites with power and water, and 25 basic campsites, hot showers, in our campground. You can relax in our hot tub or sauna, around a fire, in our large gazebo, or you can explore the rich, picturesque countryside and nearby towns. Winlaw cafes, shops, golf, mountain and valley trails, and water fun are also nearby. Treat yourself to natural beauty and hospitality!

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To Nakusp

SLOCAN VALLEY

6 Rosebery Provincial Park

4 Evans Beach - Excellent 7.5km trail along Slocan

31A

Lake, beautiful views and a multitude of swimming spots. It will take you about 2.5 hours. Please respect Private Property at Pebble Beach.

To Kaslo

5 Beatrice Lake - From Evans beach on Slocan Lake,

you can continue up the trail through magnificent forest and past several smaller lakes. The trail ends at the campsites on the shores of Beatrice lake where the view is awe-inspiring.

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are numerous spectacular day hikes or backpacking trips in Valhalla Provincial Park. No shortage of lakes, tarns, wildflowers and magnificent peaks. Campsites give several options for overnighting. Be sure to get more details before you set out for these alpine adventures.

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Idaho Peak - a favourite in July and August for spectacular alpine meadows bursting with wildflowers. A 12 km long single-lane road takes you to a parking lot. It’s a short 2 km hike to the summit from the parking lot and the whole trip takes about four hours. It’s all worth it for the view from the summit, mountain peaks in all directions.

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from Rosebery to Three Forks - a 13km section of old CPR rail line. It makes for excellent hiking & mountain biking. Hook your bike onto the small cable car that crosses Carpenter Creek at the old Alamo mine site. A hiker can get from Rosebery to New Denver in about 1.5 hours, or from New Denver to Three Forks in about 2.5 hours.

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former CPR line, this trail extends over 45 kilometers from Slocan in the north, all the way down the Slocan Valley. A family friendly trail for hiking or biking. Access is from many trailheads along the way.

For detailed trail information stop in at the New Denver Visitor Centre or visit westkootroute.ca

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KOHAN REFLECTION GARDEN Slocan Lake Garden Society, New Denver www.newdenver.ca/amenities slugskohangarden@gmail.com Kohan Reflection Garden In 1942, Canadian citizens of Japanese heritage were forcibly resettled to the BC Interior. The New Denver Camp was home to over 1000 internees during the WWII years. In 1990 the Kohan Reflection Garden, a Japanese style strolling garden, was created to honour the Japanese Canadian citizens who were interned there. It is a peaceful place to contemplate and enjoy the garden plantings and the natural beauty along the shores of Slocan Lake. Host to private and public events, by reservation. Open daily, year-round. Admission by donation.

Biggest Little Yarn and Quilt Shop Sew Much More sewmuchmoreyarn.com 304 6th Ave, New Denver 250 551 6509 While you are strolling around picturesque downtown New Denver make sure to stop in at Sew Much More. Your everything shop for fibre arts supplies - quality yarns, quilting fabrics, felting supplies, knitting accessories, sewing & quilting notions and patterns, and sew much more. Kathy and Staff will make you feel at home.

Your little store with more for less Mountain Valley Station, Slocan www.mountainvalleystation.ca mountainvalleystation@telus.net 250-355-2245

log cabins in the heart of silverton 303 Lake Ave, Silverton www.williamhuntercabins.ca info@williamhuntercabins.ca 250-358-2647

Mountain Valley Station is your one-stop-shop in the picturesque village of Slocan. We are a gas station & convenience store with an Encorp Bottle Return Depot.

Relax with a stay in our hand-crafted log cabins in the heart of historic and sunny Silverton. A good base camp for hiking in the three surrounding provincial parks. Each suite has high speed internet and is pet friendly. Clean and cozy cabins with a simple kitchenette and great mountain views. Just a short walk to Slocan Lake, cafe, playground, etc.

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You can find a vast array of camping gear, fishing tackle and fishing licenses in our small town store. We also carry gas, diesel, and propane, as well as grocery and snack items. Everything you need for your travels. From May to September, we serve the “biggest and best ice cream cones west of Winnipeg”! Stop in and chat with us to find out how to make your visit to our area even more enjoyable - we look forward to seeing you!

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New Denver

Bigelow Bay Regional Park

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Founded in 1892 by silver miners, New Denver is a great launch pad for outdoor activities like camping, hiking, 8th Ave fishing, biking, boating, and more. It’s also the site of the Silvery Slocan Museum, the Nikkei Internment Memorial 6th Ave Centre and the Kohan Garden. The ghost town of Sandon Visitor Centre is just a short drive from the village centre. 2 Slocan Ave 1 Galena Trail - north to Rosebery, or follow Carpenter Creek to Three Forks. More informion on page 9.

2 The Mori Lakeside Trail connects to several

streets so you can easily access it from various points in town.

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bordered by trails on each side, with an off-leash dog park to the south.

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Silverton Silverton started as a mining settlement in the 1890s and became a thriving mining town. When the boom ended, Silverton’s population shrank - and currently stands at less than 200, one of BC’s smallest municipalities. In this charming lakeside village, you’ll find heritage buildings, the Outdoor Mining Museum, a campground, a boat launch, a day park for picnicking, as well as food and accomodations. Across the lake are some remote lakeside campsites in Valhalla Park.

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Leadville St.

Look for the short trail in town that crosses a foot bridge and brings you down to the lake.

2 Wakefield Trail - If you’d rather hike all the way up to Idaho Peak try the

Wakefield Trail. Switchbacking up from the Wakefield Minesite on Silverton Creek, one is literally walking in the footsteps of the old miners who used this pack trail to get to their mines on Silver Ridge.

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For detailed trail information stop in at the New Denver Visitor Centre or visit westkootroute.ca

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trail extends over 45 kilometers from Slocan in the north, all the way down the Slocan Valley. A family friendly trail for hiking or biking. Access is from many trailheads along the way. 2 Evans Beach - Excellent 7.5km trail along Slocan Lake, beautiful views and a multitude of swimming spots. Please respect private property at Pebble Beach.

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Slocan’s waterfront has a sandy beach and a boat launch. The village is also the gateway to Valhalla Provincial Park.

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For detailed trail information stop in at the New Denver Visitor Centre or visit westkootroute.ca

Slocan is at the south end of Slocan Lake, where the Slocan River begins. During the 1890s, like New Denver and Silverton, Slocan was a busy mining boomtown with hotels, saloons and miners looking for wealth.

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A Short walk to the HOT SPRINGS Ainsworth Motel ainsworthmotel.com info@ainsworthmotel.com 250-229-4711

Experience Historic Relaxation Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort www.ainsworthhotsprings.com info@ainsworthhotsprings.com 1-800-668-1171

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The Ainsworth Motel is located in Ainsworth Hot Springs, a quaint village setting located in the heart of the Kootenay wilderness. It’s just a 2 minute walk away from the relaxing naturally hot pools! All units have a breathtaking view overlooking the vast expanse of Kootenay Lake and the majestic Purcell Mountains. At the Ainsworth Motel we have clean, quiet and comfortable rooms with kitchenette units and free wifi. There are also a few pet friendly rooms available.

Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort lies within the traditional home lands of the Ktunaxa (pronounced ‘K-too-nah-ha’) people. Since time immemorial the Ktunaxa people have utilized this site as a place for healing. Now owned by the Lower Kootenay Band, we continue to strive for excellence in customer service while bringing a unique First Nation brand to the hospitality industry. The Hot Springs that are nestled into the mountain side along the north shore of Kootenay Lake have been good medicine for many years. We invite you to visit soon and experience the power of nature.

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ROMANTIC COTTAGE GETAWAY

Kootenay Lake’s destination resort

Wing Creek Resort www.wingcreekresort.com info@wingcreekresort.com 250-353-2475

Woodbury Resort & Marina, Ainsworth www.woodburyresort.com woodburyresort@netidea.com 250-353-7717

Just 5 minutes north of picturesque Kaslo, on the shores of pristine Kootenay Lake. Never crowded. Always private and serene. Relax in the quiet of this spectacularly beautiful, environmentally conscious adult sanctuary, especially designed for couples to get away from it all in a peaceful mountain lake setting. Explore 20 acres of orchard, gardens, lush forest, walking trails, cascading mountain streams and beautiful private beach. Indulge in a deeply relaxing massage at The Falling Water Spa on site.

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Woodbury Resort is the only place on Kootenay Lake to rent a power boat. But that’s not all - along with boating there is swimming, fishing, and easy access to some of the most beautiful hiking and biking trails in the Kootenays. There is also a Motel, RV park, campground, JB’s Pub & Restaurant, Full Service Marina, Country Store & Laundromat, Cold Beer, Heated Pool. Everything you need in one place. Fish for rainbow trout from your front door. Scott, our boathouse manager, loves to help fishermen do it right.

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Duncan lake

Kaslo & Area

MEADOW CREEK GOAT RANGE PROVINCIAL PARK

1 Fletcher Falls - A short hike down to a beach site on the west shore of Kootenay Lake. A trail above the camping area leads to a spectacular waterfall on Fletcher Creek.

Argenta Davis Creek Provincial Park

2 The Wagon Road is a historic multi-use trail that is wide and easy to hike or bike. It extends from Kaslo all the way to Fish and Bear Lakes. There are future plans to expand the trail even farther.

Johnsons Landing

Lost Ledge Provincial Park

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3 Buchanan Lookout - This is a high

elevation day-use site which is located at a refurbished fire lookout building. Views are panoramic and flowers are lovely in season. There is a 2 km loop trail below the lookout with viewpoints.

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4 Retallack Cedars - This short walk is a must do along the West Koot Route. The trailhead is easily accessible right off Highway 31A. This trail is a 20 min loop that takes you through an old growth cedar forest.

SANDON Campbell Bay Provincial Park

5 Woodbury / Silverspray - Access

the Kokanee Glacier Park via forestry roads near Woodbury. Trails to the Silver Spray Cabin and Woodbury Cabin are both excellent alpine day hikes. Or book a night or two at the cabins through the Alpine Club of Canada.

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Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park

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Landing, follow this trail to a bridge over Fry Creek. From here you can follow the old miner’s trail farther up the canyon. Trail conditions vary. Wear proper footwear and supervise children at all times.

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Cody Caves Provincial Park

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Kootenay Bay

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BALFOUR To Nelson & Slocan Valley

Purcell Wilderness Conservancy

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Ferry Schedule

Depart Balfour: 6:30 8:10 9:50 10:40* 11:30 12:20* 1:10 2:00* 2:50 3:40* 4:30 5:20* 6:10 7:50 9:40

Departs Kootenay Bay: 7:10 9:00 10:40 11:30* 12:20 1:10* 2:00 2:50* 3:40 4:30* 5:20 6:10* 7:00 8:40 10:20

* Summer Only - June 20 - Sept 11


The Latest In lake view Luxury Opening Summer 2017 in kaslo

Kaslo Hotel www.kaslohotel.com info@kaslohotel.com 250-353-7714

Angry Hen Brewing Company 250-353-3400

angryhenbrewing.com The Angry Hen Brewing Company is more friendly than you’d expect! Come visit Kaslo’s newest attraction on Front Street - a craft brewery serving a variety of fresh beers and inspired locally produced snacks. Steps away from the S.S. Moyie, the Angry Hen is next to fun shopping and dining. Enjoy our tasting room and patio with amazing views of Kootenay Lake, the Moyie and the Purcell Mountains. Open daily. Accessible parking. Come for the great beer... stay for the hospitality... leave with your favourite growler and Angry Hen swag!

Certificate of Excellence

In 1896 the original Kaslo Hotel was considered very grand for it’s time. This latest incarnation of the hotel is completely new, while still preserving the heritage character of Kaslo’s rich mining history. The new Kaslo Hotel was designed to provide the latest in luxury hotel accommodations and energy efficiency without giving up the personal, heritage feel. Luxury guest rooms have lake and mountain views and private balconies. Stop in and enjoy great food and locally crafted beers on our spectacular lake-view patio.

Kaslo saturday Market, 10am - 2pm Kaslo Saturday Market www.nklcss.org ksm@nklcss.org 250-353-7120 Come see what this market has to offer, every Saturday from 10 am 2pm. The market takes place at Front St. Park in the heart of downtown Kaslo from June 10th until Sept 23rd. Browse the stalls and meet local farmers, food makers, and artisans. It’s a fun, outdoor atmosphere with live music every week. The market is a social gathering place with a great selection of locally made or grown items from food to books to pottery and beyond. You’ll find many unique products not available anywhere else. Brought to you by the Kaslo Food Hub and North Kootenay Lake Community Services.

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Houseboat CHARTERs ON Kootenay Lake Kaslo Shipyard Company (250) 353-2686 or 1-800-554-1657 info@kasloshipyard.com @kasloshipyard www.kasloshipyard.com This is the good life! Cruise, fish and explore sensational Kootenay Lake from the unique vantage point of a houseboat. It’s all yours to enjoy: the hidden coves, sandy beaches, vibrant lakeside towns and superb freshwater fishing. Choose from our four seaworthy cruise vessels, custombuilt for Kootenay Lake. They are fully furnished, with a spacious wheelhouse, full galley, full bathroom and complete sleeping facilities for four, six or eight people. Book ahead so you don’t miss out! Please visit our website for charter packages, fishing information, and more.

Take the Road Less Travelled

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Kaslo and Kootenay Lake. Access the trail off Wardner Street in upper Kaslo. You can also connect to other trails from here if you want to extend your hike.

4 True Blue Recreation Area - a multi-purpose trail network above the Kaslo airport. There are a variety of trails of varying difficulty for hiking and mountain biking.

5 Wagon Road Trail - This wide trail begins at the top of Zwicky

Road in Kaslo and follows the highway all the way to Fish and Bear Lakes. This all use trail can be accessed from a number of trailheads along the highway. See page 13.

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The Kaslo River Trail - a favourite hiking spot for both locals and visitors. The Kaslo Trailblazers have created a trail system that includes two covered pedestrian bridges with spectacular views over the Kaslo River. For more detailed information pick up a copy of the Kaslo area trail map. There are multiple access points and connections to other trails too. Lakeview Trail - This easy walking trail follows the stunning shoreline all the way around town, from the Kaslo River to Kaslo Bay Park.

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immerse yourself in the beauty West Kootenay Parks www.westkootenayparks.com Reservations at: www.discovercamping.ca

ghost town of the silvery slocan

We have a number of Provincial Parks to suit your needs. McDonald Creek Provincial Park - get a commanding view of Upper Arrow Lake right from your campsite on the sandy beach waterfront. 72 campsites with a full range of newly developed amenities. Rosebery Provincial Park - a restful campground in a forest setting alongside Wilson Creek. A short walk to the shores of pristine Slocan Lake and the expansive views of the Valhalla Mountain range. 33 campsites Summit Lake Provincial Park - Unrivalled opportunities for fishing, boating and swimming in this clean cool mountain lake. 35 campsites by reservation or first come, first served.

Sandon Museum | www.sandonmuseum.ca sandonmuseum@netidea.com | 250-358-7920 Open 7 days a week, 10 am - 5 pm May long weekend to Thanksgiving weekend Rich silver-lead ore was discovered in the Sandon area in 1891, and the mining camp soon became a city of over 5,000 people. Known as the Monte Carlo of North America back in the 1890s, Sandon is recognized today as a historic site of international significance. The Sandon Museum tells the fascinating story of Sandon, from its heyday when it boasted a bustling downtown and Red Light District to its demise by fire and flood. Housed in the beautifully restored Slocan Mercantile Block, the Sandon Museum draws over 20,000 visitors a year. Wheelchair accessible.

Photo: Truus Zelonka

the world’s longest free ferry ride! Balfour and District Business and Heritage Association www.balfourcanada.ca contact.balfourcanada@gmail.com At the gateway to the West Koot Route, Balfour is a small but vibrant community offering multitudes of opportunities for the avid hiker, biker, golfer, angler and adventure seeker. Fine dining, great pub food and delicious baked goods that will satisfy any culinary craving. Test your skills and play a round or two at our world class golf courses with stunning views of the mountains and lake. We have a variety of accommodations from luxury hotels to campgrounds that will surely bring you back time and time again.

Your one stop adventure shop Kaslo Adventure Centre 344 Front Street www.kaslokayaking.com 250-353-1925

@KasloKayaking

Your one stop adventure shop for kayak tours, lessons, rentals, whitewater rafting, fishing charters, mountain bike tours, house boat charters, SUP board rentals and more. We also offer a 4 season line up of hiking, biking and water sport apparel, gear and accessories, the Adventure Centre has you covered for all your outdoor activity and active wear needs. New to the area? The friendly & knowledgeable staff can provide maps, directions, and even accommodation assistance so you’ll feel right at home. Warning: You might not want to leave!

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West Koot Route  

A suggested driving route in the Kootenay Rockies region which includes Nakusp, Slocn, Kaslo, Ainsworth Hot Springs and surrounding area.

West Koot Route  

A suggested driving route in the Kootenay Rockies region which includes Nakusp, Slocn, Kaslo, Ainsworth Hot Springs and surrounding area.