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Above: Kaslo Bay in early spring. On the cover: Castlegar’s stunning river valley. Photo: Lee Orr Photography, Columbia River flyfishing – make time for the sport! Photo: MCreative Kaslo: Kaslo Loggers Sports. Photo: Dave Heagy Nelson: Artwalk closing. Photo: Electrify Photography Nakusp: Relax and rejuvenate in Nakusp Hotsprings Rossland: Historical theatre with the Gold Fever Follies Silverton: Celebrate Canada Day in Silverton


Ainsworth ....................... 50 Area Map .......................... 4 Balfour ............................ 49 Castlegar........................... 6 Creston ........................... 20 Dining Guide .................. 72 East Shore ...................... 22 Fruitvale ......................... 16 Kaslo .............................. 53 West Kootenay Ferries ...... 5 Nakusp ........................... 60 Nelson ............................ 26 Nelson City Map ............. 29 New Denver ................... 64 Riondel ........................... 24 Rossland ......................... 11 Salmo ............................. 18 Sandon .......................... 64 Silverton ......................... 64 Slocan Valley .................. 67 Trail ................................ 12 Woodbury ....................... 52

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West Kootenay Area Map

North on Hwy 23

Shelter Bay

Trout Lake Galena Bay

Trout Lake

Halcyon Hot Springs


Upper Arrow Lake

Duncan Lake

Legend: Nakusp Hot Springs

Meadow Creek Cooper Creek


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Johnson’s Landing Summit Lake



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Valhalla Park

Kaslo Mirror Lake Woodbury

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Crescent Valley

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Grand Forks

Fruitvale Christina Lake


Rossland Cascade


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The Kootenay Lake Ferry which connects Highway 3A from Balfour on the west side of the lake to Kootenay Bay on the east side, is the longest free ferry ride in the world at approximately 35 minutes. See schedule at right.

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Lower Arrow Lake Ferry

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Enroute to Revelstoke and the TransCanada Hwy. The free ferry crosses from Shelter Bay (west side) to Galena Bay (east side) once an hour, on the hour, 5:00 am until 12:00 midnight; and returns from Galena Bay to Shelter Bay once an hour on the half hour from 5:30 am to 12:30 am.

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Columbia Basin Culture Tour Aug 12 & 13, 2017 10:00am - 5:00pm

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Explore artists’ studios, museums, art galleries and heritage sites through this free, self-guided tour within the Columbia Basin. Meet the artists, shop for ďŹ ne art and craft, view demonstrations, special exhibitions, interpretive displays or chat with local historians during this two day cultural celebration! For further information visit our website or call. 250-505-5505 toll free 1-877-505-7355 A project of

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Castlegar Happenings


Doukhobor Discovery Centre

4th Annual Spring Farm Fair Saturday, May 6, 11 am – 5 pm at the Pass Creek Regional Exhibition Grounds. Two petting zoos, free horse & carriage rides, plants, chicks, crafts and lots of great eats. Farmers and vendors are asked to please register online at For gardeners! 8th Annual Garden & Nature Fest at the Castlegar Community Complex, May 27 from 10 am to 3 pm. Over forty booths related to food production, organic growing, ornamental gardening, invasive plants, composting, and local conservation areas. And don’t miss the Castlegar Peony Show at the Sandman Hotel 1944 Columbia Avenue, June 9-11. If you’re a lover of fine gardening, you’ll get lots of great ideas here. Juried exhibits, workshops and more. More info at

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901 7th Ave. Castlegar. Zuckerberg Island is open year ‘round. For tours call 250-365-6440. Admission to both sites by donation Chapel House open mid-May to Oct, Wed – Sun, 10am – 5pm. 7 days a week July/Aug/Sept

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summer season. To book tours or wedthe su dings, or for more information, contact din tthe Station Museum at 250-365-6440.

Castlegar’s Station Museum: Share iin the rich and colourful history of this vibrant Kootenay hub. Built in 1902 as v part of Canadian Pacific Railway’s BC p network, the Station is now home to n Kootenay Festival July 22, 10:30 am – 7 heirlooms and artifacts including a rehe pm in Millennium Park. A smorgasbord off furbished caboose and the city’s first jail furb Kootenay talent on the open air stage will encell – now a delightful backdrop for vacatertain you … there’s an extra special lineup p for Open from 10 am to 5 pm, Tuestion photos! pho Photo: Lee Orr children too. day through Saturday from April through to da thro October, and seven days a week during July, August and September. Spectacular gardens, outdoor community artwork, and a charming gift shop. For winter hours, tours and all other information, please contact 250-365-6440. Castlegar Sculpturewalk: Castlegar is recognized as the Sculpture Capital of Canada™. Get maps at the Visitor CenGo Marketing! Castlegar’s marketplace is beside the Statre (1995 6 Ave near the Rec Centre) or local businesses. tion Museum, May to October, Saturdays from 9 am until 1 pm or Sundays, 9 am – 2 pm in Robson (across the ColBrilliant Bridge National Historic Site: This pedestrianumbia River from downtown Castlegar) at the Robson Reonly suspension bridge over the Kootenay River was built creation Hall, 3067 Waldie. in 1913 by the Doukhobor community. The woodendecked bridge was in use for vehicles until 1966. It would Visit Kootenay Gallery: This regional gallery across from have been demolished without the efforts of a passionate the Castlegar airport has two exhibition spaces, a great gift group determined to save it for future generations. shop and butterfly and xeriscape gardens with interpretive signage, perfect for strolling. Go Golfing: Castlegar has two courses! The Castlegar Golf Club has hosted the provincial Ladies’, Men’s, Senior and Junior Championship events (see www.golfcastlegar. com) and then there’s the Little Bear Golf Course, a 9-hole executive par 3 course on Waterloo Road. In 1908 the largest internal migration in Canada took place when 5000 Doukhobors moved from Saskatchewan Go Hiking: Go to viewpoints where the vista will take to the Castlegar area. Their leader, Peter V. Verigin brought your breath away. The Visitor Centre staff can get you his people to the river valley he called Dolina Ootischenia, on your way with maps and current info, or go to www. the Valley of Consolation, and negotiated the purchase of land that soon grew to 14,000 acres. On this land the Zuckerberg Island: A tiny oasis cradled in the embrace Doukhobors built a successful agrarian commune based of the mighty Columbia River. Lush gardens and winding on the motto of “Toil and the Peaceful Life”. pathways promise visitors a serene welcome to a world reThe orchard land first purchased in 1908 is the setting moved from modern-day hustle-and-bustle, despite being for the Discovery Centre. Inside the ten buildings of this just minutes from the city’s downtown core. The historic recreated and restored community you will see over 1000 Chapel House is now a museum documenting one of the artifacts representing the arts and crafts, customs and area’s founders and offering a fascinating glimpse into a religion of the Doukhobors’ communal lifestyle. Visit: time long past. The island is open to visitors year-round, for more information. while the Chapel House is open seven days a week during

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Sunfest June 2, 3 and 4. Come downtown Friday night to the park and join the residents for dinner al fresco and some fine toe-tapping country tunes. Saturday morning, follow the parade to the park, for food and merchandise vendors, magic shows and other entertainment all day culminating in fireworks at dusk.



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Over 30 original sculptures from local & international artists are showcased in downtown Castlegar. Vote for your favourite to win the People’s Choice Award! All sculptures are available for sale or lease.

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Fishing with Forrest Growing up in the West Kootenay, with all its beautiful and various stretches of water, learning to love fishing comes naturally. From the main part of Kootenay Lake and all its tributaries, to its west arm and the Kootenay River, the opportunities to cast your rod seem endless. However, I have yet to find a match for the mighty Columbia.

Near Castlegar, there are dozens of excellent holes and back eddies that have proven to be very productive. Beneath the railway bridge at the confluence of the Kootenay and Columbia rivers is one spot that is definitely worth checking out. Or try casting in the large back eddy by Little Photo: Bernelle Bear Golf Course. You’ll Thiessen also enjoy some great fishing from the shores of the Columbia within Castlegar (or Trail) city limits.

The Columbia is an amazing highway system for many different species including rainbow trout, walleye, northern pike, and whitefish, just to name a few. The interactions between the runs of fishes, the timing of the insect blooms they feed upon, and the complex flow patterns in the river, result in a fishery that is endlessly challenging and always rewarding. In the summer the river seems to boil with excited rainbows surfacing to feed on the caddis hatches as well as hosts of other insects. If fly fishing is your method of choice, a flat bottomed boat with two people is ideal, but you can also have an excellent day fishing from shore in your hip waders. If spincast fishing is your preference, a variety of techniques and lure choices will come into play, helping you land the big lunker.

The Columbia is a mighty river and it can be dangerous for the unwary. It takes a whole lifetime to learn half of its secrets. If you’re a first timer, consider going with a guide. Ask about tours at the Visitor Centre. If you’re more confident and experienced, talk to Rod at the Castlegar Sports Centre and Fly The months from Shop; he will be able May to October to tell you what is provide awesome dry fly biting and where. Before you head action, especially from the to the river, reend of June to the end of member to check August. You’ll actually start the regulations for closures and to choose your targets, quotas. May your since there can be such lines sing and the abundance! fish answer the call!

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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’ trails, the winding roadbeds from long disused narrow gauge railways – the mountain biking scene was all set to explode. And it just did, and how! Over twenty trails are graded with either ther a green (easy), blue (intermediate) or black k (advanced) ( d d) ratt ing, 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’ and awarded ‘Trail of the Year’ by Bike magazine (2007), it is the crown jewel of the Rossland trail network.

Follies are still going strong with original ver Fo stories from Rossland’s rich gold mining hisstor ttory. While artistic licence is often in play, many of the characters are based on real m people from Rossland’s past. p This live musical theatre show only runs ffor two months from June 28 to August 27. The Grand Opening is July 6. Show2 ings are at 3 pm and 7:30 pm, Tuesday in through Saturday (no matinee on June 28.) thro Find the Follies in the old Bank of Montreal building in downtown Rossland on the corner buildin of Columbia Avenue and Washington Street. Be sure to come early. Space is limited! For ticketing information and more visit

Not suitable for beginners, the Seven Summits Trail is an all-natural terrain trail with no stunts or constructions. It doesn’t need them – it’s carved on the backsides and ridges of the mountains themselves, including sweeping alpine meadows, and their rocky scree underbellies. Lung-busting climbs alternate with exciting descents; the last part, the Dewdney Trail, is a joyful swoop. The fastest cross country riders can do the Seven Summits in less than three hours; competent weekend riders will want to walk some sections and should count on taking a full day. The Seven Summits, like many of the trails around Rossland, is in the remote backcountry, with only intermittent cell phone coverage from start to finish and little in the way of fresh water. Travel with a friend; then when you get back home and you find you can’t stop talking about your experience, there will be someone who feels the same way! For more information visit or

Gold Fever Follies Every year for 30 years, Rossland’s unique theatre group has been entertaining visitors and locals with their live performances. In 1987, a small group of theatre enthusiasts started a musical revue based on Rossland history. The show was embellished with local lore, old time tunes and real Can-Can dances from the Boomtown Garter Girls. Almost three decades later, the Rossland Gold Fe-

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Five communities hugging both sides of a curve on the fast flowing Columbia River make up Greater Trail. Today about 7700 people call this riverside area home. It’s a special place with affordable real estate, an abundance of outdoor activities in the surrounding hills, superb fishing and an active arts and culture community.

Enjoy five days of entertainment, midway rides and zany fun during Silver City Days, May 10-14. On Friday night eat your fill at the annual Spaghettata. On Saturday, the parade starts at 11 am sharp. Don’t miss the Great Grape Stomp! It’s family day at Gyro Park on Sunday. Full schedule at

Trail is culturally and historically a mining town. The 1890 discovery of gold and copper ore on the face of Red Mountain was The West Kootenay Smoke´n Steel Auto Club Photo: Larry Doell the single most important event in the history host their 9th annual Show & Shine Saturday, of Trail. In 1898 a smelter was built to process the June 17 at Gyro Park, but events go on right through Red Mountain ores, and the small town named after the until Sunday. Later that evening it will be time to put on Dewdney Trail grew. It was incorporated as a city in 1901. your dancing shoes for the ’50s & ’60s tunes at the Saturday night dance. Details at Citizens of Trail have always been active in sports; it has not one, but two baseball teams to represent the city and of course it is home to the famed Smokeaters 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. Read the names on the plaques, you are sure to recognize a few.

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Visit the Sports Hall of Fame and Trail Museum, where you’ll find, among other things, a collection of Interior Salish native artifacts. Both are located in the Trail Memorial Centre on Bay Avenue. Take a Teck Tour. The Teck Interpretive Centre Centre is located above the TD Bank in downtown Trail on Bay Avenue. Open 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. Stroll. More and more of Trail is becoming a pedestrian-friendly city. You have to make a point of spanning the Columbia on foot. The brand new Columbia River Skywalk is one of the longest pedestrian bridges in North America at 1000 feet in length. This majestic, signature structure is part of the Trans Canada Trail network and a local 2 km walking loop known as “Walking the Bridges.� Cycle. Just a short ways out of Trail, at Warfield, is the Railgrade Trail. It is 7.1 km connector trail popular year round. Trails accessed from the Railgrade Trail include the Rubberhead, Whisky, Stunted Growth, Drakes, Spring Cleaning, Sudden Exposure and Green Door Trails. The Railgrade Trail is also part of the TCT (Trans Canada Trail). Do Gyro: There’s usually something happening at Gyro Park and it’s only a ten minute walk from downtown Trail. It’s a great place to stroll for the views and beautiful landscaping, or you can sunbathe on the boulders or on the wide sandy beach at the river’s edge. There is a naturally protected little cove and a safe area marked off with floating beads for the security of the less confident swimmers and children. Best place to pick up an al fresco lunch? Ferraro Foods grocers downtown. On a Thursday evening in Gyro Park in the summertime you can enjoy live music at the gazebo. Cast a line: Bring your gear and fish the Columbia River. Many people claim the Columbia offers the very best fly fishing anywhere in the province. You can fish right from the boulders near Gyro Park and there are plenty of back eddies to try along the river banks near the City of Trail. Stop in at the Visitor Info Centre at 1199 Bay Avenue; the staff will be happy to give you some good leads!




Trail Market On Esplanade Beginning in early June until mid-October the Trail Market on the Esplanade takes place select Friday mornings from 10 am, and Wednesday evenings from 4 pm. Vendors will be set up along the picturesque Esplanade starting at the end of Spokane Street and continuing all the way down into Jubilee Park. They’ll be selling fresh produce, baking, ready to eat food, jewellery, soaps clothing, home decor and more. Come to the Market and stroll the Esplanade, visitors and locals all love the venue! Meet the friendly merchants, get your shopping done, find some souvenirs and take in all the activity, live music and lively atmosphere. Fridays, 10 am - 2 pm, June 9 & 23, July 7 & 21, August 4 & 18, September 15. Wednesday evenings 4 - 8 pm, July 12, August 30, September 6.

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Fruitvale A short distance from both Trail and Salmo, Fruitvale was once just a railway stop named Beaver Siding on the great Northern Railroad. In 1906, the name was changed to Fruitvale – an important part in the marketing and settlement strategy which depicted Fruitvale as the best fruit growing area in the West Kootenay. For the sports lover, Fruitvale is a great place to live with excellent facilities and many teams to join. The surrounding Beaver Valley is a paradise for the adventurer. Visit Fruitvale May 26 – 28 to take part in the festivities of the annual Beaver Valley May Days. It all starts Friday with the Citizen of the Year presentation and a great fireworks display. On Saturday the Fruitvale Express train rides to Beaver Falls and there’s a parade. The fun continues through the weekend with kids’ games, ball tournaments, the “Beavarian” beer garden and much more.

Champion Lakes Golf & Country Club 9 Scenic Holes

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The Champion Lakes Golf & Country Club always extends a warm welcome to visitors. You can play 9 or 18 holes in a beautiful setting surrounded by mountains. There is an abundance of trees, a winding creek, rolling hills, 3 ponds and 41 strategically placed bunkers that will test your accuracy. Lessons by a CPGA professional are available ~ please ask!

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The Club has an excellent licensed restaurant, and also offers on-site overnight parking for self contained RVs. Green fees are $25 for 9 holes and $40 for 18 holes plus applicable taxes. Check our web page for specials and events: Phone 250-367-7001.


Located on Highway 3, 8 kms east of Fruitvale. Take the Champion Lakes Park Road.

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Walk inside this tiny 1914 log schoolhouse and take a look at the fourth R: Restoration. The desks are topped with old-time books and ink wells. You can almost hear the music from the 1885 piano as you gaze at the wool Union Jack flag sitting in the corner by the teacher’s kerosene lamp. It seems to be just waiting for the students to arrive for school. The log school is 8 km east of Fruitvale on Highway 3B. It was built in 1912 (16´x18´) by John Potter Bell on the corner of his property. The Beaver Valley & Pend Oreille Historical Society restored the school in 1989 with financial assistance from the Government of BC through BC Heritage Trust and BC Lotteries. Believed to be the oldest remaining log school house in the interior of BC, it is now a fully furnished school museum.

For the explorer, there are hiking trails galore. A number of trailer and tent sites with hook-ups are available at reasonable rates. Other amenities are showers, a covered kitchen area and a lovely gazebo. For more information on the Beaver Valley Family Park, call 1-800-355-7352.

Camp At Champion Lakes Provincial Park

Champion Lakes Provincial Park Photo courtesy of the Village of Fruitvale,

With three small lakes this park is a canoeist’s dream. There’s an adventure playground and a “safe for kids” shallow swimming area right next to the campground. You’ll enjoy the weekend interpretive programs, and the many nature walking trails. These lakes are regularly stocked with rainbow trout. Canoeing and kayaking are popular on the lakes, but powerboats are prohibited. The park is situated off Hwy 3B between Salmo and Trail, and 5 km east of Fruitvale.

Beaver Valley Family Park Looking for a campground to stay at for several days? A location for your family reunion, or even just a picnic spot? Beaver Valley Family Park at Marsh Creek can’t be beat. There is so much to do! Small kids will love the playground, for the older kids there are volleyball and basketball courts and a field large enough for football or soccer. If you’ve heard about disc soccer (think frisbee-golf) and have always wanted to try out this fast-growing sport, the park has an 18 hole PDGA standard disc golf course – and it’s free to play! The course, which was designed by Devon Gunn of Grand Forks (one of Canada’s top disc golfers), offers some really challenging holes that will make the course competitive even for the seasoned player. Disc golfing is easy on the body and a whole lot of fun for all ages.

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Billy’s Auto Service Ltd.

• F’real Milkshakes • lotto • ATM • groceries • gas • diesel • propane • sani dump

Automotive repair Air conditioning Wheel alignment Tires & lubricants


Bill Baird, Owner 90 7th Street Salmo, BC

We have a great tourist information section that includes information on “To Dos” throughout the Kootenays.


• Wireless internet • Open 7 days a week

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and sit inside our one of a kind store or sit outside under cover and enjoy the view. Don’t miss stopping at the Salmo Pump for fast friendly, efficient service

Kicking Horse Coffee Homemade Baked Goods Hearty Breakfasts Fruit Smoothies, Gelato & Milkshakes Panini Sandwiches and more

HOURS: Weekly Monday – Saturday 6:00Instore am - 10:00 pm Sunday 6:30 am - 9:00 pm Specials

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413 Railway Ave, Salmo 250- 357-2867

Welcome to Salmo

Salmo is a small, friendly, historic town, snug in a beautiful valley of mining, farm and timber lands.

the “Hub of the Kootenays”

CAMPING? Stay in our municipal campground – right in town.

Visit our museum to see historic photos of Salmo and exhibits of mining artifacts – even a mine tunnel. Get the feel of what life was like here in the early 1900s.

Be sure to see the... • world’s largest penny • unique rock murals • revitalized heritage buildings

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Salmo Canada Day This is when the whole town comes out to party! Salmo boasts one of the o best Canada Days outside of Ottawa b aand this year, Canada’s 150th anniversary since confederation, promises v tto be be Salmo’s biggest Canada Day weekend celebration since 1967. w

The annual parade, children’s races, fireworks and Show & Shine happen on rewo Saturday, July 1st. The slo-pitch tournament Saturday Photo: Trish Vroom evening with play continuing begins Friday Fr throughout the weekend. For more information There are fishing and swimming holes to be discovcontact Salmo & District Chamber of Commerce at 250ered along the picturesque Salmo River that flows through 357-2596 or check out the Community Events bulletin the community and all through this mountain valley. A board outside the post office on Main Street. little ways downstream, the Shambahla Music festival will celebrate its 20th anniversary in August, and the Salmo River Ranch will once again become a bustling city of over 10,000 with a life force and a dance beat all its own. At any other time of the year, Salmo itself is a quaint little town at the junction of two highways – the “Hub of the Kootenays.” View the flagstone murals on the walls of the buildings, stroll across the river on the brand new 6th Street pedestrian bridge or visit the oldest telephone booth in the world, which is the stump of a huge ancient cedar tree trunk. If golf is your passion, try out the Salmo Golf course. Tee times are not required.

Village Campground This quiet and shaded campground in KP Park is within easy walking distance of the village’s downtown core. The campground features a children’s playground and gazebo in addition to camping luxuries like hot showers. It is open spring through fall, as long as good weather permits. The sites are unserviced and occupancy is on a first come, first serve basis. For more information call 250-357-9633.

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Full Service Pharmacy including • Gifts and Souvenirs • Professional Medication Reviews • Compliance Packaging • Flu Shots 107-4th Street • 250-357-9444 • Travel Vaccinations


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Head up to the ski hill and take a hike, on foot or on two wheels. The Sunset Loop and Sunrise Trail start at the lodge and are both approximately 3 kilometres. From the top of the ski hill, Drifter is a popular black diamond downhill mountain bike trail that runs to Ski Hill Road on the east side of the ski hill. Hikers are welcome but be prepared for challenging terrain! Before you head up to the ski hill, take advantage of a small bike skills area at KP Park downtown in Salmo. There are dirt jumps, a pump track and a few easy wood features – it’s the perfect opportunity to tune up your balance and to check your bike.

We have what you need. Visit our excellent fresh meat and produce departments – you will not be disappointed. Open Mon-Sat 9am to 6pm

Carrying a full line of grocery items including natural and bulk foods

West Kootenay BMX, located at the Salmo Ski Hill, operates from late April into October. Cheer on the racers at the regular midday Saturday races or on a Monday evening in July and August. BMX racing is an exciting family sport for all ages. Children as young as two years old come to play at the dirt course on their balance bikes. The BMX Canada-sanctioned track is located at the Salmo Ski Hill in the land below the parking lot. For access turn right on Salmo Heights Road before the ski hill and follow the signs. For more info about West Kootenay BMX call 250-357-2874. For up to date information on hiking and biking opportunities in Salmo visit BC Canada

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Originally named Salmon Siding, Salmo was once just a whistle stop on the Nelson/ Fort Shepherd Railway. The ruins of abandoned mine structures still dot the hillsides, remnants of the boomtown years of 1896 and 1897 when gold, silver, lead, zinc and tungsten were mined and Salmo boomed as a centre for supplies and entertainment. Salmo’s famous balconied wooden hotel dates es from this time of roaring men and industry (and no doubt, more than a few bold ladies.)



Wildlife Centre

11 km west of Creston off Hwy 3

Home of Kootenay Alpine Cheese and Kootenay Meadows Glass Bottled Milk! Come visit our certified organic, grass based, family farm. Walk through the barns or watch a milking. In the retail shop you will find cheese, milk, meat, cheese, tools and local artwork.

Also available throughout the Kootenays at a grocery store near you.

Open May - Oct with tours running May - Aug

• Guided Canoe & Walking Tours • Hiking & Biking Trails • Wildlife Viewing • Educational Displays • Science Lab • Gift Shop

Hours: Summer (May-Thanksgiving): Thurs, Fri, Sat 10-5 Winter: Saturdays only 10-5 3071 16th St Creston BC (right beside Lister Park) • 250-428-9655

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Tasting Room open 11am - 5pm Open Weekends starting April 1 Open Daily May 12 - Sept 17 Wine tours by appointment


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Creston Valley Wildlife Area The Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area is a 17,000 acre wetland that stretches from the south end of Kootenay Lake to the US border. It is recognized internationally as an Important Bird Area (IBA) and nationally as an Important Reptile and Amphibian Area (IMPARA). Over 286 species of birds, 57 species of mammals and 29 species of fish, reptiles and amphibians call the wetland of the CVWMA home. The Wildlife Interpretive Centre, located 11 km west of Creston on Hwy 3, is open May to October and it is a great place to start your adventure. Join a popular one-hour guided canoe or walking tour of this lush and active wetland. Climb the two viewing towers located along the trails for breathtaking views of the valley. Duck Lake is a must see for wildlife watching, fishing, biking and walking along the flat top dykes. Call 250-402-6908 to book excursions or to ask about wildlife viewing or visit

Keeping it fresh …for over 100 years

More Than Cheese, Please Kootenay Meadows Farm is certified organic, and uses sustainable management g practices. It is becoming well known for the p delicious cheeses produced on the farm by d tthe Kootenay Alpine Cheese Company. The ccompany’s own recipes, labour intensive methods which are modeled after the tradme ition of French and Italian cheese-makers, their careful aging of the cheeses and of course, the milk from the ffarm’s herd of well-loved cows, combine to ensure the rich, complex flavour that is unique to their milk, their farm, and the region. Visit the Kootenay Meadows Farm, home of the Kootenay Alpine Cheese Company, from May until Thanksgiving, Thursday – Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. The farm is on the corner of Sinclair Road and 16th Street, and right beside Lister Park, minutes from the town of Creston and the American border. For more information visit www.

Creston Farmers Market Every Saturday, from May through October, the Creston Valley Farmers Market offers up fresh, quality produce and everything made, baked or grown in and around the Creston Valley. Find the market at the west end of Canyon Street near the Visitor Centre. From 9 am until 1 pm you can experience the flavours of Creston, but food is not the only attraction – an exciting array of arts and crafts and unique, locally made products will appeal to you too.


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Fresh local fruit and vegetables, honey, herbs, beef & cheese.

Wineshop and FREE Tasting Bar Open Daily June 28 to September 4, 11am-5pm Spring & Fall: Wednesday to Sunday, 11am-5pm

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Truscott Farms

Enjoy a glass of wine with a tasty food platter on our scenic deck or in our cozy fireplace lounge mid-June through September.


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Known today as the “Valley of Swans”, Creston has a population of approximately 5300. Surrounding orchards produce a bounty of succulent fruit and the valley’s gentle slopes are seamed with rows of grapevines. Creston’s many artists and artisans display their work in galleries and gift shops throughout town. The valley is also home to the he Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area which offers 32 kms of walking trails, birding towers and great opportunities to commune with nature at its finest.


A GETAWAY FROM THE EVERYDAY • Scenic view of Kootenay Lake & Selkirk Mountains • Cabins open year round • Ideal tenting at Daybreak Camp • Permanent full service trailer sites • Laundromat, hot showers, fire pits, flush toilets, ice • Hiking trails and beautiful beach • Full service marina • High speed WiFi

Bayshore on the Lake Restaurant “Home Cooking” Full Western menu, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner Licensed, friendly dining LET US CATER TO YOUR SPECIAL OCCASIONS Open May to October

RENTALS MOUNTAIN BIKES: Full Day - $40.00 + tax Half Day - $30.00 + tax

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KAYAKS & SUPs: Full Day - $40.00 + tax Half Day - $30.00 + tax (includes life jacket) Instruction Available

Kokanee Springs Resort

Kootenay Lake’s Oldest & Largest General Store

Legendary Golf and so much more

Golf • Accommodations • Restaurant • Hiking Kayaking • Mountain Biking Rentals Available • Guides Available

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With three exceptional wineries and counting, the Creston Valley has been dubbed Canada’s next wine region. Take a wine tasting tour around Creston, and you will be impressed by the variety and quality of wines that these boutique wineries produce. There are two award-winning wineries in Creston, located side by side. It could not be easier to taste and tour. A third winery is located just north of Creston. Skimmerhorn Winery & Vineyard opened in 2006. It features cool climate grapes such as Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Marechal Foch as well as other outstanding varietals. Skimmerhorn has a wine shop and free tasting bar, which is open Wednesday to Sunday in the spring and in the fall, daily in July and August. The patio is a perfect place to indulge in offerings from the Tapas Menu with a glass of wine as you enjoy the beautiful valley view. Skimmerhorn offers tours on weekends from late June through late September. The tours cost $5 (for the adults only, no charge for minors), refunded on the second bottle of wine purchased that day. Baillie-Grohman Estate Winery is named after one of the region’s legendary pioneers, William Baillie-Grohman. It was purchased in 2006, and the first wines were released in November 2010. The approach at the 5000-case boutique winery is to produce small lots of super premium wine. Everything is done by hand and according to sustainable practices, from the farming to the picking and sorting at harvest. Grape production is maintained at a low yield per vine, to ensure concentrated flavours and high quality. Visit their tasting room which opens April

1 for weekends and then 7 days a week starting May 13 through to mid-September. Bring a picnic and sit out and have a glass of wine by the vineyard. Tours are provided as time permits. The latest foray into the vintner’s art in the region near Creston is Wynnwood Cellars, which began in 2007 with the planting of the Sirdar vineyard. The site slopes south to southwest above Duck Lake and benefits from soil rich in limestone and the depth and strong reflected light off the lake which moderates the temperature, keeping the climate suitable for growing grapes. Visit this unique winery and taste the Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon and Merlot. They are sure to please your palate. The Wynnwood Cellars tasting room is open daily May 15 – October 15, 11 am – 6 pm.

And The Stars Line Up! Not too big and not too small, Starbelly Jam is a “just right” festival. Goldilocks would approve. Festival organizers have always gone out of their way to make Starbelly a very family-friendly festival and a whole generation of kids now have memories of the fun and freedom-to-play that they enjoyed at Starbelly. If your kids are the kind that you know would thrive if they joined the circus, take them to this festival where the experiment will be just as fun but happily, only temporary. There is a lot of open space to race around and play. The kids parade, when the kids all wear their fantastic masks and headdresses, is a highlight. Crawford Bay Park is 5 minutes south of the ferry landing. Basic camping by the park will appeal to families and the area also has many other types of accommodation. Visit for info – selling early bird tix till May 1st.

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Riondel Golf Course

The Friendliest Golf Club in the Kootenays Head north from Creston towards the Kootenay Lake Ferry, then follow the signs once you reach Kootenay Bay another 10 minutes north to Riondel.

Family friendly No tee times required Power carts available Golf club rentals Light concessions

9 holes $20 ~ 18 holes $30 Junior rate (16 and under) 9 holes $10 ~ 18 holes $15 Groups and Tournaments Welcome

Phone 250-225-3492 The park-like grounds, fruit trees, gardens, and magnificent natural backdrop provide an ideal setting for outdoor living. Dine alfresco, meditate, paint, or just relax while you watch the birds and the changing moods and colours of the mountains and lake. Open April to September


Bob’s Bar & Grill

Welcome to Riondel

Showcasing Artisans, Authors & Musicians of Kootenay Lake’s East Shore Located in the quaint village of Riondel, Bob’s Bar & Grill is your friendly neighbourhood-style pub Featuring displays of local artwork and music by local musicians. Welcoming staff, bar cuisine plus fabulous homemade pizzas, pastas, soups and daily specials. Play pool or watch the game on the big screen. The comfortable atmosphere and friendly locals make it the perfect place to relax, converse and have fun.



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Stay in a campground that was designed around its trees, eat in a pub that is truly part of the neighbourhood, check out locally made works at the artisan shop or play a round of golf on a course sculpted between the lake and mountains. The scenery is spectacular everywhere; perhaps that is why Riondel has become home to many writers, musicians and artists.

If you’re heading along the winding lakeshore road between Creston and Kootenay Bay, there are a couple of signs you won’t fail to see. They may not tell you everything you need to know about Gray Creek (pop. 354), but the signs are a pretty good indication that this community has a sense of humour, and at least one person who is handy with a chainsaw. (That would be Tom and though of course he is unique in his own way, he isn’t the only one handy with a chainsaw, it must be said.)

Whether you take advantage of the crystal clear lake, hike the hills, decide to check out the old logging roads on Gray Creek - metric free and proud! Photo: Francis Roback your ATV or mountain bike, or just enjoy the quiet and the One sign proudly proclaims in capital letters that Gray sweet smell of “real” fresh air, this little town can show you Creek is Metric Free. That’s a poke at Canada’s half-baked what living is supposed to be. metric system. You may have wondered why Canadians seem to have no problem with “Since my car broke down I How do you get to Riondel? If you are taking Kootenay had to walk two whole kilometres to the store just to buy a Lake’s famous free ferry, take the north turn-off to Riondel pound of butter.” Pretty sure people will still be wondering about two kilometres up the hill from Kootenay Bay, the about that dual way of explaining weights and measures eastern ferry terminal. The community lies 10 km down decades from now. that road.

Carved into the other Welcome to Gray Creek sign is “Home of the Gold Boulder”, a reference to the multi million dollar chunk of rock that in 1892, supposedly, fell into hundreds of feet (that would be less than 100 metres) of water in Kootenay Lake. People are still searching for that rock and probably always will.

70 km north of Creston on the east shore of beautiful Kootenay Lake

Gray Creek also has a highly rated Chinese restaurant, a liquor store and post office, campgrounds and a community hall built in 1912 of squared logs with a cedar shake roof. The old hall has its own beach and is very popular for weddings and other occasions.




Cozy 3 bedroom chalets & motel rooms Large RV & camping sites nestled in a cedar forest 50 acres with ponds, nature walks and sandy beaches Across from Kokanee Springs Golf Course - Golf packages available.

Looking for a place off the beaten track? You are looking for Riondel. Leave traffic, parking headaches, noise and pollution behind in this safe, friendly little village with its tidy 1950s wooden houses with spacious yards. You may feel you sidled into a mid-century time warp, but Riondel is fully connected to the 21st century (internet service as fast and dependable as you will find anywhere.) Though comfortable in the virtual world like anyone else these days, Riondel residents just specialize in “real” reality.


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But of course it wasn’t always this way. In the late 1880s it was a rough camp catering to the needs of miners drawn to the area by a silver rush. Located at the foot of Toad Mountain, the camp grew rapidly into a town, and by the early 1900s Nelson boasted several fine hotels, a number of churches, substantial residences and elegant public buildings. Incorporated as a city in 1897, with a population of 1000, Nelson owes many of its beautiful buildings to the civic pride of its early citizens.

It is quite possible that Nelson can boast of more restaurants, breweries, pubs and coffee joints per capita than any other Canadian city. All that mountain air must inspire the appetite! There’s plenty of culture too. You might take in a world class performance at the Capitol Theatre, or spend a day touring Touchstones Museum and all the art galleries downtown. Getting to know the wide variety of independent shops, from booksellers to handcrafted jewellery, would take the better part “This small of a week. town of 10,000 people

create some of the most unique works I’ve laid eyes on .... Even after living in an urban area of two million people in the States and visiting many artistic communities, Nelson is, per capita, astounding…Walk down Baker Street—the main thoroughfare of town—and you’ll see what I mean. The sensory overload spills down adjoining streets, only stopped by Kootenay Lake’s shoreline.”

For residents, and visitors too, there is so much to do in Nelson. With an aquatic centre, curling and ice rinks, and soccer pitches right down on the lake, it’s easy to get into a game at any time of year. There is also an indoor climbing emporium, a mountain bike skills park and skatepark, sailing, rowing, classes in yoga, boxing, martial arts, dance… It would be hard to think of a recreational or cultural activity that you couldn’t get involved with here.

Why not begin your stay in Nelson with a visit to the new visitor centre. Find it at the bottom of Baker Street in the refurbished Gina Bégin, Railtown District. Adventure Travel Photojournalist Pick up a walking or driving tour and start to get acquainted with the “Queen City of the Kootenays” (a moniker that dates back to the time of Queen Victoria.). Just count the smiles! Nelsonites do love where they live.

lthy bite, or a big Whether it’s a quick, hea the Savoy Hotel offers night out on the town, m-to-table menus, far sustainably sourced, system, beautiful a state-of-the-art sound staff. ambience, and friendly


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Set on the shores of the West Arm of Kootenay Lake and surrounded by the Selkirk mountain range, Nelson is home to approximately 10,000 souls. Over the years, good planning decisions have maintained or created many pleasing public spaces. In Nelson’s residential districts, beautiful Victorian homes are shaded by the overarching branches of mature trees. Nelson is a very liveable small city – whatever your stage in life.


Canada Celebrates 150th! It’s been 150 years since Upper and Lower Canada and the British colonies of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia were united as one country: Canada (from the Huron-Iroquois word Kanata, meaning Village.) Since 1867 the nation has grown and come into its own and now has ten provinces and three territories.

Visit and stay a while in our comfortable lounge ~ Select list of artisanal beers, wines and sodas ~ Tasty sides from our kitchen ~ From the store: growler fills, packaged products 125 Hall Street, Nelson 250-352-0094

From coast to coast to coast, Canadians want to celebrate our nationhood with each other and with visitors from many lands. We may be the Great North, but we have a lot of warmth to share! All the national parks will have free admission, and just about every city, town and hamlet is organizing a host of special events. No matter where you are in this country, expect a big party on Canada Day, Saturday, July first! See you there!

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Lakeside Park The ideal spot to relax



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The Capitol Theatre After dinner at one of Nelson’s many fine and original restaurants, a perfect way to top off your evening is with some engaging entertainment at Nelson’s intimate theatre, the Capitol. Constructed in 1927, this Art Deco gem is not too big yet not too small and feels really old-timey. Going to a show at the Capitol is a great way to absorb some local atmosphere. The Capitol provides Nelsonites with many different types of productions throughout the year. Summer youth productions (this summer, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming) have been the training ground and inspiration for generations of young local thespians, singers and musicians. The lushly restored old theatre also brings in top quality acts – classical ballet, contemporary dance theatre, classical and contemporary music, comedy and a variety of other performances – from the Kootenays, other parts of Canada, and around the world. The Capitol Theatre is located at 421 Victoria Street, 250-352-6363. Check out the calendar of events at www. to see what’s playing during your visit.

Take A Stroll Back in Time… Dubbed “the prettiest small town in Canada” by the New York Times, Nelson possesses charm and character. With over 350 heritage homes and office buildings, there are more heritage buildings per capita than in any other city in BC. The architectural styles used in early construction were influenced by styles typical of San Francisco, Spokane and Seattle. The loving restoration of these buildings to their old glory is a movement that has been embraced by the residents, business owners and local government. These historic buildings define Nelson for visitors and residents alike and are a great source of pride. The Nelson Chamber of Commerce has two fascinating brochures worth picking up. One brochure, The Architectural Heritage Walking Tour, will take you on a stroll through the downtown core of the city where you can admire its many beautiful buildings and learn some very interesting facts about Nelson’s history. The second, The Architectural Motoring Tour, is a great way to get to know even more of this wonderful city and its heritage, and to enjoy its beautiful scenic splendour. Both brochures can be picked up in the Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce office at 91 Baker Street.

Keeping your eye on the ball is only the first challenge. Overlooking the beautiful City of Nelson, Kootenay Lake and Kokanee Glacier, Granite Pointe offers a golf experience that’s as much about the view as it is about the score. Self-contained traveller? Book one of Granite Pointe’s RV sites and stay just steps from tee box #1 and the clubhouse. The clubhouse has every service including a restaurant, pro-shop, washrooms and showers.

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Gettin’ High In Thee Kootenays the valley ceases to be the wall on the other side of their world once they have climbed to the top of it and looked over the other side.

A whiff of pungent smoke drifts by. In the crowd ahead of you someone is discreetly burning a pinch of one of our area’s more famous agricultural exports – the renowned BC Bud (of which quite a lot is grown in the West Kootenay.)

There are some fabulous hikes, to be sure, but climbing is not the only way to get high, high enough that the panorama below you is like Get high and hike, fish, explore. Photo: High Terrain a National Geoborn with an appreciation graphic foray into the For now, pot is of their mountain landHimalayas. still illegal in Canada withscape – it’s something that out a doctor’s prescription, Why not fly? evolves. When children but you can adopt the local hear visitors talk at length To look down on a bird mountain grown state of about the scenery, they in flight, to mark your mind. All it takes is an adget impatient. What does footsteps on a glacier, to venturous spirit. It’s a spirit scenery matter? But as they see your shadow swoopthat is ingrained in most begin to explore beyond ing over a gigantic bowl of everyone who can say that their back yards, so does snow bordered by rocky they were mountain born their sense of being of the scree – all of this is possible. and raised. mountains. The craggy Make your flying dreams Kootenay kids are not range across the lake or

a reality. Take a tour of the Kokanee Glacier or Valhalla Mountains with High Terrain Helicopters. They offer all kinds of options to get you on top of the world. Call 250-354-8445 or visit Paragliding offers an experience that is exhilarating and raw. Completely unobstructed views and the feel and sound of the wind create an experience that is as close as you can get to flying like a bird. Kootenay Paragliding Adventures will get you high safely; their passionate, experienced instructors have uncompromising safety standards. If you have no prior experience, you’ll want to take a tandem flight with one of their “pilots.” Get more information at www.

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Leaps & Bounds When gravity bites, when walking on the surface of your world becomes – well, pedestrian – it’s time to make a plan. It’s time to get high in the Kootenays. Let loose the ties that bind! Did you come in on a ferry? Did you stand out on the deck and let the mountain air kiss your cheek and lift your hair? Soaring over Ymir. Photo: Jason Leus If only that wind on the your body in balance. Once you find water could lift your body, bring you your weight centre, which you adjust along to explore the lake like a heron by using your toes and heels, you will flying just above the surface – not fast be on your way to flying like a bird or and not too high – but at one with the swimming through the water like a buffeting air and the rippling water dolphin. It is the ultimate jet pack exbeneath you as the ground beneath perience. your flight… Take the leap! Call Kootenay FlyMaybe that idea appeals to you, board. (See their ad on page 3 or visit or maybe you’ve always wanted a jet pack. Either way, try Flyboarding. It is How can you follow up on this inincredibly intuitive. You’ll tap into all timate dance with the lake? By flying that you already know about keeping

inside the deep green of the inland rainforest. The Kokanee Zipline experience is a 2–3 hour expedition from Kokanee Glacier Park down towards Kokanee Creek Park on six ziplines. The line takes you into and out of the Kokanee Creek canyon twice. From certain points you can see the West Arm of Kootenay Lake far below. Midway, your guides will lead you on a nature walk through the forest and introduce you to the inland rainforest ecosystem. What will stay with you long after you are unlatched from your harness is the exhilarating sensation of being liberated into three dimensional space, soaring high over valleys, and under the sun. Zipping through the forest canopy, in between the towering fir and larch and spruce. It’s free falling in control – and with total safety. See the Kokanee Zipline ad on page 2 or visit to book.

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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.

In the spring and summer, when the weather gets warm in the Kootenay region, most of us seek refuge in our refreshing lakes and rivers. Whether it’s boating, fishing, or swimming, our waters are valued for their many recreational possibilities. However, how many of us know that aquatic invasive species pose a serious threat to our enjoyment of these recreational activities?

You can fish by boat, kayak or canoe. Gear? Try bucktail streamers on the surface or plugs down deep. Or cast from shore with spoons and jigs. 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.

Invasives, such as zebra and quagga mussels, can ruin recreational activities as they damage boat motors, reduce sport-fishing opportunities, and cover beaches with razor-sharp shells. These non-native mussels spread easily across waterways by “hitchhiking” on watercraft from infested provinces and states.

For up to date fishing reports, Fishing Kootenay Lake Photo: K Lawless licensing and gear, stop in at BarLuckily, for us in the Kootenays, these aquatic ren’s Sport Shop on 4th Street in Kaslo. A little south of hitchhikers have not yet been detected in our pristine watKaslo, Woodbury Resort can also help you get set up. Want ers, and there is much that we can do to keep it that way. to go fishing with an expert? Contact Reel Adventures at The Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society urges all 250-505-4963. Other options: a Kootenay style houseboat boaters to Clean, Drain, and Dry all watercraft and equipfrom Kaslo Shipyard will guarantee your crew an epic day ment before launching into a waterbody. If you are haulon the lake, or find a buddy and rent a couple of kayaks at ing any type of watercraft within the province of BC this the Adventure Centre in Kaslo. summer, be sure to look for and stop at the mandatory watercraft inspection stations. Fishing regulations are online at Submitted by the Central Kootenay Invasive Species SoKootenay Lake is Region 4 in the province. ciety. For more information check out

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The West Kootenay EcoSociety is the force behind the great outdoor markets in Nelson. Two markets operate each week from spring through fall. Neighbours support each other at these markets, since 80% of each vendorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wares must be made locally. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a do-good and feel-good coming together, and everyone has a good time.

The EcoSocietyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nelson Garden Festival is back, and it is bigger and better than ever! Whether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re landscaping or planning a tomato crop, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find it all at the West Kootenay EcoSocietyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 16th Annual Nelson Garden Festival. It takes place on Saturday, May 13, in downtown Nelson on the 200 block of Baker Street, from 10 am to 3 pm, rain or shine and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s free.

The 2017 Cottonwood Community Market operates Saturdays from May 20th until October 28th and is open from 9:30 am until 3 pm. Live music is a feature at this market from 10 am to 2:30 pm. It is located at Cottonwood Falls Park. Follow the signs! The 2017 Nelson Downtown Local Market is a Wednesday market and is located in the 400 block of Baker Street. It starts June 14th and runs until September 27th. The Wednesday market is open from 9:30 am until 3 pm.

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All Aboard! 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 wel-

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Tram turns around by Lakeside Park. Photo: Alex Regiec come. 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. If you have a special event coming up, say a wedding, retirement or birthday party, you can reserve the streetcar for your guests to ride in style. The tramway runs every thirty minutes between 11 am and 4:30 pm seven days a week from May 19 to October 9. The Prestige Inn stop allows for wheelchairs to board the tram. Call the society at 250-352-7672, or visit www.

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What’s In The Car Barn? The Nelson Tramway Society has put Streetcar #23 back on track along the lakeshore in Nelson. Go for a ride, then take some time to check out the Tramway Society’s museum in the Car Barn, which is where Car 23 sleeps at night in Lakeside Park. Inside the car barn you will find lots of information about Nelson’s tramway system, you will learn how trams operate and see how the streetcars are maintained. Check out the restored Birney Car, a lightweight trolley car that was innovative in its day, back in the roaring ’20s. Also on display is an impressive array of local artifacts that were donated to the society by Nelson citizens from all walks of life. The museum is open daily noon to 3 pm, after May 19.

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Canadians DO know how to party! For a super celebration, come to Lakeside Park on Wednesday, July 1st, Canada Day. From 10:30 am until dark there will be music, refreshments and fun for young and old. This is Canada’s birthday, so cake will be served. There will be a sail-by of local vessels and bands will play from noon till late. The park will be filled with booths and displays. The grand finale is one of the best displays of fireworks in the West Kootenay.

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The Culture Tour In Canada, the watershed of the Columbia and Kootenay Rivers (the Columbia Basin) is a vast territory that straddles four large mountain ranges and many subranges. If you love art and history and relish a good road trip that will get you off the beaten path, the Columbia Basin Culture Tour is for you. This year the dates for the tour are August 12 & 13.

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The Columbia Basin Culture Tour allows you to explore artists’ studios, museums, art galleries and heritage sites during this free, self-guided event. Travel to studios and archives that aren’t normally open, see demonstrations, new exhibitions and collections, or meet people behind the scenes. To participate, simply grab a map and your Culture Tour Directory

and go! Brochures are available at tourist information centres and participating venues. Visit the website at to view full artist/venue profiles for further details on each location’s activities or register to receive a tour brochure in the mail. The Columbia Basin Culture Tour is generously supported by Columbia Basin Trust funding.

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Touchstones Nelson celebrates the culture and history of Nelson and area in its museum, archives and art gallery. Located in the heart of downtown Nelson in the former post office and City Hall, Touchstones is a stateof-the-art facility that houses several historical permanent exhibits and two contemporary art galleries. Permanent exhibitions include First Nations, European exploration, mining, transportation, settlers and industry.

Nelson’s premier arts festival is back for the 29th year, featuring 25 artists in 18 venues in downtown Nelson. Take a walking tour of the creative expression nurtured by the inspiration of the Kootenay region.

Touchstones’ galleries feature exhibitions by regional, national and international artists. It also hosts a range of outreach programs including artist talks, workshops, tours and openings. Gallery programming aims to promote professionalism and foster appreciation for the visual arts practice and to bring awareness of the museum’s wealth of archival and artifact material. Before your visit and for detailed information on exhibitions, programming and collections, visit their website

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ArtWalk enables area artists to have their work on display where just about everybody can see it – the entire downtown becomes an art gallery. During the opening Gala on Friday, June 23 from 6 to 9:30 pm, the businesses of ArtWalk will be open and bursting with outdoor art, live performances and other activities. ArtWalk is a great opportunity to buy original art, to discover Nelson’s shops and restaurants, and to meet the friendly people in downtown. Touchstone Nelson. Photo: K. Halleran Nelson’s Pick up an ArtWalk guide at the Visitor Centre in the Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce office at 91 Baker Street, or any gallery location. Inside you’ll find artist names, disciplines, galleries and a map of locations so you can set forth on a cultural stroll. Artwalk runs until September 10, 2017.

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Challenge what you think you know about yourself by trekking the magnificent mountains surrounding the City of Nelson.

Stop in at one of Nelsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sport or bike shops for current information. Gerickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on Baker Street specializes in making sure you get your biking fix while in and around Nelson. The knowledgeable staff can help you determine the best trails for your interest and ability. Some of the trails serve a double purpose, hiking and biking, so ask about the trail etiquette for these multi-purpose areas.

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. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll enjoy stunning views at the top â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the rewards of this great adventure. Pick up a copy of The West Kootenay Rock Guide book at the at the Visitor Centre in the Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce office at 91 Baker Street, for information on the more than 400 climbs in the Nelson area!

The Nelson Mountain Bike Guide describes 40 trails developed since 2009. All proceeds from the sale of the guide go directly towards funding the trail crewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s building and ongoing maintenance. Hiking is another great way to spend some time. Nelson is central to many types of hikes for all abilities. Check the book stores for Where Locals Hike in the West Kootenay or, again, ask for trail info at the Info Centre or sports stores around town. Another great guide is The Kootenays (Backroad Mapbook, Number 4). It will get you just about anywhere you need to go.

Mountain biking is a journey to Nirvana for the avid biker or for anybody, really, who is reasonably fit and has the desire to get away from the pavement. Showcased in many mountain bike films, Nelsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trails offer everything from gentle railway grades to steep, rooty technical tracks. For the hard core freeriders there is enough diversity to keep the adrenaline pumping. With the breathtaking back-

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Just about a twenty minute drive from Nelson along Highway 3A, is the beautiful Kokanee Creek Provincial Park. From a glacier high above, Kokanee Creek carves out a canyon down to the wide sandy beaches below, creating a spectacular natural delta on the West Arm of Kootenay Lake. The swift flowing Kokanee Creek is an important fish-bearing stream. The park has both man-made and natural spawning channels for Kokanee salmon – landlocked since the last glacial age – that spawn in large numbers in the late summer. In the low-lying areas closest to the beach are playgrounds, picnic areas and camping spots. Walking trails have been teased through the marshes and forests of fir, hemlock and pine so you can meander up from the beach to the Nature Centre.

Spend a little time at the nature centre (they have good coffee!) and find out about the programs that are sponsored and organized by the West Kootenay Eco-Society. The naturalists on staff create exciting programs to help you explore and understand the amazing variety of flora and fauna in the park. On Tuesdays, local scientists share their research in the Science in the Park series, while an aboriginal perspective on wildlife is brought to you every Thursday. For amazing wildlife photos and video cam footage, see the Kokanee Creek Nature Centre Facebook page. For more information about Nature Centre programming go to For camping info see View down the West Arm of Kootenay Lake, facing east. Kokanee Park is the delta in the foreground. Photo: John Davis

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Balfour In most rural communities, there is an ebb and flow of social and creative energy. It’s almost always volunteers who make things happen in places like Balfour and it takes a critical mass of people who are at the right stage of life (they have the time!) to get things started. External forces can also have a lot to do with why people come together, and so it was for Balfour when the provincial government proposed relocating the Kootenay Lake ferry landing. The ferry landing is, in lots of ways, the lifeblood of this small town. Many (but by no means all) of Balfour’s 60 small businesses are clustered within strolling distance of the dock. ‘Choose Balfour’ was the name of the campaign launched by the residents last year to keep the ferry traffic in Balfour. Thousands of people from all the outlying communities showed their support for the cause and the end result? The ferry landing is still in Balfour! To thank all their supporters Balfour is throwing a series of parties in 2017, Canada’s 150th year.

70th Jubilee Celebration This two day event (June 10, 11) is Balfour’s jubilant response to assurances that their future as the Western terminus of the Kootenay Lake Ferry is no longer in doubt. The celebration starts with a ceremony at the little park by the landing, followed by live music, and old fashioned events all afternoon. Party like it’s 1947! Time to find your fedora or your Sunday hat, to air out your double breasted suit or special dress with the wide shoulders and swingy skirt. Parties are always more fun when everyone is dressing up and you and the crowd will all look pretty swell. Later in the evening, down at the beach, there will be draws and prizes, and when it gets dark, a fireworks display. The next morning there will be a pancake breakfast outside of Holly’s Diner, with more music by the Princeton Community Band on Tour.

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May 6: Strawberry Shortcake Tea at the Balfour Hall and Seniors Complex. Enjoy tea and fresh strawberry shortcake. Artists and craft vendors are set up and there will be door prizes and a bake table. $5 entry fee, children $3 and toddlers free. July 1: Party at the soccer fields and Balfour Hall. September 2: Family Fishing Derby. Inquire at the Gill and Gift or call 250-229-2113.

Discover the Kootenays’ best kept secret – 18 holes of challenging golf arrayed over the spectacular benchland above Balfour. Designed by Les Furber, this prestigious 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. If you stay close by at the Kootenay Lakeview Resort you can spend your days on the course and come back to a massage or a soak in their large outdoor jacuzzi. The resort is also a favourite for weddings – book a floor or the entire hotel. Its grounds are lovely, the comfortable log built lounge has amazing views, and you and your guest are close to all the outdoor recreation the Balfour area has to offer.

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The Balfour and District Business and Historic Association, through the Heritage Committee, has completed the restoration of the original MV Anscomb wheelhouse. The MV Anscomb plied the waters of Kootenay Lake from 1946 until 2000. The wheelhouse can be seen at the Balfour ferry terminal rest area. For a great glimpse into the history of travel on Kootenay Lake, take a tour. There are also lots of items of local historical interest on display. Open Monday and Tuesday in July and August from 10 am – 2 pm, open longer hours on holidays.

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Come to the hamlet of Ainsworth Hot Springs for a treat for body and soul. Immerse yourself in the naturally warm, healing waters. The source of the springs that fill the pools at Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort lies in the mountains above, in the Cody Caves area. The water works its way down through porous calcareous rock, renewing the water naturally approximately six times a day. You can see the outflow of the springs as you drive (slowly!) by or walk on the highway just beneath the hotel. The steaming water cascades over the cliff through a tangle of English ivy and watercress on its way to the lake.

Total darkness. Underground cascades. Soda straws. Calcite and sedimentary rock formations. Stalactites, stalagmites. Draperies. Climbing ropes and ladders. Ancient abandoned fossils. Galleries. Huge granite boulders. Dog leg passage. 40 foot rappel. Fragile conservancy section. The squeeze. John’s Crawl. Recently discovered passageway. Cave extension. Spectacular soda straw passage…

Since time immemorial, the Ktunaxa people (pronounced K-too-nah-ha) have valued the springs as a place for healing. After battle, warriors would come to soak in the spirit waters (nupika wu’u), easing their heart and limbs back from injury and strain through to strength once again.

Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort Today, the site of the ancient hot springs is home to the Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort. In a pleasing circularity, the resort is now owned and operated by the Lower Kootenay First Nations Band. They are proud to bring their unique warmth to the hospitality you will experience when you stay at the resort. Staying at the hotel means you have exclusive use of the healing waters in the mornings before 10 am. Float in the steaming open-air pool, then wade into the horseshoeshaped cave, where the darkness, mineral deposits and the humidity all combine to offer an exhilarating experience. The Hot Springs restaurant, renamed the Ktunaxa Grill, has been re-vamped to be a welcoming lounge with a family friendly vibe. The resort’s regulars and Kootenay Lake locals give rave reviews about the new menu which features Chef Aaron Day’s interpretation of First Nations cuisine. His kitchen uses classic and innovative cooking techniques, using ingredients that are heal–––thy, nonGMO, hormone and antibiotic-free. Try the Bannock Bruschetta or the Maple Roasted Chicken Breast!

Sound like an adventure for you? From May to September there are tours suited to all ages from 5 years up, lasting from 2 to 7 hours including the forest hike from the parking lot to the cave entrance. All tours are by reservation only. For more information call 250-359-CAVE (2283) or visit

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Woodbury Resort & Marina, Kootenay Lake’s Destination Resort Fish for Rainbows from your front door. Explore the beautiful Selkirk Mountains from your back door.

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In 1897, the length of Woodbury Creek was the site of a mining boom. Prospectors staked and then worked their claims all along the creek for kilometres up into the mountains. And as with other communities, the boom didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Woodbury Ore Concentrator last, the mining declined and the prospectors eventually went elsewhere.

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Today, Woodbury is home to the thriving resort and marina, and the well known Jones Boys Boats, who offer boat and ATV sales and service. The resort, a natural playground, is open year round, and occupies a breathtaking location on the shore of Kootenay Lake. Woodbury has everything from boat rentals, and camping to a restaurant, convenience store with fishing tackle, WiFi, chalet rentals, a recreation hall and a swimming pool. When you arrive, head into JBâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pub & Restaurant and enjoy a meal. Linger over dinner and later chat with the locals in the fun and laid back atmosphere of the pub. Woodbury is also a gateway to Kokanee Glacier Park and the Silverspray Cabin. In summer, you would access the park by driving up Woodbury Creek Forestry Road for 13 km to the trailhead. After youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve parked your high clearance vehicle, you will gain almost 1,000 Sunset Lake Photo: Judy Hawes metres as you hike and scramble the 4-6 hour hike to either of two cabins. Get more info on this route into the park at Woodbury Resort. You can reserve the cabins through

Edible Garden Tour Do you like to peek over fences to see whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s growing in peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gardens? Wonder who lives up that road and what their gardens are like? The Kaslo Edible Garden Tour is your opportunity to visit gardens in Kaslo and south to Woodbury. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your chance to ask gardeners questions about soil, seeds, weeds, composting and all the myriad Garden partners... Photo: Dave Collier of issues gardeners face. Or perhaps you just want to see up close the beautiful flowers or the chickens or goats. Tickets and maps will be available on Front Street, so keep an eye out the week before the day (July 16) and come along for this popular, fun tour. BC Canada

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First called Kane’s Landing, this Kootenay lakeside settlement on the delta formed by the Kaslo River sprang up almost overnight back in the roaring 1890s. In those days of the western silver and gold rushes, the area was swarming with prospectors. Picture the BlueBelle Bistro on Front Street as it was then – the Silver Dollar Saloon – which was only one of 27 saloons in the new boom town of Kaslo.


Kaslo has been celebrating May Days in its own inimitable style for over a century. This year, May 20 – 22 marks Kaslo’s 125th May Days. 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 Photo: Dave Heagy as $250, and a unique “Prospectors’ Race.”

So it’s a bit Kaslo, once quieter on your world famous for its average week Bing cherries and night now, Gravenstein apples, but there are took 1st Place for its cherries still plenty at an international fruit exhiof good reason to stay bition in London in 1909 9 and a while in 1st Place for its apples att th the Kaslo. Take fruit exhibition in a look across Chicago, in 1912 the brilliant clear water of Kootenay Lake at the mountains opposite. The Purcells appear unmarked by roads and manmade structures. Rent a kayak at the Adventure Centre on Front Street, or a houseboat from the shipyards to really appreciate the drama of the lake and its enfolding mountains.

If you’re someone who enjoys driving, getting here – especially in a sports car or on a motorcycle – is an adventure. The curvy blacktop, the sudden vistas of glaciers or lake demand your attention and your skills. Kaslo is on the West Koot Route, which is getting more well-known all the time as a favourite driving route for bikers of all kinds. In Kaslo you can enjoy live music in the cafes virtually any week of the year. The number of music festivals is astonishing, considering the population. Backcountry hiking and biking is huge and the lake provides scope for all kinds of adventures and good fishing too. Come and visit, and make Kaslo the base camp for your adventures!

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May Days has events for all ages and tastes – theatre, musicians in the park, a slow-pitch tournament, a Show ‘n’ Shine, kids’ races, as well as food, craft and wellness booths. On Saturday and Sunday, join the crowds at the Logger Sports Grounds down by the beach. On Monday join the people lined up along Front Street and 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 Maypole dance, just as their parents and grandparents did when they were children themselves.

Logging is Tougher Than It Looks This is a show you don’t want to miss. Every Victoria Day long weekend lumber Jacks and Jills come to Kaslo’s Logger Sports Grounds from all over North America and even further. These athletes, whose skills are linked more closely to Canada as the land of legendary timber than any other sport, put on a show that always wows the crowds. The sport has a rich and colourful history originating in the logging camps in this country in the late 1800s. The individual events are fast-paced and range from tree climbing an 80 foot spar pole to chopping through a 12 inch standing chop block to precariously balancing on a springboard 10 feet in the air and log burling – one-on-one log rolling – which ends with competitors splashing into the chilly water of the burling pond. We’ll see you Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21. Admission is free!

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The signature race is the 41 km Ride. Competitors are in for some technical rooty paths, edgy flats with stunning views, testy climbs on shady forested single track, flowy riverside runs and endless vistas from the ridge tops. This course will challenge an experienced rider to do it quickly, but will be very satisfying for the rider who takes a little longer as well. The 41 will be longer next year, growing in length each year as trails are developed and connected. The long term goal is to offer an epic 100 km point-2-point all around Kaslo!

The middle race, the 20 km Ride or Run, is designed to appeal to athletes who are strong, but maybe have never done a race before. Spectacular scenery, some climbing and gliding, and a few technical sections will test your biking and running skills. The 8.5 km Ride or Run is designed for the beginner or â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;touristâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; racer of all ages, who is active but would prefer a lighter commitment. Expect some short climbs and easy downs, a few roots to bounce over and then towards the end, some lovely flowy and well bermed trails through the Family Pump Park. iDIDaRide-Run is, of course, named after the epic dog sled race in Alaska, the Iditarod. More about Kasloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new backcountry challenge and registration information at Are you a mountain biker? Get the skinny on Kasloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s backcountry trails and maps too at (search Kaslo).

Come down to the ship at the bottom of Front Street for a journey into the not-so-distant past that feels like a world away. The sternwheeler belongs to the era when only the steamships could have brought so many settlers and prospectors to this difficult landscape. Kootenay Lake was the only highway. Once on board, you will be immersed in the old days when ladiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; dresses swept around their ankles and men wore woolen suits and always a hat. You can tour her decks and her state rooms, including the elegant Ladies Salon, or go down below and look at all the cargo in the hold and the great coal fired engine in her belly. The sternwheeler is open daily after Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day. She is also home to the Kaslo Visitors Centre. For more information see




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These events have evolved from the old Kaslo SufferFest into the new iDIDaRide-Run hosted by the Kaslo Mountain Bike Club (a division of KORs Kaslo Outdoor Recreation Society). The organizers are excited to welcome old and new riders and runners to town. Kaslo is well known for its organizing capabilities and this crew of backcountry enthusiasts have planned several challenging and fun point-2-point races for you to choose from.

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Jazz is in the name, but in the last 25 years and counting, the scope of the music at the Kaslo Jazz Etc. Festival has broadened. All kinds of genres spill over the crowds in the amphitheatre-like festival site at Kaslo Bay. Jazz, blues, world beat, and yet-to-be classified beats get blown over the lake, into Kaslo’s downtown and, finally, the summer vibe gets reinvigorated at all the pop-up campsites and on the beaches.

The Langham Cultural Centre is the hub of cultural, arts and heritage in Kaslo. Inside is an 80 seat theatre, 2 galleries, a multi-use room for classes and workshops, 14 studios and the Japanese Canadian Museum.

As festival organizer Paul Heinrichs points out “There’s not much traditional jazz in the lineup. But what it really comes down to is – what’s jazz? You could talk for hours about that.” Festival goers will discover a diversity of musical genres, a natural laid-back environment that’s very family friendly, quality sound, and truly exceptional talent. Mountains rising over 10,000 feet from the lake are the backdrop for the performers. The audience can watch and listen while reclining on the sunny, sandy beach, in the shade of the trees, or even while swimming or boating in the water around the stage. Who’s on the ticket? Saskatoon’s rock ‘n’ rollers the Sheepdogs (“Pure, simple, good-time music,”), Fred Penner, lately a surprise hit on the university/college circuit (you’re never too old for Fred Penner!) is coming, and you have to go see the world famous Preservation Hall Jazz Band from New Orleans. The floating stage will be bouncing! Find out about all the different acts, the workshops and more at

The clapboard sided, cedar shake-roofed building on A Avenue and Fifth Street was originally built in 1896 as a hotel. It was so busy in town back then that each bed was rented out to three miners, who slept in shifts. It later became a bank, a bottling company for ginger beer and sodas, and a boatworks. 75 years ago, in the late winter of 1942, the Langham became the home for eighty men, women and children who did not arrive by choice. It was World War II and the BC government, with an Order In Council, initiated a scheme whereby Canadians of Japanese descent were exiled to the interior of the province. With only one bag of possessions each to remind them of their former life on the coast, thousands were forced to live in tent camps and in the old buildings that had been abandoned after the mining boom went bust. In 1942, Kaslo’s heyday was a distant memory. This influx of new residents made a big impression and animated the half empty town. 75 years later, in 2017 a series of events throughout the summer will commemorate this tumultuous period of our history. For details and a schedule of events, visit The Langham art galleries are open Thursday to Sunday 1 to 4 pm; the Japanese Canadian Museum Sunday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm and Saturdays when the door is open.

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Halcyon Hot Springs Located in the pristine mountains bordering Upper Arrow Lakes, the hot springs has a colourful history full of hope, healing aspirations and relaxation.First utilized by native peoples, it was fought over, made peace over, then built up from humble beginnings to grandeur.


Enjoy outstanding views from the terraced mineral pools (hot, warm or cold) and in season, a warm, mineral-rich swimming pool. The Halcyon Hot Springs water is historically known to soothe body, mind and soul and to offer relief from pain. The Spa at Halcyon offers complete spa service. Halcyon accommodation is comfortable in chalets, cottages and cabins. For the mobile guest there is a smaller full service RV park. The spectacular Kingfisher Restaurant & Lounge with outdoor scenic patio allows for a casual meal as well as fine dining. Halcyon caters especially to corporate retreats, banquets and weddings. Many couples have exchanged vows in the historical and romantic chapel. Kayaks, canoes and paddleboats can be rented to explore the shorelines and for fishing. Pull in at niches and rock bluffs along the shores to enjoy the views and take some amazing pictures. There are alson many trails around Halcyon. Visit for hours and rates. Ferry leaving Galena Bay on Arrow Lake, a little north of Halcyon. Photo K Halleran

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Incorporated in 1892, Nakuspâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strategic location led to it becoming part of the fur trade route as well as the jumping off point for some of the early silver, lead and zinc mining in the Slocan Valley. Since there were no roads or railways between the Kootenay mining areas and Vancouver, goods had to be shipped via waterways from Nakusp, all the way up the Arrow Lakes to Revelstoke where the main CPR line was located. Go to the Visitor Centre for all the info you need to set up your day. Be sure to reserve some of time for the museum next door. Of special interest is the brand new 3650 sq ft addition to the museum that is dedicated to telling the Sinixt story, from the last Ice Age to the present day. There is a lot to see and take in, including a diorama and a tule tipi made of woven bulrush reeds.

sites and open grassy meadows. You can always find a quiet spot for yourself, try some beachcombing or join in the fun at the main swimming area. Heading southeast towards New Denver, you reach Summit Lake. Take a day or a couple of weeks to enjoy Three Islands Resort or Summit Lake Provincial Park. The resort offers pull-thru and tenting sites. Enjoy beautiful mountain and lake views, friendly staff, and a variety of great amenities. Reservations by phone only. The provincial park visitors can enjoy canoeing, fishing for rainbow and cutthroat trout or swimming in the lakeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clear, refreshing mountain water. There is a boat launch, covered picnic shelters, day use area and campsites/tent pads. A As you continue towards New Denver, you will come to the hamlet of Rosebery. Rosebery used to be the northern mooring of the Slocan Lake railway barge. Now it is easily recognizable by the log yard at the top of Slocan Lake. It is the location of one of the nicest camping spots in the area, Rosebery Provincial Park. This densely treed park offers 36 spacious campsites alongside the rushing Wilson Creek.

Cool Camping Nakusp has some great camping areas. The Nakusp Municipal Campground is located in the heart of the village, close walking distance to the public beach, playgrounds, ball fields, shopping and restaurants. Sites are treed, some are powered and there are showers, water fill-ups and a sani-dump on site (and huckleberries if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re there at the right time) McDonald Creek Provincial Park is located 12 kms south of Nakusp on Hwy 6, heading towards Burton. It has recently been updated with new water faucets, a shower building, sani-dump and newer toilets. McDonald Creek features several kilometres of fine sandy beach, waterfront

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One of the first things you should do after arriving in Nakusp is to take a stroll along the path that follows the shoreline of upper Arrow Lake. The lovely 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 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; those factors are just the beginning of why residents of Nakusp love their town. But thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lots more, and this year is a special year, because this year, Nakusp is celebrating its 125th anniversary.


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In 2017, the storied Kootenay Sufferfest is a series of biking and running challenges.

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 newly built Kuskananx foot bridge.

The Marin Wildside Enduro takes place in Nakusp April 29, 30 and is the first course in the Sufferfest smorgasbord. May 6-7 is the salad course – road bike racing on some of the West Kootenay’s most beautiful roadways, like the scenic mountain highway between Nakusp and Trout Lake. There will be several distances from which you can choose, and in celebration of Nakusp’s 125th anniversary, a challenging 125 km turnaround route that includes lake views and roadside waterfalls. In late May the conditions are right for the long distance outback runner. If that suits your appetite, you’ll want to register for the half marathon, but don’t think of it as Boston Marathon Lite. It may be only half the length but consider what the Kootenays have that an eastern seaboard city does not: moss, bogs, stones and forests, but most of all hills, mountains, ie: LOTS of ups and downs.

On the far side of the bridge you can view a spectacular waterfall, check out the source of the resort’s mineral water, view the cathedral cedars in the area, swim in an alpine lake or walk along the 8.5 kilometres of cross country trails one of which will lead you down into the village. Maps can be picked up at the Nakusp Hot Springs lobby or at the visitor centre on 6th Avenue NW, downtown Nakusp. After your day of hiking, come for a relaxing soak or stay in the campground or cedar chalets for more days of exploring the area.

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Other races on the menu this summer include the Burton Amazing Race & Relay, June 24, and leading up to the main course and happening on Canada Day, July 1st, a 48 hour ultra run for teams or individuals called The Last One Standing. On July 23, Kootenay Sufferfest serves up their epic race, the Idaho Peak Ultra Trail Marathon. Find out more and to register: Kootenay Sufferfest on Facebook or their website

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Idaho Peak This is a beautiful place to view alpine flowers during July and August. The road begins in Sandon and climbs past sights of lakes, valleys and old mine sites. The alpine meadow lies at the 12 km mark, and that is where you can park. The elevation of Idaho Peak is 7479 feet or 2278 metres. Photo: Lucas Jmieff

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Prospectors arrived in New Denver in 1892 and cobbled together the beginnings of a town on the shore of Slocan Lake. 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 name that eventually stuck was another promotional effort, this time attempting to borrow the allure of Denver, Colorado.

Silverton has been celebrating Canada almost as long as BC has been a Canadian province. This year the party is going to be huge! There is something for everyone to enjoy, starting with a pancake breakfast at the Memorial Hall, followed by a parade down main street led again this year by the RCMP and a Kiltie Bagpipe Band. Children ride their decorated bikes and all the flags of Canada will be on display, carried by local school Mineral extraction (silver plus a lot of students and other special guests. minerals primarily used in industry) was New Denver Visitor Centre, 6th Ave Bocce teams will be vying for cash the mainstay of New Denver’s economy for prizes in the tournament and chilmany years, but by 1929, the mining activity began to dedren are invited to take part in a variety of fun games, cline. For some memorable stories and artifacts, check out including a treasure hunt. Bavarian gardens, show and the Silvery Slocan Museum in the Old Bank of Montreal shine, dog show, antique equipment and blacksmith disbuilding at the bottom of Main Street. It’s also the Visitor play will entertain the young and young at heart, culminCentre so it’s a great first stop before you begin your exating in the best fireworks show in the valley! ploration of New Denver and area.

May Days In New Denver New Denver May Days is a fun three day celebration with a more than a 100 year history that occurs annually on the Victoria Day weekend. This year May 20 – 22 is the time when people from far and wide converge on the sleepy village to enjoy all the activities that are happening. The big day with the parade and vendors and games all day in the park is Monday. Don’t miss it!

Nikkei Memorial Centre During World War II, over 22,000 Japanese-Canadians were forcibly resettled from the West Coast into camps in the interior of BC; 4000 of these were resettled in New Denver. The Nikkei Centre on Josephine Street tells their story. The centre consists of five buildings, three of which are the original huts built in 1942. Inside you will see the furnishings used in daily life. At times two families occupied one hut, one family on either side of a common kitchen. Toilet facilities, rows of outhouses, are also preserved. Exhibits in the large central hall display the equipment, tents, desks and other luggage used by the Nikkei – all they had been allowed to keep or could build. The centre is opens May 1


Annual Canada Day Parade in Silverton

Silverton Silverton “the Beautiful” was first settled in 1892 by miners working the south face of Idaho Mountain, extracting the rich deposits of lead and silver. By the late 1890s the town had six hotels, three general stores, a newspaper, a school and telephone connections to the mines in New Denver and Sandon. Silverton feels a bit smaller than that now, and in fact it is the second smallest municipality in BC. In 2011 there 195 residents, and in a remarkable instance of Steady Eddy, when the census rolled around again in 2016 there were still 195 people. But apparently not exactly the same ones. It seems that if you’re going to move away from this beautiful village, it’s incumbent on you to find your replacement first. At least, that’s the scuttlebutt. BC Canada

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Fresh meat cut daily instore • Deli • Lots of local products • Fresh produce • Weekly flyer • and more Corner of Hwy 31A & Hwy 6 New Denver 250-358-2270

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to celebrate OVER $7,000 IN FIRE ! WORKS Pancake Breakfast Parade 11 am Antique Machine Displays Rock Drilling Blacksmithing Children’s Games Chainsaw Wood Carving


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Hambly Cup Bocce Tournament Canada Day Cake Flea Market Massive Fireworks 10 pm Dog Show Prizes and Much More! Live Music Come visit our Kootenay Kiltie Pipe Band galleries and parks Food & Refreshments For Information contact Youth Awards Vern Hartman 250-358-7283 or Gary Willman 250-358-2129

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Mountains, lakes, the serene beauty of the Slocan River, winding roads and the friendly villages all combine to make the Slocan Valley an inspiring place to visit. The Slocan River was used as a transportation route by native people, miners and loggers. To this day you can still find stretches that feel just as it once did when the paddle was the most common engine â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a wild, unspoiled ecosystem. The water is crystal clear and by early summer becomes warm enough for pleasant swimming in its many deep pools. Rafting and tubing are favoured sports on the river. The first section of the river is a gentle float area; in the last few kilometres the pace of the river increases as you progress to the rapids. There, you will enjoy some really great class II and III whitewater. From mild to wild, a rafting advenYou will find that the beauty and ture or tube float is peace of the Slocan Valley inspires a great family fun! need to connect your soul to nature... any way you can.

and unusually wind sheltered, is an old rail line along the length of the river that has been converted to a walking trail. Scenic in all seasons, the well loved Slocan Valley trail is used year round. Other popular recreation areas in the valley include the Winlaw Nature Park and the Walter Clough Wildlife Area. The Slocan Valley is home to one of the few remaining great undisturbed and relatively undiscovered natural areas of the world, Valhalla Provincial Park. This park is perched above the valley in the Selkirk Mountains. Offering 49,600 hectares of dramatic granite peaks, river valleys, and sub-alpine lakes, it is the playground of hikers, bikers and back country enthusiasts and a well-spring for those seeking solitude and inspiration. Slocan Lake forms the eastern boundary of the park. This deep, clear lake has great fishing. Access is by trail north of the lake, by boat across the lake, or by road south of the lake from Slocan or Passmore.

The Regional District Park at Winlaw

Rich in wildlife

Clean, comfortable, fully equipped cottages with kitchens & baths. Spacious campsites in forested setting with hot showers and partial hookups. Recreation area, spa, WiFi, small beach.

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5370 Cedar Creek Road, Winlaw

The park features nature trails and boardwalks weaving through forest and marshes. Picnic and beach areas include a ďŹ re pit, picnic tables, benches, an outhouse/change room building, and a covered gazebo. (No overnight camping)


Located on the banks of the beautiful Slocan River 1 km north of Winlaw Bridge on Slocan River Road.

Something for every taste! Fantastic food, friends and fiesta! Live entertainment Open 7 Days a Week

Downtown Winlaw 250-226-7070 BC Canada

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Harold Street Café

717 Harold St., Slocan (centre of town)

Open 7 days a week • 250-355-2663

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704 Arlington Rd, Slocan BC 250-355-2245 Gas Diesel Auto & Bottle Propane Convenience Store ATM Fishing Licences/Bait/Tackle

910 Slocan St PO Box 270 Office unit 2 1-250-355-0067

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Springer Creek RV Park & Campground • Info Booth • Full Hookups • Showers • 5 min from Beach & Boat Launch • Hiking & Biking Trails

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Post & beam European style lodge, cabins, & campground nestled between Kokanee & 9DOKDOODSURYLQFLDOSDUNV&DVXDOÀQHGLQLQJRSHQ to guests year-round. Call for reservations

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WE OPERATE: Daycare Centre, Networks for New Parents, Learning Centre, Youth Centre, Summer Day Camp, Food Bank, Community Garden and Seniors Luncheon. WE ADMINISTER: Art Therapy, Strong Start, After School Sport Initiative and Slocan Valley Early childhood Council. WE PROVIDE: Mental Health and Addiction Counselling, KCDS employment services and resources, and Access to Resources and Service referrals.

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Slocan Village Market Groceries, Organic Produce and Natural Food • In-Store Bakery & Deli • Fresh Cut Meats • Agency Liquor & Lotto • Hunting & Fishing Licences and more... Open Daily 9 am - 8 pm Check out our bi-weekly flyer online at 519 Harold St, Slocan BC


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Welcome to the best kept secret in the Kootenays – Slocan – a picturesque lakeshore village that lies at the south end of pristine Slocan Lake. Guarded by the Valhallas in the Selkirk Mountain range, our friendly and safe community is a wonderful place to visit or live. We enjoy four distinct seasons with very different activities available during each one (see our list below.) We are a very diverse population, ranging from young families to retirees. Here there is something for everyone regardless of age, from sitting on the beach reading a book to rock climbing along the shores of the lake. No cell phone service in most of our valley, however free WIFI is available in Slocan. We have a pay phone on Harold Street!

Places to Eat Fulla Beans .................................................. 250-355-2889 Espresso bar & snacks Harold Street Café ...................................... 250-355-2663 Open 7 days a week Lemon Creek Lodge & Campground ........ 1-877-970-8090 Casual fine dining 250-355-2403

Places to Stay Gatesway Vacation Rental ......................... 250-355-2672 Nightly/weekly Lemon Creek Lodge & Campground ......... 1-877-970-8090 Lodge, cabins, campground 250-355-2403 Springer Creek RV Park & Campground ... 1-866-355-2023 Full / partial hook-ups / tent sites 250-355-2266 Valhalla Shores Rentals .............................. 250-355-0067 912 Slocan Street

Recreation Ice Creek Lodge ............................................ Kootenay Hiking Club .................................. Slocan Valley Rail Trail .................................

Community Services Slocan Fitness Centre .................................. 250-355-2355 Well equipped gym Slocan Library ............................................... 250-355-2355 Ongoing book sale, free WiFi Slocan Valley Legion 250-355-2672 502 Harold Street, Sunday afternoon jams The Legion welcomes members & guests

Things to see and do: • Hike the Valhallas or the Heritage Rail Trail • Boat Launch • Canoe/Kayak/Sail • Swim (public beach/picnic area) • Distillery Tours • Water Ski • Scuba Dive (WKS Slocan City Park.mpg) • Camp/Fish • Aboriginal Pictographs • Rock Climb • Summer Kids Day Camp (250-355-2484) • World Class Skateboard Park • Tennis/Basketball • Golf • Springer Creek Falls • Snowmobiling/Sledding/Skating • Snowshoe/X-Country Skiing

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Valhalla Children’s Centre ........................... 250-355-2222 WEG Community Service Society ............... 250-355-2484 WEG Learning Centre .................................. 250-355-2840 WEG Youth Centre ........................................ 250-355-2484

Licensed daycare ages 2 - 6 Services, projects, programs for all ages Computers, internet, free WiFi 1001 Harold Street

Churches St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church ............... 250-355-0021 St Mary’s Catholic Church ........................... 250-355-2487

Businesses 2nd Generation ............................................ 250-355-2662 Collectibles & gently used items CT Automotive .............................................. 250-355-2351 Mountain Valley Station .............................. 250-355-2245 Gas station/convenience store/ATM Slocan Towing .............................................. 250-226-7084, cell 250-551-7369 Slocan Village Market.................................. 250-355-2211

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Have you noticed the West Koot Route signs on the highway? The route brings you to a handful of lakeside towns and through deep mountain passes and river valleys. Roughly, it’s a circle that connects the towns and villages along Kootenay Lake, Slocan Lake and Upper Arrow Lake.

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The area covered by the route boasts a bounty of low-trafficked attractions, including ‘wild’ and resort-style hot springs, several riverside rail trails for walking, biking, and birding, as well as restored ghost towns and fascinating museums. The West Koot route was established in 2014 by the Nakusp, Slocan Valley and Kaslo chambers of commerce. Connect the dots on your map and connect with nature as you travel these meandering highways and byways – the West Koot Route is a great way to add some form to your wandering. To download a guide for the route to restore and re-charge, go to

Slocan City Unity Music Festival

With two stages, a kids’ zone, workshops, live art, good food, and dancing on the sandy beach, Unity is not to be missed! The success of this community project is owed to member groups and individuals getting involved. Volunteer and vendor applications, (as well as all event details) are online at

Unity Music Festival is a sweet family festival on the beautiful beach of Slocan City. Held this year from July 14-16, Unity features world and dance music, an eclectic mix of dance, world, folk, electronic, hip hop, reggae, afrobeat music. Performers come from far afield but many are local, in the spirit of supporting talented neighbours. “This area is a hotbed of performing arts. Offering showcase opportunities along with headliners is key to the heart of this project,” say organizers.


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You will find this serene 22.7 acre parkland just north of the Winlaw Bridge on the west shore of the Slocan River. The area was once old growth forest made up of cedar, cottonwood, spruce and hemlock. The original forest was logged, and the site burned in the early 1900s. While naturally caused forest fires are a normal part of eco-system rebuilding and continuity, during the mineral rushes, it was not uncommon for prospectors to set fires to swathes of forestlands so as to reveal the underlying rock formations. You can still see large blackened stumps throughout the park’s forest. Before the 1970s the land was used for cattle grazing, and in 1971 the area was designated as a park.

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.

Community volunteers have worked hard to maintain it ever since. The beach area includes washrooms, change rooms and a covered gazebo. Two newly-replaced boardwalks over wetland areas are a key part of the trail system, as is the quiet service lane which provides maintenance access. The rest of the park is forest and wetlands with trails meandering along the river and into the forest.

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Winlaw Regional and Nature Park is used every day of the year. This is where the locals go to enjoy the woods and river, to see wildlife, to walk dogs, to count the birds, to

Valley View Golf Club

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 the clubhouse.

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• Competitively priced fertilizers, soils & manures • Uniquely selected trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals and baskets • Beautiful selection of pottery, statuary & fountains • Petcurian pet foods, treats, toys & leashes • Amazing garden giftware! At the Junction, halfway between Nelson & Castlegar to the left of the Credit Union

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WK Dining Guide AINSWORTH/WOODBURY Betty O’s Kitchen

a converted school Operating May to October from the Highway and right e abov just t Stree n Sutto on bus t. Betty O’s serves next to Ainsworth Hot Springs Resor made breakfast, lunch home , fresh ous, delici e, simpl up i sandwiches, tacos and dinner offerings – soups, panin smoothies, and Oso s, shake , cream ice as well as … family and enjoy your Negro espresso coffee. Bring the or picnic tables. Super outdo the of one at g sittin meal O’s Facebook page for friendly service. Check out Betty hours. See page 51

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Creston winery is For 2017, the tasting room at the Sundays starting and days Satur pm 5 to open from 11 am it is open 7 17th mber Septe to 12th May April 1st. From a picnic and Bring pm. 5 to am 11 from days per week by the vineyard. Tours sit out and have a glass of wine phone or email ahead are provided as time permits or the best rosés in BC for a reservation. Come try one of .bailliegrohman. www 68. 28-87 250-4 e on the deck. Phon 20. com. See page

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made with the finTraditional hand stretched pizza alties, pastas, seaest ingredients. Classic Italian speci s, plus cappuccino, sonal organic salads, gluten-free pizza Enjoy a beverage on espresso and specialty coffees too! ted, seasonal hours. our new licensed patio. Owner opera e call 250-353-2282 or For current hours and events, pleas com. 417 Front Street. go to their website buddyspizzeria. See ad page 57.

Truscott Farms

JB’s Restaurant and Pub Where visitors become locals!

our world famous Bring your friends and family for rs, AAA steak and fish and chips, flame broiled burge . Please call ahead piled high nachos all at a good value km north of Ainsworth for seasonal hours. Located just 4 16 or 250-353-7717. Hot Springs on Hwy 31, 250-353-77 See ad page 52.

Ktunaxa Grill Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort

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EAST SHORE Bayshore on the Lake

cuisine. Located Fresh, local indigenous-inspired year round from open on, Nels of north tes 45 minu ons recommended. 7:30 am to 9:30 pm. Reservati 71. See page 50. 8-11 0-66 1-80 250-229-4212 or


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B’s Eatery & Public House Chances Castlegar

ces Castlegar, is one B’s Public House, located in Chan and dine. They offer of Castlegar’s newest places to wine e with the biggest a full service restaurant and loung your favourite games. screen in the Kootenays to watch the full menu, rangEnjoy the pub style atmosphere and dinners. B’s Public ing from unbeatable wings to steak facility and nothing House also offers a full banquet by their Chef and his beats a prime rib buffet prepared starting at 11 am, and team. B’s is open 7 days a week Centre next to the is located in Chances Community soon! See page 10. Castlegar Airport. Hope to see you

Wandering Greek Oven Not all those who wander are lost…

urant is an indepenThe Wandering Greek Oven Resta y-style restaurant that dently owned and operated famil cuisine. The food is serves authentic and flavourful Greek rs have discovowne new the that es inspired from cuisin of which are all , globe the s acros ering ered while wand ek chef, and served cooked with love by the owner/Gre They take great care by an attentive and friendly staff. selections with fresh to produce consistently delicious made recipes. ingredients and award-winning home and lunch menus! Come try out the new dinner, pizza and pickup options. Serving Castlegar with delivery 11:30 am – 8:30 pm. Open Tuesday through Saturday 65-2311. See page 8 400 Columbia Ave, Castlegar, 250-3

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is located on a The Castlegar Golf Course Clubhouse rt. It is situated on a plateau behind the Castlegar airpo overlooks the golf hidden piece of paradise. The deck daily lunch and dinner course and mountains. There are alike are welcome. specials, and golfers and non-golfers the Clubhouse – you So come on up and check out available. Open 7 days won’t be disappointed. Catering dinner. 250-365-2439. a week for breakfast, lunch and See page. 8




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lake and mountain At the Kaslo Golf Course. Amazing framed clubhouse resviews await you from the timber and summer drinks on taurant. Join friends for great food g the golfing season 7 the sun drenched patio. Open durin als. 250-353-2262. days a week.. Call for our lunch speci See ad page 53.

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Bob’s Bar & Grill

el, Bob’s Bar & Located in the quaint village of Riond pub, featuring style ood bourh neigh ly friend Grill is your by local music ly week and rk artwo local displays of d food cooke home ous fabul staff, g omin musicians. Welc on the game the watch pool, Play als. and daily speci patio. The comfortable big screen or have a seat on the it the perfect place make locals ly friend and atmosphere fun! have and rse to relax, conve to 10 pm at 319 Summer Hours: Open daily 11 am See page 24. Fowler St, Riondel 250 225-3511.

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, the Treehouse Located on Front Street in Kaslo for their Eggs Benedict, Restaurant is known far and wide as well as their daily omelettes and breakfast bowls, menu includes great morning specials. The extensive en, nachos, burritos, vegetarian fare, plus burgers, chick All with generous porsteaks, wraps and so much more! from a large selection tions and priced to please. Choose e family. Open daily of homemade desserts. Treat the whol Front Street. 250-353at 6:30 am, fully licensed. 419 2955. See ad page 56.

Kokanee Springs Resort Woods Pumphouse Grill

mporary, original Woods Pumphouse Grill serves conte ever. Offering than ive creat more e becom has dishes, and homemade letely comp from es choic of a wide range ative entrées innov and s, salad s, dishe pasta burgers to ry choices. They also with vegetarian, seafood and poult e for your special cuisin and g settin the de host and provi -building, family team rs, dinne rate corpo ing events, includ out the daily check to sure Be ings. wedd and gatherings added feature an As deck. the on BBQs l casua specials or live entertainment on you can dance the night away with ns 250-227-2006. vatio Reser Bay. ford Craw s. select night See page 22.


NAKUSP Halcyon Hot Springs Resort Kingfisher Restaurant

gs Village and Spa. Enjoy dining at Halcyon Hot Sprin you to the Kingfisher The talented culinary team welcome r, overlooking the Restaurant. The setting is spectacula is known for its lakes and mountains. The Kingfisher list featuring wine a e, servic great and excellent food a wonderful selection local and international wines, and relax in the fireside of beverages. Dress up or down and Lake summer on Arrow tiful beau the lounge, or enjoy the patio. your group. Open Reserve the private dining room for 60. daily. 1-888-689-4699. See page

K2 Rotor Lodge

Nakusp, at 515 Centrally located in downtown thing for everyone. The Broadway, the Lodge offers some its hearty pub fare. Arrow Lake Tavern is renowned for ies, serving everything The dining room is perfect for famil soup to a full menu from a quick bowl of homemade als in the evenings. offering fine dining and nightly speci Friday 6 am to 9 pm Restaurant open daily Monday to 9 pm. Pub open daily and Saturday and Sunday 7 am to 18. See page 62 . 11 am to 12 am. Phone 250-265-36

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All Seasons Café Fresh contemporary cuisine is paire d with a remarkable wine list. Small, intimate, cosm opolitan, funky – a microcosm of Nelson itself. “Sitting out on the magical patio here, with the little lights twinkling in the big trees above, you may not even care about the food, but you should. This is one of BC’s best restaurants...” Lonely Plane t Guide. Downtown but tricky to find. Locat ed in the alley behind the 600 block of Baker Stree t. (Go uphill 1/2 block on Josephine Street or Hall Stree t.) Busy, so reservations are a good idea. Open every night. 620 Herridge Lane, Nelson 250-352-0101. See page 34.

Baker Street Grill Located in the Best Western Bake r Street Inn & Convention Centre. Enjoy family dining at its best for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Baker Street Grill features signature rotisserie chick en and ribs as well as fire grilled steaks, monthly seafo od specials and a top notch Sunday Brunch Buffet. Full senior and kids’ menus are available.

Welcome to Empire Coffee, Nelso n’s only third wave coffee house serving Direc t Trade coffee from Stumptown Coffee Roasters and pourover organic teas. Fresh baking and sandwiches are made in house daily. Come enjoy the unique solarium seatin g in the sun and warmth with friends. Located next to The Adventure Hotel, 616 Vernon St, Nelson. Open 6 am weekdays, and 7 am on weekends and holid ays. 250-352-7211. See page 42.

Falls Music Lounge, Savoy Hotel

Looking for a dash of sophisticat ion with a twist of good taste? Some spectacula rly delicious food and drink to wash it all down? Find it all at the Falls Music Lounge, Nelson’s newest dining experience. Choose one of our hearth baked pizzas, or sustainably sourced meats cooked on our Josper Charcoal Grill. Cocktails are creative, the BC wine list deep, and there’s live music every night. 198 Baker St, Nelson. 778-463-0700. See page 27 & 35.

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BiBO Locally Sourced, Foreign Inspired, Domestic Cooking

Open 5 to late nightly. 518 Hall Street, Nelson. 250-352-2744. Find BiBO Nelson on facebook and instagram for upcoming events and features. www. See page 32.

Café Momento Baker Street’s late night sour ce of specialty coffees, fabulous soups and savo uries and decadent desserts. Featuring REAL hot chocolate, wheat and gluten-free options, as well as vegetarian and vegan options. Ther e is something for everyone at Cafe Momento ! Hours: 9 am-10 pm Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sat, Sun. 9 am-Midnight Fri. Closed Mon. 535 Baker St, Nels on. For more info, like us on Facebook. See page 40.

Cantina del Centro Cantina del Centro captures the essen ce and flavours of Latin American cuisine. With a focus on Mexican food, they also showcase delicious dishes from across South America’s varied culinary landscape, including tacos, tortas, ceviches, soups, mark et fresh salads, desserts and a large gluten-free selection. Cantina staff work hard to produce every thing in-house from scratch, utilizing local and in-season items. Explore the extensive tequila and mezcal list with over 60 varieties, as well as the craft cocktail menu…un deniably the best in town. Open for lunch, dinner, late night and their famous weekend brunch. Join them on the hottest patio in town for a cold cerveza, a signa ture margarita and an unforgettable experience. Follow Cantina Del Centro on the web at , and like them on Facebook/cantinadelcentro. 561 Bake r St, Nelson 250352-3737. See page 37.

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Farm Fresh Cafe Savoy Hotel Featuring locally sourced, susta inable to-go foods, at Farm Fresh Café build your own plate or choose from the chef’s men u with soups, salads, wraps, bowls, smoothies , and more. The ideal place to grab a quick, heal thy bite before heading out for an all-day adve nture. Open for breakfast and lunch only. 198 Baker St, Nelson. 778-463-0700. See page 27 & 35.

19th Hole Restaurant at Granite Pointe Golf Course Focused on local food made in house by their award winning culinary team. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner, the friendly team at Gran ite Pointe will always be there to exceed your every expec tation. They also offer banquet facilities for wedd ings or any other occasion with picturesque views of Kootenay Lake and Kokanee Glacier. The 19th Hole at Granite Point e, is located just minutes from downtown Nelson. Whet her you play golf or not, it’s worth a visit! 250-352-59 13 See page 29.

Hume Hotel

BiBO serves globally inspired bistro fare and inspired comfort food. Menus evolv e and are created using the finest local, in-sea son or organic ingredients. BiBO has a carefully selected organic, biodynamic or natural wine list, signature cocktails and craft beer. Enjoy the experience within historic brick walls or out on the beautiful new patio. Centrally located on the upper end of the new Hall Street Plaza looking out at the lake and moun tains.

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The nostalgic Hume Hotel features four venues for your dining pleasure – The Gene ral Store Restaurant, Mike’s Place Pub, The Library Loun ge and Spiritbar. The General Store Restaurant offers full food and beverage service for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The General Store Sunday Brunch, serve d from 11 am to 2 pm, is a favourite amongst locals and visitors. Friday, Saturday and Sunday after 5 pm come for the famous Hume Hotel Weekend Prime Rib. Please call for hours. All major credi t cards accepted. Located on the corner of Ward and Vernon Streets, Nelson. Phone 250-352-5331. See page 36.

Itza Ristorante & Pizzeria Indulge in the flavours of Itza’s fresh handmade pastas or savour the taste of their national and international award winning pizzas. Explo re Itza’s unique and contemporary culinary offerings. Itza is happy to satisfy your palate with a select list of Italian wines and BC VQA plus 6 taps of BC craft beers. Or how about a refreshing classic martini? All hungry people are welcome to enjoy the relaxed ambience, or grab it and go. Summ er outdoor patio dining. Lunch: Tuesday to Saturday 11:30 am to 2:30 pm. Dinner Tuesday to Saturday 4:30 pm till late, Sunday 4:30 to 8:30 pm. Down town Nelson at 413 Hall St. Reservations recommend ed. 250-352-3573. See page 44.

Jackson’s Hole & Grill Located in one of Nelson’s landmark heritage buildings, you will find a warm, inviti ng lounge and a casual, family friendly dining room. During the summer months enjoy a cold drink and a delicious meal on one of Nelson’s best patio s. Jackskon’s Hole offers everything from chicken wing s and salads to homemade veggie burgers and prime rib...there is something for everyone. Jackson’s Hole & Grill is one of Nelson’s favourites. Come check it out today. 524 Vernon Street, Nelson. Phon e 250-354-1919. You can find/u se/Like us on Facebook. See page 47 .

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Mama Sita’s Café

Rel-ish Bistro

d. A must-visit Friendly. Healthy. Community owne The Kootenay Co-op destination for all hungry appetites. salad bar featuring offers an in-house hot buffet and s. From housemade organic and True Local ingredient made-to -order sandsoups to artisanal flatbreads, from hot savoury items, the wiches to grab-and-go salads or and healthy options Co-op offers undeniably delicious for the community. Good you. for Good for every meal! 77. www.kootenay. 777 Baker St, Nelson. 250-354-40 coop. See page 34.

his staff offer their At Rel-ish, Chef Trevor Ditzel and flavours and tried-andpatrons a divine mix of nouveau is the place where true favourites from your past. This love of cooking from hipster style blends with a sincere rts, Rel-ish delights the heart. From appetizers to desse the trendy and tradithe palates of the young and old, until late. 301 Baker tional. Licensed. Open from 11 am page 33. Street, Nelson. 250-352-5232. See

nge Louie’s Steakhouse and Lou The Adventure Hotel

ctly metropolitan Louie’s Steakhouse offers a distin ric, bustling downculinary experience in Nelson’s histo evening for two or a town. Whether it’s an intimate s, Louie’s Steakhouse casual gathering amongst friend experience you won’t & Lounge is sure to provide an ture steaks, specialty soon forget. Specializing in signa and FRESH seafood, pastas, rustic thin crust pizza, quality food and Louie’s Steakhouse offers the finest e of abundant comexemplary service in an atmospher Hotel, 616 Vernon St. fort. Located in The Adventure 250-352-5570. See page 42.

Main Street Diner

Uptown Sports Bar The Adventure Hotel

ium gastropub and The Uptown Sports Bar is a prem FRESH local food With ers. quart head s Nelson’s sport ing chef and the winn d awar their by made in house place to be… and “the is truly it , town in staff friendliest ming atmosphere welco The are. you as Come be seen.” art deco design, urban , team great the by is created ns. The Uptown scree flat of s dozen and great music associates for meet to place ct perfe the is Sports Bar r your friends gathe or ion occas al speci a rate lunch, celeb . for the game Located in The Open 7 days a week at 11 am. 250-352-2715. See Adventure Hotel, 616 Vernon St. page 42.

Yum Son Viet-Modern

Valley in downtown Located in the heart of the Slocan thing for every taste. Winlaw, Mama Sita’s Café has some s ranging from aweWith creative dinners and snack rs and sandwiches to some pizzas, happy appies, burge you will love to eat vegetarian delights and Tex-Mex fare, yourself around the world. homemade desCome and enjoy fantastic meals and a fiesta with us! have and staff, ly friend by d serts serve vations, please call We are open 7 days a week. For reser 67. page See 70. 26-70 250-2

The Clubhouse Grill at the Valley View Golf Course

in the heart of the Valley View Golf Club, nestled ing of the Clubhouse Slocan Valley, announces the open the new menu compleGrill. Enjoy a delicious meal from y Wing Night. The mented by weekly specials and Frida feel, and wraparound fully licensed restaurant, sports bar nt to watch a game, patio provide a great environme picturesque valley. mingle with friends and enjoy the Valley. 250-226-7241. Just north of Winlaw in the Slocan See page 71.


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consistently excelEnjoy a casual, fun atmosphere and one including roast lent food, with menu items for every s, gourmet burgers, leg of lamb, souvlaki, sirloin steak and homemade melts, wraps, a fabulous kids’ menu Also offering chips. English style fish and hand cut va and double baked homemade desserts such as bakla alty coffees. Enjoy cheesecakes, plus after dinner speci rain or shine with Nelson’s best people-watching patio and enjoy your meal its gas heaters, or order takeout on the beach. 11 am for lunch and Main Street Diner is open daily at e 250-354-4848. Phon n. Nelso t, Stree r dinner. 616 Bake . 28 page See Fully licensed.


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