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Kootenay Bay
Kootenay Bay is a small lakeside resort community located in the Creston Valley, along the eastern shore of Kootenay Lake.

Although Kootenay Bay is located in what was once a rich mining area, the town itself was never a mining camp.

Location: Kootenay Bay is located on Highway 3A on the eastern shore of Kootenay Lake, and serves as the eastern terminal of the Kootenay Lake ferry, connecting with Balfour on the western shore, and Nelson to the southwest.

  • Take the longest free Ferry Ride in the world, a 40-minute scenic crossing of Kootenay Lake, from Kootenay Bay to Balfour on the lake's west arm. Click for Inland Ferry Schedules.
  • Watch artisans practice their ancient trade at Kootenay Forge, a traditional blacksmith shop with tools, forges and techniques from the late nineteenth century..
  • Take a Hike on the East Shore, along one of the many area trails; The Waterfront Trail in Riondel follows 1.5 km of the lakeshore from the south end of North Bay beach; The Pebble Beach Trail 7 km north of Riondel leads from the Kootenay Lake East FS Road to a south-facing, pebbled beach; The 15-minute Pilot Bay Lighthouse Trail near Kootenay Bay leads to an historic 1907 lighthouse; The one-hour Pilot Bay Marine Park trail leads through varying terrain as it follows the lakeshore; The Plaid Lake Hiking Trail near Crawford Bay is a full day hike to the alpine Plaid Lake on the west side of the Purcell Mountains; The Duck Lakes Dykes Trail further south near Sirdar offers miles of almost level hiking through some of the richest waterfowl habitat in BC.
  • Golf: In nearby Crawford Bay is Kokanee Springs Golf Resort, one of Canada's finest championship 18-hole golf courses (5,747 yards). Considered by many to be the flagship of Kootenay golf courses, this graceful track resides in a magnificent mountain setting on Kootenay Lake. Every hole is framed by spectacular panoramic views of the Kokanee Glacier and surrounding area. Kokanee Springs is a Norman Woods original, characterized by its long driving fairways, immense rolling greens, immaculate course upkeep, and ability to interest and challenge golfers at all levels. Golfers can also head to the 9-hole public Riondel Golf Club in Riondel, or Balfour Golf Course and Eagleview Golf Course in Balfour, on the western shore of Kootenay Lake. Golf Vacations in the BC Rockies.
  • Pop down to Boswell, where the Glass House of the late David Brown features half a million empty, square embalming fluid bottles used to build this curiously beautiful house.
  • See the best of the area on The Okanagan and BC Rockies Circle Tour. Travel the sunny interior of British Columbia, north through the Okanagan to Sicamous, following Highway 1 into the mountains of the BC Rockies. From Golden, head south through the Columbia Valley to Creston, and west through Boundary Country and the Southern Okanagan to complete the loop. Circle Tours in BC.

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The superb Balfour Golf Course is a hidden gem offering a magnificent golfing challenge through forests of the majestic Purcell Mountains and private lakefront meadows along the peaceful shores of Kootenay Lake. Expect great rates and unmatched onsite stay-and-play specials with beautiful Kooteneay Lakeview Lodge. Located 25 minutes north of Nelson, 4 hours drive from Kelowna and 3 hours from Spokane and Coeur D'Alene, and equidistant 7 hours from Vancouver and Calgary.
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