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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Kootenay Rockies > Balfour

The Village of Balfour is located 33 km (21 miles) north of Nelson on Hwy 3A and 35 km (22 miles) south of Kaslo on Hwy 31. The small communities of Harrop-Procter are directly across the West Arm of Kootenay Lake from Balfour.

Recreational Destination
Balfour has been settled for a number of years dating back to the late 1800's as a sternwheeler terminus and landing to help serve the mines located on Kootenay Lake. Balfour is now an outdoor recreational destination for golfers and for people wanting to fish for Kokanee, Bull and Gerrard trout in Kootenay Lake.

Kootenay Bay-Balfour Ferry Landing
The main meeting and business areas of Balfour is situated at or near the Kootenay Bay-Balfour Ferry Landing. Here you can find the Old World Bakery for a coffee and internet usage, the Dock 'N' Duck Pub & Grill, which has a great lake view from a beachside deck and Lang's Marina, which also has a restaurant including take-out and available slips or fuel for boats.

Other Businesses
Other businesses in Balfour located at the ferry landing include Gill and Gift which specializes in fishing gear and helps sponsor the Bill King Memorial Derby held on the May long weekend plus Blue Sky Clothing Company, an import clothing store for women. Then, on Hwy 31, there is the Balfour Superette, a general store that includes a liquor outlet and post office.

Balfour Golf Course
There is also a great golf opportunity in Balfour at the 18-hole Balfour Golf Course located just above the ferry terminal. The Les Furber-designed course features beautiful views of Kootenay Lake and the surrounding mountains. The Balfour Golf Course also features a good place for something to eat that includes breakfast, lunch or dinner at the Osprey Mountain Grill.

Eagle View Golf Course
For your short golf game, try the par-three Eagle View Golf Course situated at Kootenay Lakeview Lodge. The course has a challenging putting area for practice and makes a good starting point for young adults and children or anyone who is just learning how to play golf.

Toad Rock Motorcycle-Only Campground
If you happen to be riding a motorcycle to Balfour, make sure to visit or stay at Toad Rock, Canada's first motorcycle-only campground. Famous for the annual Toad Rock Motorcycle Rally that takes place at the end of June and the 'No-Brainer' deal that comes with this event, Toad Rock makes a great spot to camp if you're motorcycle riding on Hwy 31.

North on Hwy 31
Things to do in the Balfour area include travelling north on Hwy 31 for about 14 km (9 miles) and relaxing at Ainsworth Hot Springs. Ainsworth has a large pool overlooking Kootenay Lake as well as thermal pools in a cave. The Woodbury Resort & Marina, situated just north of here, has a good location on Kootenay Lake for fishing and features JB's Pub and Restaurant.

Cody Caves
If you are planning to visit Ainsworth Hot Springs, try and visit the Cody Caves Provincial Park located high above Ainsworth. The guided tour price includes helmet, gloves and light rental is especially great for small children to explore the fragile and magical environment of a cave.

Gravel Road
The 10 km (6 miles) steep gravel road up to the Cody Caves is located 3 km (2 miles) north of Ainsworth towards the Woodbury Resort and Marina on Hwy 31. The rough road is generally travelled only in July and August; also, take caution for heavy equipment and logging trucks using it.

Inland Ferry Service
In order to continue driving on Hwy 3A down the east side of Kootenay Lake to Creston you have to take a 30-minute free ferry trip. The inland ferry is operated by Western Pacific Marine and has two ferries, the M.V. Balfour and the larger vessel, M.V. Osprey 2000 which travel to the landing at Kootenay Bay on the east side of Kootenay Lake.

The Harrop-Procter area is situated at the tip of the West Arm of Kootenay Lake across from Balfour. To access either of the two villages of Harrop or Procter you have to take the five-minute Harrop-Procter ferry across the West Arm. The ferry landing is located 7 km (4 miles) south-west of Balfour on Harrop Ferry Road.

Throughout the Balfour area, you can find a number of marinas, campgrounds and resort accommodations. These include the Balfour Beach Inn, the Birch Grove RV Park & Marina, the Kootenay Lakeview Lodge and Kokanee Creek Provincial Park.

Information on Balfour




Map of Balfour
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Balfour-Kootenay Bay Ferry Landing
Balfour-Kootenay Bay Ferry Landing




West Arm Kootenay Lake
West Arm Kootenay Lake


Balfour Ferry Terminal
Balfour Ferry Terminal


Ainsworth Hot Springs
Ainsworth Hot Springs


Cody Caves
Cody Caves


Dock 'N' Duck Pub & Grill
Dock 'N' Duck Pub & Grill


M.V. Balfour
M.V. Balfour

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