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

Boswell is located 40 km (25 miles) north of Creston and 32 km (20 miles) south of Crawford Bay on Hwy 3A.

Fruit Cultivation
During the early 1900's Boswell attracted a number of farmers from Scotland and England. The area, because of the temperate climate, proved sound for apple orchards and soft-fruit cultivation specializing in cherries, gooseberries, raspberries and strawberries. To help create markets, transportation and proper storage facilities, the Boswell Fruit Growers Association was incorporated in 1916 and the Boswell Farmers Institute in 1921.

Kootenay Lake
The fruit had to be shipped out using the sternwheelers operating along Kootenay Lake. This proved to be adequate up until the CPR developed railway tracks from Kootenay Landing to Harrop-Procter at the end of 1930. With the lack of lake transportation diminished into Boswell and other communities along Kootenay Lake, the soft-fruit had a tendency to over-ripen while sitting on the wharves making it unsuitable for market.

Industry Around Boswell
Several attempts to overcome transportation issues came to no avail and a jam factory was built to process the soft-fruit. This eventually closed and, with other competition from the Okanagan Valley and more transportation issues, markets for the apples ceased in the mid 1950's. Other industrial work around Boswell that tried to flourish included gold mines such as Akokli and, in 1927, the Sanca Mines, owned by Sanca-based Associated Mining and Milling Company and throughout the 1900's to today as well as in the forest sector.

Community Hall
Today Boswell is a small picturesque community with very little industry and serves a retirement community and as a tourist destination. The services available include bed and breakfast outlets and fishing guides on Kootenay Lake. There is a well-used community hall that serves as a meeting place for the locals with various social functions happening throughout the year, many open to the public, such as the East Shore Craft Fair which occurs on the BC Day August long weekend.

Boswell Flower Show & Pioneer Dinner
Another event is the annual Lady Grey Flower Show that takes place on the July 1st long weekend in Boswell. The festivities include flower displays, food and a whole lot of fun followed by the Pioneer Dinner. This popular event also takes place at the Boswell Community Hall and features the teacup parade, a bonfire, hot chocolate and live music.

Outdoor Recreation
By being situated on the east shore of the South Arm of Kootenay Lake there are lots of outdoor recreation to be discovered in Boswell especially great fishing. You can also enjoy a quiet atmosphere where time is measured by days relaxing in the sun and enjoying the tremendous amount of wildlife viewing and beautiful mountains all around this area.

The Glass House
When you travel through Boswell on Hwy 3A, keep a sharp eye out for the sign pointing towards the Glass House. The Glass House is really unique in that it is a structurally sound building made out of glass bottles. The project was conceived by a retired undertaker, D.H. Brown, and was eventually made with over half a million empty identical, rectangular embalming fluid bottles weighing about 250 tons, that were given to him by his associates throughout the country. It is open from May to October.

Mackie Park
To better enjoy Kootenay Lake in Boswell try going to Mackie Park. This community park maintained by the Boswell and District Farmers Institute (BDFI) has access to a gravel beach, kids' slide, picnic tables and pit toilets. Although there is no public boat launch at Mackie Park, there is one within sight along Hwy 3A.

Regional District of Central Kootenay
Plans in the future around Boswell include two new parks to be included in the Regional District of Central Kootenay. One is planned about 2.6 km (1.6 miles) south of Boswell on Hwy 3A, about halfway to Sanca near Kootenay Kampsite called Martell Beach. The other proposed park called Burden's Cut which is situated towards the north near Lockhart Beach Provincial Park on Hwy 3A.

Lockhart Beach Provincial Park
Here you can find a beautiful pebble beach that fronts onto Kootenay Lake. Lockhart Beach Provincial Park also features an 18-site, vehicle-accessible campground, fishing and bird watching and sits adjacent to Lockhart Creek Provincial Park where there are some hiking trails into the backcountry up Lockhart Creek.

Fishing Resorts
There are a number of resorts in the Boswell area where you can go to relax or do some fishing. Some can offer you unbelievable serenity with accommodation ranging from waterfront log chalets to RV sites overlooking Kootenay Lake to the west.

Kianuko Provincial Park
Other exploring can be found due east of Boswell in Kianuko Provincial Park. The park is located in the headwaters of Kianuko Creek which eventually flows into the Goat River. In certain places Kianuko Provincial Park can only be accessed by non-motorized methods making it ideal for hiking and horseback riding. The largely undisturbed wilderness park can be accessed south of Boswell at Sanca Creek or via Creston on the Kianuko Creek Wilderness Forest Service Road.

Bayshore Resort
If you require moorage there is the Bayshore Resort which has a 33-slip marina that has been well protected from the weather. The Bayshore Resort also has a family restaurant plus a campground offering over fifty campsites, some with full-service hook-ups, washrooms with hot showers and laundromat facilities. If you require accommodation, there are also some fully furnished cabins available, some open year-round. The Bayshore Resort is located on Hwy 3A between Boswell and Gray Creek.

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