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

Jaffray
Jaffray is located 51 km (32 miles) south-west of Fernie and 47 km (29 miles) south-east of Cranbrook on Hwy 3/Hwy 93.

Hwy 3
Jaffray is a small unincorporated village where most of the businesses are situated adjacent to Hwy 3/Hwy 93. Along the highway, you can find the Jaffray Pump & Pantry, featuring a Shell service station complete with diesel fuel, propane, car wash, and a food store, the Jaffray Sports & Hardware, which has a laundromat, confectionery, and a full service Gas Plus Advantage with diesel fuel.

Aspen Drive
On Aspen Drive, there is a real good spot to eat called the First Perk Coffee House & Eatery. Next door to that is the Rustic Porch Home & Garden.

Will-O-Bend Golf & RV Park
Located slightly east of the village on Hwy 3/Hwy 93, across from Rosen Lake Road, is the Will-O-Bend Golf & RV Park. Here you can find a challenging 9-hole executive par four golf course, a fully-licensed restaurant, and a clubhouse with an outside deck facing south. The campground at the Will-O-Bend Golf & RV Park features lots of clean grass- covered areas, hot showers, a full power, sewer hook-up, laundromat, a swimming pond, meandering walking paths, and a very peaceful setting. Campsites are available for full ownership, annual lease, or an overnight stay.

Rosen Lake
Rosen Lake, a spring fed lake, is located about 5 km (3 miles) north of Jaffray on Rosen Lake Road. Originally called McBains Lake after a local trapper, the name was later changed in 1926 after Andrew Rosen, a CPR worker who started selling real estate along the lake. Rosen Lake features crystal clear water with a slight green-aqua hue to it and beautiful views of the Rocky Mountains to the north. The lakefront is populated with homes along the shoreline with public access at two points where there are restrooms and picnic tables present. There are two boat launches available along the lake.

Tie Lake
Tie Lake is another popular area for water sport activities and is located slightly to the north of Jaffray by 6 km (4 miles) on Tie Lake Road. After travelling about 2 km (1.3 miles) on Tie Lake Road take the right fork towards south-east end of Tie Lake and look for two areas with public access to the lake, one at Tie Lake Regional Park, and the other at Tie Lake Recreation Site. Tie Lake Regional Park is a day-use area perfect for swimming baseball game, family picnic or corporate event. Tie Lake Recreation Site has 12 campsites (some lakefront), a boat launch, and pit toilets available. Tie Lake Recreation Site is not really suitable for larger RVs and motorhomes.

Jaffray Pub & Grill
Right across from the Will-O-Bend Golf & RV Park, right at Rosen Lake Road and Hwy 3/Hwy 93, is where you'll find the local watering hole, the Jaffray Pub & Grill. In the same building is the Sunshine Grill Family Restaurant. The Jaffray Pub & Grill operates in a beautiful timber-framed building and there is lots of parking available outside. They have a cold beer and wine store available if you require liquor off-sales.

Lake Koocanusa
Just east of Jaffray by around 19 km (12 miles) is where you'll find the turnoff for Kootenay Hwy 93 and the route south towards Lake Koocanusa and the USA border crossing at Roosville into Montana. Lake Koocanusa is a large lake formed by Libby Dam in Montana and stretches north approximately 72 km (45 miles) into Montana and 80 km (50 miles) into British Columbia. The lake features great boating and, with the appropriate fishing licence, offers opportunities for catching Kokanee salmon, Whitefish, Ling cod, Rainbow, and Kamloops trout.

Kikomun Creek Provincial Park
For people who love the BC Parks system, there is an excellent campground on Lake Koocanusa at Kikomun Creek Provincial Park. The features at Kikomun Creek Provincial Park include the accessibility of five lakes, numerous hiking trails, including a section of the Great Northern Rail Trail going through it, sandy beaches, and a large campground. The campground makes a great choice for exploring this part of East Kootenays and Lake Koocanusa.

Baynes Lake
Baynes Lake is a small resort community located a short distance south of Kikomun Creek Provincial Park on the Jaffray Baynes Lake Road. The community contains the historic Waldo Church and the Baynes Lake Community Centre, home to a farmer's market and the Old School House Gift Shop. There is an RV park at Baynes Lake called PR Campground and RV Park – telephone 250-529-7696 for campsite availability. For supplies and groceries including liquor, ice, fishing & hunting licenses, bait, fishing gear, propane gas, and firewood, there is the Baynes Lake General Store situated on Sweet Road – telephone 250-529-7300 for hours of operation.

Be Prepared on Backroads
Other places to discover for hunting, fishing, and exploring in this part of the East Kootenays involve adventure travelling on the backroads, many of them available by crossing the Kikomun Bridge on the west side of Lake Koocanusa. Travel with care, and make sure that you are prepared for possible mishap. Remember that the gravel roads could have heavy equipment or logging trucks on them, so all precautions must be remembered, especially driving with your lights on; be prepared for wildlife encounters and be sure to have up-to-date navigational aids.

Information on Jaffray

 

 

Map of Jaffray, British Columbia
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Hwy 3 - Jaffray
Hwy 3 - Jaffray

 

Will-O-Bend Golf & RV Park
Will-O-Bend Golf & RV Park

 

Rosen Lake
Rosen Lake

 

Jaffray Post Office & Liquor Store
Jaffray Post Office & Liquor Store

 

Jaffray Pub & Grill
Jaffray Pub & Grill

 

Lake Koocanusa
Lake Koocanusa

 

Kikomun Creek Provincial Park
Kikomun Creek Provincial Park

 

Jaffray Community Hall
Jaffray Community Hall

 

First Perk Coffee
First Perk Coffee

 

Kikomun Bridge
Kikomun Bridge

 
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