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.
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.
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.
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, 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 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
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.
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
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
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.
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
click map for
Hwy 3 - Jaffray
& RV Park
Office & Liquor Store
Jaffray Pub &
First Perk Coffee