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

Kaslo
Kaslo is located north of Nelson by 70 km (43.5 miles) on Hwy 31 and 47 km (29 miles) east of New Denver on Hwy 31A. If you are coming from Creston, take the scenic route on Hwy 3A to Kootenay Bay and take the ferry to Balfour.

Kootenay Lake
Kaslo served a historic role for the sternwheelers on the Kootenay Lake delivering miners venturing into the silver mines of the Slocan Region. It is a small community and has been considered at times one of the most liveable communities in British Columbia.

Beautiful Victorian Architecture
The streets and buildings surrounding Kaslo have been restored to some of the past era of the early 1900's Victorian architecture. Beautiful homes and flower gardens displayed around the town offer a constant view of Kootenay Lake and make Kaslo quite tranquil. There are various coffee shops, small cafes and antique shops available for your pleasure.

S.S. Moyie National Historic Site
If you do make it to Kaslo, make sure you visit the S.S. Moyie National Historic Site. Located on the shores of Kootenay Lake, the S.S. Moyie will take you back in time to when the sternwheelers plied the waters of this massive lake. The ship has been fully restored and is a credit to the people of Kaslo who saved this national monument from the CPR disposal list.

Kaslo May Days and Kaslo Jazz Festival
Kaslo has a couple of events that are well worth the visit. One being the annual Kaslo May Days held in one form or another since 1892; the other is the Kaslo Jazz Festival held on BC's August long weekend. Both events are very popular and you might consider getting reservations if you're going to go to either event.

Selkirk and Purcell Mountains
Surrounded by Selkirk and Purcell mountain ranges Kaslo has some great recreational things to do. There are great hiking, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, swimming, boating, caving and rock hounding.

Stellar Heli Skiing
For heli-skiing Stellar Heli Skiing offers up to 320 sq. km (199 sq. miles) of unexplored terrain.

Fishing on Kootenay Lake
The winter fishing outside of Kaslo on Kootenay Lake is superb and noted to have some massive Kokanee Trout being caught often. If you require it, there are quite a few hunting guides and fishing resorts located around the area. Woodbury Fishing Resort and Marina is located just south of Kaslo 5 km (3 miles) north of Ainsworth Hot Springs near the Cody Caves.

Mt. Buchanan Lookout
For a good walk take the trail up to Mt. Buchanan Lookout where you'll get a great view of Kaslo and Kootenay Lake.

Camping and Parks
If you would like to stay a while in Kaslo, try the Kaslo Campground near Vimy Park and Lighthouse Beach. Another park nearby to explore and discover is Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park located just south-west of Mirror Lake.

Silvery Slocan
One of British Columbia's prettiest and historical driving tours has to be the Silvery Slocan Heritage Tour, a 320 km (199 mile) round-trip journey. Going west of Kaslo on Hwy 31A you can visit the one hundred-year-old historic mining community of Sandon.

Slocan Lake
Then continue driving on Hwy 6 south to New Denver, Silverton and the Slocan Lake past the pristine Valhalla Provincial Park. Eventually Hwy 6 follows the Slocan River through Winlaw, Crescent Valley to historic Nelson.

Ainsworth Hot Springs
Then from Nelson you can return to Kaslo on Hwy 31 via a visit at Ainsworth Hot Springs. The route is very enjoyable and can be done in a day but preferably you need to have a couple of days to really unwind and explore the area.

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Map of Kaslo, BC and Kootenay Lake
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Beautiful Kaslo
Kaslo

 

Photo of the SS Moyie
S.S. Moyie

 

SS Moyie
S.S. Moyie

 

Kootenay Lake
Kootenay Lake

 

Kaslo Cenotaph
Kaslo Cenotaph

 
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