Directions: How to Find Kokanee Springs

During the season, you can call us anytime, 24 hours a day toll-free at 1-800-979-7999 to book your tee times, reservations or make inquiries.


Driving Directions

Calgary – 6 hours

From Calgary travel to Cranbrook B.C. via the Crowsnest Pass (south) or via the Banff/Radium highway (north) and take Highway 3A north along Kootenay Lake. Either way is just 575 km from Calgary.

Edmonton – 9 hours

From Edmonton travel south to Calgary then to Cranbrook B.C. via the Crowsnest Pass (south) or via the Banff/Radium highway (north) and take Highway 3A north along Kootenay Lake.

Penticton – 5 hours

From Penticton head south on Hwy 97 to Hwy 3 then east to Castlegar. Here you can continue south east along Hwy 3 to Salmo and Creston, then north on Hwy 3A for an hour drive up the scenic east shore of Kootenay Lake. At Castlegar you can alternatively take Hwy 3A north east to Nelson, then Balfour, where you can take the free ferry across Kootenay Lake to Kootenay Bay, and then the short drive to Crawford Bay.

Kelowna – 5.5 hours

From Kelowna head south on Hwy 33 to Rock Creek then head east on Hwy 3 to Castlegar. Here you can continue south east along Hwy 3 to Salmo and Creston, then north on Hwy 3A for an hour drive up the scenic east shore of Kootenay Lake. At Castlegar you can alternatively take Hwy 3A north east to Nelson, then Balfour, where you can take the free ferry across Kootenay Lake to Kootenay Bay, and then the short drive to Crawford Bay.

Vancouver – 9 hours

From Vancouver head east on Hwy 1 to Hope, then east on Hwy 3 to Castlegar. Here you can continue south east along Hwy 3 to Salmo and Creston, then north on Hwy 3A for an hour drive up the scenic east shore of Kootenay Lake. At Castlegar you can alternatively take Hwy 3A north east to Nelson, then Balfour, where you can take the free ferry across Kootenay Lake to Kootenay Bay, and then the short drive to Crawford Bay.

Spokane – 3.5 hours

From Spokane head east on I-90 to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, then north on I-95 through Sandpoint and Bonners Ferry, then northwest on ID-1 to enter Canada at the Porthill/Rykerts border crossing (open from 7am to 11pm Pacific time). From there it’s a short drive to Creston and onto Crawford Bay via a scenic hour’s drive north along the east shore of Kootenay Lake on Highway 3A.

Coeur d’Alene – 3 hours

From Coeur d’Alene head north on I-95 through Sandpoint and Bonners Ferry, then northwest on ID-1 to enter Canada at the Porthill/Rykerts border crossing (open from 7am to 11pm Pacific time). From there it’s a short drive to Creston and onto Crawford Bay via a scenic hour’s drive north along the east shore of Kootenay Lake on Highway 3A.

Kalispell – 5 hours

From Kalispell head northwest on US-2 to Bonners Ferry, north on I-95 then northwest on ID-1 to enter Canada at the Porthill/Rykerts border crossing (open from 7am to 11pm Pacific time). From there it’s a short drive to Creston and onto Crawford Bay via a scenic hour’s drive north along the east shore of Kootenay Lake on Highway 3A.

Seattle – 8.5 hours

Take the I-90 to Spokane. From Spokane head east on I-90 to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, then north on I-95 through Sandpoint and Bonners Ferry, then northwest on ID-1 to enter Canada at the Porthill/Rykerts border crossing (open from 7am to 11pm Pacific time). From there it’s a short drive to Creston and onto Crawford Bay via a scenic hour’s drive north along the east shore of Kootenay Lake on Highway 3A.

Fly Here

Please note: The Kokanee Springs airstrip is currently closed.

Kokanee Springs privately owns a 2900′ grass airstrip at Crawford Bay. Private planes and charters are welcome. Shuttle service to and from the airstrip is available. Please contact us for arrangements.

There are a number of airports near Kokanee Springs

West Kootenay Regional Airport - 1.5 hours
Castlegar, BC V1N 4M5
Ph: 1-250-365-5151
www.wkrairport.ca‎

Creston Airport – 1.2 hours
Creston, BC V0B 1G2
Ph: 1-250-428-2733‎
www.crestonairport.ca

Canadian Rockies International Airport - 2.45 hours
9370 Airport Access Rd, Cranbrook, BC V1C 7E4
Ph: 1-250-426-7913
www.flycanadianrockies.com

Arrive By Boat

Kokanee Springs can provide shuttle services to and from any of the regional marinas. Please contact us for details.

Ferry Schedule

Travelling across the Kootenay Lake has gotten easier with the introduction of the Osprey 2000 as well as the summer schedule that includes the alternating Balfour ferry, relax and leave the travel to them. For a complete and updated listing of the times and applicable ferries visit BC Ferries website for complete and updated information.

Note: The Osprey 2000 ferry is the larger of the two ferries and runs year around. It is complete with a coffee shop and two sections of observation lounges and wireless internet.

Note: All times are in Pacific Standard Time – however, during the winter months Crawford Bay shifts to Mountain Standard Time.

Shuttle Services

Our Park and Drive Service takes the stress and frustrations out of dealing with the schedule of getting across the lake, don’t deal with the lineups or worry about getting to the landing in time, with our 10 passenger van we can pick you up and drop you off at the first tee, and once you have completed your round you can relax and have a drink or a bite to eat, as we will return you to the front of the line. Just walk on the ferry with your clubs and we will take care of the rest.

As well, Kokanee Springs is pleased to offer our customers Complimentary Shuttle Service not only just from the Kootenay Lake Ferries but most of the local boat marinas and of course our Crawford Bay Airstrip. Please give us a call to arrange pickup and drop offs at 1.800.979.7999.