Kokanee Adventure Vacation Package

 
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4 nights’ accommodation starting from $417

Get away to Crawford Bay and experience all that BC's West Kootenays have to offer. Choose from a 4- or 7-night package and explore Kootenay Lake and the surrounding area from your home base at Kokanee Springs. From parks, hiking and fishing to zip-lining, hot springs and mountain biking, you'll find an adventure for everyone - we even have complimentary mountain bikes for our guests to explore the surrounding trails. Feel like playing some golf during your stay? You'll enjoy preferred rates on our legendary golf including complimentary club rentals and access to the practice range and short-game practice area.

Price is based on a 4-night stay double-occupancy in the Lodges of Kokanee with up to 2 children ages 12 & under in the same room. Shorter stays available from $149/night. Room upgrades and villa/cottage accommodation available for an additional charge. Subject to availability and applicable taxes. Golf rounds subject to tee-time availability. Mountain bike use subject to availability.


Accommodation

 

Kokanee Springs offers a range of options to accommodate up to 6 people in a unit. Choose from a standard room or in the Lodges of Kokanee, a one- or two-bedroom fully-equipped villa, or a private cottage.

 

Your West Kootenay vacation starts here

A visit to Kokanee Springs has become an annual tradition for many. We understand that the legendary golf and the memories that are made here have something to do with it, but the Kootenay Lake area has an historic past and many exciting places to explore. In the late 1800s, Kootenay Lake was bustling with activity as sternwheelers delivered prospectors and supplies to mining camps and settlements along its shores. While more than a hundred years has transformed this rugged landscape into a modern trove of adventure activities, its roots remain evident and accessible as a reminder of simpler times.

 
 

Start your journey through the area’s rich history on the East Shore with a visit to the Pilot Bay Lighthouse and Pilot Bay Provincial Park. Originally built in 1904, this 3-storey historic landmark is the last remaining inland lighthouse in British Columbia. It sits at the highest point on the northern tip of the Pilot Bay Penninsula and is accessible via a short walking trail. While at Pilot Bay Provincial Park, explore the warm, protected waters of Pilot Bay and an extensive network of hiking trails.

Venture 13km north of the Kootenay Bay Ferry landing to the town of Riondel – one of the oldest settlements on Kootenay Lake. This beautiful village is home to a large sandy beach with a 1.5km lakeshore trail and the historic Bluebell Mine, named for the flowers that still grow in the area. The mine operated from 1895 to 1929 and again from 1950 to 1972 with shafts running for miles underground and under the lake. Visitors can follow the walkway that winds through the former Bluebell Mine site.

Venture across the lake on the Kootenay Lake Ferry – the world’s longest free scenic ferry – that operates between Kootenay Bay on the east shore and Balfour on the west. In the summer, two ferries operate a total of 15 crossings daily with the first departure leaving Kootenay bay at 7:10 am and the last return trip leaving Balfour at 9:40 pm.

 
Photo: David Gluns courtesy of    Kokanee SW Parks Facebook

Photo: David Gluns courtesy of Kokanee SW Parks Facebook

 

If a day immersed in nature is on your agenda, head west on Highway 3A for 13km from the Balfour Ferry Terminal to Kokanee Creek Provincial Park. There you will find over a kilometer of sandy beaches and the easy 4.8km Kokanee Creek Looptrail. Throughout the summer season, Kokanee Creek Paddle Sports rents double and single kayaks and stand-up paddle boards right in the park so you can enjoy the beautiful waters of Kokanee Lake. In late August, be sure to check out the Kokanee salmon in the spawning channel on Kokanee Creek.

 
Kokanee Salmon Spawning
 

If sightseeing and relaxation are more your speed, 15km north of the Balfour Ferry Terminal you will find Ainsworth Hot Springs and its renowned hot springs pools and cave. First discovered by the Ktunaxa First Nations people, these soothing waters – originating from the nearby Cody Caves – have been healing visitors to the area for hundreds of years. Adult entry to the springs is just $13 with senior, child and family rates available.

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Another 20km to the north of Ainsworth Hot Springs you’ll find the town of Kaslo and the S.S. Moyie – the oldest intact passenger sternwheeler in the world. Designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1958, the historic landmark was built for the CP Railway in 1898 and carried passengers from Kootenay Landing to Nelson and Procter. Visitors can take a self-guided tour and maybe even blow the ship’s original steam whistle (weather permitting). Entry is $12 with senior, student, children and family rates available. On your way back to the ferry at Balfour, stop by Fletcher Falls, just 6km south of Kaslo.

S.S. Moyie Sternwheeler Kootenay Lake

With a range of accommodation options – from standard lodge rooms to one- and two-bedroom villas and even private cottages – Kokanee Springs makes a great home base for your West Kootenay area vacation. The resort also boasts 10 km of maintained trails for hiking and biking – accessible right from the Lodges of Kokanee; mountain bikes are available for guest use. Visit the Crawford Bay beach or the wetlands trails and enjoy the stunning natural beauty of the area and a host of other local area attractions.