Breath Taking Mountain Biking Balfour Golf Course History History

Kootenay Lake Chamber of Commerce
Cloudside Inn
Whitewater Resort
Balfour golf Course
Touchstones Nelson

FAR OUT…tucked away in the rugged SE corner of British Columbia, far away from the crowds and the rush, lies Nelson Kootenay Lake. Halfway between Calgary and Vancouver, our region boasts an unparalleled mix of awe-inspiring natural splendour, and vibrant enlightened modern communities.

First-time visitors might find themselves hypnotised by the glaciers and peaks, beaches and tumbling cascades, but it doesn’t take long to realize that it’s the people that set Nelson Kootenay Lake apart from anywhere else.

Click to enlargeMineral fortune-hunters established many of our communities in the 1860s. And their legacy is still very apparent…out-of-sync with the rest of BC, hundreds of heritage buildings still provide the backdrop for our flourishing towns. So, our history is important – and yet the region is also renowned for its unconventional (some would say visionary) approach to the issues of modern life. From food to fuel, art to education, Nelson Kootenay Lake likes to see things from a different perspective.

BREATHE DEEPLY… you could come just for the fishing, alpine hiking, kite-surfing, golf, mountain biking and skiing. It would be a shame to miss, hands-down, the best eating and shopping scene between the coast and Calgary. Or find out why we have the #1 Small Arts Community in Canada, the world’s longest free ferry ride, North America’s oldest restored sternwheeler, and Western Canada’s top motorbike ride. And who knows more about local gems than anyone else…your innkeeper, of course!

Please direct inquiries about the B & Bs in the group to the individual property.

For more information on becoming a member of the association please contact: Chris Drysdale at

Nelson Kootenay Lake Members