South on Highway 31
-Just 6 miles from Kaslo is Fletcher Creek with its beautiful waterfall----a great place for relaxing by the lake and picnicing. From
the parking area next to the highway, it's a ten minute walk down to the lake. There's a beach for swimming, and a path across a
wooden bridge that takes you up the creek to the base of the falls.
-Another 6 miles South on Hwy 31 is Ainsworth Hot Springs with its pools and cave.
-At Balfour, (20miles south) take the Kootenay Lake Ferry the longest free ferry ride in the world and visit the East Shore Artisans:
Kootenay Forge, North Woven Broom Co., Barefoot Handweaving, The Purple Door, all members of the Artisans of Crawford Bay
-Beautiful historic Nelson is only an hour from Kaslo and makes a great destination for a day trip. You'll find a lovely downtown
with unique shops, lots of restaurants, and loads of cultural and artistic events.
West on Highway 31A to New Denver, a beautiful 30 mile drive. Along the way:
-Stop at Retallack where there is a short walk through a beautiful old growth cedar forest.
-Visit the ghost town of Sandon, with its interesting museum on the history of the early mining days, a functioning antique hydro
power plant, as well as other buildings from the gold rush days. From Sandon, take the 10 mile drive up a mountain road to Idaho
Peak and a fantastic view from 6,000 feet. At the top it's an easy 30 minute walk along the ridge to an old fire lookout tower.
-For a longer walk, the Galena Trail from New Denver is about six miles long, up the Carpenter Creek canyon. It features a hand
operated cable car crossing over the rushing water.
-The Nikkei Centre in New Denver is dedicated to the history of the uprooting and internment of Japanese Canadians during the
Second World War.
-You can sit and enjoy or go for a swim in Slocan Lake, or continue another 30 miles to the town of Nakusp. Slocan Valley
North on Highway 31 to the end of Kootenay Lake, about 25 miles:
-North of Kaslo are Davis Creek and Lost Ledge, a couple of Provincial Parks where you can picnic, fish, and swim.
-A bit further on is the Duncan Dam, feel its earthshaking outflow from the viewpoint.
-Around the end of the lake at Johnson's Landing is the trail head for the hike to Fry Creek canyon. Located in the Purcell
Wilderness Conservancy, this is an easy (6 mile return) hike to the wild waters of Fry Creek.
Find out more about the area at the North end of Kootenay Lake HERE.
Take a sightseeing tour by air! These leave from the Nelson airport:
-High Terrain Heli Tours
-Kootenay Lake Aviation
Here are some suggestions for activities in and around Kaslo
-Be sure to walk the Kaslo River Trail! The north and south sides are linked by a beautiful bridge,
which you can see on our slide show. In addition, there are miles of great walking/cycling trails
along the lake and through the forests.
-Take a short [½ hour] uphill hike on the Wardner Trail to the viewpoint, where you can get a
great panoramic view of the town and lake---shown in the top left corner of this page.
- Swim or just enjoy the beaches and parks in Kaslo, and other lovely beaches nearby--a great
summertime activity. For the real hardcore there's also the Polar Bear Dip at Noon every New
- Go for a paddle! Rent a sea kayak from Kaslo Kayaking and explore Kootenay Lake.
- Explore the shops and galleries in Kaslo: The Live Art Shop, Willow Home Gallery, Figments,
Kaslo Florist, Kootenay Lake Gallery, Your Arts Desire, and more.
- Take in some of the cultural events that are regularly presented at the Langham Cultural Centre,
with art exhibits in the galleries and live entertainment in the theatre.
- Tour the S.S. Moyie sternwheeler, once the only way to get to Kaslo and all of the other lake
communities from Nelson, now in dry-dock and restored to its original splendour.
- Visit the Kaslo Golf Course, (club rentals available) or just go there for the great view and a
meal at the beautiful timber frame clubhouse, which is open to the public.
-Check out Kaslo Shipyard and its fleet of houseboats, designed and built by owner Dick Smith,
which rent by the day or longer.
- Bring your skateboard or BMX bike and try out Kaslo's awesome new Sk-8-Park, a top-notch
facility in an incredible setting.
-For Day Trips, take your own picnic! In addition to over 10 restaurants and cafes, Kaslo has two
grocery stores, a deli/meat market, two bakeries, and a liquor store. Below are suggestions for
your picnic destination: