Kaslo is historically a logging town. In 1889 and 1890, George Buchanan and the brothers Kane staked timber claims. As mining activity took off in the surrounding area, part of the timber claim was surveyed as a town site - Kane's Landing, which later became Kaslo in 1893.
Disaster struck in 1894 as fire, flood and winds came in succession. In February, half of the town's commercial district was destroyed by fire. June began with rising flood waters, and on June 3, 1894, a storm with hurricane force winds destroyed between 60-70 houses, two hotels, the jail, and several other two-storey buildings.
By 1896, Kaslo turned her fortunes around with the completion of the K&S Railway, built over the pass to Sandon, and within two years Kaslo boasted telephone and electrical service, a brewery, a cigar factory, and a full complement of hotels, bars, and brothels.
Over the next 50 years, metal prices fell and mining costs rose, resulting in a decline in mining activity and in the viability of the town. Kaslo turned to fruit farming. The cherries grown in Kaslo at the time were reputed to be as large as plums. The industry abruptly closed due to "cherry disease."
Eventually a home-grown economy was created that was varied enough to withstand the changes of time. Lifestyle, tourism, forestry, small and home based businesses are now the foundation of Kaslo's prosperity.
The Village of Kaslo is located 70 km (43.5 mi) north of Nelson on Highway 3A on the western shore of Kootenay Lake.
The Langham Cultural Centre features gallery shows, theatre and musical performances, poetry and prose readings, and workshops for the community. There is also a Japanese Canadian museum which depicts the lives of the Japanese-Canadians who were interned during the 1940s.
Tour the world's oldest intact passenger sternwheeler, the SS Moyie, restored to its original Victorian glory. Interpretive guides are available to answer questions, and special guided tours are available for groups with advance notice. The beach, good restaurants, and a variety of shops are all nearby.
The Kaslo Golf Club overlooks the beautiful village of Kaslo and Kootenay Lake. Nestled between the stunning Selkirk and Purcell Mountain ranges, the Kaslo Golf Club offers stunning views on every shot. This thoughtfully designed 9-hole course provides a unique experience accessible to golfers of all skill levels.
Year-round fishing is available at Kootenay Lake, where visitors can catch three varieties of trout (Gerrard rainbow, Dolly Varden, and Kokanee) and whitefish. The lake's largest catch is a 35lb 12oz Gerrard Rainbow trout, and the world's largest recorded Kokanee- almost 10 pounds- was caught here. The Kootenay area also has many creeks, small lakes, and rivers to challenge any skill level.
Maps are available locally with route descriptions and guides to 49 kilometres of single track and 41 kilometres of back roads from town. Try Jackson Basin, a 40 kilometre circle route that involves 4,500 feet of climbing, a high alpine pass, amazing views, ghost towns, and a coffee shop.
Kaslo Kayaking provides rentals, tours, lessons, and youth adventures. Take a day tour on Kootenay Lake or go sea kayaking and camp on the beaches of the lake.
The West Kootenay region contains over 80 hiking trails, all of which provide hikers with spectacular mountain scenery, breathtaking glaciers, alpine lakes, flower strewn meadows, and incredible wildlife. A walking trail follows the scenic Kaslo River to an elegant covered bridge.
The True Blue recreation area has many kilometres of marked skiing trails, with woodland paths, gentle grades, good climbs, and swift flying slopes.
There are many logging and mining roads and hundreds of miles of trails in the high country for snowmobilers of all levels of experience.
Every August, during the long weekend in Kaslo, stunning vistas, great acoustics, and superb musicians combine to create the Kaslo Jazz Etc Summer Music festival. The musicians perform on a unique floating stage which rests just offshore a sandy beach on Kootenay Lake.
This annual endurance athletic event is held in Kaslo towards the end of September. A 3-day Festival of Suffering for mountain biking & trail running enthusiasts, it is set amidst the spectacular scenery of the Selkirks in an area steeped in history. Participants challenge themselves to complete one event or Pick Their Pleasure and compete in multiple events to see if they can be the overall greatest sufferer! All races finish in downtown Kaslo in front of the historic Kaslo Hotel overlooking spectacular Kootenay Lake.
Kaslo and Area Visitors Guide
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