Kootenay Rockies

Balfour

Balfour sits on the west bank of beautiful Kootenay Lake with the Selkirk mountain range as its backdrop. This small community is home to lovely beaches and the free ferry which takes you on a 35-minute scenic ride across the lake to Kootenay Bay. This area is well-known for its world-class fishing for Rainbow Trout and Kokanee. Boating is also very popular. Nearby Buchanan Lookout with an elevation of 6,263 feet (1,909 metres) has spectacular views, lovely flowers in season, and a 2 km (1.3 mi) loop trail that provides access to viewpoints on the rock bluffs. Hiking, golfing and winter activities are all here in the Balfour area.

Location

Balfour is located on Highway 3A, 35 km (22 mi) northeast of Nelson, and is the western terminal of the Kootenay Lake ferry, connecting with Kootenay Bay across the lake.

A Step Back in Time

Back in 1889 it was staked as a townsite by Charles Busk, an Englishman who envisioned Balfour becoming a centre for farming. It never did become an agricultural community but instead has survived through the years primarily as a popular resort for fishermen. Today, the community has a population of some 450 residents.

Contact Information

Nelson & Kootenay Tourism

Balfour & Nearby Accommodations

16 Listings

Kokanee Chalets, Motel, RV Park & Campground

Kokanee Chalets, Motel, RV Park & Campground

Crawford Bay

Resting on the East Shore of beautiful Kootenay Lake, Kokanee Chalets is surrounded by a friendly community and lush forests. We welcome children and pets to join in on the holiday as there are many activities for all guests. Enjoy the beautiful sun on our private pebble beach, only a five minute wa ... Read more
Woodbury Resort & Marina

Woodbury Resort & Marina

Ainsworth Hot Springs

Escape to the Kootenay wilderness and stay at Woodbury Resort & Marina for a fun and relaxing getaway! Our well-maintained campground offers various types of sites for you to choose. For RVers, we have waterfront and camp sites with power, water and sewer hookup. If you’re choosing to stay in a te ... Read more
The Lakeview

The Lakeview

Gray Creek

Nestled amongst towering trees with picturesque views, The Lakeview is an ideal destination to unwind in the natural wilderness. We are situated on the east shore of Kootenay Lake, surrounded by open space for guests to enjoy the great outdoors. Experience the many activities offered at our resort, ... Read more
Destiny Bay Resort

Destiny Bay Resort

Destiny Bay

Tastefully decorated lakeside cottages, gourmet dining, breakfast buffet and old-fashioned hospitality. Private beach, log sauna, canoes, paddleboats and firepit. Birdwatching, hiking, mountain biking and golfing nearby. ... Read more
Nelson City Campground

Nelson City Campground

Nelson

The Nelson City Campground offers visitors access to a forested, natural environment in an urban setting. Located on High Street, just east of downtown Nelson, the campground is centrally located and an easy walk to shopping, parks, and beach. Offers shared laundry, all-weather cooking facilities an ... Read more
Alpine Inn & Suites

Alpine Inn & Suites

Nelson

On a picturesque hilltop setting, Alpine Inn & Suites invites guests to stay at their Swiss-style, family oriented, dog friendly inn. Located one minute away from downtown Nelson, guests have easy access to local shops and restaurants. Offering 30 updated, modern rooms, guests can choose from Standa ... Read more
Cool Waters RV Park

Cool Waters RV Park

Nelson

Cool Waters RV park is located in a valley about 5 minutes south of beautiful Nelson BC. The property has a creek running through it, 20 minutes from the local ski hill, has a great number of mountain bike trails within close proximity. The RV park has select amenities, including wireless internet, ... Read more
Kaslo Municipal Campground

Kaslo Municipal Campground

Kaslo

Located adjacent to lake shore beach and playground in historic Kaslo. Tent and RV sites, shaded, hot showers and an easy walk to the SS Moyie and our charming Victorian downtown. Attendant on site. ... Read more
Schroeder Creek Resort

Schroeder Creek Resort

Kaslo

Discover the beauty of the Kootenays at Schroeder Creek Resort! Situated on Kootenay Lake, we have breathtaking views of the serene lake which offers fantastic fishing! Our beautiful treed campground offers a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere for guests to relax and unwind. We offer full service RV, ... Read more
Arrow Mountain RV Park

Arrow Mountain RV Park

Creston

24 spacious full-service lots all with a view of the magnificent Selkirk and Purcell Mountains. Creston offers plenty of wilderness, orchards, vineyards, fishing, etc. Go play, enjoy, relax and explore this hidden gem of the Kootenays. ... Read more
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