Kootenay Rockies

Travel Spotlight

Boswell

Boswell is a small community residing on the east shore of Kootenay Lake between Crawford Bay and Creston. Included in this community is Destiny Bay that offers relaxation, stunning views across the lake to the Selkirk Mountains, and opportunities to paddle and canoe. This area along Kootenay Lake is home to an abundance of birds and wildlife – drivers must look out for wild turkeys on the road, as well as deer. Sandy beaches, nature walks, alpine meadows and hiking in the mountains are all easily accessible. Kootenay Lake is one of the largest lakes in the region at 120 km (90 mi) long. As such it attracts many locals and visitors to enjoy the warm waters. Fishing for trout, spending relaxing days kayaking to some of the many secluded bays along the shore, going for a dip in the clear waters are just a few ways to enjoy lazy days on the lake.

The community of Destiny Bay is just 5 km (3 mi) south along highway 3A. This community is well worth the trip, a natural beautiful wonder.

Location

Boswell is located on Highway 3A on the eastern shore of Kootenay Lake, 38 km (24 mi) south of the eastern terminal of the Kootenay Lake Ferry at Kootenay Bay, and 44 km (28 mi) north of Creston.

A Step Back in Time

Many of the early settlers came from England and Scotland and grew a substantial farming community in and around Boswell. Because of the temperate climate, fruit growing became the major industry. There were no roads at the time and everything was shipped by paddlewheeler. With the abundance of fruit, the access to fruit markets was too slow and the community decided to build a jam factory to process the more perishable fruit, while apples and cherries were shipped to the US and other areas.

In the 1960s, the road was built along the Kootenay Lake eastern shore and people moved to other areas, where different industries flourished. Gone were the paddlewheeler, jam factory, and the farms. Boswell evolved into a quiet retirement community that stretched along Kootenay Lake. Today, Boswell has become a tourist haven due to the proximity of the lake and the mild climate.

Contact Information

Kootenay Lake Chamber of Commerce

Camping Lodging

The Super Camping / Select Lodging Guide

First Published in 1989