Kootenay Rockies

Boswell

Boswell is a small community residing on the east shore of Kootenay Lake in the Kootenay Rockies region of British Columbia 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.

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

Boswell & Nearby Accommodations

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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
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
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
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
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
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
Pair-A-Dice RV Park & Campground

Pair-A-Dice RV Park & Campground

Creston

Located on the north end of Creston, surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery. Easy pull-through & back-in sites; big rigs welcome; water, sewer; 15/30/50 amp service; barbecue and firepit; cable TV; telephones; sparkling restrooms/laundry facilities, new convenience store on site; weekly/ monthly r ... Read more
Downtowner Motor Inn

Downtowner Motor Inn

Creston

Situated in the heart of downtown Creston, the Downtowner Motor Inn offers clean, comfortable rooms for all guests to relax during their stay. Whether your visit is business, holiday or a sports tournament, we guarantee your stay with us will exceed all expectations. Our lodge style inn offers 22 ro ... Read more
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