Kootenay Lake, Kaslo, Photo Destination BC David Gluns

Kaslo

The village of Kaslo is located on scenic Kootenay Lake surrounded by the Selkirk and Purcell mountain ranges. It is home to the world’s oldest intact passenger sternwheeler, the SS Moyie which is well worth a tour to see it in its original Victorian glory. Beaches, boating, kayaking, golfing and fishing are all popular and with an abundance of trails in the area hiking, biking and mountain biking are near at hand. In the winter there is snowmobiling and cross-country skiing.

The Northern view of Kaslo from Gatehouse-on-the-Point.

Location

The Village of Kaslo is located 70 km (44 mi) north of Nelson via Hwy 3A & Hwy 31 on the western shore of Kootenay Lake and 46 km (28 mi) east of New Denver via Hwy 31. Balfour, where the ferry takes travelers to Kootenay Bay, lies 37 km (23 mi) south of Kaslo on Hwy 31. Ainsworth Hot Springs is 22 km (14 mi) south from Kaslo.

Southern view of Kaslo from the Gatehouse-on-the-Point.

A Step Back in Time

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 waterfront at Gatehouse-on-the-Point in Kaslo.

Contact Information

Nelson & Kootenay Lake Tourism

Kaslo & Nearby Accommodations

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Kaslo Hotel & Pub

Kaslo Hotel & Pub

Kaslo

The Kaslo Hotel is in the middle of the most accessible outdoor experiences you can imagine. Situated between the Purcell and Selkirk Mountains and on the shores of Kootenay Lake, fed by a multitude of clear streams, waterfalls and rivers, you will discover an area which is quintessentially Canadian ... 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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