Rent a vacation rental on Kootenay Lake, British Columbia
, Canada. Located in the south eastern part of BC, this pristine lake stretches north-and-south for more than 140 kilometers or about 90 miles. Kootenay Lake, the largest natural lake in southern British Columbia, is cradled within the Selkirk Mountains and bordered by the Purcells to the east. Kootenay Lake is shaped like a bow and arrow, with the Main Lake (63 miles/100 km long in the North-South direction) being the bow, and the West Arm (21 miles/34 km long in a westerly and southwesterly direction from Balfour to Nelson
) being the arrow. Communities on this lake include Riondel, Gray Creek, Kootenay Bay, Crawford Bay and Boswell. One hour south is Creston
, and Castlegar
and Nelson are to the west.
The many parks and wilderness areas sprinkled about Kootenay Lake mean the area is a fabulous natural playground for you to explore from the comfort of your vacation rental accommodation or condo rental. Back roads and mountain trails provide access to exceptional hiking and biking, and the clean freshwater lake offers excellent fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and other water sports. Various lodgings, condo rentals and vacation rentals and other accommodations with full facilities are located on the shores of the lake.
Kootenay Lake provides a scenic ferry trip between Balfour on the west shore and Crawford Bay on the east shore. The two-hour round-trip is the world's longest free ferry ride, served by the MV Balfour and MV Osprey.
The bonus of the tiny village of Ainsworth Hot Springs is in close proximity to your vacation rentals and accommodations. It is the location of natural hot springs, an exhilarating experience for those looking to relax. The rocky shores of Kootenay Lake are broken by numerous creeks and encompass hundreds of tiny bays and beaches providing hundreds of miles of shoreline that is great to explore by kayak or canoe. Kootenay Lake has some nice beaches; among them are those at Kokanee Creek Provincial and Lockhart Beach Provincial Park. There is also a beach (and boat ramp) at Kuskonnok Rest Area, on the east side of Kootenay Lake.
Golfers have a number of golf courses to choose from around Kootenay Lake, including the magnificent Balfour Golf Course and Eagle View Golf Course in Balfour, Kaslo Golf Club in Kaslo, Riondel Golf Club in Riondel, and the 18-hole championship Kokanee Springs Golf Resort in Crawford Bay. At the western tip of the West Arm of Kootenay Lake, in the city of Nelson, is the 18-hole Granite Pointe Golf Club. The mountain and lake views on these courses are simply stunning and must not be missed from your vacation rental.
The area around Kootenay Lake is largely wilderness, where wildlife that could be encountered includes deer, elk, moose, black bears, mountain goats, cougar, and coyotes. Wetlands at Crawford Bay and the north and south ends of Kootenay Lake provide habitat for over migrating and nesting birds, including swans and pelicans. It seems that wherever there's water - whether lake, creek, or river - there is fishing. Kokanee Creek and Kootenay Lake maintain considerable populations of various fish species, including kokanee, rainbow and cutthroat trout, dolly varden, burbot, and whitefish. Kootenay Lake supports record-sized rainbow trout.