Other Lake Communities

Just south of the lake, Wynndel is the beginning of the Creston Valley farmland, gorgeous view of the flats.

Here are some of the other communities in the surrounding Lake area, which you may want to visit during your stay here. They are all within an hours drive, and all but Creston are reached by taking the Kootenay Lake Ferry to the west shore. Please check out our route map to see where these towns are located and the routes to them.


Creston is located at the southern end of the Kootenay Lake Valley, just a few miles from the U.S. border, and features bountiful farms, orchards, a museum and the magnificent Creston Valley Wildlife Area.


Balfour is the western terminus of the Kootenay Lake Ferry crossing and has a healthy tribe of Canada geese and ducks hanging out near the restaurant and pub. Balfour also has a golf course with restaurant, charter fishing, and kayak expeditions.


Nelson, B.C.’s heritage capital, is a half-hour drive from Balfour. It features unique shops, many excellent restaurants, a lively main street, gorgeous heritage buildings and a thriving arts and entertainment community.


Ainsworth is known far and wide for its soothing hot springs with natural caverns, Ainsworth Hot Springs is a treat in any season of the year. Cody Caves Provincial Park is located on the mountainside above town. A spectacular 15 minute drive north of Balfour.


Kaslo is a half hour’s drive north from the Balfour ferry landing, and is an historic village with an amazing natural setting. Home of the S.S. Moyie Museum, the last of the Kootenay Lake paddle-wheelers, Kaslo also features art galleries, fine heritage architecture, and interesting shops.