Nestled in the heart of British Columbia, Kaslo is a charming village that offers visitors a unique blend of history, scenery and opportunities for outdoor adventure.
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From it’s picturesque location on the west shore of Kootenay Lake to it’s rich heritage, there’s something for everyone in this hidden gem of a village. Whether you’re a history buff, an outdoor enthusiast, or simply looking for a relaxing getaway, Kaslo is the perfect destination.
Where is Kaslo?
Kaslo is located in the West Kootenays at the junction of Highway 31 and Highway 31A on the western shore of Kootenay Lake, 42 miles (67 km) northeast of Nelson. Kaslo’s population is just over 1000 residents.
You’ll find Kaslo in southeastern British Columbia, known an the West Kootenay’s.
Discover the History of Kaslo
Kaslo is steeped in history, with a rich heritage that dates back to the late 1800s. Originally a logging town, Kaslo quickly grew into a bustling hub of activity, with a thriving economy and a vibrant community due to the mining activity in the surrounding area.
Today, visitors can explore the town’s historic buildings and landmarks, including the
- Kaslo Hotel, although not historic – it’s a replica built in the 2000s.
- the Langham Cultural Centre, and the
- The Kaslo City Hall – is the world’s oldest wooden municipal hall still in use – turning 125 years old this year as is the –
- SS Moyie, a restored sternwheeler that once plied the waters of Kootenay Lake. It’s the world oldest passenger sternwheeler.
Whether you’re a history buff or simply interested in learning more about the town’s past, Kaslo is a fascinating destination.
Take in the Stunning Scenery
In addition to its rich history, Kaslo is also known for its breathtaking scenery. Surrounded by the majestic Selkirk and Purcell mountain ranges, crystal-clear lakes, and lush forests, the area offers endless opportunities for exploration and adventure.
Drive the scenic highways, visit the ghost towns of Sandon, Retallack, and see if you can find the remains of Three Forks – you’ll have to ask a local because they’re hard to find.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re an avid outdoors enthusiast or simply looking to soak up some of the area’s natural beauty, Kaslo is the perfect place to do it.
Outdoor Adventures in the surrounding areas
Kaslo, British Columbia is the ultimate destination for outdoor enthusiasts.
The village offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation, including hiking, fishing, biking, camping, and in the winter – skiing. Bring your hiking shoes, your bike, your boat, an ATV, swimming suit, camping gear, and a sense of adventure because it’s all here waiting for you.
Kootenay Lake, which stretches for over 100 kilometres, is a popular destination for boating and swimming, while the nearby hot springs provides a relaxing way to unwind after a day of exploring.
It really doesn’t matter whether you’re looking for a challenging hike or a leisurely stroll, the surrounding area has something for everyone. Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture the breathtaking scenery!
Camping near Kaslo, BC
There are many beautiful campgrounds and full-service RV parks throughout the area.
The best time for camping in this area is March through October, but be prepared for the possibility of snow during March, April and October. July and August can have very hot days, though cooler and more manageable in the evenings.
There’s many opportunities for camping next to a lake or river at many places. The large Kokanee Creek Provincial Park, Schroeder Creek, Woodbury, Lost Ledge, Davis Creek, Riondel and more are just a few of the great places to camp. Right in the town of Kaslo is the Municipal Kaslo Campground – serviced and handy for walking everywhere!
The West Kootenay’s, in southeastern British Columbia is probably one of my favourite places to visit in Canada. The scenery is breathtaking, the history is vivid and the people are friendly. I could stay in the Kaslo area for a whole summer and never run out of things to see or do. Highly recommend it for everyone.
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