Kaslo, British Columbia
Kaslo, it has been said, is the little Switzerland of Canada. With its towering, snowy crags and beautiful isolated beaches, Kaslo is fast becoming a world-wide hit in the tourist industry while still maintaining its small-town atmosphere. Getting to Kaslo is all part of the adventure.
The town of Kaslo is nestled on the western shore of magnificient Kootenay Lake and sheltered between the spectacular Selkirk and Purcell mountain ranges.
Seen here from Mount Buchanan on a warm summer’s day, looking South down Kootenay lake, one understands why Kaslo provides such a unique venue for the annual Summer Jazz Festival. Kaslo’s location in southeastern British Columbia is about a 9 hour drive from Vancouver, BC, about 4 hours from Spokane, about 5 hours from Kelowna, 1.5 hours from Castlegar and about 7.5 hours away from Calgary. Directions
Kaslo is a pretty village with an abundance of Victorian architecture that echoes back to the sunshine days of the British Empire. The people of Kaslo consider their “Victorian Village” a special place – rich in history, strong in spirit, spectacular in location. It offers those who live here a quality of life others can only envy.
Kaslo is a self-contained community possessing a complete range of retail outlets and essential services. These include a college extension campus, a hospital, a manned RCMP station, Provincial and Municipal government services, not to mention the best-looking downtown core area to be found anywhere in a village of this size.
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Directions to Kaslo
Driving to Kaslo visitors will encounter scenic, winding highways. If you are coming from Nelson, B.C. take highway 3A to Balfour and then follow highway 31 to Kaslo. This route follows the shore line of Kootenay lake from Nelson to Kaslo and is a breathtaking drive.
From Creston via Kootenay Lake Ferry
If you are traveling from Nakusp follow highway 6 to New Denver and then take highway 31A to Kaslo. Wildlife is common on these roads, so keep your camera ready.
The nearest airports are Castlegar (a 1.5 hour drive), Kelowna, Spokane and Calgary. Kaslo also has a small airstrip where it is possible to land private and charter flights.
The Castlegar Municipal Airport which is located approximately 1.5 hours south of Kaslo is the closest center in our area for domestic flights. The Kaslo air-strip was developed primarily for light single and twin engine planes. The strip is used primarily by pleasure aircraft but is also used for emergency medical evacuation and forestry. The strip is open for seasonal landings from late spring to late fall.
Float planes can land on Kootenay Lake. Kaslo Bay has a sheltered lagoon for harbouring pontoon equipped planes.