Kaslo is located north of Nelson by 70
km (43.5 miles) on Hwy 31 and 47 km (29 miles) east of New
Denver on Hwy 31A. If you are coming from Creston,
take the scenic route on Hwy 3A to Kootenay Bay and take the ferry
Kaslo served a historic role for the sternwheelers on the Kootenay
Lake delivering miners venturing into the silver mines of the Slocan
Region. It is a small community and has been considered at times
one of the most liveable communities in British Columbia.
The streets and buildings surrounding Kaslo have been restored to
some of the past era of the early 1900's Victorian architecture.
Beautiful homes and flower gardens displayed around the town offer
a constant view of Kootenay Lake and make Kaslo quite tranquil.
There are various coffee shops, small cafes and antique shops available
for your pleasure.
Moyie National Historic Site
If you do make it to Kaslo, make sure you visit the S.S. Moyie National
Historic Site. Located on the shores of Kootenay Lake, the S.S.
Moyie will take you back in time to when the sternwheelers plied
the waters of this massive lake. The ship has been fully restored
and is a credit to the people of Kaslo who saved this national monument
from the CPR disposal list.
May Days and Kaslo Jazz Festival
Kaslo has a couple of events that are well worth the visit. One
being the annual Kaslo May Days held in one form or another since
1892; the other is the Kaslo Jazz Festival held on BC's August long
weekend. Both events are very popular and you might consider getting
reservations if you're going to go to either event.
and Purcell Mountains
Surrounded by Selkirk and Purcell mountain ranges Kaslo has some
great recreational things to do. There are great hiking, cross-country
skiing, snowmobiling, swimming, boating, caving and rock hounding.
For heli-skiing Stellar Heli Skiing offers up to 320 sq. km (199
sq. miles) of unexplored terrain.
on Kootenay Lake
The winter fishing outside of Kaslo on Kootenay Lake is superb and
noted to have some massive Kokanee Trout being caught often. If
you require it, there are quite a few hunting guides and fishing
resorts located around the area. Woodbury Fishing Resort and Marina
is located just south of Kaslo 5 km (3 miles) north of Ainsworth
Hot Springs near the Cody Caves.
For a good walk take the trail up to Mt. Buchanan Lookout where
you'll get a great view of Kaslo and Kootenay Lake.
If you would like to stay a while in Kaslo, try the Kaslo Campground
near Vimy Park and Lighthouse Beach. Another park nearby to explore
and discover is Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park located just south-west
of Mirror Lake.
One of British Columbia's prettiest and historical driving tours
has to be the Silvery Slocan Heritage Tour, a 320 km (199 mile)
round-trip journey. Going west of Kaslo on Hwy 31A you can visit
the one hundred-year-old historic mining community of Sandon.
Then continue driving on Hwy 6 south to New Denver, Silverton
and the Slocan Lake past the pristine Valhalla Provincial Park.
Eventually Hwy 6 follows the Slocan River through Winlaw,
Crescent Valley to historic Nelson.
Then from Nelson you can return to Kaslo on Hwy 31 via a visit at
Ainsworth Hot Springs. The route is very enjoyable and can be done
in a day but preferably you need to have a couple of days to really
unwind and explore the area.