Kaslo is fortunate to have over 60 active non-profit groups and societies, many open to residents and visitors alike. The sheer number and diversity of organizations demonstrates the outstanding level of volunteer activity within our small community.
The Langham Cultural Society has been a part of the Kaslo community for over 30 years. Its first project was the restoration of The Langham, a unique heritage building built in 1896, for use as a cultural centre. The Langham Cultural Society has been active for over 30 years, providing ongoing public programming, theatre events, and many gallery exhibits. The Society, which also rents office spaces and provides meeting rooms for various community organizations, is an integral part of the community of Kaslo.
The Kaslo Jazz Etc. Society is a non-profit organization that each year puts on the Kaslo Jazz Etc. Festival, rated one of the top 10 festivals in North America by USA Today. The centerpiece of the festival is the venue in Kaslo Bay Park with its floating stage, technical support float and the Green Room float.
One of the province´s oldest golf courses, the Kaslo Golf Club is a 9-hole course that features stunning views from every hole and a new Timberframe clubhouse complete with restaurant and rental shop.
The Kootenay Lake Historical Society maintains the Kootenay Lake Archives, the S.S. Moyie and the Visitor Centre. The S.S. Moyie is the world´s oldest intact passenger sternwheeler. Located against the stunning scenery of the village of Kaslo, the Moyie awaits all who want to step back in time and experience life at the turn of the last century. The sights, sounds and smells have all been recreated aboard this grand vessel.
The Kootenay Lake Archives are located in the basement of the Kemball Memorial Centre and open Monday evenings from 7-9 p.m. and Thursday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon. The Archives phone number is 250-353-3204.
The Kaslo infoNet Society (KiN) is a non-profit society formed in 1996 to build a community access network for Kaslo and its neighbouring communities. KiN is dedicated to achieving local access to global information and creating a presence for the North Kootenay Lake communities on the World Wide Web.
The Victorian Hospital of Kaslo Auxiliary Society is dedicated to making residents of the Health Centre more comfortable and active. This ambitious group manages the local thrift shop as well as sponsoring popular annual fundraising events.
The Kaslo and District Public Library serves an area with a population of over 2500, which includes the Village of Kaslo and parts of Area D of the Regional District Central Kootenay. The residential service area includes extends from Coffee Creek north to Argenta and Johnson´s Landing. In 2009, 21,590 items were borrowed and the library boasts over 12,500 items in their collection.
The Kaslo Trailblazers is dedicated to making the local wilderness accessible to everyone by providing a network of hiking and biking trails for residents and visitors. A major project of the group has been the development of the Kaslo River Trail. This trail is a favourite hiking spot for residents and tourists. With the overwhelming support of the community and visitors, the Kaslo Trailblazers have created a trail system that includes a covered pedestrian bridge with spectacular views over the Kaslo River, a maintained hiking trail for 1.4 km on the south side of the river, and a wheelchair friendly trail for 1.2 km on the north side of the river. The south trail also connects to the Kaslo airport and existing trails at the True Blue Recreation Area.
The Kaslo Seniors´ Association (KSCA) meets in the Seniors´ Hall on 4th Street. The organization provides opportunities for local Senior residents to meet, socialize, and become informed about issues of particular interest to seniors. Membership is open to anyone 50 and over. Yearly membership fees are $6.00. For info, call 353-7195 or 353-2677.
The North Kootenay Lake Arts & Heritage Council sponsors the Kaslo Saturday Market; an annual Art Walk in the downtown area; a scholarship for students wishing to pursue post secondary training in the arts, history, or journalism; Art in the Market summer programs; and an annual Gallery Show at the Langham Cultural Centre. In addition, NKLAHC provides access to grants made available by the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance. Arts Advocacy is at the top of their list of concerns.
North Kootenay Lake Arts & Heritage Council
P.O. Box 1045
Kaslo BC VOG 1MO 250-366-4623
The Logger Sports Committee in Kaslo organizes a Logger Sports Competition on Sunday of the Victoria Day Long Weekend. Loggers from all over arrive in Kaslo to compete in events such as the tree climb, log rolling, hot saw and underhand chop. In 2009 Kaslo Logger Sports won the TSN/Kraft Community challenge for $25,000.
The Kaslo Riding Club Society is a group of people dedicated to pursuing better horsemanship and equestrian skills. Members range in age from 4 years old to 79. The club has been in existence for 40 years in Kaslo. Every year it features activities like a sleigh ride, the May Days Horse Demonstration and a fall poker ride.
The Society holds a Community Forest Agreement K3C in the Kootenay Lake Forest District. This agreement entitles the Society to manage forest resources on an area of 35,000 hectares surrounding the community of Kaslo. The Society distributes proceeds directly into local communities to support educational initiatives, recreational infrastructure, seniors housing and cultural and heritage projects among others.
Community foundations benefit everyone in the community by promoting the value of charitable giving. The Community Fund of North Kootenay Lake provides grants to health, youth, education, social services, arts and culture, recreation and environment. CFNKLS serves the Village of Kaslo and communities in Area D of the Regional District of Central Kootenay. This Community Fund is an affiliated fund administered by the Osprey Community Foundation in Nelson. Grants are governed by a volunteer advisory board made up of Kaslo and Area D residents.
Community Fund of North Kootenay Lake
PO Box 661
Kaslo BC V0G 1M0
The Kaslo and Area Chamber of Commerce is run entirely by a volunteer Board of Directors that works tirelessly to:
Located at 517 Arena Avenue in Kaslo, the Kaslo Arena offers a standard size ice rink with meeting facilities upstairs. Activities at the arena include Minor Hockey, Men´s and Women´s Adult Hockey, Public Skating and Curling. The ice and facilities are available for private rental. The arena is managed entirely by a volunteer board responsible for all decision making.
As a part of the West Kootenay Minor Hockey Association, the Kaslo and District Minor Hockey Association teams play in a regional league. Teams host games at the Kaslo arena as well as attend games at arenas within the league. Teams are comprised of children from as young as “Initiation”, (5 yrs.) through to “Midget”, (18 yrs.) Local youth learn to work together as a team, build positive relationships, and keep physically fit through this wonderful outlet. Kaslo is proud of its hockey community; from the volunteer boards that have sustained minor hockey for over 35 years to the parents whose support ensures that hockey remains a part of their children´s recreational lives and the fans that come out to cheer on the teams at their home games and tournaments! With the support of the community, Kaslo Minor Hockey has kept minor hockey afford able through annual fund raisers, bottle drives and tournaments. Canada´s “unofficial” sport is alive and well in Kaslo!
Check out the Kaslo Minor Hockey website for the schedule of games, tournaments and information: Kaslo Minor Hockey
North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society is a non-profit, multi-service organization. The Society´s mission is to develop and provide services and programs which contribute to a thriving community and enhance the quality of life for North Kootenay Lake residents.
Community Counselling, Addictions and Alcohol Counselling, Children and Youth Counselling, Victims assistance and counselling, Family support, and the Family Centre are a few of the programs offered out of the Kaslo office. Lifeline, a personal emergency call button, is available to elderly or ill persons living alone. The Safe Home provides a refuge for women and their children leaving an abusive relationship.
The Lardeau Valley Opportunity Links Society was founded officially on January 7, 2010.
The purpose(s) of the society are: