Kaslo is the ideal base from which to pursue an amazing array of outdoor recreational opportunities.
Whether your tastes run to golf, tennis, cross country skiing, kayaking, bicycle touring, sports fishing or the more adventuresome activities of mountain hiking and biking, heliskiing, cat-skiing, snowmobiling and ATV touring, Kaslo has it all and more.
Nestled between the Selkirk and Purcell Mountains, the village of Kaslo is located on the west shore of Kootenay Lake; the largest freshwater lake in BC. A paradise unfolds for recreation enthusiasts. The upper Kootenay area abounds with provincial and privately run parks, rustic recreational sites and hiking trails that range from beginner to expert.
Kootenay Lake itself offers superb opportunities for boating, sailing, canoeing, kayaking and sport fishing for world class “Gerrard” rainbow trout, Bull trout and Kokanee Salmon.
Formed at an elevation of 1,736 feet (530 meters) above sea level during the Ice Ages, Kootenay Lake is fed by the Kootenay River from the south, the Duncan River from the north, and numerous creeks. The main lake is 5 miles (8 km) across at its widest point, with an average width of 2.5 miles (4 km).
For the wildlife, fisheries and bird watching enthusiasts, the upper Kootenay Lake area is home to a multitude of species. Resident wildlife includes deer, elk, moose, black and grizzly bears, mountain goats, cougar, and coyotes. The wetlands at Crawford Bay and the north and south ends of Kootenay Lake provide habitat for over migrating and nesting birds, including swans and pelicans. Opportunities to view spawning fish (e.g. Gerrard Rainbow, Bull Trout & Kokanee), are available at the various species spawning times during the year.
Winter recreational opportunities are abundant; ski-touring, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling activities and snow-cat and backcountry ski lodges provide ample access to the winter wonderland in the Selkirk and Purcell Mountain Ranges. With a lake that never freezes, Kaslo is popular with fisherman who enjoy deep lake trolling in the winter. When venturing on the lake in winter, prepare yourself for cool and unpredictable weather and water conditions on Kootenay Lake.
Kaslo is a haven for hiking and mountain biking enthusiasts. The many mountain and river hiking trails surrounding the community of Kaslo offer stunning vistas and the opportunity for thoughtful contemplation or exhilarating adventure. Further afield, in the surrounding mountain environs, some of the most spectacular scenery in British Columbia awaits you.
So what are you waiting for? Come play with us - it´s worth the drive!