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Golf Season Begins!

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Golf Season Begins!

Granite Pointe Golf Club Opening Day

Golf season starts in the Kootenay area this month, and all the area golf courses are getting ready for an excellent season. Granite Pointe, Nelson's local golf course, opens for rounds on April 12th (driving range is open already) and is holding its Open House on April 13th to showcase the pro-shop. It's full of great merch at the moment and anyone who spends $100 or more in the shop is going to be entered to win some great prizes...so if you're in town for this, you'll want to stop by the course and see all that's new and happening. We had the chance to sit down with Graeme Ward from Granite Pointe to talk to us about why he loves Granite Pointe and what this season holds for the legendary community golf course.

Historic Golf Course Part of Community

Nelson's Granite Pointe has been a part of the Nelson community since 1919, and though it's a great place for visitors to come for a round of golf, one thing you'll notice and appreciate as much as the views (which are notorious & beautiful) is the sense of community at the course. There's a quiet and relaxed feel at Granite Pointe which is evident on the greens and also in the club house restaurant. In fact, Graeme noted that his favourite thing about Granite Pointe is "the growing Granite Pointe community. We have more than 40 new members this year, and a tonne of events." The events this year are really becoming a much larger part of the golfing experience at Granite Pointe, and, as Graeme says, "those are just as important to the golf experience." We agree. Golf in Nelson carries a wonderful balance: Though the course is gorgeous, and people take their golf seriously, there is always a relaxed and fun air to the course. Members are friends, and this is nowhere more evident than in the clubhouse after events.

How To Improve Your Game: Go with Friends & Have Fun

When asked for advice on how to improve your game this golf season, Graeme gave some unexpected but very Kootenay advice: "Go with friends. You can worry about swing technique when you're alone on the range, or taking a lesson. When you're on the course, the less competitive you are, the more fun you'll have. Take it from a competitive person who sometimes has a lot less fun than he could." That makes so much sense. Golf is a great sport for this modern age. If you are choosing a Kootenay vacation, adding golf into the mix is a great way to take a step back, slow down and spend quality time with friends. Along with this idea of slowing down and enjoying time with friends, of course, comes the idea of walking the course rather than renting a cart. But again, Graeme gives some great insight into this...which allows you to relax even more and enjoy your day. He says that he prefers walking the course, but encourages visitors to use a combination of waling and renting a cart:

"I prefer walking myself (my parents beat exercise into my head as a kid). But the back nine at Granite Pointe can be a tough walk if you're not used to it, so I think it's nice to have a cart at least for the second half of the round. It makes it easier to enjoy the views."

And, another great piece of advice from Graeme on how to approach the game, especially if you are a newcomer, is to join in an event.

Join Golf Events This Golf Season

"Playing a new course in a fun event is something visitors to the area are missing out on. Granite Pointe is moving away from the competitive tournament to the highly social tournament. And practically none of these are exclusive. We want to see new faces, and I can't think of a better opportunity to have a unique golf experience than playing in our Grinchmas tournament, or our Season Opening Social. That would make for a pretty unique golf vacation." Awesome advice.

Include Golf in Your Next Kootenay Vacation

If you'd like to include Nelson in your Kootenay golf vacation, or if you'd like to include golf in your Nelson Kootenay Lake vacation, you'll want to check out the Kootenay Golf Trail that promotes 7 course from Christina Lake to Kokanee Springs, including Balfour Golf Course. The Kootenay Golf Trail is offering visitors a chance to play your choice of 5 of 7, 18-hole golf courses for the same price that you'd pay for two rounds in the Okanagan. Since Nelson and Balfour are right in the middle of the trail, it's a great stop to make on your next golf vacation. For a 9-hole golf experience visit by the Kaslo Golf Club while touring around, or for some fun with the family play the par-3 Eagleview Golf Course in Balfour at Kooteay Lakeview Lodge. ***

This blog is a repost from our sister blog, 108 Healthy Things to Do

One of the Best Waterfalls You Don't Hear About: Fletcher Falls, Kaslo BC

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One of the Best Waterfalls You Don't Hear About: Fletcher Falls, Kaslo BC

Kaslo, British Columbia, Canada : Fletcher Falls : Located on the shores of Kootenay Lake. The highlights of the Fletcher Falls is the small, but powerful waterfall, a fine elongated sandy beach and a wilderness hiking trail. Fletcher Falls is best known as a marine wilderness campground site created for boaters and canoers who are exploring on Kootenay Lake. The recreation trail leading to the 50 foot waterfall is an easy grade, downhill trail following along an old access road and then onto a single track hiking trail. It is considered an easy hike downhill following alongside a creek leading to the falls. http://www.kootenayseh.com/kaslo/parks/fletcher.htm

Photo by Scott Simpson

 

Source: The 10 Best Waterfalls You Do Not Hear About via Eh Canada Travel

Kaslo, BC: Small Town with a Big Heart and Big Views

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Kaslo, BC: Small Town with a Big Heart and Big Views

We were greeted warmly at the rebuilt Kaslo Hotel our home away from home for the night. Our room was spacious and beautifully appointed complete with a dining area, little desk, bar sink, antique beds and chest of drawers. Most importantly, a grand sweep of windows and a door led out to one of the most beautiful views I have ever seen. The dramatic snow draped Purcell and Selkirk ranges flanked the moody rippling lake stretching off into the distance. Wow. I kept going out on the deck to remind myself it was real. My heart soared with the view.

Snowmobilers, heli and cat skiers, cross-country skiiers as well as fisher people and sightseers flock to the hotel in the winter. Add in motorcyclists, cyclists, hikers and boaters and you have a full compliment of people seeking out beautiful Kalso and the redone hotel all year round. It wasn't a small project to bring the hotel to its present glory. It took owners John and Susan Eckland two and a half years and 2.5 million dollars to create the eleven rooms and three apartments all with the incredible views. No detail is spared; even the back staircase is beautifully finished.

The wood burning hearth in the dining room adds to the healthy and dramatic feel of the dining room and bar area. In the morning after a refreshing night's sleep on the comfortable beds we contemplate our choices for the day. We can pursue the shops on the charming main street, or go for a cross country ski either at the Kaslo airport or up the old coach road on the way to New Denver. We may just choose to visit one of the coffee shop/bakeries for refreshment to take on a walk by the lake. What ever we decide, it will enhance our sense of well being and health. Whether you come to Kaslo for a specific activity or just to relax, the small town with the big heart will not disappoint. Blog by Kimberley Hyatt. All photos by Ryan Flett.

 

Kaslo May Days Celebration May 18-20, 2013

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Kaslo May Days Celebration May 18-20, 2013

Kaslo May Days Well, it's almost time. The tell-tale waft of lilacs is in the air, announcing that Kaslo is about to host our most infamous, enduring and vibrant party. May Days is a staple around these parts, an all-ages, community-inclusive affair that holds special meaning for most everyone. The annual Kaslo May Days celebration marks the eruption of spring renewal with an assortment of exciting, engaging and amusing antics. There are activities and shows all weekend long, plenty to do and see for a wide variety of inclinations and walks of life. Kaslo has been hosting a May days celebration each year since 1892 when this sleepy little village was one of the largest and liveliest cities in this corner of the world. Kaslo has changed, but the May Day spirit of revelry remains. The traditional May Pole dance is a right of passage for all first-grade children in Kaslo while some slightly less orthodox activities, like throwing water balloons and socializing with kids from out of town will weave nostalgia into the teenagers. There are food and craft vendors in the park all weekend, sporting events, kid-friendly competitions, a pancake breakfast and of course, The Parade. Certain events, like the Logger Sports and the Show 'n Shine, are so popular they stand as attractions in their own right, drawing hopeful participants and large crowds of spectators. May Days has partnered up with the Kaslo Jazz Festival this year to provide live music at the park, and local businesses like the BlueBelle Bistro and the Kaslo Hotel round out the weekend by providing extended entertainment for happy revellers. If you are coming from out of town, there are accommodations in Kaslo and surrounding area including the Hotel, the Motel, the Campground and a few B&Bs, but you may want to reserve ahead. Once you get to Kaslo, you can park your car and go everywhere on foot. The cafes and restaurants are all open for the season, and there are a number of open-air patio dining options. The sun is shining and the breeze is warm. Life is good in Kaslo. Cloé Bayeur-Holland has lived in Kaslo since she was born, minus a decade on-and-off of university and seasonal work. She is currently very busy trying to carve out a niche where she will be able to stay put, tend her garden, and with any luck, build a house.

Kaslo Community Soccer

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Kaslo Community Soccer

Blogger CloeTwice a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays behind the school, a motley little crew of Kaslovians assembles for a lighthearted, high-spirited, very friendly soccer game around 5:30pm. Last friday I worked up the courage to attend, in spite of my very mediocre soccer skills. I've always liked soccer, more than other sports, and having somewhat recently decided to re-establish myself on a more permanent basis here in Kaslo, BC, I figured I should branch out and explore the kinds of regular social activities Kaslovians are known for. While I was never particularly motivated to donate my free time to sports as an adolescent, today I'm eager enough to feel nervous and a little shy. It took me a week to psych myself up to attend, having failed to entice various friends and family to accompany me as 'wingmen'. Finally I bit the bullet and appeared solo, and I'm glad I did. FYI: the 5:30 start is something of a loose suggestion - true to the Kootenay time standard. This group of soccer players is quite skilled, at least from where I'm standing, but not elitist. In fact, they were very positive and encouraging. With a life coach, a Phys Ed teacher, and more than a few parents on board, these guys had plenty of patience with their enthusiasm. The game was fast-paced and challenging, and permeated with an attitude of acceptance and good humour that did not lessen the general competition for excellence. The group includes a father and sons trio, and ranges in age from late teens to late middle-age. Although I was the only woman, I was assured that there have been regular female players in the past. Typical attendance seems to hover around ten people, with the record being about fifteen. By the sounds of it, they keep up the games over the winter by renting out the school gymnasium, and as the summer progresses they will assemble a lineup to compete against other community teams in the region. The group is open to all, and players may vary session to session. For my part, I think my soccer skills improved significantly over that hour and a half, and I look forward to kicking a few less shins next week. Cloé Bayeur-Holland has lived in Kaslo since she was born, minus a decade on-and-off, of university and seasonal work. She is currently very busy trying to carve out a niche where she will be able to stay put, tend her garden, and with any luck, build a house.

Kaslo Soccer

Spring into Summer!

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Spring into Summer!

Balfour Golf Course Spring transformed into summer this past week in the Nelson Kootenay Lake area. The sun beat down on us hitting 28 degrees or more in places, and if you were on the Balfour Golf Course you would have felt the heat from the sun and also the cool breeze off the snowcapped mountains. Oh the pleasure of playing ‘Mountain Golf’! In addition to the temperature, the fairways and greens were in pristine condition and after golf we were treated to a dining experience unlike any other at a golf course. Annie Bailey has out done herself again! As a recognized chef in the Kootenays Annie is running a dining room you don’t want to pass up when out golfing, or for that matter, you don’t even need to be a golfer to enjoy her culinary prowess: Balfour Golf Course is located just 30 minutes from Nelson or Kaslo. No regular burger and fries there, instead we enjoyed a lovely glass of BC wine and local NBC beer, a ceasar and mediterranean salad, drunken spicy shrimp and a rack of tender BBQ ribs and the unneeded cheesecake that melted in our mouths. It was a spectacular day of golf and superb cuisine, right here in the Kootenays, at Balfour Golf Club www.golfbalfour.com

Dinner at Balfour Golf Course

Cottonwood Lite - the lighter side of Nelson’s Cottonwood Singers

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Cottonwood Lite - the lighter side of Nelson’s Cottonwood Singers

It Reads like a name you might find on a beer can, but this is a chamber music event that showcases the lighter side of Nelson’s Cottonwood Singers. The concert is slated for Sunday April 28th, in the exceptional acoustic environment of St Saviour’s Pro-Cathedral. Director Kathleen Neudorf has selected an accessible program, mostly in English and composed or arranged since 1970, that includes everything from Canadian work songs to three fabulous arrangements of familiar children’s rhymes. “Cottonwood is full of people that like to laugh and I wanted to bring this out a little.” Kathleen adds, “Of course, we still take the music seriously, but the tone is lighter, and we’re having fun”. Also appearing, the Nelson Saxophone Quartet will make their performance debut with works by Mozart, Bach and Vivaldi, along with a little jazz -- and even funk. The line-up includes Rick Lingard on soprano sax, Ian Hartline on alto, Kristen Elder on tenor, and Kiyo Elkuf on baritone. This Sunday concert begins at 7:30pm at St Saviour’s (at the corner of Ward and Silica Streets). Admission is by donation, but plan to arrive early. Cottonwood’s November performance sold out, with the venue full to overflowing well before the scheduled start time. For more info, contact Alan Dodsworth, 250-505-2100 alansworth@gmail.com

New Kootenay Spring Photo Contest!

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New Kootenay Spring Photo Contest!

Kootenay Photo ContestWe're looking for your best SPRING photos for our new Kootenay Spring Photo Contest!! Two amazing prize packages will be awarded, one for the Fan Favourite (the photo with the most votes) and the Grand Prize winner selected by Nelson Kootenay Lake Tourism.   The Grand Prize package includes: * 1/2 day with Kaslo Kayaking * One night at WING CREEK RESORT in Kaslo * One night at the Kootenay Lakeview Lodge * Two passes at the Balfour Golf Course * Two passes at Touchstones Nelson * One night at the Villa Motel * Two passes at Granite Pointe Golf Course * $50 gift certificate at SkinBliss Laser & Body Clinic * $25 gift certificate at Gerick Cycle and Ski * $25 gift certificate at the Uptown Tavern in Nelson The Fan Favorite Prize package includes: * One night accommodation at the Alpine Inn & Suites * Two passes at Touchstones Museum * $25 gift certificate at Dock n’ Duck – Balfour * A Rafting Trip on the Slocan River Facchina Rapids for one person with Whitewater Rafting * 2 pool passes at Ainsworth Hot Springs * One night accommodation at Rocky Ledges on the Lake in Kaslo * Two passes at Kaslo Golf Course You can enter via Facebook here: http://woobox.com/cu2qjs?web=1 or via Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #kootenayphotos. Please refer to the Official Rules for more details. Contest ends May 19, 2013, so get snapping! Kootenay Photo Contest

What to do in Nelson Kootenay Lake this time of year?

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What to do in Nelson Kootenay Lake this time of year?

The end of March 2013 was a tough one, with winter and spring battling for my attention. Rather than chose one season, I chose to do a little bit of both, and it turned out to be the right decision. The week began with some morning gardening and yard work, admiring the colorful tulips and crocus’ coming up. Then I got to hit a basket of balls up at Birchbank Golf Course (Granite and Balfour are both open now). This short golf exposure reminded me that I need to stretch and take golf lessons, again. The next day I moved on to cat-skiing up at Selkirk Wilderness Skiing. Not only was their amazing terrain but the meals were decadent and the staff treated everyone like part of their family or better. On the way back to Nelson I stopped in Kaslo for a peek at the skateboard park – very cool spot. Then I went down to the water at Lost Ledge to watch the fishermen/women - they looked very relaxed. And then I ventured into a road ride along Kootenay Lake from Nelson back up to Balfour. I love that road, the ferry (the Harrop one too) and the views. A bit more gardening, a walk in the woods with the dogs, and the week was over. I didn’t get in my paddle, skiing at Whitewater, a mountain bike ride, or a round of golf; there just wasn’t time. But winter is still here for a bit to get in a few more runs, and with spring blooming all around us and summer just around the corner, there is lots of time to get out and enjoy the plethora of activities from Nelson to Balfour, Ainsworth and Kaslo, all along the picturesque and captivating Kootenay Lake.

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Pick-up your free Best Ski Town stickers in Nelson!

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Pick-up your free Best Ski Town stickers in Nelson!

Best Ski Town StickerAs a big thank you to everyone that voted, making Nelson the recognized #1 Ski Town in North America (along with Rossland, BC), we're giving away FREE STICKERS! The Best Ski Town stickers are available at the Nelson Kootenay Lake office (located in the visitor centre) and at the following businesses in Nelson, BC:



Or if you are out of town send your mailing address to info@nelsonkootenaylake.com and we’ll mail it out to you.

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