Parks and Beaches
For a mountainous region, parks are plentiful and surprisingly large, and often lakeside for spectacular scenery and views. From green grass parks to protected provincial expanses, there's something for everyone.
Popular beaches include Nelson's Rotary Lakeside Park, with a large sandy area, volleyball net, docks, canoe and SUP rentals, washrooms and popular Rose Garden Cafe. Kokanee Creek Provincial Park has a lovely sandy spot with expansive views of the lake and mountains, and a dog friendly area. Kaslo also has several scenic beaches and swimming area beside the SS Moyie and in Kaslo Bay Park.
Kokanee Creek Provincial Park is the largest and most popular campground in the region, complete with interpretive centre, boardwalks, and paddle rentals at the beach. Further up the creek, Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park is a mountain paradise, with multiple hiking trails, backcountry huts, alpine lakes, and incredible vistas. At the north end of Kootenay Lake you'll find the small but incredibly scenic campgrounds at Davis Creek and Lost Ledge, with most sites right on the water.
On the East Shore, Pilot Bay Provincial Park is a short drive from Crawford Bay and the Kootenay Bay ferry landing and offers a variety of gentle walking trails and waterfront campgrounds. North of the ferry landing is the small settlement of Riondel and the beautiful Riondel Community Campground, featuring a wide rocky beach, drive-in sites and tent pads that cater to walk-in or bicycle travellers.