A charming village and a gateway to exploration
Kaslo, a quaint village on the shores of Kootenay Lake in the Selkirk Mountains, overlooks the soaring peaks in the Purcell Mountain Range. The downtown features various boutique eateries, shops, and artisans. Beautiful parks with pristine beaches surround the downtown. Heritage buildings have been lovingly restored, including the S.S. Moyie, the world's oldest intact sternwheeler and the Langham Cultural Centre. You can walk pretty much everywhere in Kaslo, or take a bike for a quicker journey and to head up the hills, along the river, or down the lake.
Places to Stay in Kaslo
The Kaslo Hotel is a recently renovated hotel on Front Street overlooking Kootenay Lake, with full dining and wheelchair accessibility. Just off of Front Street, the Kaslo Motel provides clean, quaint private cabins and rooms. Wing Creek Resort is a beautiful 5 minute drive outside of Kaslo, with private cabins for the perfect quiet getaway (no kids or pets allowed). The Sentinel is a lakefront retreat & wellness centre just outside of Kaslo that is a must experience during your vacation. There are a number of lodges, some with views of the lake or Kaslo River, others nestled in the forest: True Blue Lodge, Kaslo Manor Lodge, Bougainville Lodge, Retallack Lodge, and Sunny Bluffs Chalets.
Kaslo Heritage Sites
Kaslo first made its way onto the map in the late 1800s as a gold and silver mining hub. More than a century on, it has retained its historic charm and continues to lure visitors from far and wide for its iconic heritage sites. The S.S. Moyie – the world’s oldest intact sternwheeler – is a major attraction, and the Langham Cultural Centre, which recently won the BC Architecture Foundations “Best Building Award”, has maintained its status as a top cultural attraction since opening its doors in 1896.
Kaslo and Area Festivals
For a small town of 1000 people, Kaslo has an impressive line-up of festivals and events. Kaslo May Days feature Logger Sports, live music, food vendors and arts & crafts over the May long weekend. The Kaslo Jazz Festival also draws music-lovers from far and wide in early August, as people come to see live music from international swing, blues and jazz musicians. At the end of August, iDIDaRide features mountain biking and running races to test every skill level and age category.
Winter in Kaslo
Winter in Kaslo is picturesque, with snow capped mountains and an idyllic village warmth. If you enjoy the outdoors, there is cat and heli skiing, as well as cross country skiing and great trails for snow shoeing. The Kaslo Winter in the Forest festival is in February, and always a winter wonderland time for family visits.
Hiking near Kaslo
Kaslo’s mountainous terrain and impressive scenery makes it an ideal place for hiking and day treks. There are trails for all fitness levels and capabilities, and treks ranging from 1km to 19kms, so something for even the busiest schedule. Nearby Fletcher Falls is definitely worth a visit, having been recognized as one of Canada’s top 10 waterfalls by Canada EH Travel Guide.
Kaslo has a variety of dining options for a small town, ranging from pub fare to sidewalk cafes.
Activities in Kaslo
From skiing and biking in the mountains near Meadow Creek or paddling along Kootenay Lake there are activities to keep everyone entertained. Kaslo is also home to both cat and heli skiing operations including Stellar Heli Skiing. If you want to enjoy the lake, you can rent a boat from the Jones Boys Boats. Or if you really want something different try an experience with Between a Lake and a High Place Experiential Tourism Company and get immersed in small group, local and authentic West Kootenay culture and nature.