A Sailors Paradise - Just You, the Sky, Mountains and the Water

Kootenay Lake, one of the largest lakes in British Columbia, is a perfect spot to sail. Getting out on the lake, you’ll witness blue heron, otters, beavers and other wildlife as you paddle or sail along its shoreline. The unspoiled nature of Kootenay Lake creates a very special backdrop.

Learn how to sail

Sailing on Kootenay Lake is laid back and fun! The local Sailing Association hosts regular beer can races and occasional regattas and social events. Their goal is to promote fun and friendly sailing on our lake.

If you are new to sailing, or are looking to learn to sail, you can learn through Sail Nelson, our local Sail Canada sailing school. Kayaking, SUP and canoeing enthusiasts love Kootenay Lake and our surrounding rivers. During the calm moments of early morning and evening, you’ll see enthusiasts paddling along the lake.

Marinas on Kootenay Lake

A number of marinas are located along the lake offering boat rentals, boat repair and moorage.

Friends of Kootenay Lake is a wonderful organization helping to keep Kootenay Lake pristine. Check out their website for lots of great information about Kootenay Lake.

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