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A charming village and a gateway to exploration
Just an hour from Nelson, this quaint mountain village is nestled in a valley, surrounded by a lush forest and Kootenay Lake. Downtown is thriving with artisans and artists, and a beautiful park with pristine beaches lines the village. Heritage buildings have been lovingly restored, along with the S.S. Moyie, the world's oldest intact sternwheeler.
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 bring 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 August, as people come to see live music from international swing, blues and jazz musicians. The Kootenay Suffer Fest is another popular event for keen runners and mountain bikers, held in September each year.
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 0.8km to 19kms, so something for even the busiest schedule. (Check out our blog for a useful list of walks and hiking trails.) Fletcher Falls is also worth a visit, having been recognized as one of Canada’s top 10 waterfalls by Canada EH Travel Guide.
Kaslo has an impressive array of dining options for a small town, ranging from pub fare to sidewalk cafes. See our Kalso dining guide for more information.
Activities and Accommodation 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 incluing Stellar Heli Skiing. If you want to enjoy the lake, you can rent a boat from the Kaslo Shipyard or 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.
The Kaslo Hotel has a Tesla charging station that of course accommodates all other electric vehicles. Watch the video and come take in more of this amazing area.