The hot springs were first visited by the Ktunaxa First Nations peoples who experienced the waters as a welcome respite after a long day of hunting, fishing, and gathering roots and berries in what is now known as the Kootenay region. The Ktunaxa First Nations peoples embraced the nupika wu’u, or hot mineral waters, for their healing and rejuvenating powers and Ainsworth Hot Springs has been welcoming guests since the 1930s.
Located in the southeast corner of British Columbia, along the magical shores of Kootenay Lake, this region is an inspirational mecca for foodies, art-goers, music lovers, history buffs and adventure seekers.
Discover the East Shore from Wynndel to Kootenay Bay, cross the glacial-fed Kootenay Lake over to Balfour, on a free ferry, and journey along the shoreline to Ainsworth Hot Springs, Kaslo, North Kootenay Lake and Nelson BC.
Dining, shopping and outdoor activities are part of what makes our region magical.
Since the 1970’s, they’ve been building homes their customers trust for their superior construction, nearly endless design possibilities, and the friendly, expert Chaparral people who bring wishlists to life.
The Kootenay Lake Ferry is a ferry across the Kootenay Lake in southern British Columbia. It operates between Balfour, on the west side of the lake, and Kootenay Bay, on the east side. It is the longest free scenic ferry in the world. Two ferry vessels are used: the MV Osprey 2000 and the MV Balfour.
A modern take on the classic farm to table approach. From our buns and bread, to beers and beets we locally source and utilize ingredients found in the Kootenays to bring you a unique dining experience at our Balfour location.
Reel Adventures offers premiere fishing packages for some of the best fishing in the World. Our backyard is World famous Kootenay Lake. It is known for the Giant Gerrard Rainbow Trout, which is the world’s largest wild Rainbow Trout.