Kaslo Real Estate Listings and Information
The Village of Kaslo is the oldest incorporated community in the Kootenays. It is located 70 Kilometres north of Nelson on Highway 31, and sits on the western shore of Kootenay Lake. The community is also accessible by boat or through its small airfield. It is one of the most pristine areas in the world. Summers are filled with camping, hiking trails, fishing, and boating of all kinds while winter provides glorious cross-country and backcountry skiing as well as snowmobiling. With a wide variety of businesses, services, clubs and organizations, Kaslo is sure to provide just what you have been looking for.
It has a rich and colourful history, as miners were drawn to the area’s rich silver deposits. As a silver ore mining boomtown, the population reached as high as 6,000. Village Hall is recognized by the federal government as a National Historic Site. Kaslo is also home to the CPR sternwheeler S.S. Moyie which once served Kootenay Lake from 1898 to 1957. Wonderfully restored, the S.S. Moyie rests on the downtown shoreline and can be toured in the summer.
Despite its small size Kaslo is still well served by public amenities such as Vimy Park, complete with a children’s playground, picnic area, baseball field, and the Kaslo Municipal Campground continues to gain popularity with an increasing number of visitors. Visit the Kaslo Golf Club for a beautiful round of 9 or 18 holes. Kaslo Bay Park provides the residents and visitors with an awe-inspiring vantage point from which to admire the majestic local scenery.
Buchanan Lookout, the first fire lookout constructed in BC, is a great place for a family outing with spectacular views and a 2km trail providing access to viewpoints on the rock bluffs and also provides ramps for Hang Gliders managed by the Kaslo Hang Gliding Club. Snowboarders and skiers can embrace the world-class alpine skiing at Whitewater Ski Resort located just south of Nelson, or Summit Lake Ski Hill located south of Nakusp. Snowmobilers should check out Cedar Creek Forest Service Road to Cody Cave Park. South of Kaslo are the communities of Mirror Lake and Balfour. From Balfour, you can catch the longest free ferry ride in the world; A 40 minute crossing of Kootenay Lake to Kootenay Bay on the east shore. Ainsworth Hot Springs, set into the mountainside overlooking Kootenay Lake and open year-round, is popular with visitors and local residents.
For a taste of History, visit the Kootenay Star Mining Museum, or check out the Langham Cultural Centre for exhibits of Kootenay artists and sometimes theatrical performances. One of Kaslo's big events for the year is the Kaslo Jazz Festival featuring great acoustics and superb musicians. Kaslo's May Days, a celebration for the dawn of spring, has been celebrated for over 115 years. For more information on everything Kaslo and surrounding areas have to offer, click here.