6/2 - 4/2016
After entering Canada on Rte 95 through Creston, British Columbia, we headed up the east side of Kootenay Lake to the ferry dock, where we boarded the Kootenay Lake Ferry to Balfour, then proceeded on to visit friends of Kathy's in Nelson. Located on the very west of Kootenay Lake in southern British Columbia, it is known for its spectacular scenery and wonderful hiking trails throughout the area. Views of the lake from where we stayed for two nights are scenic, and access to parks, trails and the very colorful city of Nelson is easy. We enjoyed hiking, visiting some spectacular waterfalls, shopping in the colorful downtown district and enjoying a view of the lake from a high bluff above the city. Founded by silver miners in the 19th Century, it is now known for its historical buildings and as an artist colony. In winter, skiing and outdoor sports are popular in the surrounding Selkirk Mountains.