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West Koot Route

The West Koot Route can be accessed by three different ferry rides:  Upper Arrow Lake, Lower Arrow Lake and Kootenay Lake at Balfour (Hwy #3A).

Let’s begin this tour near the village of Nakusp.

Upper Arrow Lake Ferry to Nakusp on Highway #23 is 49 km / 30 mi.
Lower Arrow Lake Ferry to Nakusp on Highway #6 is 57 km / 35 mi.

During the Silvery Slocan mining boom, Nakusp was a major transportation hub. Today the village offers a lovely downtown, great fishing, a range of overnighting options, a waterfront promenade and three wonderful hot springs.

Along the way:

  • McDonald Creek Provincial Park is a holiday destination with sandy beach, boating and fishing; 10 km south on Highway #6
  • Hot springs include Nakusp, Halcyon (north of the village on Hwy #23) and Halfway River (back-country access).



Nakusp to New Denver is 46 km / 28 mi south on Highway #6.

You’ve now connected with the Silvery Slocan Driving Route. Follow its itinerary if you’d like to head south on Highway #6 through the Slocan Valley and back up through Nelson, Ainsworth Hot Springs and Kaslo.

Kaslo to Meadow Creek is 40 km / 25 mi north on Highway #31.

Along the way:

Spend some time in Kaslo – here’s some of the village’s highlights:



The Kootenay Star Mining Museum is located right downtown on Front Street and celebrates an era when hard work and unimaginable risk, was the norm for most people.

The Langham Cultural Centre recently won the BC Architecture Foundations ‘Best Building Award’. It is a thriving arts centre and also houses the Japanese Canadian Museum.

Kaslo is one of BC’s prettiest villages, set on the shores of Kootenay Lake, the Purcell Mountains tower above and the wide tree-lined streets and stately old houses exude charm.

The Kaslo Kayaking and Adventure Centre offers tours, lessons and rentals. Experienced and knowledgeable guides will help you discover the true magic of the area.

The SS Moyie is a National Historic Site – take a step back in time aboard the oldest sternwheeler in the world. Located at the Kaslo Visitor Centre along the shore of Kootenay Lake.

The Kaslo Jazz Festival is an intimate and laid-back world-class music festival which takes place in Kaslo Bay Park each August long weekend. They host big names and newly discovered gems on a unique floating stage on Kootenay Lake.



Meadow Creek to the village of Trout Lake is 100 km / 62 mi.

Meadow Creek to Gerrard (south end of Trout Lake) is on a wide, straight and flat gravel road.

Along the way:

Alongside Trout lake from Gerrard to the village of Trout Lake, the gravel road narrows. It is one lane in places, includes four hairpin turns, has pull out bays and may not be suitable for RVs. Watch for logging trucks.

  • Fish for rainbow trout in Trout Lake.
  • Services at the village of Trout Lake include a campground, boat launch, store and gas station with vintage gas pumps.

Travelling north from Trout lake will take you to the Upper Arrow Lake Ferry at Galena and Highway #23.


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