Kootenay Lake offers a spectacular combination of the best that nature has to offer for anyone who enjoys the water. With its breathtaking views of Kokanee Glacier and the surrounding mountains, Kootenay Lake is a beautiful place to kayak, canoe and sail. Time spent exploring reveals uninhabited beaches and long stretches of unspoiled geography. It doesn't get any better than this.
Exploring Kootenay Lake’s many treasures, including hidden coves and secluded beaches is an unforgettable experience. The winds that channel through the valley in the afternoon make ideal conditions for sailing. The Kootenay Lake Sailing Association (KLSA) sponsors cruises, rallies and races throughout the spring and summer. If you’re interested in a regatta, either as a racer or spectator--check out the KLSA’c annual Prestige Cup Regatta, sailed off the shores of Nelson every year on the weekend closest to Canada Day.
Photo courtesy Nelson Canoe & kayak club
Canada Day sail-by.
Photo © David R. Gluns
To obtain a mandatory Pleasure Craft Operator boat license, and for more information about boating regulations and safety precautions, please visit:
For the History Buffs
Kootenay Lake was a marine performance centre for speedboats in the 1930s and 40s. In 1933, Nelson resident, Lou Gilbert, set the World Speed Record in his class at 68 mph, and his boat, the Lady Bird, can be seen today at the Nelson Museum.
For more information on all the activities available to you in and around Nelson, please drop by our Visitor Info Centre.
91 Baker Street, Nelson BC V1L 4G8
Phone: (250) 352-3433
Toll Free: 1-877-663-5706