About the area

About Mountain Shores

Mountain Shores is located in the Kootenay Lake Valley, in the Central Kootenay Region of British Columbia. The area is still pristine and relatively undeveloped. The Kootenays are blessed with stunning beauty and a bounty of fish, wildlife, fruit and market gardens, a "land of plenty".

The valley’s mountains are thickly forested, and the area is categorized as an Interior Rain Belt. This makes for a mild climate, where the lake remains ice free all year.

At either end of the lake you will find wetlands: Crawford Bay and on the Creston side, the 7000 hectare Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area which host over 260 species of migrating and nesting birds - even wild swans and pelicans! You may also spot a lake otter, moose, elk, bear, coyote, or bighorn sheep!

This rich area is filled with great walking and hiking trails including easy day hikes and more demanding areas. The East shore provides trails that will get you up in the mountains where you will get a real taste of Kootenay wilderness. There are also lots of trails for mountain biking, or if you prefer road bikes, where there are miles of winding pavement to ride.

You will have lots of activities to choose from hiking; boating; golfing; or just relaxing on the beach.

There is a 35 minute ferry crossing between Kootenay Bay and Balfour which is the longest free ferry crossing in the world! It is operated by Ministry of Highways and includes a new Osprey 2000 ferry which runs year round and the Balfour ferry which runs during the summer months.

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