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Kootenay Lake, British Columbia

Updated on August 24, 2017
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Linda is an amateur artist and photographer who loves to travel with her husband of 37 years.

Our trip to British Columbia in Canada

One of our dreams has always been to take a trip into Canada. Well we finally made our trip on a three day weekend the last weekend in September, and it was incredible.

We went into Canada from Idaho, after driving the some pretty gorgeous country in Idaho, by Lake Pend Oreille and entered just north of Bonners Ferry into British Columbia in the Kootenay Rocky area. The Kootenay Lake, incredibly beautiful and right in view most all the time.

Come experience British Columbia, and the beauty of the Kootenay Rockies and Lake.

The Mountain you pass just before the border of Nelway, British Columbia - In Northern Idaho

mountain you pass in Northern Idaho just before you get to the border at Nelway, British Columbia, Canada
mountain you pass in Northern Idaho just before you get to the border at Nelway, British Columbia, Canada | Source


The above image of the mountain you pass in Northern Idaho just before you get to the border at Nelway, British Columbia, Canada. This is in Idaho in what they call the Panhandle. Do you know why it is called the Panhandle? If you look at a map of Idaho you can see why, shaped like a pan, northern Idaho is the handle.

Arriving at the Canadian Border - We are so excited, it is just around the corner

We are almost there, so excited
We are almost there, so excited | Source

Almost there, only 1500 feet to the border of Canada. We were so excited, finally going to see Canada. Something I have wanted to do as long as I can remember.


We can see Customs - Almost to Canada

We can see customs
We can see customs | Source

We can see customs.


We arrived in Canada, British Columbia.

Arriving in British Columbia
Arriving in British Columbia | Source

We arrived in Canada, British Columbia.


Thinkmetric - 50 mph = 80 kph - Watch out for "fast children"

Thinkmetric sign in Canada
Thinkmetric sign in Canada | Source

We have to change our speed to metric, it is a good thing our odometer has metric reading too. I love the clever way they made their sign too. Notice how the "km" stands out, so clever!

I found a sign that I thought was kind of funny, sorry I didn't get a picture of it. But is said, Maximum speed 50 kph when "children are on road".

Their children must run fast!

Spectacular views along the drive - Untouched Mountains tall above us, with lush valleys below

Spectacular views along the drive
Spectacular views along the drive | Source

The views were just spectacular along the drive. There is high mountains, that seem untouched by man, with lush valleys below.


The Lake is held back by a series of man made dikes - The story about how they came to be

a dream fulfilled
a dream fulfilled | Source

The Lake is held back by a series of man made dikes. This sign told the story about how they came to be.


Another view of the lush valley below.

It is so green and lush
It is so green and lush | Source

Another view of the lush valley below.


Mount Hooknose - Along the Kootenay in British Columbia

Mount Hooknose
Mount Hooknose | Source

Above is Mount Hooknose, appropriately named don't you think?


This is a small marina we stopped at on - Kootenay Lake.

Marina on Kootenay Lak
Marina on Kootenay Lak | Source

This is a small marina we stopped at on Kootenay Lake. It was a nice rest area, with a gazebo for picnics, and probably weddings too.


The views along the drive were just spectacular - Driving along the Kootenay

Gorgeous view of Kootenay Lake
Gorgeous view of Kootenay Lake | Source

The views along the drive were just spectacular. We both enjoyed the beauty so much, just stopping to get out and just enjoy the beautiful views.


The Mountain that took our breath away - The photo does not do it justice

The Mountain that took our breath away
The Mountain that took our breath away | Source

We came up over a small hill and this view opened up. Everything had just been so lush and green, this spectacular sheer granite mountain so tall that it still had snow on it, was just incredible when it came into view. The photo does not do it justice at all as it literally took our breath away!


Readers: Have you been there before?

I'm in love with British Columbia in Canada, gorgeous and uncrowded. The traffic was pretty much none existent, just a few cars along the way. The fall colors were amazing!

Have you ever been to Canada?

Is it a place you would like to visit?

Have you been to Canada, if so where?

The Ferry Schedule - in British Columbia, Canada

The Ferry Schedule
The Ferry Schedule | Source

We were pleasantly surprised to find out that all inland ferries in British Columbia are free! What a great country!

This was the ferry schedule. (photo below) They say the traffic is a lot heavier in the summer time, so there may be a bit of a wait. But when we went we got right on when the ferry arrived.


The Bench - I absolutely love this photo!

The Bench overlooking the Kootenay Bay
The Bench overlooking the Kootenay Bay | Source

The following pictures were the view from the dock where the ferry comes in. I'm not sure that waiting in such a beautiful place could be much of an inconvenience if you do go during the summer.

The Bench overlooking the Kootenay Bay


The snow covered Mountain Peaks. - Overlooking Kootenay Bay

Snow covered peaks
Snow covered peaks | Source

The snow covered peaks.

As you can see from the scenery, the ferry wait is just not long enough!


The ferry as it arrives.

The ferry as it arrives.
The ferry as it arrives. | Source

The ferry as it arrives.


Driving onto the ferry. - I think the ferry holds approximately 60 cars

Driving onto the Ferry
Driving onto the Ferry | Source

Driving onto the ferry. I think the ferry holds approximately 60 cars. There was a semi truck that crossed that unloaded too.


Incredible views - Along the Kootenay

The beautiful view of Kootenay Bay
The beautiful view of Kootenay Bay | Source

The views of Kootenay bay as you cross on the ferry were just incredible.


A sailboat crossing the Kootenay - Doesn't that look fun?

A sailboat crossing the Kootenay
A sailboat crossing the Kootenay | Source

A sailboat crossing the Kootenay Bay. Wouldn't that be fun to do!


Another view of the mountains. - Of Kootenay Bay

Another view of the bay
Another view of the bay | Source

Another view of the mountains.


I love the sailboats.

I love sailboats
I love sailboats | Source

I love the sailboats.

They just look like they would be so peaceful to ride in one. No motor sounds, just the silence and sounds of nature.

The fall colors were so beautiful here. - On Kootenay Bay

The fall colors on the Kootenay
The fall colors on the Kootenay | Source

The fall colors were so beautiful here.


A large boat and our dock awaiting us on the west side of Kootenay Bay.

A large boat and our dock awaiting us on the west side of Kootenay Bay.
A large boat and our dock awaiting us on the west side of Kootenay Bay. | Source

A large boat and our dock awaiting us on the west side of Kootenay Bay.


Entering Nelson British Columbia - A beautiful fountain, in front of the fall colors.

A beautiful fountain, in front of the fall colors.
A beautiful fountain, in front of the fall colors. | Source

Nelson was a beautiful city, that is not too far from the west dock we de-boarded at. There is a gorgeous bridge as you come into the town, but I didn't catch a picture of it. The whole town is set in the depths of those tree covered mountains, with the river running along it. What a incredible place it must be to live there.

These are some of the views in the city or township, and the drive along the way from the dock.

A beautiful fountain, in front of the fall colors.

This was a beautiful house, look at the colors in those trees. - In Nelson BC

This was a beautiful house, look at the colors in those trees.
This was a beautiful house, look at the colors in those trees. | Source


This was a beautiful house, look at the colors in those trees.

How about a House shaped like a ship? - Isn't that unique?

How about a House shaped like a ship? Isn't that unique?
How about a House shaped like a ship? Isn't that unique? | Source

How about a House shaped like a ship? Isn't that unique?

Or is it a ship that is now a house?

I loved this old building with the castle towers, - Canadian flag flying proudly from the steeple.

The castle
The castle | Source

I loved this old building with the castle towers, and the Canadian flag flying proudly from the steeple.

The Ivy House - So pretty and green

ivy covered house
ivy covered house | Source

This granite building was covered in ivy.

The falls colors as you drive south - towards the Washington border

The Fall colors in British Columbia
The Fall colors in British Columbia | Source

As we left Nelson and headed south, there was a lot of beautiful country we drove through.

The fall colors were just amazing.

Rock Climbers - enjoying their sport

Rock climbers
Rock climbers | Source


These were some rock climbers along the drive. There is a lot of steep, and rocky mountains to climb in this area.

There was a parachuter that we saw too. - Recreation abounds in British Columbia

parachuter
parachuter | Source


There was a parachuter that we saw too. We were wondering just where he planned on landing as there is nothing but trees as far as you can see in the area he was falling into!

After we left Canada and entered the state of Washington, the beautiful scenery did not stop. The pictures below are Boundry Lake, in Washington.

The US Border - Welcoming us back home

Welcome to the United States
Welcome to the United States | Source

The border coming out of Canada was a lot stricter that the border coming into Canada. Which is probably a good thing for our security.


I appreciate you stopping by and checking out our Canada Trip.

Please leave a message so I know you were here.

Linda

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