Premier Listings for West Arm Provincial Park

The West Arm Provincial Park in the Kootenays encompasses a diverse range of habitats, from lakeshore to subalpine, high-elevation forests and alpine areas. The park extends along the shore of Kootenay Lake, from Nelson to Harrop and up to the peaks behind, and features old-growth forests that provide internationally significant habitat for grizzly bear and other endangered species, and for a mountain caribou recovery program.

The largely undeveloped 25,319-hectare park also protects important watersheds that supply the city of Nelson with water. The creek fans and pocket beaches are popular with boaters. Recreational activities include wildlife viewing, hiking, skiing, watersports, and canoeing and kayaking.

The park protects important First Nations archaeological sites situated along the shore of Kootenay Lake, and there is an historic trail (not maintained) up Lasca Creek. The area has an important heritage associated with past railway development and the sternwheeler ship era. Use caution on the Lasca Creek trail as it leads through prime bear habitat.

Wilderness, backcountry or walk-in camping is allowed, but there are no facilities provided at the park.

West Arm Provincial Park is located immediately east of Nelson and south of the West Arm of Kootenay Lake in the Kootenays region of British Columbia.

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Premier Listings

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Mermaid Lodge & Motel
3622 North Street P.O. Box 1333 Ainsworth Hot Springs BC V0G 1A0 Home Phone: 250-229-4969Home Fax: 250-229-4969Work Phone: 1-888-229-4963Visit Website

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Set amidst the Selkirk Mountain Range, Mermaid Lodge offers panoramic views of Kootenay Lake and the Purcell Mountains. Choose between a modest room in the historical lodge, or modern motel accommodation. All units are conveniently located only 30 metres from Ainsworth Hot Springs Pools and Caves, and Kootenay Lake beach is a 3-minute walk across the road. Great golf packaging with Kokanee Springs and Balfour Golf & Country Clubs.

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Valhalla Riversuites Vacation Condos
3725 Upper Passmore Road Passmore Slocan Valley BC Home Phone: 250-226-7712Visit Website

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Four lovely vacation condos on the Slocan River and rail-trail, l/2 hour from Nelson or Castlegar. Built in ’05, these charming view condos feature functional kitchens with dishwasher and large counters. Patios, balconies, sunrooms, swings, wifi, satellite TV, BBQ, hot tub, phone, and wheelchair access (#3) make your stay easy and fun. Rates start at $139 per night, $625 per week. Whether coming for adventure, respite, or work, you will love your stay on the river!

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Balfour Golf Course
602 Queens Bay Road PO Box 139 Balfour BC V0G 1C0 Work Phone: 250-229-5655Work Phone: 1-866-669-4653Visit Website

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The superb Balfour Golf Course is a hidden gem offering a magnificent golfing challenge through forests of the majestic Purcell Mountains and private lakefront meadows along the peaceful shores of Kootenay Lake. Expect great rates and unmatched onsite stay-and-play specials with beautiful Kooteneay Lakeview Lodge. Located 25 minutes north of Nelson, 4 hours drive from Kelowna and 3 hours from Spokane and Coeur D’Alene, and equidistant 7 hours from Vancouver and Calgary.

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