From the United States:
- If travelling to Kaslo from Montana or Idaho, you can get to Kaslo via the Porthill/Rykerts border crossing and travel north past Creston, BC along Hwy #3A on the east short of the Kootenay Lake. Take the “worlds longest free ferry” across Kootenay Lake and then continue north on Hwy #31 for 25 minutes.
- If travelling from Washington, travel north and enter Canada at one of a number of convenient border crossings which will connect to Hwy #3, travel to Nelson, BC, then continue north on Hwy #31 for 1 hour before arriving to Kaslo.
From the east:
- If you’ve set out from Calgary, travel to Cranbrook via either Hwy #97 or Hwy #3. From Cranbrook take Hwy #3 to Creston, then turn north onto Hwy #3A to Crawford Bay. Take the “worlds longest free ferry” from Crawford Bay across Kootenay Lake and then continue north on Hwy #31 for 25 minutes.
If from the north:
- From Hwy #1 and Revelstoke, turn south onto Hwy #23 to the Shelter Bay ferry terminal and cross to the east side Arrow Lake. Travel south from there past Nakusp to New Denver on Hwy #6. At New Denver turn east onto Hwy #31A and travel this historic highway 45 minutes directly to Kaslo.
From the west:
- If travelling from Vancouver, take Hwy #1 to Hope, then Hwy #3 to Nelson then continue north on Hwy #31 for 1 hour before arriving to Kaslo.
- If travelling from Vernon, travel east through Lumby over the Monashee mountains on Hwy #6, crossing Arrow Lake at Faquier. Travel north to Nakusp on Hwy #6, then south to New Denver before travelling 45 minutes east on Hwy #31A to Kaslo.
- Destination Highways guide for BC rates 3 of the top 5 roadways for motorcycles in the West Kootenays. It’s a great place to visit by motorcycle!
The nearest reliable International airports are Spokane, Washington (3 hrs drive) or Cranbrook, BC (3.5 hrs drive). Castlegar airport (1.5 hrs drive) has regular service to Vancouver and Calgary, but can be difficult to fly in and out of in the winter months due to low cloud. Trail airport (2 hrs drive) offers regular service to Vancouver.
If you have access to a private plane or helicopter, the Kaslo Community Airport provides one of the best public airports in the area. The Kaslo airport is an uncertified, registered aerodrome with no terminal or gas availability. It operates during daylight hours and is not accessible for fixed wing aircraft in winter months.
Shuttles and Specialized Transport:
Queen City Charters run regular airport shuttles from Castlegar and Spokane airports to Nelson, BC.
If you need more information to get to Kaslo, contact us and we will be happy to assist you.