Queens Bay, Balfour (pronounced Bal-fer) is a special place; a quiet and friendly community situated in the heart of the Kootenays. Our community and the surrounding area have plenty to offer tourists and the staff at Kootenay Lakeview Resort BW Signature Collection will be happy to answer your questions about the local area and activities.
Split Shot Charters
With experienced guides and decades of experience, Split Shot Charters specializes in fishing experiences on Kootenay Lake, helping you catch that famous Gerrard Rainbow Trout.
Reel Adventures Fishing Charters
Enjoy year-round fishing on Kootenay Lake with Reel Adventures Sport Fishing Charters or visit the Columbia River for a fly fishing experience that you won’t soon forget!
Hiking at Queens Bay, Balfour in the West Kootenays
Queens Bay, Balfour is a popular destination for hikers of all skill levels with extensive trails spanning the local hills, valleys and mountains. The Balfour Golf Club Trail is a popular route, offering an easy stroll through a well manicured trail around the 18-hole golf course.
Hike at Kootenay Lakeview Spa Resort & Events Centre
You don’t need to travel far to enjoy spectacular hiking in the Kootenays - when you stay at the Kootenay Lakeview Spa Resort & Events Centre, you will have access to nearly 60 acres of throughout our private grounds. Wander our beautiful golf course, hike our trails and enjoy sensational views of Kootenay Lake below - all just minutes from the comfort of your well-appointed suite!
Hike the Kokanee Glacier
Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park offers a variety of spectacular hiking trails that are well maintained, with options for hikers of all skill levels and experience. Enjoy an easy, 3 kilometre hike from Kootenay Lake to Kaslo Lake or embark on a day-long journey from Lemon Creek to Sapphire Lakes - there are plenty of choices and you can return to your comfortable suite at Kootenay Lakeview Spa Resort & Events Centre for a relaxing and rejuvenating night’s rest at the end of your adventure.
Get Your Thrills at Kokanee Mountain Zipline
Experience a true bird’s eye view of Kokanee Creek canyon at Kokanee Mountain Zipline. You’ll be high above the forest canopy as you soar across the canyon on a series of 6 ziplines, reaching speeds of up to 100 km/h.
Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park
Established in 1922, Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park is one of the oldest parks in British Columbia. This spectacularly beautiful region offers stunning vistas and boasts two glaciers and several lakes. The park is also home to a variety of wildlife, including grouse, golden eagles, mountain goats, mule deer and black bears.
Cody Cave Tours
Cody Caves is a unique provincial park experience in the Selkirk Mountains above Ainsworth Hot Springs. Within the caves, an underground stream flows for more than a kilometre amongst the ancient limestone. Cody Cave Tours is a local tour company that offers professional guided tours through the cave and it’s a great way to experience this natural wonder.
Nelson Whitewater Rafting
Whether you want to embark on a whitewater rafting adventure, try your hand at kayaking through rapids, or relax on a gentle float, the team at Nelson Whitewater Rafting can help!
Nelson Paddleboard & Kayak Rentals
Located in downtown Nelson, just a short drive from Queens Bay, Nelson Paddleboard & Kayak Rentals offers everything you need to experience stand up paddleboarding or kayaking during your stay in the Kootenays.
Whitewater Ski Resort
Nestled in the Selkirk Mountain Range of the Kootenays, Whitewater Ski Resort is located less than an hour away from Queens Bay and offers some of the best powder in North America. Whitewater Ski Resort also offers more than 16 km of nordic trails for those who would like to embark on a cross-country skiing adventure.
Ainsworth Hot Springs
Ainsworth Hot Springs is a destination focal point in the Kootenays, with unique horseshoe cave and falling mineral waters that form a pool and natural steam bath. The mineral waters within the cave average 42°C and in a separate lounging pool, the temperatures are cooled to an average of 35°C.
The S.S. Moyie is a paddle steamer sternwheeler that was launched and christened in Nelson, BC in 1898. She made her final voyage on April 27, 1957 and today the sternwheeler resides on a concrete berth in Kaslo, BC. This stunning vessel is the oldest, intact passenger sternwheeler in the world and a must-see during your Kootenay vacation.
Faeries’ Landing Art Market & Bistro
Located next to the East Kootenay Lake ferry landing, Faeries’ Landing Art Market & Bistro offers an excellent collection of art, jewellery and giftware from locals and around the world. After you shop, you can indulge in a tasty snack at the bistro!
Hellman Canoe & Kayak
Enjoy a day out on the lake with S.U.P., kayak, and canoe rentals.