A Great Summer or Winter Getaway

Overlooking Kootenay River, our modern 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom 1,200 square foot vacation cabin is your perfect home base for visiting the Nelson area and is only 8 minutes from town. Simple and attractive, it will host a family or group of up to 4 adults well. Our guest cabin is situated 200 feet across from our main house on a 1 1/2 acre property, and is bordered by 10 acres of forest.

We have a fully stocked kitchen, washer/dryer, wi-fi hi-speed internet, DVD player (no cable), outdoor equipment for anything from snowshoeing to canoeing available with advance notice. Wildlife is abundant right out your door with marsh, river and forest habitat as your front and backyards. Your water is taken from Eagle Creek (UV treated, very safe to drink) which you pass on the forested driveway.

Comfortable Sleeping
– Bedroom with new Springwall Chiropractic Eco Queen bed,  and DVD player (no cable TV)
– Comfortable foam core pull-down queen futon in living area
– Vaulted ceiling with kids loft – queen foam sleeping mattress
Wood stove and electric baseboard heat (wood heat is optional)
Fresh mountain water, UV filtered for drinking
Fully-equipped kitchen including: refrigerator, chest freezer, toaster, full oven and stove
New Steam Washer and Dryer (in basement utility room)
Deep bathtub with shower
Large deck
Alarm clock
Cable / Wireless high-speed Internet
Canoe and other free equipment may be available for use (must book in advance).

Fish for Giant Rainbow Trout on Kootenay Lake

Kootenay Lake is home to some of the biggest freshwater rainbow trout in the world. These freshwater rainbows love to feed on the abundant Kokanee salmon, and typically swim the lake for 4 or 5 years to maturity getting bigger and bigger. Trolling with a boat is typically the best way to catch them, with sizes ranging up to a record setting 36 pounder caught years ago. In the Fall and Winter they are best caught with a good bucktail fly on the surface. In the Summer they go down deep 100 feet or so and the Lyman plug (blue/green) plug #16 is a hot lure. Also Apex hockey sticks and hoochies have been know to work. Use a green or red 8 lb line at least and a thick rod, since these guys are fighters!

Spawning in the north end of the 100km long lake, the Gerrard Rainbows call the Lardeau River home (Gerrard is the small settlement near the river). Average weights are around 12 to 16 pounders (28″ to 34″ inches) in peak seasons. Fall and mid-winter are the hottest times, and Summer can be productive using down-riggers). Bucktail flys on the surface and hockey-sticks with plugs and hoochies are also winners for these monsters. Here I am above with a “small” one at 14 pounds. Their delicious pink meat and few bones make it an amazing meal.

We recommend going out with Kerry from Reel Adventures or Split Shot Charters who are both out of Balfour for your best bet to land a big one.