Kootenay Lake Sail Charters Canada
  skippered , skills training/ coaching, bareboat

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Who We Are

At Kootenay Lake Sailing Charters , near Nelson and Creston BC, Canada , we are focused on providing learn to sail or gain valuable "hands on" mileage, under skipper supervision or solo experience to build your sailing resume with the highest levels of customer satisfaction in a low key, relaxed , non intimidating enviroment – we will do everything we can to meet your expectations!

With a variety of offerings to choose from, we’re sure you’ll be happy working with us. My long admired marine master extraordinaire Dick Smith of Kaslo SHIP YARD House Boats RENTALS operated for many years on the lake and is now retired from operation... so we hope to fill in were we can for boat charters on the KOOTENAY LAKE . Look around our website and if you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact us : kootsail@gmail.com

Easy Access to Calgary Edmonton Lethbridge with great RV options too....

We hope to see you soon! 

Why Us?

Experience , learn by doing, practical /non technical ,low key, no pressure relaxed environment or have a fun water sports picnic day on the lake !

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Balfour Beach Inn - stop for lunch , early dinner or overnight at Balfour on West Arm 


Picnic at Honeymoon Bay

Kayacking options too

Honeymoon Bay

Take time to day trip by car to visit Ainsworth Hot Springs  on your sail vacation!

Hanging out at Kootenay Bay - walking distance to Boccolino Restaurant after a great sailing !!

Pizza night at Boccalino - wood fired hand made fresh !

Catered lunch for that special occasions , Anniversaries, birthdays celebrations have been very popular!


One particular Harbor ....... "there's that one particular Harbor 

Sheltered from the wind

where the children play on the shore all day,

And all are safe within.....

Jimmy Buffet

Kaslo Jazz …..


Kaslo Harbor for more advanced repeat experienced bareboat charters. Public dock safe overnight harbor dockage , great pub , deli , bakery and restaurants! 

Home of the famous Kaslo Jazz Festival

 August long weekend.

This intimate and laid-back world-class music festival has been hosting big names and newly discovered gems of the music business since 1992.

This year, the Kaslo Jazz Etc Festival will once again make use of the astounding acoustics of Kaslo Bay Park to showcase an array of blues, jazz, latin, folk, world music and much more.  Our unique floating stage transforms Kaslo Bay Park into a natural green amphitheater and sends live music reverberating out over Kootenay Lake.  All weekend long, world-class musicians perform against our breathtaking backdrop of mountains and sky.

Selected as one of the “Top ten places to get out doors and be in tune,” by USA Today, and one of the “Top 10 places to enjoy outdoor summer music” by REUTERS, the Kaslo Bay floating stage has been recognized as one of the premier outdoor music venues in the world.

Festival goers dance in the sand, swim around the stage, or relax in the grass and enjoy the delicious offerings of local food and drink vendors.  The intimate, laid-back vibe of this festival seduces audiences and performers alike.  So come discover the magic of the Kaslo Jazz Etc Festival, and the culture of the Kootenay’s in the summer!

Kootenay Lake is the largest inland freshwater lake in southern BC bordering Idaho state and easily acceesed via Calgary, Banff , Invermere, Cranbrook, Nelson , Creston and Spokane Washington.
We specialize in skippered "hands on " sailing  experiences, skills training , sail by day dock by night sleep aboard  holidays ideal for novice and intermediate level sailors ( "modified bare boat").
Great sailing with interesting coves to explore , funky towns, working art studios, restaurants, hiking, golf famous Kokanee Springs , view Kokanee Glacier from the water or soak at nearby Ainswoth Hot Springs!