Bonners Ferry has a long history and is located in a stunningly beautiful valley formed by the Kootenai River.  The original inhabitants of the area were the Kootenai, a member of the Salish-speaking tribes.  The fur trappers came in the mid 1800's including the famous explorer David  Thompson.  For decades the town was a lumber town, benefitting from the thousands of acres of National Forests that surround the area.  As timber supply became diminished the town has learned to diversify.

 Just south of town is the Kootenai Wildlife Refuge which is a bird watchers paradise.  A scenic drive on dirt roads following the Kootenai River as it flows north towards Canada can be a highlight.  In the spring, whitewater rafters head about ten miles out of town to raft the Moyie River.  ROW Adventures offers one day whitewater rafting trips on the Moyie during May and June.There is good fishing on the Moyie after the rafting season is over and the water flows diminish.  Much of the river is surrounded by National Forests with hiking trails galore.

 Downtown Bonners Ferry has some nice shops and is a classic Western town with some large brick buildings. Bonners Ferry is the International headquarters for the International Selkirk Loop, a designated National Scenic Byway that traverses through the glacially carved valleys of North Idaho, southern British Columbia and Eastern Washington.  If you are traveling to or from Spokane to Glacier National Park, going through Bonners Ferry can be a nice option.