Tents, trailers, RVs, motel room, or tiny A-Frame chalets - you get to pick your bed. I've stayed here many times over the years and if you're looking for a no frills, basic accommodation in the beautiful middle of Nowhere, BC I think you will be satisfied.
The tent/trailer/RV park is situated behind the office/laundry/bathroom building in an old growth cedar forest with the motel rooms and chalets off to the side. It has a community feel to it - it's not overly closed in or crowded, but you step out your door and you'll definitely be seen by neighbours. Kids love the playground area either on site or at the park across the road.
If you're claustrophobic, don't rent a chalet. All 3 bedrooms are small with sloped ceilings and make sure you know the size of beds will be functional for your needs. The kitchen consists of a small stove, mini-fridge and countertop for a dish drain and coffeemaker. There's a round table for eating and another table you can use for additional seating or storage. A small microwave is positioned underneath the steep steps to the two loft bedrooms. They provide dishes, cutlery, and cookware for 6 - 8 people. Because of the forest, it's never been stifling hot at night even during warm summer months. There's one hot tub that anyone staying there can use; it's cleaned daily, but can get a lot of use.
Mosquitoes live here. So do bears. Deal with the first and stay away from the second.
There's also a great golf course just up the road as well as a wonderful sandy beach on a huge fishing lake and a funky arts community nearby. Worth checking out is Ainsworth Hotsprings across the lake on the longest free ferry.
If you come expecting to be pampered in the lap of luxury, you'll be very disappointed! However, if you appreciate a simple space and can live with wildlife nearby and bugs all over you just may find yourself coming back to this particular spot in beautiful BC.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Not just any Kootenay Lake Hotel! Our family friendly resort offers cabins, guest rooms, and a full campground.Our beautiful and rustic paradise is nestled in a cedar forest. We offer cabins, hotel rooms and serviced RV / camping sites. Kokanee Chalets is the ideal place for your holiday, golf vacation or family reunion. Check out our wonderful community of Crawford Bay and our local events! ... more less