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Kaslo, British Columbia
—  Town  —
Kaslo in 1946 with Moyie at bottom left
Location of Kaslo in British Columbia
Coordinates: 49°54′48″N 116°54′41″W / 49.91333°N 116.91139°W / 49.91333; -116.91139
Country  Canada
Province  British Columbia
Region Kootenays
Regional District Central Kootenay
 - Mayor Greg Lay
 - Governing body Kaslo Village Council
- Donna Cormie
- Tony Frary
- Suzan Hewat
- Molly Leathwood
 - Total 2.8 km2 (1.1 sq mi)
Population (2006)[1]
 - Total 1,072
 - Density 382.7/km2 (991.2/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
Postal code span V0G 1M0
Area code(s) 250
Highways Highway 31
Highway 31A
Waterway Kootenay Lake
Website Village of Kaslo

Kaslo is a village in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia, Canada, located on the west shore of Kootenay Lake. Known for its great natural beauty, it is a member municipality of the Central Kootenay Regional District. As of 2006, it had a population of 1,072.[1]

Originally designated as a sawmill site in 1889, Kaslo grew on the silver boom of the 19th century, and retains much of the history from its mining days. The town today relies mainly on the industries of forestry and tourism.



Kaslo was originally incorporated as a city on August 14, 1893, making it the oldest incorporated community in the Kootenays.

In its heyday it was an important center for shipping and silver ore mining.[2]

After the silver rush Kaslo's fortunes faded but it was re-incorporated as a village on January 1, 1959.

National Historic Sites

Kaslo is home to two National Historic Sites:

  • The SS Moyie, which worked on Kootenay Lake from 1889 until 1957, found a permanent home on Front Street in Kaslo. Beautifully restored by the Kootenay Lake Historical Society, it is the oldest intact sternwheeler in the world and draws thousands of visitors every year.[3]
  • Village Hall, built in 1898, is one of only two intact wooden municipal buildings that are still in use in Canada.


  • The Kaslo Jazz Etc. Festival, held every August in Kaslo Bay Park, is a popular music event which attracts international performers and draws large audiences.
  • The Kaslo Golf Club is a 9-hole course which plays as 2,824 yard, men's par 35, women's par 37 course with well conditioned grass greens and well-manicured fairways. The course is tight with rolling hills which offer nuances of play to both the average and more experienced golfer. Kaslo's Golf Club dates back to 1923, when locals invested and donated their efforts and created a 4 hole course. This makes it one of the oldest in British Columbia. A new timberframe clubhouse was built in 2007.


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