Fishing is a big lure, but the area abounds with nature at its best. Whether golf, skiing, camping, hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing, boating, water-skiing or snowmobiling, it’s available in the area. For the more adventurous, there is heli-skiing, cat skiing, heli-hiking and back-country camping.
The remoteness was also part of the attraction for another couple, Duncan and Laraine McKenzie, who immigrated to Canada from the U.K. six years ago to settle in Kelowna.
“I’m a keen angler, so we wanted somewhere quieter than Kelowna for a recreational spot to spend time — somewhere where the lake was not as busy, but the climate was nice,” says Duncan.
“This part of the Columbia River basin is very remote — a naturally beautiful rural area — yet it’s close enough to Castlegar and Trail that it has enough amenities within a short distance. If you have any interest in any type of water sport, this is the place, with its dry, warm climate.”