Tree-lined streets graced by elegant late-19th-century architecture, and lake and mountain views from almost every street make Kaslo a worthwhile stop. Another of the Kootenays’ great boomtowns, Kaslo’s population exploded to more than 3,000 after the discovery of silver at Sandon  in 1893.
Dry-docked by the lakefront is the SS Moyie, the last sternwheeler to splash up Kootenay Lake. Built in 1897, the grand old red and white vessel was used for transportation of passengers, freight, and mail right up until its retirement in 1957. Today the ship serves as a museum (324 Front St., 250/353-2525, daily 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. mid-May–mid-Oct., adult $7, senior $5, child $3), containing a fine collection of photos, antiques, and artifacts of the region.
North of town, the Lakewood Inn (Kohle Rd., 250/353-2395, www.lakewoodinn.com , camping $22–28, cabins $100–155) has been taking in guests since the 1920s.