Celebrating Canada’s 150th Birthday

Greetings everyone. Can you believe it’s already almost July 1st? Hope you’ve been enjoying summer so far.

Koocanusa Campsite & MarinaHere are some updates from the campground for the coming long weekend.

  • The store is now open 9am – 9pm until the Labour Day long weekend, come get your all day breakfast sandwiches, burgers, ice cream, groceries, ice, fishing licenses, bait and camping supplies.
  • Our food specials this weekend will be Bagels & Cream Cheese and Bagel Breakfast Sandwiches. We’ll have a dessert special too – Strawberry Supreme Sundaes for Canada’s birthday.

Join us for our Canada Day events on Saturday, July 1st:

  • Hey kids: pick up your Canada Day Activity package at the store at 11am. Complete everything and come back at 1pm.
  • Join us on the deck at 1pm for some Birthday Cake to help Canada celebrate.
  • Koocanusa FireworksJoin Val Luznar-Purdy on our front deck and beach from 1:30 – 3pm for some family/kid friendly interactive games — no technology required 🙂
  • Face painting from 3 – 5pm on the front deck
  • Be part of our 7th Annual Koocanusa Parade.  Show your Canadian pride and bring along your decorated golf cart, wagon, buggy, pet, bike or ____ ? Be in the parking lot at 6:45pm for a 7pm start.
  • Our special 150 fireworks display will start at dusk (depending on weather and fire restrictions).

Koocanusa Campsite & Marina2017 is our 30th year here at Koocanusa Campsite & Marina. We now have limited edition commemorative reusable shopping/beach bags available for sale now, come get them while supplies last! ($5.99 each) Our 2017 hoodies will be here soon too, hopefully in time for the weekend, so come check them out. Keep an eye on our website for all the details about our 30th anniversary celebrations that will be happening on Labour Day long weekend.

Notes for Boaters:

  • Canada/US Border Markings

    Please watch for the new Canada/US Border Markers when travelling south on Koocanusa.

    our boat launch is open and we will have boat gas available for you this weekend.

  • please watch out for sandbars and driftwood, it is still early in season.
  • remember to get your Boating License if you don’t already have it.
  • if travelling on the water south to Newgate etc. please watch for the new Border Markers. It is illegal to enter the United States on the water — you must enter through a Canada/US Border Crossing. Please keep an eye out for these markers so that you can stay within Canadian waters.

The weather forecast is looking excellent for this week and long weekend as well. Wishing you a great Canada Day weekend whatever you’re up to and we look forward to seeing you at the lake sometime soon.

Weather Forecast


Happy BC Day Long Weekend!

Greetings everyone and happy Friday!

KoocanusaCampsite_August16FF_thirdpgWe would like to wish everyone a great BC Day long weekend here at Koocanusa. We hope you enjoy your time here to the fullest but while in our grounds, please remember that this is a family campground and to respect our 11pm quiet time. 

The store is open 9am – 9pm daily this weekend and all through the summer (until the end of the Labour Day long weekend.) We carry all of your general camping supply and grocery needs as well as a full kitchen serving homemade muffins, all day breakfast sandwiches, burgers, veggie burgers, daily specials and more. We also carry 12 delicious rotating flavours of hard ice cream plus many other novelties and treats too. And of course think of us as your supply for both vehicle and boat gas here at the lake.

Be sure to check out the Bayne’s Lake Farmers Market on Sat. July 30th from 9am – 12:30pm and then on Sunday, July 31st from 10am – 2pm we invite you to join us for our own Vendor Sale here at the campground on and in front of the store deck. Come check out the work of great home based businesses and arts/craft vendors who camp here at our campground.

Have a great long weekend and look forward to seeing you at the lake soon!

Welcome to Summer & Happy Canada Day!

Canada Day at Koocanusa by Anita BraconnierSummertime is here once again and we’re wishing everyone a great long weekend here at Koocanusa. The fun begins tomorrow, Friday, July 1st, with our celebrations for Canada’s 149th birthday. Here are the details and schedule for tomorrow’s events:

10am:  Hey Kids! Pick up your Canada Day Activity Package at the store. Complete everything and come back at 12 Noon.

Canada Day Portraits12pm:  Join us on the deck at 12 Noon for some Birthday Cake to help Canada celebrate. We’ll have some Crafts and Activities at this time also.

1 – 3pm: Canada Day Family Portraits with Anita from EyeShadows Photography on the store deck. $25 per mini session (2 -4 photos). 4 x 6” proofs will be provided next weekend along with order form for enlargements. Sign up sheet is available in the store now or feel free to drop by the anytime between 1 – 3pm.

7pm: Be part of our 6th Annual Koocanusa Parade. Show off your Canadian pride and bring along your decorated golf cart, wagon, buggy, pet, bike or ??? To the parking lot at 6:45pm for a 7pm start.

Koocanusa Campsite & Marina StoreAt dusk:  Join us for our annual fireworks show (depending on weather and fire restrictions.) Watch from the beach or out on your boat.

Check the Notice Board at the store on the Long Weekend to get final details of events.

The Store is now open regular hours for the Summer (until Labour Day.)   9am – 9pm Daily

Notice to our Campers:
Small controlled campfires are currently still permitted, however, remember you must have a spark screen attached to your fire pit in order to have a campfire in our campground.

Wishing everyone a great long weekend and safe travels on your adventures. See you here at the lake soon.

Season’s Ending at Koocanusa

Summer's End at KoocanusaThe days are getting noticeably shorter, temperatures have cooled off a little and sadly yes, this means another summer is coming to a close here at Lake Koocanusa. But what a great one it has been and there can be no complaints around here—lake levels were nice and high for boaters, May – July were incredibly sunny and hot and August has had just enough thunder/rain storms that things are damp enough to allow us to continue to have small, contained fires (to date.)

In celebration of another awesome summer at the lake we invite you to join us this coming Sunday, September 1st for our annual Year End Parking Lot Dance.

Sunday, September 1st Schedule of Events:

Kid’s Fun from 5:30 – 7:30pm
Karaoke, Bouncy Tents and Facepainting

Survivor Koocanusa 2011Try your hand at Sand Castle Building on the beach (through the day and early evening.)

Koocanusa Cook-off Competition – 7pm
Our cook-off challenge is “Your Best Campfire Dessert.” Bring yours down for judging at 7:00pm

Family Dance (7:30 – 11pm)
Join us for the Lynch Sisters who will be playing on the deck for our dance this year.

Important Autumn Dates:

  • Storage Bills are ready to be picked up and paid ($21.00 cash or cheque)
  • Sunday, September 15th: Store Closes
  • Monday, September 16th: Last Day for Garbage
  • Tuesday, September 17th: Water Off

Store Autumn Hours:

Daily (Mon. – Thurs, Sunday): 10am – 7pm
Friday & Saturday:
10am – 8pm

Thanks everyone for another GREAT camping season!

Click to view full forecast from Environment Canada.

Click to view full forecast from Environment Canada.

Happy BC Day Long Weekend at Koocanusa!

the view at Koocanusa Campground on Sunday, August 5th, 2012

Last Year’s BC Day Long Weekend – the view at Koocanusa Campground on Sunday, August 5th, 2012

weatherforecast_080113As many of you know, July has been an incredibly sunny, summery month for us here in the South Country, so while it might be raining and thunderstorming at the moment, we can’t complain much and it will most likely pass quite quickly. The forecast is somewhat unsettled for the weekend but still supposed to be very warm and we should see a lot of sun too. Last year’s August long weekend seemed to be the busiest weekend in history here at the lake with the amount of visitors, vehicle and boat traffic etc. so this one will probably be similar especially judging from the midweek traffic we’ve seen this week.

Welcome to the Store!Thanks in part to recent thunderstorms/moisture etc., small campfires are still okay in the campground, just make sure they are small and monitored/controlled. As you know, the store is open daily from 9:30am – 9pm for your grocery, camping essentials, vehicle and boat fuel and of course ice cream needs! The kitchen is open daily as well (until 7:30pm) serving breakfast sandwiches, burgers (beef & veggie), hot dogs, calzones, mini pizzas, salads, daily specials, fruit smoothies and more.

In the celebratory spirit of the long weekend, we’re trying something new this year… please join us this Sunday, August 4th morning from 10am – 12pm on the store deck for a mini arts/homebased business market. If you are a camper who crafts or has a homebased retail business with products for sale or to order, feel free to come and set-up on the deck that morning (i.e. between 9 – 10am to be set-up by 10am).

Firework Finale to Canada Day 2011 at Koocanusa

by Anita Braconnier

If possible, please bring your own table so that most of the picnic tables can be used by customers.

Hope everyone enjoyed our annual Canada Day fireworks this year! Please remember that empties can be dropped off at one of our camper’s sites, Fred Mills (Site #110). Make sure cans/bottles are emptied and have caps removed. Fred generously takes care of this recycling and provides all the money raised to the fireworks fund each year. He says that the amount of bottles being dropped off this year is down from other years.

Koocanusa Wakesurfing Challenge

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In other news, an exciting event is making it’s return to Koocanusa next weekend that you might want to check out and mark your calendars for.  The 2nd Annual Koocanusa Wakesurfing Challenge will be taking place at Gold Bay (where Sunshine Houseboats is located) from Fri. August 9 – Sunday, August 11th. This is one of only two National Qualifying events for the World Series of Wakesurfing (the Worlds are taking place in Las Vegas this year from Sept. 27 – 28th.)

The competition is open to everyone of all ages—if you can drop the rope, you can enter! There are several different categories for both men and women (Juniors, Masters, Outlaw, Pro Skim & Surf, Amateur etc.) Spectators are welcome but the Rocky Mountain Wakesurfing Association recommends either coming by boat or if driving, please carpool as parking is limited. For full details about the competition, please visit: 

Win a Trip to Mexico!As a fundraiser for the event, the Rocky Mountain Wakesurfing Association is also having a raffle. You could win a vacation at Cerritos Surf Colony in Baja, Mexico (6 nights/7 days for 4 people.) Only 200 tickets are being sold so there are excellent odds of winning! Tickets are $25/each or 5 for $100 and are available in Fernie at Boardstiff and the Gearhub and also online! There are no blackout dates and the winner has up to 3 years to use their prize. The winner will be drawn on the last day of the Koocanusa Wakesurfing Challenge on Sunday, August 9th and does not need to be present to win.

That’s it from here for now. Wishing everyone a great long weekend with their friends and family and see you at the store or on the beach soon!

Celebrating Canada Day Long Weekend

photo_canadaday2012It’s been a very quiet Summer Solstice weekend here at the lake and we’ve been thinking of all of you dealing with the intensity of the storms and resulting flooding throughout BC and Alberta. We hope you haven’t experienced much/any damage and are managing okay with the aftermath if you did.  Not surprisingly all of this wet weather and flooding in the East Kootenays has caused the lake level to rise dramatically in the past few days and the amount of driftwood/debris has also increased, so be sure to watch for that when boating. The boat and swimming docks are now floating.

We hope to see lots of you down this weekend to celebrate Canada Day with your friends and families. Our annual Canada Day events take place on Sunday, June 30th so come take part in the parade by joining us in the parking lot at 6:30pm with your decorated golf cart, bike, pet etc. The parade will proceed through the campground at 7pm.  Following the parade there will be cake on the deck and of course our firework display at dusk.


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Store Hours for the Summer:
beginning this Friday, June 28th – Sunday, Sept. 1st:
9:30am – 9pm Daily
(Monday, June 24 – Thurs., June 27th: 10am – 7pm)

Today is a rainy one but weather for next weekend is looking like the perfect way to start summer so hope to see you at the lake soon!


June 15-16th Weekend Update & Happy Father’s Day

photo_springflowersatkoocIt’s a rainy day at Koocanusa but no complaints as it has been a very sunny spring so far and the weekend forecast looks great for you too. Parking lot paving and calcium on the roadways have been completed this week. Water levels are rising quickly too and the lake is looking great.

Store hours this weekend will be:
Friday, June 14th: 9am – 9pm
Saturday, June 15th: 9am – 9pm
Sunday, June 16th: 9am – 7pm

Regular weekday hours for June are 10am – 7pm

The Kitchen is open so come and enjoy a breakfast sandwich or burger along with your ice cream of course on the deck this weekend.

This is also the first weekend of the season for the popular Jaffray-Bayne’s Lake Farmers’ Market so be sure to check it out this Saturday from 9am – 12:30pm at the Baynes Lake Community Centre. Lions Club Breakfast and Concessions open all morning.

Wishing everyone a great weekend at the lake and a Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads. Don’t forget to start planning your floats for our annual Canada Day parade too!


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