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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 Spring & May Long Weekend Updates

Sunset on Mount Zelda, Elko, BC by KeyaGreetings everyone and hope this finds you well. Exciting news, the Store opens for the 2017 camping season this weekend. We’ll be open tomorrow until 9pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am – 9pm and Monday 9am – 7pm. Kitchen will be open for Breakfast Sandwiches and Burgers etc. and your favourite flavours of ice cream are back in stock. We have your general camping supplies, groceries, vehicle gas and fishing licenses available as usual.

Spring Store Hours, May 22 – June 29:
Sunday – Thursday: 9am – 7pm
Friday – Saturday: 9am – 8pm

Spring Cleaning, May 19 – 22, 2017:
We have a large dumpster in the parking lot. Please use this for large items ie: old BBQs, bikes, chairs etc. Please do not use this for household garbage!

After this clean-up weekend please take all of your large items ie: old BBQs, chairs, large cardboard boxes etc. to the Baynes Lake or Jaffray Transfer Stations.

Koocanusa Campsite - July 1988

Koocanusa Campsite – July 1988

30th Anniversary Celebrations:
We’re looking forward to and planning the campsite’s 30th Anniversary celebrations for the Labour Day long weekend this year (Sept. 1 – 4th.) If anyone has any favourite photos they would like to share from the past 30 years here at Koocanusa Campsite & Marina you’re invited to email them to info@koocanusacampsite.com or drop them off at the store in an envelope (attn: Evelyn). We’ll be putting together a slideshow to share with you that weekend.

Other Reminders for our Campers
(from the Legal Agreement):

  • Quiet Time: 11pm – 7:30am
  • New Generator Hours: 10am – 7pm, please don’t leave your generator running when you aren’t at your site.
  • Pet Owners: Please keep your dog leashed at all times and do not leave your dog unattended at your site. When you are gone they tend to bark or howl. Dogs are a huge issue and generate lots of complaints.
  • No Washing of Trailers or Vehicles in July and August
  • No watering of grass in July and August
  • All propane tanks over 60lb must be properly secured.

Weekend Forecast:

And with that hope everyone has a great long weekend with one of the best forecasts we’ve had in the past few years for this time of year. Look forward to seeing everyone back at Koocanusa for another great summer!

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.

Happy Spring & Victoria Day Long Weekend

Greetings everyone. Hope this finds you well and look forward to seeing many of you back at here at Koocanusa for the upcoming Victoria Day long weekend. Just wanted to share with you a few updates to be aware of for this weekend/spring:

Reflections at Lake Koocanusa in springSpring Cleaning, May 20th – 23rd, 2016:
We have a large dumpster in the parking lot. Please use this for large items ie: old BBQs, bikes, chairs etc. Please do not use this for household garbage!

After this clean-up weekend please take all of your large items ie: old BBQs, chairs, large cardboard boxes etc. to the Baynes Lake or Jaffray Transfer Stations.

The Store is Open:
The store is once again open for the season, so come see us this weekend for general camping supplies, snacks, 12 flavours of ice cream, fuel, propane, firewood, fireworks and more!

Spring Store Hours, May 23 – June 23:
Sunday – Thursday: 9am – 7pm
Friday – Saturday: 9am – 8pm

Firework Finale to Canada Day 2011 at Koocanusa

by Anita Braconnier

Fireworks Show this Saturday, May 21st:
As we were unable to have our annual fireworks show last Canada Day weekend due to the hot, dry weather last year, we’ll be having a fireworks display this weekend on Sat. May 21st at dusk on the beach. Come out and enjoy them and thanks to Fred at site 110 for all your work in putting together this show each year.

Campfires:
Are currently okay as long as they are small, controlled and put out when finished. Please ensure that you have a spark screen for your fire pit. There are to be NO fires outside the back fence line — this has been an issue in past years with young people from our campsite — please remind your children of this.

photo_springroadWater:
While everything is looking lush this weekend and there is some rain in the forecast, it’s been a very dry spring so far here in the South Country. So please respect our water source and help us to conserve water.

Other Reminders for our Campers (from the Legal Agreement):
Quiet Time: 11pm – 7:30am
New Generator Hours: 10am – 7pm, please don’t leave your generator running when you aren’t at your site.
Pet Owners: Please keep your dog leashed at all times and do not leave your dog unattended at your site. When you are gone they tend to bark or howl. Dogs are a huge issue and generate lots of complaints.
No Washing of Trailers or Vehicles in July and August
No watering of grass in July and August
All propane tanks over 60lb must be properly secured.

Weather Forecast:
Cranbrook/South Country Weather Forecast

We wish everyone a fun, safe weekend at the Lake with family and friends. Happy Camping and see you soon!

Labour Day Long Weekend & Campfire Update

Sunrise over Mount ZeldaGreetings everyone. Hope this finds you well and enjoying the end of your summer. It’s been a beautiful if a smoky one here at Koocanusa and we are thankful for the recent rains doing their part to help dampen the forest fires in our region and throughout BC. As you might have heard campfire ban has been rescinded by the BC Wildfire Service due to cooler and wetter conditions in the forecast and a decreased wildfire risk. So yes, currently small campfires are once again permitted so if having one please be sure your screen guards are in place.

If you would like more information on the current fire danger rating/forest fire news etc., please check out the following links:

Labour Day Long Weekend Happenings:

  • photo_harkravingsirensSunday, September 6th at 7:30pm:
    Annual Parking Lot Family Dance
    Once again we are lucky to have booked Fernie’s own Hark Raving Sirens for our entertainment this year. Bringing ukulele, guitar and the most impressive instrument of them all, three amazing voices working as one, Hark Raving Sirens have really created something special. From country ditties to twisted pop covers these ladies have a sound that will have you toe tapping and singing along in no time.
  • Sunday, Sept. 6th at 7pm:
    Bring Your Best Burgers

    photo_salmonburgerBring your very best Burgers for our annual Cooking Contest. Bring 3 samples down at 7pm. Beef, Veggie, Chicken, Pork, Fish — you name it, if it’s a Burger, bring it on down.

Important Fall Dates to Remember:

  • Sun. August 23rd: Storage Bills are ready for pick-up/payment at the store (cash or cheque only.)
  • Sun. September 20th: Store Closes this afternoon
  • Mon. September 21st: Last Day for Garbage
  • Tues. September 22nd: Water Off

See you in the spring for our 29th season!

Happy BC Day & Vendors’ Sale Today

Good morning everyone,

Lake Koocanusa at Sunrise by KeyaHope this finds you well and enjoying your BC Day Long Weekend! As you know, conditions are still very dry/dangerous in the woods and the campfire ban is still in effect—so remember NO Campfires or fireworks. If you are looking for camping options, we do not have any sites available but have made this handy page with lots of local camping options for you.

Don’t forget that today, Sunday, August 2nd, we have our Vendors Sale/Market down at the store (on the deck and in front of it.) Some of our campers will have their wares available for sale. This market is taking place from 10am – 2pm.

As usual, our store’s summer hours are 9am – 9pm daily until the September long weekend, so lots of time to get your supplies, ice cream, breakfast sandwiches, burgers, fishing licenses, bait etc.

Enjoy your weekend at the lake, safe travels on the roads and see you again soon.