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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.

Celebrating Canada Day at Koocanusa & Other News

Canada Day at KoocanusaHope everyone has been enjoying spring so far and getting ready for a relaxing summer at the lake. We will be celebrating Canada’s 148th Birthday this year on Saturday, June 27th. (Yes, we are celebrating early 🙂

Canada Day Weekend Schedule of Events:

  • Pick up your Canada Day Activity package at 1PM.  Complete everything and come back at 3PM.
  • Join us on the deck at 3:00 PM for some Birthday Cake to help Canada celebrate. We’ll have some crafts and activities at this time also.
  • Be part of our 5th Annual Koocanusa Parade. Show your Canadian pride and bring along your decorated golf cart, wagon, buggy, pet, bike or ??? To the parking lot at 6:45 for a 7PM start.
  • Check the Notice Board at the store on the Long Weekend to get final details of events…

The Store:
Now open to serve you daily from 9am – 9pm from now until the Labour Day long weekend. Come by and enjoy our twelve flavours of ice cream, other novelties, snacks etc. Our kitchen is also open from 9am – 7:30pm for breakfast sandwiches, grilled cheese, burgers, hot dogs, nachos and more. If out on the lake you can also call ahead your order, just phone us 15 – 30 minutes before you’re coming and we can get started on it for you. (250-529-7484.)

August Long Weekend Event: Koocanusa Campground Vendors’ Sale
This season, the August long weekend will see the return of our Vendors’ Sale on Sunday, August 2nd from 10am – 12pm on (and in front of) the store deck for a mini arts/home-based business market. If you are a camper who crafts or has a home-based retail business with products for sale or to order and are interested in participating stop into the store this summer to let us know so we have an idea of numbers. Set-up will be between 9 – 10am (if possible please bring your own table so that customers may use most of the picnic tables.)

In the meantime, the forecast for next weekend is looking very hot and summery so perhaps we’ll be seeing you here at the lake soon.

Weather Forecast

May Long Weekend Updates

Greetings everyone. Hope this finds you well and look forward to seeing many of you back 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:

Spring at Lake Koocanusa by KeyaSpring Cleaning, May 15th – 18th, 2015:

We will 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.

Recycling Cans & Bottles: We can provide you with clear bags for recycling your bottles. Come by the store or see Fred at Site 110. All recycling dropped off to Fred’s site must be in these types of bags this year. Thanks for your help! This is for pop, beer, wine, liquor, milk, juice — anything that can be turned in for a refund. The $s raised from your returns go entirely towards fireworks for our annual Canada Day Celebrations.

Propane Tanks: a reminder that propane tanks 60lbs and over must be properly secured.

BC Fire Danger Rating MapCampfires & Fire Danger: while ordinarily springtime is  traditionally a time of low forest fire danger, this is not the case in the South Country/Southern BC Rockies this year. After an unseasonably sunny, warm and dry winter and now spring, our region has a very low snowpack and the forest floors are extremely dry currently.

So while campfires are presently allowed in our campground sites please make sure that they are small, contained and put out completely afterwards. Also, as always, please be careful of disposing of cigarette butts etc. as these could easily start a fire easily right now. Click on the map to the right to see a larger/current version and visit the BC Wildfire website.

On a positive note the weather looks like it will be beautiful this weekend and lake levels are also much higher than normal for this time of year so enjoy your long weekend here at Lake Koocanusa.

Koocanusa Campground & Marina May Long Weekend Store Hours:
Friday, May 15th & Saturday, May 16th: 9am – 9pmSunday, May 17th: 9am – 7pm

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