We are located in southeastern British Columbia, Canada, about midway between Vancouver and Calgary, north of the State of Idaho. Travel to the Ashram takes you through the scenic forests and mountains of the Kootenays – to beautiful Kootenay Lake where you will find us on the East Shore, near Kootenay Bay – west of Nelson, north of Creston.

We are happy to help you make travel plans. Please keep in mind our check-in times of 2-5 pm. If you will need a pick-up from the ferry at Kootenay Bay, please let ue know ahead of time. Please contact the Ashram (1.800.661.8711 or 001 250 227 9224 if you are outside North America; info@yasodhara.org) with any questions.

Due to the COVID 19 pandemic we advise those planning a trip to the Ashram to contact travel providers as well, to confirm their route, and to keep abreast of any changes in schedules, health care protocols and travel restrictions.

Car

We are:

  • 40 km northeast of Nelson by way of the Kootenay Lake ferry (see below)
  • 80 km north of Creston
  • 300 km north of Spokane, Washington. There is a border crossing at Porthill, ID. You will need a valid passport and depending on the length of your proposed stay, you may need a visa or letter (that we can supply).

You will find us just off Highway 3A, on the road to Riondel.

Air

The nearest Canadian airports to the Ashram are Kelowna, Castlegar and Cranbrook.

Kelowna

Flights land reliably at Kelowna International Airport all year round.

Silver City Stagelines bus leaves downtown Kelowna at 1 p.m. and arrives in Nelson at 6:30 p.m

North Shore Route 10 bus will bring you to the free ferry at Balfour. The # 10 bus runs between Nelson and Balfour on all days except Sundays and Statutory holidays.

Walk on and we will meet you at Kootenay Bay and drive you to the Ashram. Please make pick-up arrangements in advance.

During the Winter holiday season, Mountain Man Mike’s plans to operate a bus route from Kelowna to Balfour with a transfer in Osoyoos, on Sundays.

Walk on to the free ferry at Balfour, and we will meet you where it lands in Kootenay Bay and drive you to the ashram. Please make arrangements in advance.

Cranbrook

In the summer and winter, flights land reliably in Cranbrook, although travel options from this airport are limited.

Air Canada, West Jet and Pacific Coastal fly into the Canadian Rockies Interantional Airport.

You can rent a car to drive to the Ashram.

Castlegar

From October to March, travellers should anticipate that flights to and from West Kootenay Regional Airport may be cancelled or delayed due to seasonal weather.

Central Mountain Air operates a daily flight each way between Vancouver and Castlegar.

From Castlegar Airport, Taxi and BC Transit (buses#33 and #99) are available to Nelson.

North Shore Route 10 bus will bring you from Nelson to the Kootenay Lake Ferry at Balfour. The bus has two stops in Nelson: at the corner of Ward & Baker Streets and at the Chahko Mika Mall. The bus runs between Nelson and Balfour on all days except Sundays and statutory holidays.

Walk-on to the free ferry and we will meet you where it lands at Kootenay Bay for the 10-minute drive to the Ashram. Please make pick-up arrangements in advance.

BUS

From Vancouver and Calgary or other western BC locations, bus service is available:
Mountain Man Mike’s offers bus service from Vancouver (Thursday and Sunday), and Calgary (Friday overnight) to Balfour. During the Winter holiday season, Mountain Man Mike’s plans to operate a bus route from Kelowna to Balfour with a transfer in Osoyoos, on Sundays.
At Balfour board the free ferry to cross Kootenay Lake.
We will meet you in Kootenay Bay for the 10-minute drive to the Ashram. Please make arrangements in advance.

Other bus travel options from Vancouver:

  1. From Vancouver to Kelowna, E-Bus
  2. From Kelowna to Nelson, SilverCity Stagelines bus.
  3. From Nelson to Balfour, BC Transit #10 North Shore. The # 10 bus runs between Nelson and Balfour on all days except Sundays and Statutory holidays. The bus has two stops in Nelson: at the corner of Ward & Baker streets and at the Chahko Mika Mall.
  4. From Balfour, Kootenay Lake Ferry. We will meet you where the ferry lands in Kootenay Bay and drive you the rest of the way to the Ashram Make arrangements with us in advance.
TAXI from Nelson

It is approximately 30 minutes to Balfour ferry landing. Glacier Cab Company can be reached at 250-354-1111.

FERRY from Balfour to Kootenay Bay

See Kootenay Lake Ferry or check the Selkirk Loop web for additional information.

We will meet foot passengers at the ferry. Please let us know which ferry you will be taking.

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