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.

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.

In the spirit of keeping a low carbon footprint, we encourage everybody who is traveling to the Ashram by car and has spare seats in their car to post a ride offer on the Kootenay Rideshare website and Poparide.

Air

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

Castlegar

From March to October over 90% of flights are able to land at Castlegar Airport.

Kootenay Gateway operates a shuttle between Castlegar airport and Nelson. Taxi and BC Transit (buses #33 and #99) are also available.

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.

Cranbrook

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

You can rent a car to drive to the Ashram.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, you can book a seat on B.C.Transit’s Creston-Cranbrook Connector #6 bus which leaves Walmart in Cranbrook at 2:45 p.m. and arrives at the Community Complex in Creston at 4:30 p.m.

The East Shore Transportation Society is developing a new bus schedule servicing the East Shore of Kootenay Lake. Contact the society about booking a seat from Creston to the Ashram. 1 (250) 551 9724 or estsbus@gmail.com

Kelowna

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.

Spokane

In the winter you may also consider flying into Spokane, WA.

Book the Kootenay Gateway shuttle to Nelson in advance.

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

We will meet you in Kootenay Bay and drive you to the Ashram

Bus

From Vancouver and Calgary or other western BC locations, bus service to Nelson is available:

Mountain Man Mike’s offers a weekly bus service from Vancouver and Calgary.

Book Mountain Man Mike’s bus to Balfour.

Board the free ferry to cross Kootenay Lake.

We will meet you in Kootenay Bay for the 10-minute drive to the Ashram.

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.
Eastshore Bus Service

The East Shore Transportation Society is developing a new bus schedule servicing the East Shore of Kootenay Lake. Contact the society about booking a seat from Creston to the Ashram. 1 (250) 551 9724 or email

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.

RIDESHARE

Consider ridesharing from Calgary, other Alberta locations, Spokane and other locations to the south where there are no buses to our area. Post your requests early on Kootenay Rideshare and Poparide.

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