The Journey

HOW TO GET HERE

Nelson, BC, is a 3 ½-hour drive north of Spokane Washington, is a 4 ½ drive southeast of Kelowna, BC, a 3-hour drive southwest of Cranbrook, BC,  a 7-hour drive southwest of Calgary, Alberta, and an 8-hour drive northeast of Vancouver, BC.  // *All drive times are contingent on winter weather conditions.

We recommend flying to Spokane, Kelowna or Cranbrook and taking a shuttle or renting a car. Car rentals can be limited so be sure to pre-book a 4WD and request winter tires! Due to weather cancellations during the winter months, we don’t advise flying into Castlegar (which is the closest regional airport 25 minutes from Nelson).

CHARTERS

If you are coming with a larger group, you might want to consider one of the following charter companies:

Kootenay Charters

Service from International Airports to Nelson BC.

*Bookings must be made 48hrs in advance. 

Spokane Car Rentals

Information on rental agencies based near Spokane International Airport.

Alamo Enterprise, AVIS, Hertz, Budget, National, Dollar, Thrifty available.

KELOWNA AIRPORT CAR RENTALS

Car rentals at Kelowna International airport (YLW)

Enterprise, AVIS, Hertz, Budget, National, Thrifty available.

Kootenay Gateway Shuttle

Service from Spokane International Airport to Nelson BC.  This options requires additional travel time.

*Bookings must be made 48hrs in advance. 

Ambassador Limousine Service

Service from Spokane International Airport to Nelson BC.

Ambassador Limousine Service is a long time established service in Spokane and has been driving our guests for years!

Spokane Airport Express Shuttle

Private driving service for smaller groups (up to 6 passengers).

WELCOME TO CANADA

If you are coming from the United States you will need to cross the border. There are 2 border crossings to choose from: Nelway is open from 8am to 4pm and the Patterson crossing is open 24 hours/day.

When you cross the border into Canada, you will need your passport. Immigration officers will inquire about your personal history, the purpose of your visit, and what you are bringing across the border. Among other things, alcohol, tobacco, prescription drugs and large amounts of cash are all subject to import limitations — excess quantities may be taxed. You are not allowed to import fresh fruits and meats, firearms, or mace.

They may search your vehicle, so please pack carefully. Border officials may deny you entry to Canada based on previous convictions. Baldface does not issue refunds or provide trip credits to registered guests who are unable gain entry to Canada.

If you have been convicted of Driving Under the Influence, it is considered a criminal offence and you could be denied entry. Please contact the border you will be crossing before your arrival if you are unsure.

FORTH TO THE NORTH

BORDER INFORMATION SERVICE

Within Canada 1-800-461-9999
Outside Canada 1-204-983-3500

NELWAY CROSSING

Location: Between Metaline Falls, WA and Salmo, BC.
Hours: US and Canadian customs open 8am – 4pm

PATTERSON CROSSING

Location: Between Northport, WA and Rossland, BC.
Hours: Canadian and US customs open 24 hours a day

KEEP IT TIGHT.

We’re happy to provide you with the signature Jamie Lynn garbage bag to travel to-and-from the lodge, but if you prefer your own luggage, please pack in a soft-sided bag (no wheels) and keep it under 50 pounds. There are no board bags allowed in the helicopter so it’s easiest if your personal items are packed elsewhere and we’ll hang onto your board bags until you get back down to town. We will send your board and skis up seperately. Oh, and our wine list has got you covered so no need to risk packing that Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

NELSON BC

Nelson is one of the hippest towns in BC and has been rated Canada’s #1 small-town arts community — overflowing with boutiques, galleries, and great restaurants. Be sure to hit our local mountain, Whitewater Ski Resort, an easy 20-minute drive from town. Visit Kootenay Lake Travel for more information.

ACCOMODATION

Prestige lakeside resort

Prestige Lakeside Resort is our preferred accomodation in nelson. Baldface/Valhalla guests get 15% off during winter months. Simply call the Resort directly at 250-352-7222 and ask for the “Baldface Client Discount” or use the promo code “BALD” when booking on their website. Guests will also benefit from complimentary on-site parking (even when you’re on the ski trip) as well as on-site amenities including a pool and hot tub, three restaurants, spa, cozy lobby with fireplace, and beautiful lake and mountain views. The Resort is located within minutes of downtown Nelson, close to breweries, shops, dining, and more. 

The Savoy Hotel

The Savoy Hotel is a boutique 12 room hotel in Nelson, British Columbia. Receive a 10% Baldface Client Discount when you use “BALDSAVOY”.
While the historic Savoy hotel is over 100 years old, making it a heritage hotel, it has undergone extensive renovations that see the hotel combine modern finishings with a mountain vibe, designed and built by local architects and craftsmen. If you are looking for accommodation, or where to stay in Nelson BC, look no further than The Savoy Hotel. 

CURRENCY

Canadian bank machines will accept most ATM cards and spit out colorful Canadian bills in return. If you are concerned, check with your bank about its exchange rates before leaving home.

Once you arrive at Baldface, there is no need for cash. All expenses at the lodge will be added to your account and charged to your credit card on file. If you decide to tip, many guests prefer to tip in cash – either Canadian or US currency is fine. You may also use your credit card to tip.

After your trip to Baldface, out-of-country visitors qualify for a refund on any GST (goods and sales tax) which they paid while in Canada.