The Journey


Nelson, British Columbia, is a 3 ½-hour drive north of Spokane Washington and a 4 ½ drive southeast of Kelowna, BC. // Baldface is a 10-minute flight from Nelson.

Most of our guests travel to Nelson by flying into Spokane, WA, and taking a shuttle service or renting a car at the airport. If traveling within Canada, we recommend flying to Kelowna or Cranbrook and renting a car. 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).

Spokane Car Rentals

Information on rental agencies based near Spokane International Airport.

Kootenay Gateway Shuttle

Service from Spokane International Airport to Nelson BC.  This options requires additional travel time. *Dec. 13 – Mar. 29 ONLY

Kootenay Charters

Private bus charters for larger groups.

Spokane Airport Express Shuttle

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


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 8pm 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.



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


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


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


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.


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.