Why Kootenay Lake?

Our International Program welcomes students from all over the world, offering an excellent education for our international students while expanding the worldview and global perspective of local learners. 

Our international students will experience a cosmopolitan feel where life is not hurried and people say hello to strangers. Our breath-takingly beautiful environment offers a safe, friendly, exciting environment for students from all over the world. The Kootenay Lake area is known by meterologists as the Tropics of Canada because of its moderate year-round climate.

Learn more about our unique communities:


The town of Creston offers spectacular mountain views, a mild climate and many great things to see and do in and around the Creston Valley.  Nestled between the Purcell and Selkirk Mountains, the Creston valley boasts a healthy agricultural community and is home to many farms and orchards and where agriculture continues to play an essential role in the town today. Creston and the nearby East Shore of Kootenay Lake communities also boast a number of flourishing artist studios and galleries.

For more information, visit: www.creston.ca


With origins as a logging town, Kaslo boasts a rich and colourful history, with many heritage, arts and cultural attractions and activities. The Village of Kaslo is the largest community on the main body of Kootenay Lake, a picturesque location and the oldest incorporated community (1893) in the Kootenays. Situated on the lake and surrounded by mountains, it provides plenty of opportunity for outdoor adventure.

For more information visit: www.kaslo.ca


Nelson, known for its small town with cosmopolitan personality, is situated on the West Arm of Kootenay Lake in the heart of the Selkirk mountains. With easy access to nature, residents and visitors enjoy alpine and nordic skiing, mountain biking, hiking, boating, golf, and other outdoor pursuits. Nelson also has an active arts and culture scene with a thriving small business community. Nelson's offbeat Victorian town is home to hundreds of heritage buildings, numerous good restaurants, bustling coffee shops, and sidewalk cafes.

For more information, visit: www.nelson.ca


Salmo is an active community with many services and attractions, a vibrant arts community and challenging, fun recreational activities year round. It is centrally located at the junction of the Crowsnest Highway and Highway 6. Once a small mining town during the gold rush of 1896, the town has a strong community spirit where local residents and visitors can participate in a great outdoor lifestyle with excellent hiking, skiing and golf, while enjoying close proximity to urban amenities

For more information, visit: www.salmo.ca


Located in the Selkirk Mountains, the Slocan Valley includes many towns as well as a number of unincorporated communities that run along the 100km valley. A draw for tourists and residents looking for a slower pace, the Slocan Valley is rich in history with a number of historic and heritage sites. Sandy beaches along the Slocan River and Slocan Lake, numerous trails, spectacular views, and access to Valhalla and Kokanee Glacier Provincial Parks make the Slocan Valley an ideal all-season recreation destination. The town of Slocan located on the shores of Slocan lake is a gateway to Valhalla Provincial Park, a picturesque place with several activities, such as rock climbing, hiking, biking, boating, fishing, and a skate park.

For more information, visit: https://slocanvalley.com and www.slocancity.com