From the first steam powered boats launched on Kootenay Lake in the 1880s, to the end of the era with the SS Moyie's retirement in 1957, each vessel had a specific route and role that it played in the transportation of people and goods. Kootenay Lake routes covered four geographic areas, some of which overlapped and others of which quickly disappeared as rail lines or roads were developed.

Map - Sternwheeler Routes

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Map - Sternwheeler Routes


The locations of the various landings along the shores of Kootenay Lake and the West Arm are approximations. For some of the landings the only evidence of settlement is the pilings left standing in the water. In other locations all evidence of the landings has been removed and is only visible during low water levels in the spring.