Kootenay Star Mining Museum
May 2013 – An exciting recent addition to the museums heritage theme is a full working sternwheeler called the “Kootenay Star”!
This small vessel is similar in appearance to the many steam ships that were instrumental in the development of the entire Kootenay lake area.
The Museums Curator, Dave May built the stern wheeler to celebrate and honour the memory of his father, Fred May and uncle Dave Walsh who both served at sea in WW2.
The family moved initially to the Balfour area in the late 1940’s and began a new postwar career on the Kootenay lake ferries.
Over the course of their careers Fred and Dave worked on the SS Nasookin, MV Anscome and MV Balfour.
Hello and Welcome! This page provides a preview of our little museum. The Photos below show but a very few of the hundreds of pieces of mining history that can be found within. We hope you enjoy the photos and even more would love to see you in person so we can show you the complete collection.
Before we go “Into the Museum” we thought you might be interested in the short video about Kaslo as it is today.
In the Museum, we aim to show a little of what life was like in Kaslo’s early days. Keeping up with tradition, our food is all made with natural, fresh ingredients that we source locally. Our friendly staff staff are always available to answer questions about the self guided Museum (and the cooking!)
“Best soup this side of the Atlantic, and the museum is fascinating” — J.B. Priestly
“An amazing selection of artifacts that show what made this little town…”” — M. Butler
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