BC’s Lower Columbia has a healthy transportation infrastructure.
Three rail trans-load facilities and numerous couriers and trucking companies service the Kootenays. This allows for the smooth and cost-effective shipping of goods to destinations across North America, including the ports of Seattle and Vancouver.
Passengers enjoy multiple weekly flights a week between two regional airports and larger urban centres like Vancouver and Calgary. There are three international airports within comfortable driving distance in the West Kootenays.
Highways 3, 3B, 6, 22 and 22A run through BC’s Lower Columbia region.
Canadian Freightways ships to all destinations within Canada and the US, and has a service centre in nearby Castlegar.
Other truck transport options in BC’s Lower Columbia region include:
Trail Cartage & Storage: 250-693-2414
Westcan Bulk Transport Ltd: 250-367-7778
NRS Trucking: 604-855-2120
Bryan’s Transfer: 250-368-5525
Trimac Transportation Service: 250-367-7701
CP Rail Freight Service runs to Calgary and Vancouver out of Trail.
Burlington Northern runs to all US destinations out of Waneta.
Air Travel and Transport
Charter flights are available through these businesses:
High Alpine Air Services: 250-354-0977
Highland Helicopters: 604-273-6161
Book regularly scheduled flights with these carriers:
If you’d prefer to travel directly to/from an international airport, here are the options and links:
Canadian Rockies International Airport in Cranbrook
Ports of Entry
Below are the three Canada US border crossings that serve BC’s Lower Columbia. Click on the BC location to find the contact information for the Canadian Border Services office at that location.
Waneta BC / Boundary WA
Nelway BC / Metaline Falls, WA
Paterson BC / Frontier WA