Pilot Bay Lighthouse
Within the Pilot Bay Provincial Park, located on the northern part of the Pilot Peninsula that extends into Kootenay Lake, the The Pilot Bay Lighthouse is the last remaining inland lighthouse in BC.
Constructed in 1904 and activated in 1905, the lighthouse is significant for its historical association with the sternwheeler era on the lake, which began in the late 1880s and lasted until the 1950s, and is a symbol of early navigation when silver ore, supplies and people were transported between mining communities by water.
The lighthouse can be accessed by a short 0.5 KM trail from Pilot Bay road. For those seeking an experience, enter the lighthouse and climb to the top for a truly spectacular view of the Kootenay Lake towards Balfour and perhaps even the Kootenay Lake Ferry.
Amenities at the site include picnic tables, benches, and pit-toilet bathrooms. Note that this heritage building is maintained through donations to the Friends of West Kootenay Parks. Please feel free to support their efforts!