Retallack is located in the heart of the Selkirk Mountains and is accessible by car, on well maintained highways, approximately 1.5 hrs north of Nelson, British Columbia, Canada. We are located halfway between Kaslo (26 km) and New Denver (21 km) on Highway 31 A.
The nearest international airports are in Kelowna, BC and Spokane, WA. Castlegar Airport is actually the closest major airport, however, we only recommend that guests travel to this airport in the summer due to its high winter flight cancellation rate. For those traveling by private plane, airports are also located in nearby Kaslo, BC (3700 x 60 ft runway) and Nelson, BC (310o x 70 ft runway).
Booking a Private Minibus to Retallack
It is possible to book a private minibus or car to take you to and from Retallack and airports in Calgary, AB; Kelowna, BC; Castlegar BC; Nelson BC, Trail BC and Spokane, WA. Please contact Queen City Shuttle & Charters.
Crossing the US / Canadian Border
US citizens crossing the border into Canada must show their passport and valid photo ID such as a driver’s licence. The immigration officers will ask you about the purpose of your visit, your personal history and what you are bringing across the border with you. Firearms, alcohol, drugs, tobacco, fruit, and meat are of particular interest to them. Please pack carefully. .
Each guest is responsible for conforming to Canadian Customs and Border Regulations. When you cross the border into Canada, you will need your passport. If you are coming from the United States, it is very important to understand the process of entering Canada. For further information see the US Department of State’s Tips for Travellers to Canada.
The immigration officers will inquire about your personal history, the purpose of your visit, and what you are bringing across the border with you. Among other things, alcohol, tobacco, prescription drugs and cash are all subject to import limitations and excess quantities may be taxed. You are not allowed to import fresh fruits and meats, firearms, or mace. They may search your vehicle, so please pack carefully.
The Canadian Border Information Service can be contacted at:
- Within Canada 1-800-461-9999
- Outside Canada 1-204-983-3500
The Nelway Border crossing is located between Metaline Falls, Washington and Salmo, British Columbia:
- Hours: US and Canadian customs open 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. (midnight), daily
The Patterson Border crossing is located between Northport, Washington and Rossland, British Columbia
- Hours: Canadian and US customs open 24 hours a day, daily.
Canadian Immigration regulations restrict anyone from entering the country who has a conviction that would be considered a criminal charge in Canada. Persons with DUI charges or drug convictions (anytime during your lifetime) have a very high probability of being denied entry into Canada. Your records in the US can be accessed by Canadian Customs & Immigration officers through co-operative agreements between the US and Canada.
For those who have a record, it is recommended you pre-determine your entry status prior to arriving at the border. Retallack is not responsible, or liable to make any refunds, for guests who are denied access at the border. A one-time visitor application can typically be made at the Canadian border for approximately $200 CAD, taking up to four hours to complete. A permanent application for visitor entry can be made through the Canadian Embassy and Canadian Consulates in the US for a lesser amount ($35 CAD) however; this process can take up to 16 months. Some visitors with such convictions have successfully gained entry by pre-arranging their border crossing application and carrying letters from their home police force, clergy, etc. indicating their compliance with the rules over the past five years or more.
We suggest you communicate with a Canadian Immigration office prior to your planned trip if you have past charges. Random checks into this background information do not happen to everyone, but they are common.
Driving on Winter Highways in Western Canada
Western Canadian roads can be subject to intense winter storms with blowing and drifting snow, reduced visibility, ice sections, black ice and avalanche danger. Follow instructions on all warning signs and road condition reports. Good winter tires are mandatory. Be prepared by carrying a shovel, flares, warm clothing and some basic tools with you at all times.
Make sure you have enough fuel to make it to the next service station. Drive with care and attention, and you’ll be just FINE! There are no convenient public transport links to Retallack Lodge. Private vehicle is your only direct and quick way to get to us.
We have extensive highway clearing programs, but in some areas there can be delays due to avalanche control. Please check the following weather / highway report links before you leave: