BALFOUR, pop 445, overlooks the entrance to the west arm of KOOTENAY LK 34 km east of NELSON. Founded in 1889 and named for British Prime Minister Arthur James Balfour, it was a port for steamboats on the lake. In 1911 the CPR opened a 50-room resort hotel here, and during WWI the hotel was used as a veterans' hospital; it closed in 1920. Today Balfour is a small resort community and terminal for the car ferry across the lake to KOOTENAY BAY.

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