Crawford Bay is a humble hamlet on the east shore of Kootenay Lake, in some of the most scenically beautiful country BC has to offer. We are 80km north of Creston, BC and 40km and a free ferry ride from Nelson, BC.
For road maps of the area, click here.
Aside from its natural splendour, the area is renown for its creative community, and Crawford Bay is home to a vital artisans community within a short walk of the festival ground. There is a Weaver’s Studio, Glassblower’s workshop, Blacksmith’s shop, Copper Enamelling Studio, Broommaker’s Shop, Potter, Jeweler and Wood worker all in within a couple hundred yards of each other, and all open to public viewing so you can watch the artisans at work.
If you are driving from west of Kootenay Lake you will likely be taking the ferry across the lake — the other option being travelling on the southern route, which is Hwy 3 to Creston and then heading north up the lake on Hwy 3A. During peak hours the Kootenay Lake ferry will be quite congested, with waits up to three hours at times.
Kokanee Chalets, a fully serviced campground, is right across the road from the Crawford Bay Park, where the festival is held. Please phone 227-9292 for rates and reservations. Camping is also available at other commercial campgrounds at Gray Creek and Kootenay Bay, and lodging can be found at several nearby accommodators. For a comprehensive look at all the East Shore has to offer, please visit the online Kootenay Lake Visitors Guide.
Rustic camping directly across the road from the festival grounds is available for a small fee:
- $50 per weekend for up to a group of 4 (includes 3 nights and parking)
- $20 per night for 2-4 people + $5 all weekend parking
- $10 per night for singles + $5 all weekend parking
- Kids 12 and under camp free
- Camping is free for volunteers only
This campground is suitable for tents, vans, RV’s, etc. Toilets are provided. There is a foot bridge across from the Credit Union, and vehicle entrance to this field is 200m north, off Seymour Road. Ask for details at the main gate. Admission is First Come-First Served after 12 o’clock on Friday. It’s a large area and there is lots of room for everyone. There is to be no camping at the Crawford Bay beach or in the park.
*There are no dogs permitted in campground.
Short of cash? A 24-hour bank machine is located at the local East Shore branch of the Nelson & District Credit Union, (our main financial sponsor!) on the other side of the parking area.
In order to keep Starbelly Jam as safe as possible for all our visitors, pets, drugs and alcohol are not allowed in the festival grounds. Coolers are subject to inspection. Please do your pets a favour and leave them with a friend; they are not allowed in the Park or the Campground.
Passes can be purchased in advance or at the entrance gates, where you will receive a wristband allowing you to leave and enter the park. Gates open at 5:00 pm on Friday and 9:00 am on Saturday and Sunday. Wristbands should be worn at all times. You may be asked to leave if you are not wearing a wristband.
In addition to a fine selection of crafts there will be a variety of food booths on site to cater to almost all tastes. For other food options, the Crawford Bay Store is a few minutes walk north of the park, and there are several restaurants and cafes in the area.
Shade is very limited in the park, so please come prepared for being in the sun. Drinking water is provided, with containers and cups located throughout the park. Avoid dehydration! Crawford Bay has a safe, sandy beach only 1 km away. All that sunny stuff being said, do come prepared for all kinds of weather; July is usually very pleasant, but it has been known to rain occasionally!
Portable toilets are located behind the centre building, with water and a sink. There is a wheelchair accessible toilet located near our first aid area.
A First Aid attendant is on hand for the duration of the festival and is located behind the pavilion/kids crafts zone.
If you have lost someone or something, please go to the gate, on the west side of the park by the parking area. All found items should be taken there.
On Saturday night the music is scheduled to end shortly after 1:00 am but could well run a bit late. The last ferry is at 10:20 p.m., On Sunday night the last ferry also leaves at 10:20 pm.
If you can, we urge you to consider spending the night in our modest campground or at one of the local accommodations. If you must get back to the Western side, the other option to catching the last ferry is to drive over the Kootenay Pass via Creston. If you decide to do this, make sure you have enough gas. The 7-Eleven in Creston (open 24 hrs) is the only place open after 8 p.m., and is 80 km away.