This area is blessed by a natural environment with quiet streams, serene lakes and majestic forested mountains with an abundance of wildlife. Fishing, wildlife viewing, biking, river rafting, horseback riding, hunting, hiking, camping, skiing, ice skating and snowmobiling are some of the recreational opportunities in our four distinct seasons. Meandering through the middle of the county is the Kootenai River and valley where rich farm lands produce a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, hay, wheat and barley and is home of the Anheuser Busch hops fields. Our climate is among the most ideal for the growing of ornamental and Christmas trees.
Bonners Ferry has a small town atmosphere where you can conduct shopping, legal matters and business in a few square blocks. Known as the “gateway” to Canada and all points East, Bonners Ferry is headquarters of the International Selkirk Loop for touring vacationers.
The Loop was featured in Sunset Magazine in 2001 and 2002. Those with more indoor interests can visit the nearby casino for gaming, dining, swimming and overnight stay. Many other overnight accommodations and restaurants are available as well. Just five miles from town is the 3,000 acre Kootenai Wildlife Refuge where one can spot moose, elk, deer, bear, bald eagles, ducks, heron and geese. East of Bonners Ferry on U.S. 2 is the Moyie River Canyon Bridge and overlook. At 600 feet above the canyon this bridge is among the highest in Idaho.
The downtown business district and Main Street has been revitalized with new sidewalks, streets, street lights and other upgrades. Our Visitor Center is open spring, summer and fall and in winter answers questions concerning vacations or relocation.