Getting Here

The Johnson’s Landing Retreat Center is located at the base of the Purcell Wilderness Conservancy Provincial Park and the Fry Creek Trail head, and overlooks Kootenay Lake.

For directions, please print our map below. Make sure your printer has a horizontal option.
Click on the picture to enlarge.JL Retreat Map

Driving time to the Retreat Center

  • Kaslo: 1 hour
  • Nelson: 2 hours
  • Castlegar: 2.5 hours
  • Spokane, WA: 6 hours
  • Calgary, AB: 9.5 hours
  • Vancouver: 10.5 hours

Other Transportation Options

Air Transportation

For added adventure small plane service is available from Nelson to the Kaslo airstrip. Three people can fly for a very reasonable price.
Call Tony at 250-505-6711.

The airport in Castlegar, BC also has flights from Calgary, Vancouver and smaller surrounding cities. Contact Air Canada at 1-888-247-2262.

Ground Transportation

Our minivan can transport up to five people to the Retreat Center from Castlegar, Nelson or Kaslo. Prices are: Castlegar – $120; Nelson – $100; and Kaslo – $50.

To assure minivan availability, please book well in advance of your arrival by calling toll-free 1-877-366-4402.

Car rentals are also available in Castlegar and Nelson.


Sometimes we can connect you with a guest travelling from your area, if you give us advance notice.

There is also Kootenay Rideshare where you can view rides offered or post a wanted ride at


Greyhound Buses travel from most Canadian cities to Nelson, BC every day. Please call 1-800-661-8747.

The Queen City Shuttle between Castlegar and Nelson connects with all flights. Please call 250-352-9829, or visit

There is a minibus every Thursday that leaves Argenta in the morning and travels to Nelson and returns again to Argenta in the evening. We deliver and pick up people from the bus stop. You can call the Central Kootenay Transit for details at 1-877-843-2877.