A rare opportunity to own stunning lakeside
property with year-round recreation

About Koocanusa Village

Koocanusa Village (KV) is a lakeside family community nestled in the heart of Lake Koocanusa in the Kootenay region of southeastern British Columbia. Surrounded by stunning mountain vistas, this unique 170-acre development of lake-accessible properties is close to a variety of conveniences in the resort town of Fernie, BC – just a 3.5 hour drive south of Calgary, Alberta, or 45 minutes south of Cranbrook, BC.

If you’ve ever wanted to escape the city and enjoy life on the lake, this is your moment. Secure your lot, select your house, and begin building memories in your home away from home.

Koocanusa Village (KV) lakeside community has vacation properties right on Lake Koocanusa – a true mountain lake oasis. These properties include opportunities to buy single family home lots, commercial land, with the added benefit of a full-service marina.


We’re excited to announce that the development is under new ownership and is moving forward with exciting changes and opportunities. Be part of KV and enjoy year-round outdoor adventure at a great price.


Lake Koocanusa is 145 km of beautiful turquoise water. It offers peaceful quiet and mirror-like stillness with summer water temperatures averaging 25.5 C. The arid shoreline is home to a bounty of sandy beaches.

The lake straddles the Canadian and U.S. border in Montana. Its unique name is courtesy of Alice Beers of Rexford, Montana, who won a contest to name the new lake in the 1970s. It’s the first three letters of the Kootenay River, Canada, and USA. Koo + Can + USA = Koocanusa.

Lake Koocanusa is a manmade reservoir created in 1975 when the Libby Dam was constructed on the Kootenay River in Montana. Lake levels fluctuate throughout the year, are generally highest in July and August and decrease gradually toward winter. Koocanusa Village is well situated in the heart of the lake and enjoys the water longest as summer turns to fall.
US President Gerald Ford attended the dedication ceremony for Libby Dam on Sunday, August 24, 1975. He said of the lake that was formed by the dam: "I doubt if medical science ever will find a better tranquilizer than a boat, a fishing pole and a lazy afternoon." We couldn’t agree more, Mr. President.

More than 40 years later, the dam continues to generate significant hydroelectric power, while the lake offers exciting recreation and lazy afternoons for lucky property owners and vacationers.

At the centre of year-round,
world-class recreation

As one of the most vibrant regions in the world for year-round recreation, the surrounding landscape features open grasslands with Ponderosa pine forests and spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains for a variety of summer and winter pursuits. Close to world-class skiing and snowboarding in Fernie or Kimberley, your recreational choices are endless.

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Whether you’re tearing up the wake or slowly cruising the lake, it’s hard to beat time spent with friends and family on your boat. Conveniently located in the heart of Lake Koocanusa, the KV Marina offers private boat slips, boat launch with parking and store. Come and visit when you need a rest or supplies. Look for the Koocanusa Village sign across from the confluence of the Elk River–if the flag is flying, we’re open!

KV currently operates the south marina with 74 slips with potential for 500 slips. Slips are available for lease for the summer, a week or a weekend.  The north marina has further potential for 300 slips.  The marinas and the surrounding commercial space will be developed as demand requires.

Marina Slip Rentals

Marina slips are available on a priority basis to lot owners ONLY. Not an owner? Inquire about availability.

Marina Slip Rates


Marina Slips

Interested in booking a slip? Click here »
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Meet the Board of Directors

It’s a whole new era for Koocanusa Village.

The directors of the property are all personally invested and actively involved in making this community the heart of the lake. KV Properties draws on this deep experience and capital base for its stability and strategic direction.
RETO BARRINGTON  President of KV Properties Inc.

Reto spent five years on the Canadian National Ski Team racing on the World Cup circuit from 1969 to 74. He finished 4th in the Sapporo Olympic Games in Alpine Combined events and retired at the age of 20 to pursue business and law degrees.

His passion for challenge propelled him into a career structuring business and development projects at various companies including: Intrawest Corporation, Alberta Productions Corporations, Royal Host Real Estate Investment Trust, Stewart Green Properties Ltd., and Turbo Resources Limited. Recently, Reto has managed large development projects in the Whitefish and Fernie areas, including the Fernie RV Resort.

Reto has watched Koocanusa Village with fascination from his home across the lake. When the opportunity came up to transform the community, he eagerly jumped in with both feet.
TODD FYFE  Associate Broker - Fernie Real Estate Group brokered by eXp Realty

Todd and his family live in Fernie. They relocated from Calgary over 14 years ago and chose to make their family home in a resort mountain town. Mountain life and culture was very important to them with outdoor living and recreation being a big part of their family recipe. Todd grew up in cottage country in Ontario and understands the draw that lakes and water have on families who crave summer and winter recreation. Together Todd and Susan have worked to raise two happy and engaging children and search for ways to contribute to the local area and make it an amazing place for families to visit and live.

Todd is an Associate Broker with eXp Realty and enjoys working with clients from the area and around the world on their real estate dreams.
CHAD JENSEN  President of New Dawn Developments Ltd.

After graduating from the University of Lethbridge, Chad joined New Dawn Developments as President.  Under his leadership, the team has grown New Dawn into the largest residential and commercial construction company in the East Kootenays. Named BC’s Residential Construction Person of the Year in 2011, Chad remains President and CEO of New Dawn Developments and his continued passion for the industry has resulted in numerous individual and organizational awards across British Columbia.
BILL R. REDMOND  President of Redson Resource Management Ltd.

Bill began his career in the field of Geology and Geophysics. After graduating from the University of British Columbia, he served in a senior executive capacity with several oil and gas industry companies in Calgary, Alberta. After spending nearly 25 years in the Petroleum industry, Bill and his family purchased Bucars RV Centre in 1989.

As a past Board member and President of both the RVDA of Alberta and the RVDA of Canada, Bill has also been deeply involved in the RV industry through his countless hours of volunteer time. Along with being past President of the Rotary Club of Calgary and past Board Chair of the Calgary Rotary Clubs Foundation. Bill has served on the boards of both public and private companies in the oil and gas industry, boards of industry associations, government agencies and not for profit organizations and has been involved as an investor in several real estate developments.
CARMEN SOMBROWSKI  Lawyer at Flemming and Sombrowski Law Office and Businessperson

Carmen was born in Cranbrook and grew up in Fernie. She graduated from the University of Alberta Law School in 1986 and is still an active lawyer. Carmen has practiced in commercial and real estate law, including land development, subdivisions and construction for over 35 years. Since 1982, Carmen has been and continues to be involved in many businesses in the Elk Valley.

Carmen and her family enjoy the all season recreation opportunities the East Kootenay have to offer and spend their summer and winter vacations there. As well, Carmen is a dedicated community volunteer and has sat on and chaired numerous charitable boards.

Homeowner Stories

Hear why families like yours love life at Koocanusa Village.
It’s a breath of fresh air
We have lived here for several years and are still in awe and amazement of being on Lake Koocanusa. We constantly enjoy ourselves whether it’s hanging out at our house, on the water, at various beach, fishing, dirt biking, side by side ATVing, snowmobiling or skiing. There is never a lack of activities and great times. All burdens are lifted on arrival and it’s a breath of fresh air and energy being here!

- Peter & Sharon Jones
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Area has so much to offer
We fell in love with Lake Koocanusa eight years ago and are now permanent BC residents at Koocanusa Village. We are surrounded by beautiful mountains and pristine water. This area has so much to offer all year round from water sports, boating, quadding, fishing, hiking to winter skiing and snow- mobiling or even crossing into Montana for a day of shopping. There is no better place then our happy place.

-Brenda & Rene Lavoie
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Liked it so much live here year-round
My wife and I have been here for 15 years and were the first people to live at Koocanusa Village. We liked it so much we now live here year-round and appreciate the superior climate and friendliness of the community. We love to fish and our days our endless!

- Bruce & Shelley Dingerville
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Amenities and services

Is there enough power, water and sewer for the development?
Yes, systems are functioning and currently services the existing houses in Koocanusa Village. It is designed to accommodate 1,000 homes. Power is supplied by a three-phase service which has sufficient capacity to service the entire development of 1,000 homes.
What amenities are planned?
Additional amenities will include a community centre, fire hall, sports fields, restaurant and pub, marina store and grocery store. These amenities will be phased in as the development proceeds beginning in 2023.

Is there cell phone service and Wi-Fi?
Yes. Cell phone service and Wi-Fi are provided by third party suppliers. The two most common internet suppliers in the area are Indiiginet and Tough Country.


Can I build a house right away?
Yes, as soon as you have the required permits from the Regional District of East Kootenay you can build immediately.
Are there architectural guidelines?
Yes. The Statutory Building Scheme is registered against the title to each lot and sets out the design considerations and approval process to allow construction to begin. This should be read in conjunction with the zoning requirements of the Regional District of East Kootenay.
Is there a building timeline? If so, how long do I have to build?
Building commitments do not currently exist.
Do you have a recommended list of builders?
We can assist with the selection of a suitable builder. Please call Reto Barrington for contact info for builders.
Are prefab or manufactured homes permitted?
Yes. Please review the Statutory Building Scheme and Zoning Bylaw for details.


When does the lake become boat-able and how long is the season?
Typically, the lake is deep enough by mid June and boating season lasts four months. Our community enjoys the lake longest because of our prime location in the heart of the lake.
Is there a boat launch?
Yes. There is a boat launch at the marina for KV owners.
If I don’t own a lakefront lot how do I access the beach?
You can access the beach via pedestrian access corridors. Also, there is a beach area at the north end of the marina for lot owners’ use.
If I own a lakefront lot can I have my own dock?
Private moorage docks are not permitted in front of the lakefront lots at KV. The zoning of this project is intended to create moorage within the marina rather than on the lakeshore. This is regulated by the provincial government and not the developer of Koocanusa Village.

Owners may place a swimming dock in front of their lakefront lot so long as it is not connected to the shore by a ramp. This is not uncommon in British Columbia where many lakes have similar regulations.

While we have all seen many examples of docks being attached to shorelines in front of a residential lot, most are not licensed. In our case that situation is further complicated by the fact there is a strip of crown land in front of the lakefront lots, which is typically referred to as the foreshore. Improvements on the foreshore require permitting from the provincial government as well.
Can I store my boat or RV on my property?
Yes, subject to limitations set out in the Statutory Building Scheme and the RDEK zoning bylaw. Storage of boats and RVs is restricted to limitations noted in those documents.
Can I occupy an RV on a lot in Koocanusa Village before I build?
The only opportunity to occupy an RV on your lot is if you have a building permit and are actively building. This right is limited to 2 years during active construction.


How much do the lots cost?
Koocanusa Village has/or will have a number of price points and product types available for purchase with lots starting at $175,000. Click here for more details and availability.
How much are the strata fees and what do they include?
There are two stratas currently registered within KV. The 2022 charge is $300 per year in EPS 771 (Lakeside Estates). The 2022 charge in EPS 832 (Lakeview Terrace) is $100 per year. These fees cover strata insurance, management and expenses approved by strata members at the Annual General Meeting.
I see there is a rent charge, what does that include?
Annual rent charge is a utility charge which covers water and sewer service. Current annual fees are $1,402 per year for those lot owners who have not received a building permit and $2,004 for active use. These charges include both sewer and water charges.
Are there any other fees or monthly costs?
There is a charge to allow the Community Association to collect dues. This is registered on title to the lot. The 2022 annual fee was $100.
What are the anticipated taxes on the purchase price?
In BC, the taxes include 5% GST and a BC Property Transfer Tax of 1% on the first $200,000 and 2% on the remaining balance of the purchase price.


What is the capacity of the marina?
In addition to a store with gas, the marina has 75 slips and will be further developed as demand requires.
Can you purchase a marina slip or are they leased?
Marina slips can be rented by lot owners, but not purchased. Priority will be given to owners of lots in Koocanusa Village. We intend on producing adequate numbers of boat slips to provide a slip for the majority of lot owners. We are approved for 570 boat slips at full build out.
How much will a marina slip cost?
For 2022, the rental rates were $950/season, $200/week or $40/day, with priority given to Koocanusa Village owners. Click here to inquire on renting a slip.


How far is Koocanusa from major centres?
Koocanusa Village is approximately 40 minutes south of Fernie, BC and 45 minutes south of Cranbrook. Travel time from Calgary is 3 hour and 45 minutes, from Lethbridge it is 2 hours and 45 minutes.
Are there pet restrictions?
Pets are welcome! Of course, they must be controlled at all times and you need to clean up after them.
What other recreation activities are available at Lake Koocanusa in addition to boating?
Lake Koocanusa is centrally located for many outdoor activities. These include:

  • Downhill skiing at Fernie or Kimberly
  • Cross country skiing and touring to backcountry lodges
  • Hiking either in the valleys or ascending mountain terrain
  • Mountain biking and fat biking on hundreds of kilometres of natural trails
  • Fishing in Lake Koocanusa for Gerrard Rainbow, Kokanee Salmon, and Bull Trout
  • Fishing in multiple smaller lakes and rivers in the area within 45 minutes for Rainbow Trout and Eastern Brook Trout
  • Motorized backcountry riding for dirt bikes or quads
  • Hunting, either rifle or bow, for elk, deer and wild turkey
There were issues with the previous developer. Does he have anything to do with Koocanusa Village?
No, the previous developer went into foreclosure in 2016 and is completely removed from the project and ownership. The current owner is KV Properties Inc. That is the name that will appear on the titles to all lots offered for sale. We are capitalized to develop the project to full completion.

KV Properties Inc. is owned by a group of seven investors. The President of KV Properties Inc. is Reto Barrington. The company is governed by a Board of Directors who are all investors with ties to the area and are actively involved in completing the long-term plan for the project. KV Properties draws on this deep experience and capital base for its stability and strategic decisions.

Design is underway under the guidance of an experienced design team. See more on their expertise.
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