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  Checkout the pictures on the special events page  2021 family derby.

Gill & Gift -Covid-19 policy     


Currently we are operating on our regular hours 8-6. We will not be operating until 8:00 until further notice.

We ask the following of our customers.

       Feel free to remain in your car and pay the attendant with cash or tap card for fuel or other items you may wish from the store.  We will be happy to serve you at your vehicle.

       Please let us handle our pumps we are full serve.  If you do handle our pumps for some reason please wear gloves.

       We are now limiting the amount of customers in our store to 6 at one time to observe social distancing.

       Purolator pick ups are now done by verbal signature, no need to handle our equipment.

       We will continue to handle Purolator packages on your behalf.

o      smaller items  can be brought out to you if you remain in your car.

o   Larger items you will have to come inside to retrieve.

       If you are in quarantine please remain at home and do not come to our business.

       If you are experiencing illness of any sort please stay home and do not come to our business.

Ofther options:

       Curbside service:

       Call ahead  250-229-2113 and have us pick put what you want and drive up and pick it up.

We are located at the ferry landing in Balfour, British Columbia, in the middle of some of the best fishing in the world. Home of the Giant Gerrard Rainbow Trout, Big Bull Trout and the famous landlocked Kokanee, to to mention Whitefish, protected Sturgeon, and some Big Mouth Bass in the south end of the lake. Kids fish in the Gill and Gift fall derby for coarse fish as well. 

Our 1st goal is to be the best tackle/souvenir shop on Kootenay Lake, hence the name Gill & Gift.

Catching the giant Gerard Rainbow Trout in Kootenay Lake can be very frustrating. Colors, technique and location are critical. Your first stop should be at the Gill and Gift. We have the latest information and tackle you need to make your Kootenay Lake fishing trip a success. See our fishing page for  information to help you out.

If you are coming in from out of town, do call in and introduce yourself... we love to meet new fishers.  Our informed staff will be sure to help you with tackle choices and help you with the latest information on what is happening on the lake today.

Looking for a charter? give us a call and we can help hook you up. 

If you prefer to  shop on line...

We do mail products out from the store if you wish to go that way. Check out our selections of billies and flies on our e-catalogue page, or call and request ... and don't forget the fishing pictures in our photo galleries. If you call the store we will try to arrange to sell you anything we have on hand.  We have not listed the vast variety of supplies we have but you are welcome to ask about them when you call.


Be sure to stop in at the Gill and Gift when you are at the ferry terminal for local and tourist information and all your fishing needs.


   A smart fisherman fills up before he hits the water.

     WE ARE CURRENTLY SELLING 2021-2022 FISHING/HUNTING LICENSES and TAGS and CLASSIFIED WATERS LICENSING AS WELL.   Note>The fishing regs book is good for 2 years so check your dates; guides are currently for the years of 2020/21....new fishing licences are issued every April 1st. Fishing guides are also online.

 dont forget to keep your status up to date for your hunting licences.. Every three years they expire and you will have to re-register  online or at a government agent location. This is to keep your current address and phone numbers correct.



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Ferry Info

    Balfour  Weather


Kootenay Lake Water Temp

Av.Water temp 42 F








May  long

 weekend Gill and Gift Open Rainbow Derby 2021

May 22,23,24


2nd 2017

EVERY YEAR  is the Gill and Gift Family Pike Minnow Derby


Saturday of the Labour Day weekend

September 4th 2021  if all goes as planned.

ecial instructions.

  YES We plan to return the family  derby for the Saturday of  Sep long weekend   2021.


Woodbury 2021 Easter Dolly Derby

Adults / Kids derby



Main Lake Only

Woodbury Thanksgiving Rainbow Derby

watch for more info


  4-450 Ferry Landing Road Balfour BC  V0G1C0

  LAT:49.625113 LONG:-116.959205                  PH: 250-229-2113  

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  Incorporated April 6 2004





Regular hours 8-6 daily

covid 19        hours remaining same for now