Hi,  my name is Randy   I'm Truus and I'm Kris

and you have just entered the Balfour Gill and Gift website.


Gill and Gift

Is For sale


Truus and Randy would like to announce their pending retirement from the Gill and Gift in Balfour. After 18 years of operating the successful family owned gift, tackle, & fuel business on the Balfour ferry landing we have decided to sell. Business particulars would be made available to any committed purchaser. It is our intent to conduct business as usual until a change in hands can be confirmed.

Thank you to all present and past employees we have enjoyed working with you all,

Our sincere thanks to all our customers you have all become friends over the years.

If interested contact Randy 250-229-2113 or stop in for a chat.


Gill & Gift -Covid-19 policy     


Currently we are operating on our regular hours 8-6. .

       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 enter our business.

Thank you and be safe


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.

Shallow Bay Quilts and Fabric Art

ShallowBay Quilts and Fabric Art


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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  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