Getting Here

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Shambhala is held on the Salmo River Ranch, a beautiful slice of forest and farm hidden away in the Salmo River Valley in the West Kootenay region of Southern British Columbia, Canada. Our location is pretty remote, with no major cities nearby. The funky village of Nelson is about 30 minutes away by car. In fact, during the festival Shambhala becomes the largest city in the West Kootenay region. It can be a little bit challenging to get here, but we’re here to help make that as easy as possible. If you have any questions about Getting Here that aren’t covered on this page, just email us at info@shambhalamusicfestival.com.

How will you be travelling?

Queen City Shuttle

Local transportation company, Queen City Shuttle & Charters, offers a special shuttle service to Shambhala from Vancouver BC, Calgary AB, and Spokane WA. Please note: Queen City Shuttles & Charters is an independent company and is not affiliated with Shambhala Music Festival.  Please direct all shuttle inquiries to info@kootenayshuttle.com or visit their website.

Greyhound

If you are considering taking Greyhound, please keep in mind that the nearest stop is the gas station in Salmo, 6km away from the entrance to the festival site.
Shambhala is accessible by a dirt road off Highway 3, 6 km east of Salmo, BC. Make sure your vehicle is in good working condition. RCMP road blocks on the way into Salmo are common during the festival, and your car may be taken off the road if it does not meet safety standards. We recommend you fill your gas tank before you enter the festival grounds and clean your air filter before heading home. These country roads are dusty!
Don’t have a vehicle and need a lift? Want to share your ride to save some money on gas? Carpool! The fewer vehicles on the farm, the better. Here are some resources to help you make those connections.
In the past few years, we’ve seen the numbers of our American Farmily grow. We love all the love from our neighbours south of our border. Here are a few tips for smooth travel. Nearest Border Crossings:

  • Nelway – 11.7 miles to festival site – open 8am-midnight daily *NOT RECOMMENDED*
  • Waneta – 34.1 miles to festival site – open 9am – 5pm daily
  • Paterson – 49 miles to festival site – open 24 hrs
Because of the unpredictable nature of travel, we recommend crossing the Paterson border. That way you don’t have to worry if you end up running late – that crossing is always open. Click here for a full list of CAD/US border crossings. You will need a valid Passport to enter Canada. And it’s always good to purchase travel insurance when venturing to another country – we highly recommend it.

NOTE: It is advised to avoid the Nelway border crossing altogether. In recent years it has been receiving heavy traffic around Shambhala, and been backed up by up to 3-4 hours – especially when exiting the area. We recommend thinking ahead and crossing the border further out in Alberta or coastal BC, if possible.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you have a DUI in the US, it’s unlikely that Canada Border Services will allow you into Canada. If you have any questions about crossing the border, you can visit CBSA’s website.
There are no airports within the municipality of Salmo so you will need to arrange for vehicle transport from another of our local airports. The closest airports are:
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