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

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 or visit their website.


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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    April 12, 2014

    Anyone in Wenatchee Washington going? I moved up here from California and a
    have been going too festivals since the late 90’s. Very self sustaining…besides a ride.

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    Rob Morrow

    June 13, 2014

    I most likely will need a ride outta Vernon ill pitch on gas & have other treats 🙂 if anyone could help that would be greatly appreciated.

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    June 26, 2014

    looking to share my truck with 1 other person from winnipeg leaving aug 5th returning aug 12th lemme know

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      Shawn Fillion

      June 26, 2014

      Are you going directly to the site? I’m volunteering for the festival and looking to be there by the Wedensday

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      Hernan LP

      March 26, 2015

      Hey im planning to go from winnipeg, you filled the spot?

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    Micha Gutmanis

    July 27, 2014

    Hey there!

    You can definitely hangout with us! Are you driving in? Would you be able to give my friend and I a lift back to Vancouver after the festival by any chance please?? 🙂 We are both lovely people in our early 20s
    gas money will be provided! 🙂


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    Ryan McNerney

    March 19, 2015

    Anyone from the States driving to Shambhala I’m trying to find a ride even if it means flying into some where in the states. Trying to make it this year feel like it be cheaper to fly into Cali or somewhere and hitch a ride than fly into Canada

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    Taylor Priaulx

    June 18, 2015

    Hello all. Im looking for a ride for me and my gf on the 3rd from vancouver.

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    Alex J. Campbell

    July 20, 2015

    Hey guys, looking for a ride to the festival from Vancouver (Kingsway & Rupert area)
    Of course happy to share gas there and back. Don’t have a great deal of stuff, just tent, sleeping back, mattress, some food and perhaps a small cooler. I think I’m great company. Pretty outgoing and charismatic. My email is Hope to hear from you.
    Alex 😉

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    July 22, 2015

    Hey, anyone have room for one more smiling face in their car from Calgary leaving Wednesday or Thursday (Aug 5/6)? I have no bags, only need a lift one way, can share the drive and have money to pitch!! Email me at

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    Jamie shannon

    July 26, 2015

    would you be able to stop by Bellingham, wa?



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