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In French, Coeur d’Alene means “Heart Of An Awl,” so named by French-Canadian fur traders who found the local Native Americans were shrewd in their trading practices. An awl is a sharp pointed tool used on leather. The traders had respect for the tough trading practices of the “sharp hearted” Native Americans.

Coeur means “Heart” and Coeur d’Alene, The City by the Lake, is the “Heart of North Idaho” and the gateway to a region full of scenic places and exciting things to see and do. We have all the activities that are represented in any major resort area and more. World class fishing, boating and beautiful beaches may be enjoyed on our many glacially formed lakes and rivers: Lake Coeur d’Alene, Hayden Lake, Priest Lake, Lake Pend Oreille, and the Spokane & St. Joe Rivers.

Experience “Silverwood” the largest theme park in the Inland Northwest, Ford Iron Man triathlon, four ski resorts, and a dozen unique golf courses some rated in the top ten of the country. There are historic museums, wildlife, community theatre, antiques galore, horseback riding, para-sailing and float plane tours.  We have the world’s longest floating boardwalk, and don't forget biking on the Centennial or Hiawatha Trails.

Come and see for yourself and meet the people, experience the beauty, and enjoy the four seasons, only then will you understand why so many people make North Idaho their vacation destination! To enhance your visit, please choose one of our member bed and breakfasts and let your knowledgeable hosts help plan your itinerary.