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It’s a Big Lake Lifestyle

Step into the perfect fusion of a small-town atmosphere and an outdoor enthusiast’s haven in Coeur d’Alene. With an abundance of activities for every season, this city offers the great outdoors alongside the second-largest lake west of the Rockies. Within a short 20-minute radius, embrace the thrill of hiking, biking, fishing, hunting, and more. The pristine air, minimal pollution, and humidity-free environment add to the allure. Summers in Coeur d’Alene are nothing short of magnificent, complemented by three nearby ski areas for winter sports enthusiasts. The downtown exudes character, featuring unique restaurants and shops where the owners know you by name. Discover a community where nature and vibrant city life seamlessly intertwine.

CDA Chamber Building on Lake Coeur d'Alene
  • Perfect Blend of Small-Town and Big-City Atmosphere:

    • Coeur d’Alene offers a mix of small-town charm and big-city amenities.
    • Activities available throughout the year.
  • Abundance of Outdoor Activities:

    • Second largest lake west of the Rockies for water activities.
    • Within 20 minutes: hiking, biking, fishing, hunting, canoeing, kayaking, bird watching, skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling.
    • Clean air, low pollution, and no humidity.
  • Magnificent Summers and Winter Sports:

    • Enjoyable summers with a downtown full of unique shops and restaurants.
    • Winter sports enthusiasts have three ski areas nearby.
  • Stable Economy and Quality of Living:

    • Stable economy, low crime rate, and relatively low cost of living (ranked 16th).
    • Attracts people looking for a new home or businesses looking to relocate.
  • Variety of Housing Options:

    • Rural acreage or waterfront living close to town.
    • Quaint turn-of-the-century bungalows or newly constructed family homes.
    • Diverse housing options including golf course homes, penthouse condos, and RV parks.
  • Population Growth and Business Opportunities:

    • Kootenai County’s growing population and economic development.
    • Business-friendly environment: 3.6% below national average cost of doing business.
    • Second-lowest energy costs in the U.S. (27% below national average).
    • Idaho ranks high for living environment quality, taxation and regulation, and workforce quality.
  • Supportive Business Environment:

    • Various organizations offer programs to recruit and assist businesses in relocating.
    • Urban renewal districts established for modern business infrastructure.
  • Complementary Organizations:

    • Missions, goals, and services of other organizations complement the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce.

Arts & Culture Alliance


Established in 2005, the Arts & Culture Alliance brings to our community ArtWalk, Music for the Wise, the Riverstone Summer Concert Series, Kids Draw Architecture, Art from the Heart, and the CDA Artists Studio Tour. In addition, we host Arts Buzz every first Friday, a networking/sharing event for artists, arts organizations, and community members looking to stay in touch with the arts in our area.

The arts are essential to creating a healthy, vibrant and safe community. The Arts & Culture Alliance’s role is to foster creative outlets for artists, challenge convention, and inspire new thinking.


Connect Kootenai


(208) 450-2620


Connect Kootenai is a nonprofit, community-based organization formed in 2014 to guide the creation of a shared vision for the future of Kootenai County. The Vision and Implementation Plan have brought the community’s shared vision to life through strategic actions fulfilled with and by community partners who are committed to Kootenai County’s bright future. The Implementation Plan is a living document that will continually evolve with the ever-changing resources, opportunities, priorities, and needs of our community.


Coeur d’Alene Downtown Association


Located in northern Idaho, on the shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene, this picturesque downtown is defined by blue skies, streets that lead to sparkling water and pine-forested mountains wrapping the skyline. Coeur d’Alene is known as the lakeside playground of the pacific northwest for five-star amenities in a stunning natural setting. Downtown Coeur d’Alene, founded in 1888, is an entertainment and shopping destination with more than 125 retail stores, restaurants and professional businesses. The Downtown Association hosts many events throughout the year. Please shop around our website and explore our members, events and all there is to do in downtown Coeur d’Alene.


Coeur d’Alene Visitors Bureau


Welcome To Coeur d’Alene

The Coeur d’Alene area is surrounded by dozens of lakes left behind by the glaciers from the ice age. There are more than 55 lakes within easy driving distance of Coeur d’Alene, but none more scenic and full of activities than Lake Coeur d’Alene itself.

There is something magical about Lake Coeur d’Alene that’s hard to define, but begins with the spectacular North Idaho sunsets and moonrises, the plunge of an osprey after a fish, the glowing lights of downtown Coeur d’Alene reflecting across its waters at night. The perfect place to plan your next vacation and activities.


Innovia Foundation


As the community foundation for Eastern Washington and North Idaho, we partner with people who want to improve their communities and make the world better. We work together to identify and respond to our region’s greatest opportunities, help those in need, and leave a lasting impact.


North Idaho Centennial Trail Foundation


The North Idaho Centennial Trail is 23 miles long, extending from the Idaho/Washington state line to Higgins Point, 6 miles east of Coeur d’Alene at the end of Coeur d’Alene Lake Drive. You can walk, jog, or bicycle on a Class I & II paved trail. Operation and maintenance of the Idaho Centennial Trail is a cooperative effort of the City of Coeur d’Alene, the City of Post Falls, Kootenai County, Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation, and the North Idaho Centennial Trail Foundation.

A Centennial Trail monument is located at Independence Point by Lake Coeur d’Alene. This is a good way to show support for the trail, recognize special people, or establish memorials.

The non-profit North Idaho Centennial Trail Foundation assists with maintenance and capital improvement of the Centennial Trail, as well as supports the development of new trails in Kootenai County. You can help the Foundation by becoming a sponsor, donor and member.