Imagine working, living and playing in a spectacular natural paradise. Where your commute includes breathtaking mountain vistas, lakes and streams instead of bumper-to-bumper traffic. And the pace is only as fast as you want it to be. Here in Bonner County, you can have it all. Every day of the week.
Climate and Recreation
North Idaho enjoys a true four-season climate. Spring and summer temperatures are warm and pleasant, while autumn brings a veritable explosion of brilliant colors and crisp, sunny days. And with 111 miles of beautiful shoreline, Lake Pend Oreille is not only one of the largest lakes in the West, but an exceptional source for warm-weather recreation. As is the renowned Hidden Lakes Golf Resort, a scenic and challenging 18-hole course located amid the splendor of the Selkirk and Cabinet mountains.
Despite its far north location, winters in Bonner County are surprisingly temperate, while still offering plenty of snow for outdoor activities. Whether you enjoy skiing, sledding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling or a little bit of everything, youll find it all right here in Bonner County. Schweitzer Mountain Resort is one of the Pacific Northwests largest ski areas, and with spectacular views of the lake and surrounding ranges, truly one of the finest.
The average price of a home in Bonner County is moderate, and youll discover plenty of housing options, including newly planned developments, riverside condos or elegant homes nestled in the mountains. Add fringe benefits like an average commute of only fifteen minutes, and youre assured a more relaxed way of life.
If you have children, theyll enjoy neighborhood schools, and a rewarding choice of extracurricular activities. They can show a horse at the County Fair, participate in an accelerated academics program, play on a championship soccer or volleyball team, or design their own home page on the Internet.Higher educational opportunities are also available, with the North Idaho College Sandpoint Center offering community education and AA/AS degree-seeking courses, including offerings by the University of Idaho.
Located in Sandpoint, Bonner County General Hospital (BGH) offers the latest medical technology to the County. BGH has a physician staff of over 40 in a variety of specialties including MRI technology. BGH also has an on-site heliport offering critical transport to Spokane, a major medical center in the inland northwest.
Many companies find that their energy costs in Bonner County are half of what they would be in other western regions. Industrial resources such as water, low-cost hydroelectricity, high-tech infrastructure, rail and truck transportation services and ancillary support services are readily available, and help guarantee a cost-effective place to do business.
In addition to its boundless recreational opportunities, Bonner County, and Sandpoint in particular, is recognized as a thriving center for the arts. In fact, it has three times been highlighted in the book, The 100 Best Small Arts Towns in America. Each year, Sandpoint hosts an eclectic variety of community activities, from poetry readings to concerts to cross-cultural events.
Most notably, perhaps, is the Festival at Sandpoint, a highlight of Sandpoints summer music calendar for almost twenty years. These days, the Festival draws audiences upwards of 20,000 per season to its diverse summer concert series, presented on the shores of beautiful Lake Pend Oreille. And since the event features music from a variety of genres, past audiences have enjoyed everything from The Spokane Symphony to B.B. King.The renovated Panida Theatre in downtown Sandpoint is on the National Register of Historic Places, and continues to showcase a variety of great performers and performances. Residents also look forward to the Bonner County Fair, and a terrific variety of smaller celebrations in nine towns throughout the county.
A Sense of Community
The varied pace and natural beauty of Bonner County make it a natural attraction for a population that is diverse, involved and community-minded. Here, as in few other places like it, is a high level of connectivity between people and issues, environment and lifestyle all of which add to the appeal of working and living in Bonner County.Official county profiles Two K-12 Public Education Districts serve Bonner County: Lake Pend Oreille District #84 and West Bonner County District #83. Both districts provide an excellent education for the students within the county.
North Idaho College offers on-site college-level courses at their Sandpoint Center on Second and Church. The University of Idaho Cooperative Extension Service Center on North Boyer Avenue also has a distance-learning classroom. The U of I was named one of the most wired public institutions in the nation by Yahoo! Internet Life Magazine. The school ranked 12th in the nation and received an "A" in student resources, e-learning, and technical support and was praised for its efforts to help faculty use technology in the classroom.
- Selkirk School / Age 3 through grades 2
- Sandpoint Junior Academy / Grades 1 through 10
- Waldorf School / Age 3.5 through grades 8
- Sandpoint Community Christian School
- Sandpoint Charter School / Grades 7 and up