Area Information

What is Coeur d'Alene?

Today, Coeur d'Alene remains the center of business and recreational activity in the Inland Northwest complete with festivals, fairs, concerts, unique bistros, and elegant restaurants, thriving downtown, mall shopping and much more. Its strong presence is found in state government and its increased economic development over the past several years is remarkable. Coeur d'Alene continues to grow and prosper in the new millennium.

How do I pronounce Coeur d’Alene?

Coeur d’Alene is pronounced core-da-lane.

Where does the name Coeur d'Alene come from?

Early French-speaking fur traders named Coeur d'Alene Lake. According to legend, the traders believed the local Indians to be sharp traders and called the lake Coeur d'Alene since their hearts were as sharp as an awl. In 1878 Fort Sherman was established and the city began to grow. Coeur d'Alene was incorporated in 1887 and continued to flourish. It's a town with a rich background in lake steamers, fur trading, logging and mining.

How do I get there?

Coeur d'Alene is easy to reach, located off Interstate 90 only 40 miles away from the Spokane International Airport, served by 65 non-stop daily flights from cities including Chicago, Minneapolis, Denver, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Portland, Seattle, Boise, Oakland, Salt Lake City and others.

The Coeur d'Alene Airport provides charter and private air service, with the capacity to land 34-seat passenger planes. There are vans, taxis, rental cars and shuttles available from both airports.  

Missoula, Montana is 180 miles to the east, and Seattle, Washington, is 330 miles to the west. The Canadian border is 90 miles to the north.


 Coeur d'Alene is 2,152 feet above sea level.

The Weather

Average High Temperatures: 86 F in July, 61 F in October, 34 F in January, 59 F in April

Average Annual rainfall: 26 inches

Average Annual snowfalll: 30 to 80 inches


City of Coeur d'Alene – 47,912 (2014 U.S. Census Bureau)

Kootenai County – 147,326 (2014 U.S. Census Bureau)

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Sister City

Cranbrook, B.C.

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