Nelson has earned a reputation for being one of the most impressive heritage cities in Canada, owing to its large collection of heritage structures. Dating back to the late 1800s, most historical buildings are close to one another, making a walk back in history an easy task.

The region around Nelson is also known for its natural beauty. The Selkirk Mountains are a popular destination for hikers and mountain bikers who want to explore the untouched wilderness. There are several beautiful lakes located nearby that are great for swimming or boating. And if you're looking to immerse yourself in nature without venturing too far from civilization, head to nearby Larch Valley where you can hike through lush forests or go horseback riding on some idyllic pastures. When you're ready to unwind after a day on the slopes or in the mountains, there are plenty of nightlife options to choose from, including bars and pubs with live music and DJs. Whether you're looking for a getaway to relax or a place to explore and discover new ideas, Nelson is worth exploring.

Top 5 Things to Do

  • Soak in the Ainsworth Hot Sprigs
  • Ride the world's longest FREE ferry ride
  • Try stand-up paddleboarding or kayaking on Kootenay Lake
  • Visit Kaslo  and the s.s. Moyie
  • Explore the area on a mountain bike

Finding Awesome In Nelson & Kootenay Lake

The sky’s the limit, year-roud, when it comes to outdoor activities in and around Nelson.

Video courtesy of Nelson & Kootenay Lake Tourism

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