Proud of its heritage, Nelson boasts hundreds of restored turn-of-the-century buildings and homes. Take the Heritage Tours and ArtWalk. Ride the old Streetcar 23, visit the Galleries and Museums, browse the many Specialty Shops for gifts, crafts, etc. Nelson is nestled along the West Arm of Kootenay Lake. While power boating is possible it isn’t predominant. Maybe because the lake is so expansive. It just never feels busy like other popular baoting spots in BC. Enjoy kayaing, SUPing, or try sailing.
Great Food: There is a wealth of great Restaurants to choose from during you visit to the Kootenays. With more dining options per capita than some of the the world’s most cosmopolitan cities, Nelson has something for everyone; locally roasted coffee, euro style sourdough bakeries, vegetarian fare, patio casual dining. Try great southern style BBQ or go to a steak house. And then there several great lunch spots. Ethnic? There’s Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Mediterranean and so much more.
Use Nelson as your lodging hub while you explore West Kootenay. You’ll discover friendly, comfortable and affordable B&B style lodges and Motels all the way up to Hotels and luxury Lodging.
There are many beaches too including the sandy Lakeside Park beach next to the Big Orange Bridge. Close to town, this park has a great playground and is next where you can board Streetcar No. 23. Nelson and area are home to great hiking and mountain bike trails. The Community Complex offers an olympic size pool. Within minutes of Nelson golfers will find a few quality golf experiences. Take in a Nelson Leafs hockey game during the colder months. For skiers and riders there is 'Whitewater Ski Area' just minutes from town.
Check out the diverse music and live show scene at one of the clubs, bars or cafes. The Capitol Theatre is the venue for amateur youth and community theatre and also touring professional dance and performance arts shows.