Nelson, Salmo-Troup Rail Trail, Photo Destination BC Kari Medig

Nelson

Surrounded by the Selkirk Mountains, set on the shores of Kootenay Lake and clustered with more than 300 heritage buildings, Nelson’s storybook charm and stunning scenery create the quintessential small-town setting. Entering from the east, you will discover Lakeside Park at the edge of the West Arm of Kootenay Lake, at the foot of the famous Orange Bridge. Lakeside Park is the pride of Nelson’s waterfront: a long, beautiful beach, a wide promenade, and open, green spaces highlight the area. The region has both the terrain and the scenery that make for fantastic hiking. Clear streams, large inland lakes, forest-covered valleys, and wildflowers make this area a hiker’s paradise. In the winter, Nelson and area has become one of the most popular winter sports communities, considered by many to have some of the best skiing and snowboarding conditions on the North American continent.

Nelson Breakfast at Prestige Lakeside Resort

Nelson Breakfast at Prestige Lakeside Resort

Location

Located at the junction of Hwy 6 and Hwy 3A, 41 km (26 mi) northeast of Castlegar.

A Step Back in Time

In 1867, gold and silver were found in the area and Nelson grew quickly as a result of the frantic mining activity. Dozens of other mining communities sprang up along Kootenay Lake, two railways were routed through Nelson, and noted architect Francis Rattenbury came to design granite-hewn, chateau-style civic buildings. By 1910, Nelson had its own hydro generating station, street cars, a sewer system, and a police force. Englishmen came to plant lakeside orchards, and Russian Doukhobors, sponsored by Tolstoy and the Quakers, tilled the valley benchlands.

In 1979, after 5 generations had each imposed their own style on downtown’s Baker Street, local merchants and civic leaders developed a coordinated restoration plan and spent more than $3-million to bring the city’s magnificent buildings back to life. A community understanding dawned that these magnificent buildings represented the pioneers’ statement of faith in the future of Nelson.

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Nelson & Kootenay Lake Tourism

Nelson & Nearby Accommodations

16 Listings

Alpine Inn & Suites

Alpine Inn & Suites

Nelson

On a picturesque hilltop setting, Alpine Inn & Suites invites guests to stay at their Swiss-style, family oriented, dog friendly inn. Located one minute away from downtown Nelson, guests have easy access to local shops and restaurants. Offering 30 updated, modern rooms, guests can choose from Standa ... Read more
Nelson City Campground

Nelson City Campground

Nelson

The Nelson City Campground offers visitors access to a forested, natural environment in an urban setting. Located on High Street, just east of downtown Nelson, the campground is centrally located and an easy walk to shopping, parks, and beach. Offers shared laundry, all-weather cooking facilities an ... Read more
Cool Waters RV Park

Cool Waters RV Park

Nelson

Cool Waters RV park is located in a valley about 5 minutes south of beautiful Nelson BC. The property has a creek running through it, 20 minutes from the local ski hill, has a great number of mountain bike trails within close proximity. The RV park has select amenities, including wireless internet, ... Read more
Birch Grove RV Park & Marina

Birch Grove RV Park & Marina

Nelson

Near Nelson, famous for most restaurants per capita in Canada. Ainsworth Hot Springs, golf courses, zip lining, hiking/biking trails, artisans and markets. Spectacular views, wildlife, bird watching, Kokanee spawning, fishing off docks, swimming, boating, kayaking. Well-maintained grounds, beach, qu ... Read more
The Lakeview

The Lakeview

Gray Creek

Nestled amongst towering trees with picturesque views, The Lakeview is an ideal destination to unwind in the natural wilderness. We are situated on the east shore of Kootenay Lake, surrounded by open space for guests to enjoy the great outdoors. Experience the many activities offered at our resort, ... Read more
Destiny Bay Resort

Destiny Bay Resort

Destiny Bay

Tastefully decorated lakeside cottages, gourmet dining, breakfast buffet and old-fashioned hospitality. Private beach, log sauna, canoes, paddleboats and firepit. Birdwatching, hiking, mountain biking and golfing nearby. ... Read more
Kokanee Chalets, Motel, RV Park & Campground

Kokanee Chalets, Motel, RV Park & Campground

Crawford Bay

Resting on the East Shore of beautiful Kootenay Lake, Kokanee Chalets is surrounded by a friendly community and lush forests. We welcome children and pets to join in on the holiday as there are many activities for all guests. Enjoy the beautiful sun on our private pebble beach, only a five minute wa ... Read more
Gatehouse-On-The-Point

Gatehouse-On-The-Point

Kaslo

Honeymoon seclusion and comfort for any two non-smokers on a quiet, idyllic lakefront property. Fully self-contained cottage with stunning views out every window, a special queen bed, a full kitchen and bath, and a covered porch overlooking the lake. A lakeside deck offers privacy, beauty and quiet ... Read more
Kaslo Municipal Campground

Kaslo Municipal Campground

Kaslo

Located adjacent to lake shore beach and playground in historic Kaslo. Tent and RV sites, shaded, hot showers and an easy walk to the SS Moyie and our charming Victorian downtown. Attendant on site. ... Read more
Schroeder Creek Resort

Schroeder Creek Resort

Kaslo

Discover the beauty of the Kootenays at Schroeder Creek Resort! Situated on Kootenay Lake, we have breathtaking views of the serene lake which offers fantastic fishing! Our beautiful treed campground offers a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere for guests to relax and unwind. We offer full service RV, ... Read more
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