Nelson BC Visitor Info

Nelson is the undiscovered jewel of western Canada.

Here you will find stunning scenery, with the largest inland lake in British Columbia, Kootenay Lake, abundant wildlife, natural hot springs, every recreation you can imagine; world class golfing, fishing, skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, hiking…just to name a few.

We have  a wonderful climate, giving us warm summer days, with all the water sports you can imagine…swimming, fishing, water skiing, tubing, or off to the Hot Springs. Then there is winter and our epic powder. “Ski Canada” rated Whitewater as Best Deeps, Best Bowls, and Best Glades. “Powder Magazine” declared it among the best powder in British Columbia.

Nelson has a vast arts community; hundreds of musicians, painters, where you may see their pieces in “ArtWalk” or at the new Museum and Art Gallery. We are a accepting community, otherwise known as ‘alternative’…most anyone will be at home here.



General  Nelson information



All Seasons Cafe

BiBo Bistro
Preserved Seed Teahouse
The Only Bakery
Kootenay Co-op
Kootenay Bakery Cafe Cooperative
Au Soleil Levant/The Rising Sun Bakery
Main Street Diner
Outer Clove Cafe
Vienna Cafe


Coffee Shops:
Oso Negro
Grounded Organic Coffee House
Dominion Cafe

Bars & Nightlife:

Mountain Waters Spa
Spa Oasis – Aveda Day Spa

Arts & Culture:
Capitol Theatre
Kootenay School of the Arts

Winter Sports – Whitewater Ski Resort, 10 miles south of Nelson



Highland Powder Skiing
Snowwater Heli Skiing
Valhalla Powdercats
Nelson Nordic Ski Club

Biking and Bike Tours

Sacred Ride Bikes and Boards
Gravity Adventures
Gerick Cycle and Sport
Wright Wheels Bicycle Tours
Secret Stash Alpine Adventures

Hiking and Area Parks

Kootenay Mountaineering Club
Kokanee Glacier Park
Valhalla Provincial Park