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Visit Nelson, BC and Area

Located in the southeast corner of British Columbia, along the shores of Kootenay Lake, the Nelson and Kootenay Lake region is an inspirational mecca for foodies, art-goers, music lovers, history buffs, and adventure seekers.

Here’s a quick guide to this beautiful region:

Nelson is a vibrant mountain town with a special combination of heritage, culture and creativity. Nelson’s Baker Street spills over into alleyways and adjacent streets, and is full of art, music, shops, galleries, and features a large variety of places to eat & drink.

Nelson BC Heart Mural
How To Get Here

Despite its rural location, there are many easy ways to get to the region. Check out these great resources for more details on: nearby Airports, Ferry Schedules, Border Crossings, and visit DriveBC for up-to-date road information.

Where To Stay

View Nelson Kootenay Lake Tourism’s Interactive Map to find places to stay in Nelson & area.


Find local events on Nelson Kootenay Lake Tourism’s events calendar.

Eat & Drink

Nelson is home to more restaurants (over 70) per capita than pretty much anywhere else in the world! Experience a variety of cafes, craft breweries, markets, and restaurants in the area.


Nelson and surrounding area has everything an adventure seeker could ask for!

Lake & River: Kootenay Lake is one of the largest lakes in British Columbia, and is perfect for sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, SUP (Stand Up Paddle), canoeing, leisurely boat rides, and fishing. Nearby rivers provide chill and casual floating experiences.

Get into the mountains through world-class mountain biking, a range of hiking trails, rock climbing, and even ziplining!

Nelson is home to world-class skiing, featuring renowned ski destination Whitewater Ski Resort, as well as cross-country skiing at Nelson Nordic Ski Club. Other winter activities in our area include curling, skating, snowshoeing, tobogganing, hockey, fat tire biking and snowmobiling.


The Kootenay Lake region is filled with boutique stores and back-alley studios – view Nelson Kootenay Lake Tourism’s Interactive Map of local shops. We also encourage you to shop for locally made products and buy from our local artists!

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