What to do

“Visitors to Nelson are entranced by a modern-day hippie sanctuary: different cultures and creeds are welcome, and an appreciation of rolling hills and calming waterfalls is expected.”

1- Downtown Baker Street: Nelson is such a beautiful, walk-able city! The downtown core is a site for the eyes, from local boutiques to restaurants and cafes. With the flowers and trees, people and smiles, locals and visitors alike enjoy a walk down the main Baker Street of downtown, shopping, sipping tea and coffee and following the amazing smells and eye-catching displays.

2- Hiking: If you love the trees and mountains, take a moment to step outside of the city and into the forests. Hikes up from Nelson take you up small paths and bike routes to the top of the mountain. From this “Mountain Station” you can also run, walk, or bike for hours in either direction. The Pulpit Rock hike will take you traversing tightly up to the Elephant’s eye, on Elephant Mountain. Quick (30mins-ish one way) and a good strenuous up, this hike is the first place locals will take their visiting friends and relatives for the true Nelson Kootenay experience, complete with amazing views.

3- Nelson’s Heritage: Nelson has over 350 heritage buildings and one of them is the amazing Touchstones Museum which showcases art exhibits and and Nelson’s History! For more architectural wonder, we have a self-guided heritage walking tour that takes you to33 locations in Nelson. For a lighter stroll, try the Roxanne Walking Tour, which features points of interest from the 1987 film starring Steve Martin. Brochures on the museums and heritage buildings are available at the Visitor Centre at 225 Hall Street.

4- Parks, Picnic Areas, Playgrounds: During the warm weather, you can choose from a number of well-maintained, wide-open green spaces in the region, including Nelson’s Lakeside Park, which offers swimming and playground for kids. Kokanee Creek Provincial Park and Kaslo’s Waterfront Trail Regional Park are not far away for a splendid afternoon of relaxation and time on the beach or a hike into the woods or along the lake and rivers.

5- Fun on the Water: The region has numerous kayak, canoe, paddleboard, skimboard and motorboat rentals, as well as courses and day camps in sailing and other watersports. If the weather isn’t cooperating, the Nelson and District Community Complex offers a pool, diving tank and wading pool, and during the mornings, child care, so parents and teens can enjoy a workout.

6- Hotsprings: Year-round the Ainsworth Hot Springs is fun for the whole family, couples, friends, and individuals. A 160-foot limestone cave with waist-deep water provides an unforgettable swimming experience, featuring waterfalls, stalactites and stalagmites. A large hot soaking pool and cold dip pool is also available to rest and rejuvenate you.

7- Alternative Health and Healing: Nelson is well-known for its alternative health field, which helps thousands of clients every year gain balance and renewal. In addition to yoga, massage therapy, physiotherapy, chiropractic medicine, and traditional Chinese medicine, there are craniosacrial and deep tissue treatments, plus numerous holistic healing approaches, from astrology to

8- Spas and Retreats: With over a dozen spas in the region, offering blissfully rejuvenating treatments, scrubs and tubs seven days a week, there’s no better way to rest and re-energize after a day of outdoor adventure.

9- Nightlife: Juno award winners, legends, up-and-comers…the marquee line up is a diverse as the selection of venues; intimate clubs, down-home pubs, dazzling nightclubs and rural halls.

10- The Theatres: The Civic Theatre may be in an old historic building, but it has a new state-of-the-art screen and sound system that will literally blow your socks off. Events are hosted often, and local and special showings are as frequent as the box office hits. Nelson’s Capitol Theatre offers both contemporary and traditional dance, theatre, and music, showcasing internationally renowned artists and companies.

For further information on what to do in the area visit http://www.nelsonkootenaylake.com/things_to_do/


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