Nelson British Columbia

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Written by bike posted on Thursday, February 18th, 2010

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Nelson, British Columbia is an outdoors and cultural paradise; set in the midst of the Selkirk Mountains and on the shore of Kootenay Lake, Nelson, BC offers skiing, hiking, fishing, as well as world famous artists and cultural activities.

Come see some of Canada's best in BC. © Mike Grandmaison


Whitewater ski resort located only fifteen minutes from Nelson, British Columbia was named in the top ten best powder mountains and also has some of the best glade skiing, bowl skiing, and chute skiing in British Columbia. Nelson, BC is also packed with summer activities including golf at the Granite Pointe Golf Club which is set against the backdrop of beautiful Kootenay Lake. There are also many great hiking trails right from the beautiful little historic town of Nelson, British Columbia, two recommended hiking trails are Nelson-Salmo Great Northern Trail, a very gently sloped trail which runs across Nelson and allows biking; and the Pulpit Rock Trail, which offers a short, but somewhat challenging hike that ends in a beautiful view of the city. After Pulpit Rock the trail continues up the spine of Elephant Mountain (as the locals call it) to more postcard views, and eventually to the radio towers visible from everywhere in the city. Nelson is one of the loveliest towns in Canada to visit.
Nelson, BC was named the best “small art town in Canada,” the town boasts an Artwalk that turns the downtown area into a spectacular art gallery during the entire summer. Besides the stunning natural scenery, Nelson is filled with approximately 350 heritage buildings, making the setting both charming and inviting. Although Nelson is a small town in British Columbia, in Western Canada it has more restaurant options than a city; from quaint cafes to upscale classical French dining be sure to spend some time in the historic downtown area eating and browsing through the lovely art galleries. Take a trip on the historic Streetcar #23, visit the historic museum, enjoy the Capitol Theater which has been restored as it once was in the heyday of silent film.

  • Elevation: 516 m (1,693 ft)
  • Population: 9,300
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