At the end of the skinny west arm of Kootenay Lake, Nelson’s streets ascend the lower flank of Toad Mountain from where the city begins on the lakeshore. Kootenay Lake, just as you pass Nelson going west, is becoming the Kootenay River (the Cora Linn dam, 15 km downstream from Nelson, marks that divide.) Across the water, the Purcell Mountains rise steeply. Dubbed “the prettiest small town in Canada” by the New York Times, Nelson possesses character, glitz and unpolished charm in equal measure.

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Up on its main commercial streets, Baker and Vernon, with their many heritage buildings and leafy trees in the summer, the city of 10,000 people appears to be one where time has – well, not stood still – but perhaps has slowed down to a comfortable amble. Looking down the entire length of Baker Street, you might think that it will only take you five minutes to go from one end to the other. What an idea! Three hours later you still haven’t explored all the art and craft stores, the bookstores, the funky and fine clothing stores, to say nothing of the restaurants and organic coffee bars. And if you’re one for chatting with the locals, well then, you should clear your day’s schedule altogether.

Nelson is host to a number of festivals that celebrate outdoor recreation. Skiing, boarding and snowmobiling enthusiasts amp up the vibe in the downtown bars and restaurants in the winter. In the summer, it’s the mountain bikers and watersports players who bring their brand of excitement to the scene. But Nelson also has a literary and artistic soul. The best thing? Finding yourself in that place where the vastness of the surrounding outdoors and your inner being intersect. You can find that space in Nelson.

The Lamplighter
309 Jam Factory Ln, Nelson, BC V1L 7B5, Canada
Gallery Suite
1116 Latimer Street, Nelson, BC, Canada
1120 Hall Mines Road Nelson, BC - V1L 1G6
715 Vernon St, Nelson, BC V1L 4G3, Canada
708 British Columbia 3A, Nelson, BC, Canada
454 Ward St, Nelson, BC V1L 1S8, Canada
721 Front St, Nelson, BC V1L 4B8, Canada
652 Baker Street, Nelson, BC, Canada
Bear Spring Eco Retreat
5248 Queen Victoria Rd, Beasley, BC V0G 2G2, Canada
511 Baker St, Nelson, BC V1L 4H9, Canada
378 Baker St, Nelson, BC V1L 4H5, Canada
702 Baker St, Nelson, BC V1L 4J6, Canada
582 Ward St, Nelson, BC V1L 1S9, Canada
777 Baker St, Nelson, BC V1L 4J5, Canada
499 Baker St, Nelson, BC V1L 4H7, Canada
398 Baker St, Nelson, BC V1L 4H5, Canada
Nelson, BC V1L 6L1, Canada
8137 Old Waneta Rd, Trail, BC V1R 4X1, Canada
Nelson Museum & Archive
502 Vernon St, Nelson, BC V1L 1S7, Canada
Nelson, BC V1L 5S4, Canada
Nelson, BC, Canada
Live Music Management
659 Baker St, Nelson, BC V1L 4J3, Canada
536 Stanley St, Nelson, BC V1L 1N1, Canada
91 Baker St, Nelson, BC V1L 4G8, Canada
502 Baker St Unit 106, Nelson, BC V1L 4H9, Canada
498 Baker St, Nelson, BC V1L 4H8, Canada
Nelson Electric Tram Society
Lakeside Park, Nelson, BC, Canada
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