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In keeping with the Nelson Kootenay Lake culture, our mountain bike trails appeal to the spirit of mountain biking: we’ve got gentle railway grades that start minutes from downtown and take you for kilometre after kilometre along forest trails, over restored trestle bridges and into some of the most peaceful country you’ll ever encounter. But for those who need to feel their heart beating and love the surge of adrenaline pumping through their veins, we’ve got steep, rocky technical tracks and enough stunts, ladders and big drops to keep you coming back and calling out for more.

The Nelson and Kootenay Lake region is also home to Ainsworth Hot Springs, white water rafting, hiking, paddling, caving, skiing, golfing, fishing, ziplining, festivals, markets and more!

Nelson on / Kaslo on

We’ve been called the best emerging ski town by National Geographic, we’re one of McLean’s magazine’s Top 10 Places You’ve Got to See, and we’ve been featured in the New York Times and the LA Times among others. We can’t be beat as far as recreation opportunities per square metre!


Nelson and Kootenay Lake Tourism – The official tourism site for the region. Find what to do, places to stay, travel deals, and more.

Nelson Visitor Centre – The Nelson visitor centre is located very close to downtown and right next door to our Nelson and District Community Complex. We’re housed in a tudor style building with easy access for all. Our hours are generally Monday to Friday, but extend in summer to include Saturday and Sunday. Normally we are open from 8:30 - 5:00, but again, in summertime, our hours are extended to 5:30.

Kaslo Visitor Centre – The Kaslo visitor centre, at the SS Moyie on Front Street, is open seasonally from May 11-Oct 13, Daily 10:00 am-6:00 pm. It is located right downtown in Kaslo, next to a swimming beach with a picnic area. When you visit Kaslo, please make sure to stop in and say “Hello” — and take in our view! The Kaslo visitor centre has a breathtaking view of Kootenay Lake and the Selkirk and Purcell mountain ranges.

Arrival By Plane – Our area is served by several airports. Kaslo and Nelson each have a local airport, Castlegar and Trail have regional airports, and, in each direction, there is an international airport to serve you. For more information on air travel, please see our page dedicated to airports.

Arrival By Bus – Silver City Stage Lines runs from Nelson to Kelowna, departing 6:30am from the A&W Restaurant (512 Railway Street, Nelson BC), Sunday to Friday. Visit the Silver City Stage Lines website to book your trip.

If you are travelling here from Vancouver you can take an Ebus from Vancouver and connect to the Silver City Stage Lines bus the following day. Visit the Ebus website for more details.

Arriving By Car – Offering spectacular mountain scenery, driving is the most popular option for many visitors. The approach is easy by car, RV or motorcycle with access from several well maintained highways. There are also plenty of opportunities to stop off for a bite to eat from most departure points and endless photo opportunities along the way.  Visit Drive BC  for up to date road information.

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5-Day Itinerary: Kootenay Rockies

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