Top BC Attractions: Ziplining in the Kootenays

September 13, 2015
Kokanee Mountain Zipline is quickly becoming one of the top BC attractions for visitors to the Nelson area.

Kokanee Mountain Zipline is quickly becoming one of the top BC attractions for visitors to the Nelson area.

When it comes to BC attractions, visitors to this majestic province really are spoiled for choice. If you’re an outdoors enthusiast, you could spend a lifetime scouring the landscape for fun and thrills and still not see and do everything on your bucket list.

However, if your travels happen to take you to the West Kootenay region, then a ziplining excursion should definitely be on your list of things to do. Few activities provide the unique bird’s-eye perspective you get from whizzing along the treetops at speeds of up to 100 km/h.


The Ideal Day Trip from Nelson

If you’ve spent any time in Nelson, you’ll know it’s a mesmerizing little city. Perched on a hillside, this happening little community has a laid-back way about it. From the charming cafes, restaurants and boutique shops dotting the downtown core, to the meandering pathways along Lake Side Park, it’s a great place to wander.

However, if you’re looking to get out of town on a quick daytrip, then ziplining at Kokanee Mountain Zipline—which happens to be the only aerial park in the Kootenays—is a fantastic way to spend some time. In fact, TripAdvisor ranks this thriving tourism enterprise among the Top 25 Things to Do in Nelson.

Here are a few other reasons why we believe it’s worthy of being included among the best BC attractions:

  • Less than a 30-minute drive from town
  • Stunning scenic views
  • Lines up to 2,400 feet long and 300 feet high
  • Typical tour takes less than two hours
  • Easy to combine with other local attractions
  • Terrific way to experience the outdoors
  • Minimal fitness required
  • Tours are completely safe, and led by trained guides

Plus, once you’re done, the always-relaxing Ainsworth Hot Springs is just another 15 minutes further down the road. Combine the two and you’ve got the makings for a memorable day out at two of the more popular BC attractions in the area.


Get Your Nature Fix

If getting your heart rate going is more your speed, then combining a zipline adventure with a hike in one of the nearby provincial parks makes perfect sense. Kokanee Mountain Zipline is located on the western border of Kokanee Creek Park, and is also on the way to Kokanee Glacier Park, making it an easy pit stop before or after you hit the trails.

For instance, you could spend the morning working up a sweat in your hiking boots, and then reward yourself with an afternoon zipline tour.


Groups of All Sizes

While riding a zipline is done individually, it’s an experience best enjoyed as part of a group. You’re likely to involuntarily laugh and shriek as you zoom across the canyon, so wouldn’t you want your friends and family around to hear it?

If you still need convincing that ziplining is the thing for you, check out our post: 4 Reasons Zip Lining Should Be on Your Bucket List.


Looking for some exciting BC attractions in the Nelson area? A tour with Kokanee Mountain Zipline is sure to get your heart racing. Call or email us to book an outing.