Top 4 BC Attractions Near Nelson for People Travelling in Groups

May 26, 2016
Whitewater rafting is a good example of BC attractions that are well suited for group participation.

Whitewater rafting is a good example of BC attractions that are well suited for group participation.

Travel is always enjoyed best when you can share the experience with others. That’s why you see so many people visiting BC attractions in groups. It gives you someone to laugh with and it provides memories you’ll cherish for years to come.

There are plenty of attractions in BC that lend themselves well to group participation. The West Kootenays, in particular, have some excellent choices for fun, exciting outings with friends and family.


1. Zip Lining

Zip lining has really taken off, quite literally, in the last few years. Of all the places to see in BC for a tour, Kokanee Mountain Zipline has established itself as one of the best aerial parks around. It features:

  • Six unique zip line experiences
  • 2,400-foot line over Kokanee Creek Canyon
  • Lines up to 300 feet above the canyon
  • Breathtaking views of Kootenay Lake and surrounding mountains
  • Speeds up to 100 km/h

Best of all, a zip line tour is accessible to people of all ages (50 pounds and up) and fitness levels, making it ideal for groups such as: 

  • Stag parties
  • Birthdays
  • Reunions


2. Golf

Few activities allow you to bond quite like golf. With a group of buddies, you can celebrate those long, straight drives and then heckle one another over those missed chip shots.

The Balfour Golf Club, located 25 minutes from Nelson, is one of those BC attractions waiting to be discovered. This 6,510-yard course is nestled along the shores of Kootenay Lake, offering splendid views of: 

  • Selkirk Mountains
  • Lakefront meadows
  • Majestic forest

And once your round is over, you can relive the highlights over a great meal at the Osprey Mountain Grill.


3. Whitewater Rafting

Similar to a zip lining tour, whitewater rafting is a great way to get your adrenaline going. In the Kootenays, the Nelson Whitewater Rafting Co. offers an array of tour options for people of all ages. Some of the most popular choices include:

  • Slocan River – Facchina Rapids
  • Slocan River kayak tours
  • Slocan River scenic float
  • Salmo River – Shenango Canyon

Or, if you happen to be hanging out in Nelson, the company also rents out kayaks and paddleboards at the Prestige Marina. This is a great way to explore the waterfront, including BOB (Big Orange Bridge), an unmistakable local landmark.


4. Spelunking

Some attractions in BC might require a little encouragement from friends. For those of you brave enough to venture underground, Cody Cave Tours offers an unforgettable experience and a rare glimpse of a fascinating world.

Operating in Cody Caves Provincial Park, the tour company offers four unique guided tour options, ranging from family-friendly outings (ages five and up) to more physically demanding adventures. Cody Cave Tours even offers a multi-day caving trek in the Crowsnest Pass.


To learn more about other exciting things to do in the area, check out our post: Top 5 Things to Do in Nelson and Surrounding Area.


Looking for out-of-the-ordinary BC attractions? The zip lining tours at Kokanee Mountain Zipline offer a bird’s-eye view of some of the most stunning landscapes found anywhere in the province. Call us to make a booking.