They’ve got a streetcar, microbreweries, some of the best java in the West and even hot springs. If you’re after a trip involving a zip line, it’s easy to see why Nelson, with its plethora of unique attractions, is the place to go.
Known for its hippies and laid back lifestyle, the historic city of Nelson is located in the heart of the West Kootenays and offers tourists a number of can’t-miss attractions. Here's a shortlist of the many things to see and do in Nelson & the West Kootenays:
1. Zip line!
What better way to experience the adventure and awe-inspiring landscape of the Kootenays than zip lining hundreds of feet above the forest floor! With the May long weekend approaching, your high-flying thrills at Kokanee Mountain Zipline await.
Weather permitting, Kokanee Mountain Zipline is set to open for zipline tours starting Saturday, May 5th!
Prebooking is recommended!
2. Grab a coffee at the meeting place for all Nelsonites
3. Take a stroll along historic Baker Street
Shops selling everything from locally crafted wares to cool kitschy items to the latest outdoor gear line on Nelson’s main drag.
There are also plenty of restaurants offering authentic ethnic selections and delicious vegetarian and vegan fare. Wash it all down with a visit to Backroads Brewing Company, Nelson’s newest microbrewery.
4. Grab a streetcar at Lakeside Park
Enjoy the view of the west arm of Kootenay Lake while travelling along the tracks of this fully stored streetcar that was once part of the Nelson Street Railway, serving the city from 1925 to 1949.
5. Camping and nearby attractions to Kokanee Mountain Zipline
Kokanee Creek Provincial Park is located on Highway 3A near the base of Kokanee Glacier Road.
This BC Park offers a kilometre of sandy beaches and many campsites, it is the number one choice for tourists’ visiting the West Kootenays. Advance reservations are recommended. The park also features an adventure playground, visitor centre, spawning channel, boat launch, group campsite, viewing platform, hiking trails and a marina nearby.
Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort up the road from the Balfour ferry on the way to Kaslo is the perfect stop after a day on the zip line.
The healing and rejuvenating powers of the natural hot water spring have been welcoming guests since the 1930s. Go deep inside the cave then dip in the cold pool for a refreshing wake up call that is good for any aches and pains. The onsite hotel has been recently renovated and offers an array of room options.
For more tourist attractions in and around Nelson, BC, check out the Discover Nelson website!
Add the zip line in BC to your summer bucket list and make it happen in Nelson and the West Kootenays. To book your adventure, call 1-844-764-4484 or book online today!