Nelson, BC is not only known for its historic city site, it is also known for its population of people seeking a healthier lifestyle as well as adventure surrounded by the sub-range peaks of the Selkirk Mountains.
Besides engaging in a number of outdoor pursuits such as mountain biking, climbing, and even zip lining, one of things to do Nelson is to savour the results of the city’s growing artisanal and craft foods industry.
This gourmet bounty can be experienced at two of the city’s farmers markets, which are run by the West Kootenay EcoSociety.
So pack a picnic and fuel up on healthy snacks, then embark on an adventure:
Greet the locals at Cottonwood Market
Open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the summer months until the end of October, Cottonwood Market is definitely one of the things to do in Nelson and is the city’s longest running farmers’ and artisans’ markets.
Tucked away in the west-end of Nelson’s downtown area, alongside the oasis that is Cottonwood Falls Park, the market follows a directive that sees that only farm-direct products are sold.
Here you will meet farmers and food producers selling their locally-grown organic produce as well as everything from free-range eggs and naturally-fed meats to tasty artisanal and gluten free crackers and breads, savoury spreads and gourmet ice pops to homebrewed root beer. The market is also known for its artists and artisans. You can also enjoy live music from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Make it a mid-week nosh session
Those starving for gourmet eats and treats on what is normally known as “Hump Day” will want to head down to the 400-block of Baker Street for the Nelson Downtown Local Market.
Held every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 14 to Sept. 27, the market offers a mix of prepared foods, artisanal products, fresh produce, and artisan wares, with a policy that 80 per cent of the products produced are locally sourced or are made within the boundaries of the Nelson Kootenay Lake region.
Pack your picnic and head to the zip line
Now that you are all stocked up on some healthy treats, why not continue the adventure with a visit to Kokanee Mountain Zipline? As far as things to do in Nelson, this one tops the list.
Located a 45-minute drive east of Nelson to Kokanee Creek Provincial Park, then two kilometres up Kokanee Glacier Road, Kokanee zip lining is located on 44 acres of old-growth forest, with spectacular views of the Kokanee Glacier and the canyon floor below.
Like the West Kootenay EcoSociety, Kokanee Mountain Zipline supports sustainable methods in its eco-tourism practice and this past May held its second annual Community Day for locals to enjoy the zip line and support the EcoSociety.
Need another reason to find things to do in Nelson? Visit our blog on 4 Reasons Ziplining and Whitewater Rafting are the Things to do in Nelson.
Summer tours at Kokanee Mountain Zipline are filling up fast. Book yours now by calling 1-844-764-4484 or book online.