Nelson, in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia, Canada, sits on a hill above Kootenay Lake. The town provides a quick getaway from Kelowna or Spokane, and a nice weekend trip from Calgary, Vancouver, or similar locations. Nelson also provides a good base for exploring the West Kootenay, Boundary, and Slocan Valley regions.
The nearest airport is West Kootenay Regional Airport (YCG), about 40 minutes away, which is serviced by Air Canada Jazz flights to Vancouver and Calgary. It is also possibly to fly into the smaller airport in Trail, about one hour's drive away. Alternatively, one could fly to any airport in the region (such as Spokane, Kelowna, Penticton, Cranbrook, etc.) and add Nelson as an addition to their trip.
Nelson is best accessed from the east, west, and south through Castlegar. From the west, including the Okanagan and Vancouver, follow highway 3 to Castlegar and transfer to highway 3B. The East, Including Cranbrook and Calgary, follow highway 3 to Salmo and transfer to highway 6. From the south, including Trail and Spokane, follow highway 22 to Castlegar then follow Highway 3B.
The city is services by Greyhound buses.
A car is useful for seeing points out of town, including Castlegar, Rossland, Trail, the North Shore, Kaslo and the Slocan Valley. A car is not needed in Nelson.
A bus service does exist, but much advance planning is required.
Most attractions in town can be reached by foot, and locals can be approached for directions.
Travelers with cars should not limit their stay just to Nelson, but should travel the area. To the north, the north shore provides beautiful beaches and spelunking opportunities, as well as hot springs, and Kalso is a charming village to visit. Travelers can also take a ferry from the North Shore to the East Shore. Along the East Shore there are many small artisans, and the road leads to the orchards of the Creston Valley. Travelers may also find the Slocan valley appealing for its laid back lifestyle and beautiful scenery. To the south, Castlegar provides an interesting look into the Dukhobour Russian community, Trail provides Italian-Canadian flare, and Rossland offers excellent skiing opportunities. More adventurous travelers may also enjoy many local ghost towns. The best way to decide what to visit is to ask around once you have arrived in the region.
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