Adventure Seeker

If your idea of fun includes outdoor thrills and the occasional spill, you’re in the right place. From deep powder to deep water, world-class mountain biking to all kinds of hiking, Nelson and Kootenay Lake has it!

Visiting in summer, spring or fall?

Warmer weather brings all kinds of pursuits. From steep rocky descents to buff flowy trails, mountain bikers will find dozens of trails that are just the right speed. Lightly trafficked waterfront roads and tasty cafes reward road cyclists. Paddling on Kootenay Lake or rafting nearby rivers provides adventure from mild to wild in beautiful surroundings.

Adventures above and below ground

Kokanee Mountain Zipline, at Balfour, takes you high above Kokanee Creek with views of Kokanee Glacier and beyond. Cody Caves Tours, near Ainsworth Hot Springs, is a rare find with a variety of options for beginners to advanced spelunkers.

Hiking pursuits

From waterfront to high alpine, from an hour to multiple days, the hiking options are boundless. Head up the local favourites for some epic trails: Pulpit Rock and/or Flagpole for a sweet view of Nelson; the Kaslo River Trail for a mellow walk in nature; visit Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park near Balfour for a journey through the Old Growth Forest; or explore the shores of Kootenay Lake at Pilot Bay on the East Shore.

Visiting in the winter?

Head to Whitewater Ski Resort or one of the cat or heli ski operators for an unbeatable combination of snow and savoury flavours with a genuine local vibe. It’s also the gateway to top-notch backcountry touring terrain. If cross-country skiing is more your bag, Nelson Nordic Ski Club offers a variety of trails, with additional options in Kaslo and the Great Northern Rail Trail in Nelson.

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