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For a mountainous region, parks are plentiful and surprisingly large, and often lakeside for spectacular scenery and views. From green grass parks to protected provincial expanses, there's something for everyone.
(Some of the park descriptions are courtesy of the City of Nelson.)
Rotary Lakeside Park
This park is the pride of Nelson's waterfront and encompasses almost every outdoor activity that you can imagine. A long beautiful beach, wide promenade, spectacular gardens and large fields for a variety of sports and activites.
Gyro Park's spectacular viewpoint takes full advantage of its central location and the physical characteristics of the rocky outcrop on which it is built. In the summer months From this vantage point, it's possible to see the beautiful heritage downtown of the City of Nelson spread out in front of you, and the vista up the West Arm of Kootenay Lake.
Cottonwood Falls Park
Located on Cottonwood Creek in the historic Railtown district of Nelson, BC this uniqe park is the perfect setting for a relaxing getawy. Cottonwood Falls rumble in the background, throwing off spray and creating a misty atmosphere.
Skateboard and Bike Park
Rosemont Park is one of Nelson's ready-made green spaces. Untouched in its beauty, it is a great place for a nature walk through the woods without having to leave the city. The Skateboard Park opened in 2014 and from day one was a destination for locals and visitors. The Bike Park has been around for a few more years and warrants a visit if you like the thrill of getting of some air.
Cody Caves Provincial Park
Cave guiding tours at Cody Caves Provincial park are available most of the year. Be sure to dress appropriately as it can be chilly in the caves even on a hot summer day.
This park is multi-recreational with camping, baseball diamond, playground, beach and park space for gatherings both big and small right in downtown Kaslo, BC.
In the hills of Kaslo this forestry lookout offers a viewpoint unlike anyother, reached mostly by vehicle. An easy hike and drive, well worth the time.
Kaslo Bay Park
Right in the beautiful Kaslo BC nestled in a procted bay you will find Kaslo Bay Park. With a sandy beach, large grass area, and a backdrop the dramatic Purcell Mountain range, this is about as good as it gets. Kaslo Bay Park is also home the the annual Kaslo Jazz ect Festival.
Kaslo River Trail
This trail follows along the banks of the Kaslo River and includes historic foot bridges with remnants of a pioneer dam and wildlife viewing leaving you feeling like you have ventured deep into a darkwoods forest.
On the shores of Kootenay Lake just outside of Kaslo this small but powerful waterfall offers a long sandy beach and a rich deep forest of hiking trails.
Kokanee Creek Provincial Park
This 260 hectare park boasts over a kilometre of sandy beaches and three campsites. There is always lots to do with an adventure playground, visitor centre, spawning channel, boat launch, group camp site, and more!
Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park
The ruggedly beautiful Kokanee Glacier Park offers excellent backcountry adventure for the whole family. The park has two glaciers – Kokanee and Woodbury. The park is home to many hiking trails from a one hour stroll to multi day excursion.
Lions Uphill Park
Lions Park is a neighbourhood park located in the Uphill area of Nelson, at Kootenay and Richards streets. The playground and spray park are popular features of Lions Park.