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Shopping in Nelson and Kaslo: The “Shop Local” Experience

Women laughing, drinking coffee on cafe patioNelson and Kaslo enjoy revitalized main streets with locally owned shops, many selling locally made items. Heritage buildings and careful restorations help maintain the local, historical feel, and are a destination in themselves.

Regular summer markets also run in Kaslo, Nelson and Meadow Creek, such as Nelson's Cottonwood Market every Saturday at Cottonwood Falls Park. The fall is the time for getting great deals on summer and winter apparel and gear. Nelson's Customer Appreciation Day is the last weekend in November, with an emphasis on the Saturday. Plan to come for and stay, it's a girls dream weekend - food, wine, galleries, cultural events, coffee and sweets, and shopping!

Along the highway in Balfour (half an hour from Nelson and Kaslo), a community of artisans live and work, with further renowned artisans over the Balfour ferry in Crawford Bay.

And if you do need the covenience of a mall or a larger store such as Walmart, the Chahko Mika Mall in Nelson will meet all those needs—home of perhaps the only waterfront Walmart in the world.

Ainsworth Swimwear and Gift Boutique

Ainsworth Hot Springs

Ainsworth Hot Springs is newly expanded and features authentic Aboriginal crafts and the largest selection of swimwear in the West Kootenays. 

Baker Street Menswear

Baker Street Menswear

Located in the heart of Nelson's vibrant downtown shopping and entertainment district, we carry men's clothing and accessories from the basics to formals.

Bella Flora

Bellaflora, Nelson

Specializing in local and coastal-grown fresh-cut flowers, unusual plants, local artwork, and one of a kind gifts.



At Cartolina we are designers, retailers and wholesalers. Using rare and unusual imagery from around the world, we create curiously unique, vintage inspired art for stationery, giftware and more. 

Cotton Creek Clothing

Cotton Creek Clothing

Women's Natural Fiber and Blended Fiber Clothing for the Kootenay Region and the World Beyond.

Craft Connection

Craft Connection Nelson BC

There are so many unique creations made by the hands of Kootenay artists. Our  staff will help you find the perfect present for the people on your list. 

Gaia Rising

Gaia Rising Nelson BC

There are thousands of inspirational, unique and beautiful items available; from self-help books, to guided meditations on CD, to sacred altar, to yoga paraphernalia and smudging materials.

Gerick Cycle and Ski

If there is one thing that defines us, it is our valuable bike and ski proudcts and commitment to excellent customer service! 

Gill and Gift

Gill and Gift shop in Balfour, BC

Gill and Gift is Kootenay Lake's tackle and bait shop. They also carry souvenirs, toys, fireworks, and much more!

Hipperson Hardware

Hipperson Hardware Nelson BC

Housewares, hand and power tools, plumbing and electrical supplies, paint and painting supplies, sporting goods, plus automotive and farm supplies. Pretty much everything you need.

Isis Essentials

Isis Essentials Nelson BC

Isis Essentials are purveyors of internationally sourced organic and wild crafted genuine and authentic essentials oils and hydrosols from select producers and distillers. We also offer a complete line of luxury adult erotics.

Kaslo Kayaking &
Adventure Centre

Kaslo Kayaking

Kayak tours, rentals and lessons, SUP lessons, rentals and sales, canoe rentals, outdoor apparel, paddle / hiking gear, accessories and so much more...

Kootenai Moon Furniture & Home Decor

Kootenai Moon Furniture & Home Decor

At Kootenai Moon Furniture, we specialize in custom furniture orders. We can help you create the look you want. Come in for viewing of our product lines.

Kootenay Coop

Kootenay Coop Nelson BC

We are a local, dynamic, consumer-owned cooperative offering a wide variety of tasty, healthy foods, high-quality wellness products and truly friendly service.

Kootenay Currency Exchange

Kootenay Currency Exchange

Foreign Currency Exchange, Gold & Silver Bullion.

  • 250-354-1441
  • 715 Vernon St, Nelson

Kutenai Clothing Company

Kutenai Clothing Company, Nelson BC

We are a direct merchant of clothing for men, women and kids. Our products are made from natural fabrics like Cashmere, Merino wool, Silk, and Linen; and they are made to our very own high standards.

Mountain Baby

Mountain Baby

Mountain Baby is a unique children's store and webstore geared to active, outdoor families with children birth to 6. Mountain Baby - Born for Adventure.

Mountain Fruit Folklore Centre

Mountain Fruit Folklore Centre

Mountain Fruit Folklore Centre is much more than a consumptive retail venture to put food on the table (although important too!). We want to help connect, share, recognize and establish the music culture/folklore of the Kootenays.

Otter Books

Otter Books, Nelson BC

At Otter Books, we are committed to carrying local, Canadian, current, and quality books, journals, cards, and more!


ROAM Nelson

Rivers Oceans & Mountains Shop is your adventure basecamp in the Kootenays. We specialize in ski touring, telemark, kayaking, SUP, camping, hiking equipment and trips. 

Sanderella's Boutique & Starbird Teahouse

Sanderella's Boutique & Starbird Teahouse

Sanderella's Boutique & Starbird Teahouse combines a fabulous shopping and eating experience all under one roof. Starbird Bakehouse specializes in very Decadent Desserts! 

Save on Foods

Large grocery store. Open everyday 8:00am-10:00pm. 

Scout Clothing & Accessories

Scout Clothing

Scout prides itself on offering Nelson the most current fashions and trends.

Shoes for the Soul

Shoes for the Soul

Shoes for the Soul is a family owned business nestled in the beautiful mountains of Nelson, BC. Since 1998, we offer the best selection of women’s shoes, boots, and handbags – renowned for comfort AND style.

Shoe La La

Shoe La La

Shoe La La is a beautiful boutique shoe store nestled in downtown Nelson, BC.  They offer an exquisite collection of leather footwear and handbags from around the world. 

  • 866-352-6754  |  456 Ward St, Nelson
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Snowpack Outdoor Experiences

Snowpack Outdoor Experiences

Snowpack caters to people who are looking for the best gear to use on any of their outdoor pursuits. We also offer Canada’s Only Patagonia Clothing and Outlet.

Streetclothes Named Desire

Streetclothes Names Desire

 We carry all the best names in fashion, including Joseph Ribkoff, Bianca Nygaard, MEXX, Guess, Sandwich, Second Yoga Jeans, Dex, PJ Salvage, Mavi Jeans, and so much more!

  • 250 352-2272  |  498 Baker St, Nelson
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Ted Allen's Jewellery

Ted Allen's Jewellery

Ted Allen's Jewellery has been in the business of client focused care since 1962. We specialize in fine jewellery, both custom made and ordered pieces, as well as watches, giftware, and more.

Valhalla Pure, Nelson

Valhalla Pure, Nelson

A whole bunch of outdoor lifestyle clothing and gear is what you will find at Valhalla Pure, and our customer service will keep you coming back to our shop.

Willow Home Boutique

Willow  Home Boutique

Willow Home Boutique is located in Kaslo, BC, in one of the top 10 most beatiful towns in Canada. Our store is filled with unique treasures.



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