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Noor Klapwijk & Caroline van ‘t Hoff Travel journalists writing an article for a Dutch glossy Magazine: GLANS
This weekend we are heading to Nelson and Kaslo on our trip from Calgary to Vancouver. We leave the hot and sunny flatlands of Calgary behind and welcome the fresh air in our lungs after a long winding road through the mountains. Small coloured Victorian houses and the vibrant Baker Street welcome us, we feel at home immediately! The New Grand Hotel in Nelson will be our perfect base to explore the Kootenay region. What a nice surprise to stay in this beautiful hotel with its bright orange and modern restored rooms. The best way to enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Kootenays and celebrate my 24 on one of the rafts of Nelson Whitewater Rafting. The guides will take you safely down the Slocan River and teach you how to ‘catch an Eddy’. Between the rapids we are treated interesting facts about the impressive nature & wildlife. To illustrate this, Mother Nature shows us an Osprey in action catching a fish right in front of our raft! Please do not make the same mistake as us, but instead plan at least 5 days to explore this cute little city, there is just so much to do like: exploring the shops on Baker street, strolling on the hills admiring the old colourful houses, eat in one of the many interesting restaurants and coffee shops, talk to the friendly locals, relax at a spa, etc. etc. After leaving Nelson we enjoy our pretty drive along the lake up North where we stop for a plunge at Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort. Wow, these pools are hot…its great there are some cooler pools too, so you can easily spend your afternoon relaxing in the natural waters of BC. After a short drive we end up in the even smaller, idyllic Kaslo where we check in at the Kaslo Hotel. The rooms are very large and do have a private balcony with a stunning view: huge majestic snowcapped mountains ending in the calm and peaceful Kootenay Lake. The next morning we start our day with an early morning swim in the chilly waters in front of the hotel and warm up at a cute little sandy beach. Afterwards we enjoy our coffee in the peaceful but still lively main street and head to the Kaslo Golf Club, the oldest golf club in the Kootenay region. As a beginner we feel a bit overwhelmed by the 9 hole course waiting for us. But we face the challenge and have an absolutely fun time driving around and practising our swing. At sunset we sit down for a tasty burger in the restaurant of the clubhouse and once more enjoy the lovely views. Although we spent just a short week in this region we feel like locals when we cheers our locally brewed beers from the Nelson Brewing Company, we‘ll be back!