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Top Ten Reasons to Visit Nelson & Kootenay Lake this Fall
Cover Photo: Adrian Wagner Studio
By John Bowden
Beer Season is Here
What’s better than Oktoberfest? Two of them! Get your fix of delicious BC craft breweries including local faves Backroads, NBC, Savoy, and Torchlight at the first annual Kutenei Oktoberfest at the Prestige Lakeside Resort in Nelson on Saturday, September 16. The fun continues at Nelson’s iconic Hume Hotel & Spa on October 7 for their equally tempting Oktoberfest event – costumes strongly encouraged!
You'd be hard pressed to find a greater density of happening coffee shops than in Nelson. The newly opened No. 6 Coffee Co. offers tastings of their in-house roasted brews from Thursday to Saturday, while local staples Oso Negro, Empire Coffee and Farm Fresh Cafe are hard to resist. Warm up with a cuppa jo while you wander Nelson's historic and lively downtown.
No autumn list would be complete without a shout out to the spectacular fall colours in the Nelson and Kootenay Lake region. Hike up to Pulpit Rock for breathtaking views of the stunning foliage surrounding Nelson, or walk along Kaslo's gorgeous River Trail.
Taste the bounty of the harvest at a local market. Nelson's popular Downtown Local Market runs every Wednesday until September 27, while the Cottonwood Community Market goes every Saturday until October 28. Kaslo's charming Saturday morning waterfront market continues until the end of September.
Just what makes Nelson such a quirky and wonderful place? Find out for yourself at Lucas Myers' hilarious play A Beginner's Guide to Nelsonia on September 28 & 29 at the Capitol Theatre. This comedic one man tour-de-force features Myers transforming into characters and roles that all have a different view on life in Nelson.
Discover Nelson's reputation for being a cultural capital during Culture Days September 29 - October 1. Events include Blue Night, Nelson District Arts Council, an evening arts and culture crawl, behind the scenes tours at Touchstones Nelson, jewelry making demonstrations, free outdoor live blues concerts, and much more. Don't miss a visit to the historic SS Moyie sternwheeler in Kaslo, open until October 9.
Get Your Film Fix
Calling all movie buffs! The Civic Theatre in Nelson is featuring Kinesis from September 22-25, a celebration of Kootenays films. In addition to screening flicks by legendary studios such as Sherpa Cinemas and Teton Gravity Research, there's even a double header of Roxanne to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Steve Martin's celebrated comedy filmed in Nelson in 1987. Don't miss professional development sessions with industry icons like Nick Waggoner (director of the acclaimed ski film Valhalla). And, there's also a craft beer film competition - #fermentingawesome (a playful spinoff of our findingawesome campaign - well done Civic Theatre). Does it get any better than this?!
Indulge in rustic luxury and warm up by the fireplace for the evening in a local lodge. Logden Lodge is a natural oasis just south of Nelson. Or head up the lake to Wing Creek Resort and treat yourself to a quiet getaway in your own private cabin. Whether it's adventure or relaxation you're looking for, both of these highly acclaimed lodges are the perfect base for your next Kootenay getaway.
Yoga and Spa
Breathe deeply. Rediscover your inner peace with yoga classes at one of the many studios in the area. Or indulge in a relaxing spa experience at Mountain Waters Spa. Fancy a tasty beverage with your massage or pedicure? Head over to the Hume Hotel & Spa, the first licensed spa in the province. Cheers!
With the temperature dropping, now's a perfect time to relax in the soothing waters at Ainsworth Hot Springs. The view overlooking Kootenay Lake is hard to beat; so too is the food. Take the indulgence up a notch by dining at the Ktunaxa Grill on site and savour the locally influenced creations.
Come find awesome this fall and share your experience to win cash prizes! #findingawesome