Cultural Explorer

An array of colourful vegetables at the Nelson Farmers' Market.

Kootenay Lake Markets and Local Food

Kootenay Lake region was renowned for its orchards in the late 19th and early 20th century. The farms have evolved to include wineries, vegetables and an array of fruit.

Streetcar 23 in Nelson, BC

Breathe, Take It All In - Arts & Culture

The region has a well deserved reputation as a cultural hub and a haven for free-spirits. Inspired by the landscape and relative isolation, artists have been drawn here for decades to hone their craft. They followed the path of previous newcomers seeking out a peaceful place to call home, including pacifist Dukhobors nearly a century ago. Young Americans dodging the Vietnam War draft also found a welcome embrace, and their progressive counter-culture views have helped to shape the area. 

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