Something for everyone

From beautiful lakeside parks to stunning theatrical performances to world-famous music festivals, there's something for everyone in the region.

Nelson has more heritage buildings per capita than any other region of BC. One famous building, Touchstones Nelson Museum of Art and History, built in 1902 and transformed in 2006, is a state-of-the-art centre. It hosts both a permanent installation capturing the history of the region and constantly changing art exhibits.

Kaslo's lovingly restored Langham Cultural Centre features a memorial to the Japanese internment in the region and various art from paintings to live performances.

Our communities love to share our beauty, heritage and culture with visitors—there's a reason Nelson is the Number One Small Arts Town in Canada. Come visit our parks, browse the picturesque main streets of Nelson and Kaslo, or visit the artisans living and working along the waterfront in Balfour and along the East Shore of Kootenay Lake.

The region also has a vibrant arts scene. Nelson boasts regular theatre performances at the Capitol Theatre, or a mix of eclectic and blockbuster movies at the restored Civic Theatre. Colourful murals decorate back alleys while outdoor art installations and street performers add vibrancy to historic Baker Street. 

Explore the attractions throughout this section. And see you at the hot springs!

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