Family Activities in Nelson Kootenay Lake
Whether you’re looking for adventure, relaxation or both, Nelson is the perfect spot for a family vacation. In the summer, there’s easy access to beaches and picnic areas all along Kootenay Lake, so the kids will never be at a loss for something to do. In the winter, hot springs, indoor swimming pools and waterslides are just some of the activities available. And in every season, there’s no shortage of shopping options on historic Baker Street, with its numerous cafes, bistros and unique boutiques.
Parks, Picnic Areas, Playgrounds
During the warm weather, you can choose from a number of well-maintained, wide-open green spaces in the region, including Nelson’s Lakeside Park, which offers swimming, Lions Park and Gyro Park, which offer water parks and wading pools, as well as Kokanee Creek provincial Park and Kaslo’s Waterfront Trail Regional Park.
Cross-country skiing is easy to get to, with many nordic areas near Nelson, Whitewater, Kaslo and the nearby Slocan Valley, all track set, some by both day and night. Head up to Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park which has several comfortable backcountry lodges, and tonnes of beautiful terrain to explore.
Skate Parks, BMX
Kaslo has the area’s biggest outdoor skateboard park. And the Nelson and District Youth Centre offers indoor skateboarding and BMXing year ‘round. You’ll also find bike parks in Nelson’s Rosemount district, and in Kaslo, Bonnington and Harrop/Proctor.
Watersports, any time of year
Looking for fun on the water? The region has numerous kayak, canoe, paddleboard, skimboard and jetski rentals, as well as courses and day camps in sailing and other watersports. If the weather isn’t cooperating, the Nelson and District Community Complex offers a pool, diving tank and wading pool, and during the mornings, child care, so parents and teens can enjoy a workout.
Year-round the Ainsworth Hot Springs is fun for the whole family. A 160-foot limestone cave with waist-deep water provides a unforgettable swimming experience, featuring waterfalls, stalactites and stalagmites. A large hot soaking pool and cold dip pool is also available to rest and rejuvenate you.
Heritage Tours, Artwalk
With more than 300 heritage buildings, Nelson is a history buff’s dream. Take a walking tour through leafy residential districts showcasing beautiful Victorian homes and gardens. Throughout summer, Artwalk turns the downtown core into a feast of sculpture, painting and music. Head outside the city to the perfectly restored gold and silver mining townships like Kaslo. Here you’ll find the S.S. Moyie, the world’s oldest passenger sternwheeler moored at the edge of Kootenay Lake.
Horseback Trail Riding
Trail riding in the forest and slopes along Kootenay Lake is a thrilling experience. Stunning alpine vistas and wide open spaces will set your spirit free. Check out the outfitters in the area.
Nelson, British Columbia
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