Chill & Relax
Finding "ahhhh" is easy here. From multiday retreats to short moments of peace and quiet, you’ll find it all around Kootenay Lake.
The local reputation for health and wellness is well deserved. Multiple yoga studios and a meditation centre invite you to find your inner zen. Pamper yourself with spa and beauty services at over a dozen providers in Nelson alone, including Mountain Waters Spa, Aura Spa and Salon, and Santosha Spa.
Practice your finest forest bathing in Balfour's Old Growth Forest, on Kaslo’s tranquil River Trail, in the forested trails at Davis Creek, or in quiet Pilot Bay Provincial Park. Chill with your favourite book or just let the sun bathe you at the beach - Nelson’s Rotary Lakeside Park, Kaslo Bay Park, Lockhart Beach Provincial Park, or Kokanee Creek Provincial Park make for prime spots. A leisurely paddle on Kootenay Lake provides unbeatable 360 mountain views and the perfect way to cool off on lazy summer days. Our knowledgeable locals and environment are prime for experiential tourism at places such as Between a Lake and High Place.
Relax around Town
If indoor relaxing is more your speed, cozy up in one of the many charming cafes in the region. Award-winning craft breweries in Nelson and Kaslo with comfy tap rooms and board games provide plenty of opportunities to slow down over a pint of handcrafted beer. And dozens of delicious eateries invite you to savour the local flavours.
Retreats & Getaways
Take your relaxing and wellness to a whole new level. Still your mind and treat your body to multiple days at celebrated retreats including Mountain Trek above Ainsworth Hot Springs, The Sentinel in Kaslo, Yasodhara Ashram and Tara Shanti in Crawford Bay.
Ainsworth Hot Springs
The famous Ainsworth Hot Springs is a quintessential part of any trip to our region.
From craft breweries to character cafes, artisan bakeries to independent restaurants, and outdoor markets to indoor eateries, true local flavour is the name of the game.
Few places in British Columbia offer a more kaleidoscope combination of foliage than along Kootenay Lake.