Chill & Relax

Finding "ahhhh" around Kootenay Lake is easy 

Nestled amidst breathtaking landscapes, the Nelson and Kootenay Lake offers an idyllic retreat for those looking to unwind and chill amidst the splendour of nature. With its picturesque surroundings and a palpable sense of tranquillity, Kootenay Lake sets the perfect stage for a truly relaxing escape.


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 Aura Spa and Salon.

Relax Outdoors

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. Warm up with a soak at Ainsworth Hot Springs or cool down with a leisurely paddle on Kootenay Lake with unbeatable 360 mountain views.

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.  


The Himalayan Salt Cave, located in downtown Nelson, is a unique spot to meditate, experience sound healing or book a massage. Inside you will find a cave built from 12,000 pounds of salt. You can treat your respiratory system with a halotherapy cave session, where tiny airborne salt particles clean the lungs and sinuses.

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