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Explore the Nelson Kootenay Lake Area and Tour Our Heritage Bridges
The history of the Kootenay Lake area can be told through its bridges. Many of the area’s historic bridges are accessed along running, biking and hiking trails, and tell tales of old railway routes, communities that existed before our hydroelectric dams were built, and the bridges that were built after our sternwheeler history of commerce up and down the Columbia river and Kootenay Lake.
One lovely way to experience Kootenay Lake heritage is by traversing our bridges, meandering along our trails and roads. Railroad trestle bridges along the Greath Northern Trail and Burlington Rail Trail are just two ways to get outside and see some of the most gorgeous countryside anywhere. Among other bridges in the area are the Cottonwood Creek Bridge, Kaslo Bridge, Coffee Creek Bridge, the old Taghum Bridge and Fletcher Falls Bridge.
Of course, the one iconic bridge you’ll immediately notice as you enter Nelson is our Big Orange Bridge traversing Kootenay Lake at Lakeside Park. The bridge is a favourite for cyclists, walkers and joggers, with wide sidewalks and incredible views up and down the lake.