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Immerse Yourself in Our Stories and Heritage
When you visit the Nelson and Kootenay Lake area, consider at least one heritage tour. Our community has dedicated hours of volunteer time to restoring heritage buildings, streetcars, the SS Moyie (the oldest sternwheeler in the world), and character homes to their original glory. The result is a collection of communities that offer a distinctive architectural beauty amidst our scenic surroundings.
With over 350 designated heritage buildings in Nelson alone, we’re steeped in a lovingly restored history. With the Heritage Walking Tour, you’ll stroll past buildings from the Victorian era and the Roaring Twenties and into a time when shopping local was just called “shopping”.
If you choose the Cemetery Tour, you’ll walk through a charming wooded area located just uphill from downtown. On Nelson’s Streetcar #23, you’ll ride along the waterfront and through Lakeside Park while you're entertained by stories of our past. Don’t forget to grab a coffee or snack for the ride at the Prestige Hotel, then have a local, organic lunch at the Rose Garden cafe at Lakeside Park after your tour.
You can also walk your way through the beauty of Ainsworth with local photographers. Enjoy some magnificent scenery, visit some great view spots, and learn about the history and geology of the area. Or simply book a history walk at the J.B. Fletcher and learn about its past and the history of the town.
Culture and Heritage Woven Together
You won’t want to miss the annual Columbia Basin Culture Tour in early August. Local artisans open their homes and work spaces to share where, how and what they create.
Another way to discover our ever evolving heritage is the annual Haunted Heritage Tour each fall. Climb aboard Streetcar #23 for a journey through our storied (and ghostly) past. Do you believe in the paranormal? You might after you take the Haunted Heritage Tour!
A lovely drive along Kootenay Lake, just outside of Nelson, will take you past the historic Blaylock Mansion. The inn offers a number of charming rooms, and is also available for special events to make that wedding, reunion or even birthday a memorable experience.