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Nelson and Kaslo municipal airports
Downtown in Nelson is the Nelson Municipal Airport. This is a convenient airport for charter flights, and the meeting place for regular scheduled helicopter flights to and from one of our local Cat Ski lodges, Baldface Lodge.
Kaslo also has its own airfield, on a beautiful elevated piece of land, just outside of the village. The airfield is for charter flights only.
Castlegar and Trail regional airports
About 30 minutes from Nelson is Castlegar's regional airport (West Kootenay Regional Airport), with regular scheduled service daily. Air Canada has several daily flights between both Calgary and Vancouver. A local shuttle service (Queen City Shuttles) can transport you to and from the airport for a reasonable fee, and leaves several times daily. Make sure to book your shuttle in advance, the easiest way is to book online.
Trail Regional Airport, about an hour from Nelson, is another great option for travel to and from Vancouver. Pacific Coastal Airlines has two trips daily, and there are also charter options available.
Reaching the International Airports
There are several major international airports within reasonable driving distance of the Nelson and Kootenay Lake region, so a rental car from these airports can be a viable travel option.
- Spokane International Airport — 3 hours from Nelson (in Washington state, USA)
- Cranbrook - Canadian Rockies International — 3 hours from Nelson
- Penticton — 3 hours from Nelson
- Kelowna International — 3 hours from Nelson.
Castlegar: Queen City Shuttles offers daily airport shuttles to Nelson from the Castlegar and Spokane airports. Book your seat in advance.
Spokane: Throughout the winter daily shuttles run from Nelson to the Spokane Airport via Queen City Shuttles. Details of departure and arrival times, and costs are on our Shuttle page. Private charters can also be arranged for groups and functions by contacting them directly.
Kelowna: Silver City Stage Lines runs from Nelson to Kelowna airport, departing 6:30am from the A&W 512 Railway Street, Sunday to Friday. Visit their website to book your trip.
Glaicer Cab Company shuttles people around Nelson and up and down Kootenay Lake. They can be reached at 250-354-1111.