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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.
Spokane Airport Shuttle
Queen City Shuttle goes to the Spokane Airport (and many other airports within reach of Nelson) year round. In the winter it runs seven days a week. For more information visit our Spokane Shuttle page.