A VW bus driving across the Big Orange Bridge in Nelson, BC.

Getting Here

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Getting Here

Despite our rural location, there are many easy ways to get to Nelson, Kaslo and the Kootenay Lake region.

By Plane

Kaslo and Nelson each have a local airport. Castlegar and Trail have regional airports which can reach international airports in Vancouver, Calgary and more.  

For more information on air travel, please see our page dedicated to airports.

Castlegar Airport to Nelson

There are several ways you can get from the Castlegar Airport to Nelson. 

By Bus

Kelowna to Nelson

Silver City Stage Lines runs from Nelson to Kelowna, departing 6:30am from the A&W Restaurant (512 Railway Street, Nelson BC), Sunday to Friday. Visit their website to book your trip.

If you are travelling here from Vancouver you can take an Ebus from Vancouver and connect to the Silver City Stage Lines bus the following day.

Kaslo/Nelson to Vancouver

Mountain Man Mike's is offering shuttles from Kaslo to Vancouver (with stops along the way) on Saturdays, with a return trip from Vancouver to Kaslo Sundays. 

Spokane Airport Shuttle

Spokane International Airport is located 250km south of Nelson and services a variety of airlines with daily flights to most major US cities. Driving from Spokane airport to Nelson takes approx 3.5 to 4.5 hrs depending on driving conditions, route, and border crossing times. Kootenay Gateway runs charters, as well as daily winter service. 

Whitewater Ski Resort Shuttle

The Whitewater Ski Resort Shuttle offers slopefront service every day! With daily operation throughout the season, multiple pick up/drop off points throughout Nelson, and pickups timed to get you to the mountain on time for first chair, getting to Whitewater has never been so easy! Visit Whitewater's website for details on rates, shuttle times and pickup locations.

By Car

A ferry crossing the Kootenay Lake in BC.Offering spectacular mountain scenery, driving is a popular option for many visitors. The approach is easy by car, RV or motorcycle, with access from several well maintained highways.

Winter brings a note of caution: driving conditions can change quickly at higher elevations. Winter tires are required, carrying chains is advisable, and delays for avalanche control and snow removal may be possible.

If you don't have your own vehicle, you can find rides to, from, and around the region using Kootenay Rideshare.

Uber and Lyft are to be implemented across BC in September 2019. 

Visit Drive BC for up-to-date road information.

Electric Vehicles

There are electric plugins across the region, and more coming all the time. In addition, there are recharging stations in Salmo, Castlegar, and Crawford Bay. Visit PlugShare for a map of all EV charging stations from your starting point to here.

Distances and Driving Times to Nelson

  Castlegar   44km   35 mins
  Calgary   618km   6.5 hrs
  Revelstoke   252km   3.5 hrs
  Spokane   239km   3 hrs
  Trail   69km   55 mins
  Vancouver   658km   8 hrs

Distances and Driving Times to Balfour

  Castlegar   77km   1 hr
  Calgary   584km   7 hrs
  Revelstoke   234km   3.5 hrs
  Spokane   271km   3.5 hrs
  Trail   100km   1.5 hrs
  Vancouver   691km   8.5 hrs

Distances and Driving Times to Kaslo

  Castlegar   114km   1.5 hrs
  Calgary   606km   7.5 hrs
  Revelstoke   198km   3 hrs
  Spokane   308km   4 hrs
  Trail   139km   2 hrs
  Vancouver   754km   9 hrs


Glaicer Cab Company shuttles people around Nelson and up and down Kootenay Lake. They can be reached at 250-354-1111.



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