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Public Transit is a Great Traveling Option in and Around Nelson BC
West Kootenay Regional Transit — Public Bus System
The public transit system in the Nelson and Kootenay Lake region is convenient, inexpensive and reliable. Bus stops are located in easy to reach areas and run often. All regional buses are also bike-friendly, making this combination a handy alternative to driving. There is regular service within the city of Nelson, as well as service along Kootenay Lake all the way to Balfour. Exact schedules do change with the seasons, so check the official schedule for exact travel information.
Toward Balfour and the North Shore
The bus route traveling along Kootenay Lake toward Kaslo is called the “North Shore”. This route goes regularly between downtown Nelson at Ward Street and the Balfour Ferry, with several stops in between.
Explore Kaslo and Area
There is a local bus in Kaslo which runs once a week on Friday mornings. For tourists, Kaslo is best seen at a slower pace, so the lack of bus service shouldn’t hinder travelers. Exploring from Kaslo via public transit can take you to the Nakusp area and local hot springs, to Argenta and the Meadow Creek area, and to New Denver and Silverton along the Slocan Lake. Check the listings in the West Kootenay Transit for detailed information and to help plan your trip.
Holding the title as the longest free ferry ride in the world, The Kootenay Lake Ferry takes 35 minutes to cross from Balfour to Kootenay Bay. Different schedules apply for winter and summer months and the M.V Balfour also operates in the summer months to cater for additional demand.
Queen City Shuttles offers daily airport shuttles to Nelson from the Castlegar and Spokane airports. Private charters can also be arranged for groups and functions.
Throughout the winter daily shuttles run from Nelson to the Spokane Airport. Details of departure and arrival times, and costs are on our Getting Here page.