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Welcome to Nelson and Kootenay Lake

Nestled in the southeastern corner of British Columbia in a valley surrounded by the Selkirk, Monashee, and Purcell mountain ranges, our communities sprang up along the Kootenay River and Kootenay Lake over one hundred years ago.

Our region consists of the communities along the magnificent expanse of lakeshore along Kootenay Lake: Nelson, Balfour, KasloAinsworth Hot SpringsEast Shore, and North Kootenay Lake

We're quietly famous for our trademark mix of arts, adventure, history, and spectacular places to stay and dine—a rare combination where mountain lifestyle meets metropolitan.

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A destination in all four seasons

Winter is a skiing paradise with soft, dry, powdery snow, and lots of it—but not too cold. Spring draws hikers and mountain bikers to our trails. Summer has long hot days perfect for the lakes and beaches or an idyllic round of golfFall is breathtaking: the colours are stunning and the slow transition lasts for weeks.

Discover the regions' recreational opportunities, things to do, how to get here, where to stay, and where to eat. You can view over 600 points of interest on our interactive map.

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Read our visitors guide online or order a copy of the official visitor's guide and map for our region.