Travel Info

Travel and Visitor Centers

If you're planning an adventurous holiday or just want some handy vacation hints on what Nelson and Kootenay Lake has to offer, we can help you out. Here is what you need to know before getting here, from travel information to the Nelson visitor center and more.

Getting Here

Whether you’re travelling to Nelson and Kootenay Lake by car, shuttle, taxi or plane. Our ‘Getting Here’ page is the information centre you need to make your journey as hassle free as possible. We provide useful information about border crossing points, where to find electric plugins for rechargeable vehicles, and details about distance and driving times. 

Roads & Ferries

Depending on where you are travelling in our region, you may come across a ferry or two. Lucky for you, all the ferries in our region are free. Kootenay Lake is even famous for having the longest free ferry in the world. Visit our Roads & Ferries page to find out more information about how to prepare for various road conditions. You will also be able to find the daily schedule for the Kootenay Lake Ferry. The summer Ferry service with M.V. Balfour operates from late June through Labour Day weekend. Check the time zone for Nelson to ensure you are on time. 


If you’re planning on travelling to Nelson and Kootenay Lake by plane, you can find details about where the closest airports are by visiting our Airports page. We have all the information to help you plan your journey to and from the area.


Our region is a four season destination, the weather changes quite drastically depending on the season. Learn more about the weather in our area or checkout the latest forecast here.

Transit & Shuttles

Public transport is a great option for travelling around Nelson and Kootenay Lake. There are a variety of services that will get you to and from where you need to go.


Nelson and Kootenay Lake is incredibly bike-friendly. Cycling is a great way to get around and explore. Whether you’re looking to buy, rent or join a tour, this page has all the information that you need.


There’s a network of services in and around our region that will help you feel comfortable, safe and get you on your way. Check out our Services page for more info.

Visitor Centres

The Nelson visitor center and the Kootenay Lake information centre have knowledgable staff who are ready to help you with maps, event listings, brochures, road conditions, and up-to-date information about what’s happening in the area.

Guides & Tours

Many outdoor enthusiasts will love the opportunity to be guided around Nelson and Kootenay Lake. We have fishing charters, backcountry guides, bike tours, helicopter and plane tours, and even our very own self guided Road Trip App that will help you discover the region at your own pace.


To ensure a safe travel experience in our region, check out this page to keep yourself informed about protocols, border details, and road & ferry closures or delays.


The Region

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