Stories

Fall
Every year, Nelson and the entire Kootenay Lake area says goodbye to summer and hello to the colder weather in a spectacular fashion. The area lights up with colour as trees turn magnificent reds, golds, oranges and yellows. And you'll start to notice a change in the locals too... That's... Read More
The lodge at Whitewater Ski Resort with people moving outside.
The lodge at Whitewater Ski Resort with people moving outside.
Winter
Story: John Bowden Text messages, emails, phone calls, Netflix, TV…ever feel that you’ve become tethered to technology? It’s time to unplug this winter and reconnect with what really matters. It’s time to be here. Offering up an unbeatable combination of deep powder and real deal ski town... Read More
Alex Fowkes working on an large typographic mural.
Alex Fowkes working on an large typographic mural.
Arts, Culture & Heritage
By: John Bowden | Cover Photo: Alex Fowkes Popularly known as Canada’s best small arts town, Nelson is thinking big these days. So big that it’s embracing street art throughout it’s storybook downtown core, including a towering mural from an internationally recognized artist as a part of... Read More
A group of dancers on the stage at the Capitol Theatre.
A group of dancers on the stage at the Capitol Theatre.
Arts, Culture & Heritage
By John Bowden For a small city, Nelson’s reputation as a cultural destination sure gets a lot of attention, and well deserved. What really makes the arts and culture scene tick? It's a combination of impressive theatres and the passionate efforts of residents: that's the secret.... Read More
Adventure
By John Bowden Fat, skinny, or somewhere in between, there’s a cycling event in the Nelson and Kootenay Lake region this summer for bicycles of all shapes and sizes. Get your chains lubed, favourite cycling outfit out and get ready for a weekend of cycling nirvana.  1st Annual Lemon... Read More
Lardeau river adventures
Lardeau river adventures
Adventure
What do caving, rafting and ziplining have in common? Beyond being family-friendly, a ton of fun, and requiring no experience, these half-day adventures are located just a short drive from the bustling mountain communities of Nelson, Kaslo and Balfour BC. It wasn’t all that long ago... Read More
Two people around a giant tree in the Kokanee Old Growth Forest.
Two people around a giant tree in the Kokanee Old Growth Forest.
Spring
With crystal clear lakes and rivers, richly forested landscapes, and a climate that bestows equal parts coldsmoke winters and warm sunny summers, it’s little wonder that the region is an outdoor recreational paradise.  The steep slopes above Nelson helped to give birth to freeride... Read More
A mural artist taking a break in front of a wall he is painting.
A mural artist taking a break in front of a wall he is painting.
Spring
The region has a well deserved reputation as a cultural hub and a haven for free-spirits. Inspired by the landscape and relative isolation, artists have been drawn here for decades to hone their craft. They followed the path of previous newcomers seeking out a peaceful place to call home, including... Read More
Sipping coffee in the sun room at Empire.
Sipping coffee in the sun room at Empire.
Spring
Fresh flavours are abundant in the Kootenay Lake region. From craft breweries to character cafes, artisan bakeries to independent restaurants, and outdoor markets to indoor eateries, true local flavour is the name of the game.  This appreciation for good food runs deep. Supporting local... Read More
A person standing in front of Fletcher Falls in Kaslo, BC.
A person standing in front of Fletcher Falls in Kaslo, BC.
Spring
By: John Bowden | Photo: @jayshantz What do lush temperate rainforests, a deep snowpack, glaciated peaks and clear clean lakes have in common? These breathtaking forces of nature are interconnected and readily accessible in the Kootenay Lake region.  Nestled in the southeastern corner of... Read More

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