Exploring Arts, History, Heritage & Culture

Exploring Arts, History, Heritage & Culture

Discovering the cultural scene around Kootenay Lake is a fun and immersive experience that offers a blend of history, heritage, arts, boutique shopping, live music and community spirit. Celebrate the past, present, and future of the region while exploring the vibrant communities that surround Kootenay Lake, you are bound to be left feeling inspired and enchanted.

Don't know where to begin?

Explore this 6-day itinerary that offers the perfect blend of culture and beautiful scenery.

Day 1

Step aboard the S.S. Moyie, a historic sternwheeler that invites you to embark on a journey through time. This beautifully preserved vessel offers a glimpse into the region's maritime history, a captivating start to your trip.

Day 2

Choose from a number of Nelson accommodations where historic hospitality meets modern comfort. The Hume Hotel, Cloudside Hotel, and The Adventure Hotel are all charming establishments that welcome travellers to stay right in the heart of the city.

Day 3

Immerse yourself in the artistic spirit of Nelson with a Mural Tour using the Kootenay Lake Road Trip App. As you explore the city's streets adorned with vibrant murals, you'll discover the creativity and talent that define this community.

Day 4

Step into the heartbeat of Nelson at The Royal, Spiritbar, or Bloom Nightclub. At these venues you can discover new sounds and connect with the vibrant music scene that pulses through the town.

Day 5

Experience a unique journey on the Kootenay Lake Ferry, the longest free ferry in Canada. As you sail across the tranquil waters, you'll be treated to breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes, a serene interlude in your adventure.

Day 6

Wrap up your trip on the East Shore in Crawford Bay, a haven for artisans and craftspeople. Explore the handmade crafts of local artisans, from jewellery and pottery to woodwork, and take home a piece of the Kootenay's creative spirit.

Your journey through the Kootenay Lake region will leave you with lasting memories and an appreciation for the cultural treasures that grace this remarkable landscape. Each day promises new discoveries and meaningful connections, inviting you to dive deeper into the heart and soul of this unique destination.

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