Ways to unplug in Nelson and Kootenay Lake

Ways to unplug in Nelson and Kootenay Lake

If you wonder what life would be like not tethered to your mobile device to check what others are doing, then you have come to the right place, to unplug. 

Although cell phone service is reliable around most of the Kootenay Lake area (unless of course if you’re headed deep into the backcountry), there’s no shortage of refreshing ways to disconnect from technology and connect with fellow travellers face to face.

Here's some ways to unplug in Nelson and Kootenay Lake.

Kootenay Lake Ferry view

  • Take a ride on the Balfour to Kootenay Bay ferry—it’s the longest free ferry in the world. Grab a seat on one of the outdoor benches and strike up a conversation as you savour the fjord-like views.
  • Stay at the Dancing Bear Inn. Nelson’s only hostel is the ideal spot to meet other adventurers and will help you save a few bucks to put towards some other experiences.
  • Take a dip at Ainsworth Hot Springs. You might be surprised to find out just how far some people have come to soothe themselves in the thermal waters and natural caves.
  • Saddle up to the bar at a local brewpub. In Nelson, order a taste of the taps at the Backroads Brewing Company, or Torchlight Brewing Co. Don’t miss a stop to the legendary Nelson Brewing Company either, and Kaslo has a brewpub, The Angry Hen.

People drinking coffee in the garden at Oso Negro

  • Grab a freshly roasted coffee at Oso Negro, a destination unto itself. You won’t be alone for long at this popular Kootenay café. People watch from the peaceful garden for a bit, but odds are you’ll soon find yourself chatting with a friendly local or traveller like yourself.
  • Stroll through the outdoor markets in Nelson and Kaslo. Connect with passionate local producers and mingle with fellow visitors as you discover why the Kootenays have a reputation for delicious fresh food.

  • In the winter months Whitewater Ski Resort is the best place to unplug, with no cell tower at the hill. Ride the lift and chat to friends, visitors or locals, and when inside the lodge, you'll hear the stories of the day and feel the energy as other skiers and boarders resort to old-school chatter, rather than looking down at their phones. 

This is just a start - there are plenty of ways to unplug and meet travellers like yourself in the Nelson and Kootenay Lake region.

by John Bowden

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