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Freeride Entertainment
Freeride Entertainment
Adventure
Derek Westerlund moved to Nelson in 1992 — which means that he lived here during the time that our backyard became the playground for some of North America’s top athletes. Mountain biking in the summer, skiing and boarding in the winter, the action sports mecca that grew up around Baldface,... Read More
Skier at Whitewater Ski Resort by Doug LePage.
Skier at Whitewater Ski Resort by Doug LePage.
Winter
It's coming. right now we're in full-on fall glory, with gorgeous leaves of yellow, gold, orange and red providing couverture for our streets and trails. Mushrooms are growing underfoot on mossy trails, the air is crisp and clear, and our local biking and hiking trails are almost crowded with... Read More
Fly Fishing on Ross Lake
Fly Fishing on Ross Lake
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. We're blessed with a particularly vibrant mix of colours, not just from... Read More
winter in Kootenay Mountains
winter in Kootenay Mountains
Winter
El Niño Named by a Peruvian fisherman in the 1800s, it describes a season following detection of warmer-than-usual water in the Pacific near the equator. When temperatures rise by more than .5 degrees centigrade, we’ve got an El Niño. More than 3 degrees and it’s an extreme El Niño. Right now... Read More
Monica Meadows
Monica Meadows
Fall
Fall is a great time to take a hike in the Kootenay Lake area. The days are cooler, the leaves are just starting to think about turning, and on some hikes, trees are loaded with fruit waiting to be picked. Of course, the weather doesn't always abide by your schedule, and it is the season when bears... Read More
Kokanee Glacier Hike
Kokanee Glacier Hike
Adventure
Kokanee Glacier Cabin — Not Your Average Alpine Cabin The Alpine Club of Canada looks after and maintains many alpine huts or cabins located across Canada. One of these is Kokanee Glacier Cabin, near Nelson in the Kootenay Lake area. You may be surprised to learn that it costs $25 per night to... Read More
Nelson Firehall
Nelson Firehall
Arts, Culture & Heritage
Nelson, British Columbia has what some might call a fiery history. From its early boom town days of silver mining, to the flowery but protest-laden hippie culture to the present day, where the town's vibrancy seems to literally light on fire the idea that yes, in fact, you can have a... Read More
Pride Weekend Nelson
Pride Weekend Nelson
Arts, Culture & Heritage
It will have been nearly two decades (that milestone will be hit next year!) when Kootenay Pride hits the streets this Labour Day weekend, September 4 through 7. Fringe Becomes Mainstream What was once seen as a fringe event this year encompasses all of Nelson and her neighbours,... Read More
Gary Wooden Bowls
Gary Wooden Bowls
Arts, Culture & Heritage
So, I'm going to split my firewood more thoughtfully from now on. I still don't quite believe what I saw, but I was there, in Gary McCandlish's shop, and unless he's some sort of magician (I'm a little bit convinced he may be) I witnessed the procedure he goes through to turn what I would have... Read More
Kokannee Mountain Zipline
Kokannee Mountain Zipline
Adventure
The adrenaline rush is real. You're 300 feet off the ground, travelling at speeds up to 100 kilometres per hour for up to 2400 feet at a time. That'll get your blood coursing through your veins and remind you of all the reasons you really, actually, when all is said and done enjoy having your... Read More

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