Shopping in Nelson, Balfour, Kaslo and Crawford Bay
With a diverse collection of artisan and boutique stores, our region is a shopping lover's dream. No big box stores here. We encourage shopping for locally made products that are made with creativity, love, often local materials, and of course made by locals inspired by where they live. #FindingAwesome
Nelson and Kaslo enjoy revitalized main streets with boutique shops, many selling locally made items. Heritage buildings and careful restorations help maintain the local, historical feel, and are a destination in themselves. Come for a week or weekend, it's a shoppers dream - cafes, dining, beer, wine, galleries, cultural events, sweets, and shopping! Autumn is a beautiful time to visit and get great deals on summer and winter apparel and gear.
And if you would like the convenience of a mall or a larger store such as Walmart, the Chahko Mika Mall in Nelson will meet all those needs—home to perhaps the only waterfront Walmart in the world.
Regular spring to fall markets are in Crawford Bay, Kaslo, Nelson and Meadow Creek. Vendors fill the streets and parks and sell local crafts and farm fresh foods. Food trucks are at the Nelson Wednesday market which adds to the variety of merchants and lunch-time flavours.
Renowned artisans in Crawford Bay and along Highway 3A will engage you with crafts, art, weaving, jewellery, and the famous Harry Potter brooms. Kaslo and North Kootenay Lake have their own unique artisan flare with small shops certain to hold a treasure or two to take home. Balfour to Nelson, hosts a community of artisans. Stop in, meet the artisans, and take home some local Kootenay goodness.
Capturing our region and putting it onto paper, on printed calendars is a popular pass time for organizations and artists and photographers. Here are several calendars to choose from and purchase.
- Kootenay Landscapes - Jesse Schapakowski
- Celebrating 125 years of the SS Moyie - Kootenay Lake Historical Society - Email email@example.com
- Nelson: Home Sweet Home - St. Saviour's Food Pantry - Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Men in Tubs - Jalapeno Vision - Email email@example.com
- November Wild - Brie Prosser - Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Buy More, For Less
International travellers, you have a special opportunity for some big discounts everyday, through the every-changing exchange rate. See the discounts in this easy to use Currency Converter. Who doesn't like shopping, travelling and saving money?
Where to stay & What to do
Visit our Reservation System that provides you hotel rates and seasonal specials with a direct booking link to the accommodator. An additional feature is a list of attractions to make it easy for you to book direct.
Read our visitors guide online or order a copy of the official visitor's guide and map for our region.