The stillness of winter is punctuated by a flurry of outdoor activities throughout the Kootenay Lake region. Legendary powder makes Whitewater Ski Resort, cat & heli skiing, and ski touring areas a bucket list destination for skiers. Nordic skiing and snowshoeing in Nelson and Kaslo offers family friendly recreation, while indoor and outdoor skating rinks are ideal for a classic Canadian pastime.

Brightly decorated historic main streets with galleries, artisans, theatres and boutique shops welcome the winter season. Dozens of charming cafes, brewpubs and restaurants invite visitors to indulge in apres-ski all season long. A few restaurants in Nelson will have outdoor patios to give you a unique, Kootenay experience. Relaxing is also a valued activity in the region with yoga, spas and our famous Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort.

Check-in at one of our boutique hotels, motels and resorts all around Kootenay Lake. You'll find the perfect place to stay: safe, clean, quiet and private. 

If you're looking for some new things to experience check out our Trip Ideas for families, adventure seekers, cultural explorers, and those looking to chill and relax. If now is not the right time to travel for you, stay inspired, add us to your bucket list and come find awesome all year round!  #findingawesome

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