Nelson is a beautiful town situated in the lush green Selkirk Mountains of British Columbia, Canada which is recently listed in my ski Canada adventure. recently declared “the prettiest small town in Canada” by the New York Times.
Whether you are looking for a relaxing vacation to rejuvenate your
spirit, a unique cultural and heritage experience or you are eager to
enjoy skiing, mountain biking and orienteering, Nelson is bustling with a
wide range of outdoor activities to ensure your holiday is a memorable
one. Among one of its many renown attractions, Nelson offers skiing
enthusiasts an exceptional powder experience at Whitewater Winter Resort
Listed below are some additional reasons which make Nelson such a universal attraction,
1. Nelson has over 350 beautifully restored chateau-style heritage buildings that were designed by Francis Rattenbury, a renowned architect. A walking tour of these granite buildings provides cultural and heritage enthusiasts.
2. The Capitol Theatre, which is the core of the performing arts, is also a popular attraction. It has been wonderfully restored to its former glory and hosts live local and international performances
3.Nelson is also home to a diverse and varied artisan community. Artwalk displays local talent. During the months of July, August and September local galleries play host to numerous art exhibitions.
Street Car 23, originally built in 1906 to serve the mining community, is also a exceptional experience. It is one of the three cars that operated in Nelson in the mining era. Visitors can now take a scenic waterfront ride on the restored Street Car 23.
5. One of the primary outdoor activities of Nelson is skiing. For one of the best local skiing and snowboarding experiences, Whitewater Winter Ski Resort is just a short drive south of Nelson. Whitewater is a skiing haven where powder skiers can experience the thrill of blasting out of Nelson’s famous bottomless powder. The mountain has a well-deserved reputation for impressive powder snowfalls with 40ft of snow falling each year on average. Powder Magazine refers to Whitewater as “One of the best powder mountains on the continent” and Ski Canada has rated Whitewater to have the Best Deeps, Best Bowls and Best Glades. The resort offers 2,044ft/623m of vertical drop skiing adventure, from beginners’ skiing slopes to advanced terrain for the more skilled skiers
6. Nelson also boasts of a number of hiking trails, for beginners as well as for those looking for a tougher challenge. Two trails are among the most popular: (1) Nelson-Salmo Great Northern Trail, which is gradual and gently sloped; it also allows biking and (2) Pulpit Rock Trail, which is a more demanding trail along the spine of the Elephant Mountain and ending at radio towers-offering amazing picturesque views of the city.
7. Apart from skiing, mountain biking is an inherent part of the local culture, offering a number of trails for beginner to advanced bikers alike Kootenay Crag, Grohman Narrows, Hall Siding are some well visited city crags.
8. The changing exhibitions of Touchstones Nelson celebrate Nelson’s cultural history. Located in the heart of downtown Nelson, Touchstones Nelson has a grand historical archive and art gallery. The Chamber of Mines Museum houses a remarkable mineral and ore collectio
9. Nelson is part of the Kootenay region which has a diverse range of habitats from lakeshore to subalpine, high-elevation forests and alpine areas. There are a number of parks where one can take pleasure in nature’s beauty and also indulge in angling. Some of the areas include: West Arm Provincial Park, Kokanee Creek Provincial Park, Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park and Cody Caves Provincial Park
10. The mountainous region in and around Nelson also provide good opportunities for hang gliding and paragliding enthusiasts.
So, there you have it! As you can see from this short list there’s lots to discover and experience in Nelson, British Columbia.