A small city with a big-city atmosphere, Nelson is abuzz with fine restaurants, lounges, art galleries, theatre, ski and bike experiences. It is a hotbed of artisanal manufacturing, alternative businesses, and big ideas that allow people to live the lifestyle they want, without having to live in a large centre. Since the late 1880s, mining brought a shine to this location that has never left. It is the jewel of the West Kootenays, despite being fairly remote and enclosed. Along the north shore, smaller communities and waterfront properties populate almost the entire length of the lake.
Distances: to Castlegar - 35 mins; to Cranbrook - 2hrs 45 mins; to Spokane - 3hrs 40mins