Living the Good Life in Nelson, BC, Canada

Photo Credit: David Gluns

Nelson, British Columbia, is located on the west arm of Kootenay Lake against a magnificent mountain backdrop. With a population of just under 10,000, Nelson is an attractive city of old and new buildings, charming cafes and boutiques and beautiful residential neighbourhoods up hill and along the lakeshore.

Nelson has an impressive history that includes mining and forestry. In recent years tourism has become a major focus. Nestled in a magnificent outdoor playground where each season offers a different activity opportunity—from skiing and sailing to fishing and hiking—Nelson has become a year-round destination for travelers and a very desirable place to live. After a vigorous hike into the mountains, or a day on the ski hill, Nelson offers a wide variety of arts and cultural events as well as great places to dine or relax.

If you are fortunate enough to live here, you will be impressed by the quality and variety of amenities in our community including a thriving recreation centre, a theatre, a modern art gallery & museum, educational opportunities from pre-school to post-retirement, a plethora of alternative health and lifestyle options, and a selection of locally owned businesses that supply just about everything you require.

If you explore further afield into more rural areas of the West Kootenays, you will discover hills and valleys, lakes and rivers and numerous pretty towns and villages. You can enjoy a wilderness experience and yet never be too far away from civilization.



Useful Links


How to Get Here

Air Canada - Service to Castlegar
Pacific Coastal Airlines - Service to Trail
Directions - Vancouver to Nelson
Driving directions - Calgary to Nelson
Airport Shuttle Service


Nelson & District Chamber of Commerce
Regional District of Central Kootenay
Nelson Public Library
Interior Health

Accomodation & Dining

Where to Stay in Nelson
Dining Out in Nelson

Things to Do

Nelson & District Arts Council
Baldface Snowcat Skiing
Fishing in the Kootenays
Gallery of the Kootenays
Kaslo Jazzfest
Nelson Film Lovers
Nelson's Capitol Theatre
Red Mountain Ski Resort
The Nelson Leafs Hockey
The Selkirk Loop
Touchstones Nelson - Museum & Art Gallery
Whitewater Ski Resort


Academy of Oriental Sciences
Kootenay Art Therapy Institute
Kootenay School of the Arts
LV Rogers High School
Nelson Christian Community School
Nelson Waldorf School
Selkirk College