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Mountain adventure and lifestyle

A population of 10,000 living in a rural mountain paradise. World-class skiing less than half an hour from town. More restaurants per capita than Manhattan.

Nelson is understandably an increasingly popular destination for people from all walks of life. Whether escaping the city bustle, pursuing a love of the outdoors, or simply enjoying an idyllic quality of life, all ages and lifestyles are catered for.

Main Areas of Nelson

  • Downtown is best characterized by bustling Baker Street with its heritage buildings and mix of tourists and locals, and crammed with boutique shops and famous coffee houses.
  • Uphill is the area south of Baker Street, up the mountainside. Quick access to downtown and characterful heritage homes make this a popular choice for those who don’t mind the somewhat steeper roads in places.
  • Mountain Station is further up again than Uphill, nestled up against (and amongst) the trees of the mountain, and providing quick access to the walk- and bike-friendly rail trail.
  • Rosemont is to the southwest of downtown, over the highway. For anyone connected with Selkirk College, or desiring other perks such as the golf course and the best-in-class outdoor skate park, this area has much to offer.
  • Fairview is to the east of Nelson, on a more gradual mountain slope, and near to the famous Big Orange Bridge (BOB, which is surprisingly pink in places). Old grand homes are in this desirable area, as well as easy access to the high school and the popular Lakeside park and beach.

Access and Practicalities

The nearest airports are:

  • Castlegar’s West Kootenay Regional Airport is 35 minutes’ drive from Nelson. It primarily provides Air Canada Jazz services to Vancouver and Calgary;
  • Trail Regional Airport is about an hour from Nelson, and primarily provides Pacific Coastal flights to Vancouver and other regional destinations.

The nearest major city is—perhaps surprisingly—Spokane, in Washington state in the USA. It’s about three hours’ drive from Nelson, and excellent for shopping excursions and connecting to the US flight network. Kelowna (4.5 hours) and Cranbrook (3 hours) are also relatively nearby.

The area is well served by buses (see the BC Transit website), and taxi services are readily available. Shuttle services are also available to the Castlegar and Spokane airports.

The Nelson Kootenay Lake Tourism website has a wealth of additional information on the area, the activities, the practicalities… explore to your heart’s content.



Services and Utilities:

  • Nelson Hydro 250-352-8206
  • Fortis 1-866-436-7847
  • Fortis Gas 1-888-224-2710
  • Shaw Cable 250-352-3322
  • Telus Residential 1-888-811-2323, Internet 250 310-4638, Mobility 1-866-558-2273

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And if you have specific questions about the area and its practicalities, please contact Luke—as a born and bred Nelsonite, he can answer any questions you may have.

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