The City Camground is smack right in the middle of the city. 5 minutes walk to Downtown. Aside from its great location for those who want to be close to the centre of town, it doesn't offer much.
Basically everyone is given a 4X4m square spot with no surrounding trees, fence, anything. The "atmosphere", for lack of a better word, is severely lacking.
But it is cheap at abotu 17 bucks a night. However, if you are there for outdoor activities, I would suggest trying elsewhere.
Its good that its close to town and we went to see the town, not to hike/climb/ski, so it was good for us, but we didn't spend any time there.
This campground caters to motorcyclists.... even WELCOMES them! Other folks are allowed too; they have a few sites with power for those of you with an RV. And their website says kids & pets are allowed too, as long as they arrive on a bike.
The campground has really great facilities. There is a laundry room, free showers, flush bathroom & outhouses at the remote end of the grounds. They have a social pavilion which is built with living trees incorporated into it! The pavilion has a bar & pool table, and there are burn-out pits beside the huge campfire circle in the yard.
The owners are extremely friendly and will generally come out to greet you when you arrive. Cold refreshments are available in the social pavilion to wash down the dust from the ride!
Plus, it's an easy 5 minute ride to the Ainsworth Hot Springs. What a great way to relax after a long day of riding!
Note: The pictures I have posted are from the weekend of the annual motorcycle rally at Toad Rock. The campground is not usually this crowded & there are LOTS of beatifully treed sites. We were stuck in the "overflow" area along the powerline.... not so many trees there!
Nelson is such a cool little place, but the accommodation doesn't really live up to its reputation in my experience. The larger hotels are old and a bit soulless, and over-priced, although we heard that the hostels are actually great. However, we wanted somewhere in the middle ground, and checked into this place, Inn the Garden which is right downtown. This old house has been restored into a modern, comfortable and very peaceful inn which serves great breakfasts. The new hosts are revamping it further, and, from what we could see (ok, we only stayed there three nights), seem to be getting a lot of repeat business from happy travellers. It is totally spotless, private (it's not a 'real' B&B, the sort where you are right in the family home), and has bags of character, plus we found it a good place to meet people and pick up on lots of good local info.
Neat rooms, a smart apartment suite that we couldn't quite justify staying in (though it's got a kitchen, which would have been good), really personable and interesting (ex-world travellers) owners, and just extremely comfortable. nice garden terrace for pre-dinner drinks, too.
Located just where Highway 3A spills onto Baker Street in the old Savoy Hotel building. This is a place to hang out and meet people. It's a very accepting environment and the place has a lot of character. The old building has ghost or two and its floors ain't exactly plumb.
Be forewarned, though, if you are looking to go to bed at ten on a Saturday night, and cannot sleep with noise, go somewhere else.
This said, I can't think of a place with a better vibe and friendlier staff. It's also full of people who actually like to do things. They provide ski shuttles and rides to Ainsworth Hot Springs (60 km east of town) in the winter. In the summer they can help you organize hikes, mountain bike excursions, etc...
The rooms are clean and all rooms have individual washrooms. Private rooms are offered (although they tend to fill up fast). There are semi-private rooms (4 beds) and some dorm rooms (6? beds). They have internet access and TV (if you feel you need it). Kitchen facilities are offered as well as a lounge. It is also located above a restaurant (Mazatlan), a pub (The Savoy) and a nightclub (Fluid).
Another vintage building in the middle of Nelson, the Hertage Inn certainly lives up to its name. Across from the City Hall and the Court House, the Heritage Inn really is an excellent value. If you can stand a little noise (the hotel features two pubs and a cabaret), this is the best deal in town.
The rooms are well-furnished, clean and stately. And, unlike most hotels, breakfast is breakfast. You could select the continental, but why, when you can get eggs, sausage or bacon, hash browns, toast and coffee.
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