Chillers is about 10 miles from Nelson, take the 3A highway along the north shore. It is in the tiny community of Duhammel. Turn at the Duhammel General Store and it is a short drive up the hill. The official address is 2723 Greenwood Road
This little pub has live music on the weekends and they also have a great outdoor patio. Their food is really, really good. Every Saturday night the dinner special is prime rib. The locals come from near and far to have it. DH said it was "outstanding".
The wait staff are friendly and generally pretty easy on the eyes, too. =:)
The town of Kaslo lies about 50 miles north of Nelson, north of Ainsworth Hot Springs. It is an interesting little town, with many historic buildings and the S.S. Moyie museum.
Kaslo is at the north end of Kootenay Lake, and has many businesses to meet a traveller's needs. There is a beach downtown where you can swim, if you're brave - these lakes are cold!
The Cody Caves are a rare occurence anywhere in the world where a cave actually travels horizontally for about 200 m or more. It is located up a mountain a few km from Ainsworth Hot Springs (about 50 km from Nelson).
There is a tour there (about 10 or 15 bucks, 1 hour) that takes you far into the cave, teaching about the history, the geology and the affects of it.
It was very interesting and a great experience.
Toad Rock is about a 25 minute drive north of Nelson, midway between Balfour and Ainsworth Hot Springs. This is a motorcycle campground set on 34 acres of forested land. They have flush toilets, free showers and a laundry room available. There is even a covered social room, complete with a bar and pool table!
They have a motorcycle rally here every year around July 1st. We went in 2007 & there were about 2500 people & 1500 bikes there. The burn-out pits around the campfire were quite busy and the bands were awesome.
They have a great deal for $100 which includes your weekend's camping, a t-shirt & collector pin, plus meal tickets, good for 5 meals during the weekend. We were impressed with the caliber of food that was served as well. My only complaint - the beer gardens ran out of booze Sunday night!
We had so much fun, I can't wait for next year!
This park is between Silverton and Slocan, about 50 km from Nelson. The park is relatively small, for a provincial park. There is a viewing area along the highway, which is where this picture was taken.