The ski area is called, Whitewater and claims to have better snow than nearby Red Mountain, who claims to have better terrain. After skiing at both places, I will agree with these statements. Whitewater has better snow because it's higher and drier-their base is at roughly the same elevation as Red's peak. Red has better terrain because it has more area and more lifts. Both are worth a visit.
Although, these places are not Whistler or Tahoe, they have some advantages over the more famous places. They are much cheaper than resorts, less popular-therefore shorter lines, and if you're not into the fashion/gear shows most people are putting on at the resorts, these places are for you
The S.S. Moyie is an old sternwheeler that used to travel up and down Kootenay Lake delivering people and freight to the various towns along the shoreline. It is now the oldest sternwheeler in the world. It was in use from 1898 till 1957.
After being retired in 1957, the city of Kaslo purchased her for $1.00. The ship has been fully restored to her 1898 grandeur and is now a museum for all to enjoy.
The restoration is truly incredible, and the attention to detail is impressive. For example, old gold leaf detailing on the walls of the ladies' parlour was discovered under several layers of white paint during the restore, and it has been painstakingly restored to its original quality.
Admission - Family $15.00
Adult $ 5.00
Children (6 to 12) $ 2.00
We really enjoyed spending a leisurely afternoon walking around downtown Nelson. I am crazy about beautiful old buildings, and Nelson has no shortage of them!
The downtown area is very vibrant, with coffee shops and pubs here and there. Our kids enjoyed ice cream from the drug store on the corner.
There are restaurants all over town with outdoor patios. This is a great way to enjoy the hot summer weather in this area. We really enjoyed visiting with the owner of one of the local taverns, The Royal. Kiki was super friendly and even gave us samples of all the local beers (made by Nelson Brewing Company) on tap. Some were good, but that dark one was awful!!! Guess I don't make a very good Irish girl. lol.
The Royal really gets rockin on the weekends! They often have live entertainment. Another of my favorite outdoor patios is Finley's Irish Pub. Their patio overlooks the lake!
The Ainsworth Hot Springs is located about 30 miles north of Nelson, on the way to Kaslo. It's a great way to spend a relaxing afternoon or evening, overlooking Kootenay Lake. There is a hotel onsite, and the facilities are also open to non-hotel guests, for a fee. The hot springs water is odourless, unlike some hot springs.
The best part about the hot springs (for those who are not claustrophobic) is the grotto. This is an old tunnel, which was dug by rail workers about a hundred years ago, in an attempt to increase the flow of water from the springs. It never worked for them, but over time the tunnel partially filled with thermal water from the springs. It is a sauna & hot tub all rolled into one. For those of you who enjoy steam, you should give the grotto a try.
Rate for adults is $8.00 or $11.50 to come and go all day.
K.W.C. Block, Built in 1901, is located in Baker Street, a wonderful street for a walk, with plenty of interesting shops, restaurants, and heritage buildings.
Three merchants paid $10,500 for the building lots, then planned and built in one year, the largest mercantile building in Nelson.
It was one of the city's finest grocery stores offering delicacies from around the world.
The turret, is a typical feature of many corner buildings. There are rounded arches over the windows on the second storey and decorative brick work.
A nice park we found at Nelson to enjoy our lunch, was Lakeside Park.
As the name says, it is located right on the Lakeside, and has good views of the orange coloured bridge that we crossed over later when continuing our journey. Near the "Orange Bridge" is a public wharf, a boat launch, change rooms, Toilets, picnic shelter and an adventure playground. During the summer months, a food and drinks stall is here.
There is a nice beach, a promenade and plenty of lawn.
Running around here, was an Antique street car . The tracks follow the waterfront pathway, all the way to the loop at Hall Street, then back through Lakeside Park to another loop at the East entrance of the Park.
From April to October, you can board Streetcar 23 and ride the circuit for a relaxing, historical tour.
A ride on the tram is $2 and you can catch it several places along the route.
To the west are the main playing fields of the City.
NO, I haven't been inside, but I did stop and enjoy the beautiful, Tudor Mansion and its beautiful gardens.
Mr. Blaylock had a summer home for many years, on Roberts Bay, just outside of Nelson for entertaining his friends and business mates. In 1934 he decided to upgrade his original summer home, to become one of the finest examples of Tudor architecture in North America. Back in those days, the Kootenay Lake sternwheelers transported the bulk of materials.
The mansion was completed as the world was edging closer to World War II.
It is an impressive13 acres, has an Arbatoreum, beautiful rock gardens, with waterfalls and fountains, ponds, a gazebo and lots of beautiful flowers. Wrought iron gates mark the entrance to the huge Tudor mansion.
Mr. Blaylock built this magnificent home for his retirement, but within 6 months after his retirement in 1945, Mr. Blaylock became ill, and passed away.
Watch out for it on your drive!
Nelson Court House, built in 1909, is another impressive building on the walk.
Way back in 1909, this building cost $109,145.88.
It is a good example of Beaux Arts Chateau style architecture with its high pitched roof, towers and conical caps, gables and paired windows.
On a hot summer day, nothing is better than a dip in the lake. A mile-long park with paths, an antique streetcar, concessions and beach await you at the foot of Nelson's hilly streets.
Built in 1902, this is made of Spokane pink brick and Kaslo Marble.
Originally a Post Office and Customs House, this is an impressive looking building on the Heritage walking tour.