Nelson Travel Guide

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Nelson Things to Do

  • NELSON CITY HALL

    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.

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  • NELSON COURT HOUSE

    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.

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  • K.W.C. BLOCK

    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...

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  • LAKESIDE PARK @ NELSON

    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...

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  • BLAYLOCK RESORT & HEALTH SPA

    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...

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  • Have a cold drink on one of the outdoor...

    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...

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  • S.S. Moyie Museum

    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...

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  • Ainsworth Hot Springs

    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...

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  • Walking Tour of Historic Buildings

    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.

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Nelson Restaurants

  • Fresh, fresh, fresh!

    This is strictly a pick up or deliver place, but their pizzas are just so good I had to mention it! This is a chain restaurant and I believe it's unique to BC. We have eaten at the one in Cranbrook, BC before and enjoyed the food there every bit as much.The pizzas from Canadian 2-for-1 are just so fresh. The sauce is tasty and the topping choices...

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  • Surprisingly Good!

    The Royal is a really rockin hotspot in Nelson during the evenings, especially on the weekends. But if you go there during the day, it's nice and quiet. And the food here is really good! This is typical bar food, but it is well-made and freshly prepared.They also carry all of the beers on tap from the local Nelson Brewing Co. Kiki was kind enough...

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  • Great Pub Food

    Finley's is a large pub, with plenty of cold beer on tap, as well as any other type of liquid refreshment you might desire. They have pool tables in a private room, and they have a huge patio at the back of the building that overlooks the lake. This is one of my favorite spots in Nelson! The patio is heated and there is a tv out here as well. It's...

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  • Best Breakfast!!

    I have only ever been to DJ's for breakfast, but I have been there several times. The food and service are always amazing. And the portions are huge! Everything is home-made and so tasty.They also serve lunch and dinner. There is an outdoor patio, where you can enjoy the sun and people-watch while you enjoy your meal. They are licenced as well.Oh!...

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  • Main Street Diner

    The Main Street Diner serves up delicious freshly prepared food, many of their menu selections are Greek cuisine, but they also have outstanding diner choices - fish and chips, burgers and sandwiches and wraps.I have eaten here several times and the food never fails to please. One of my favorite menu items are the nacho fries - hand cut french...

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  • Very nice place to eat..

    We were camping and decided to eat out. A stranger we asked, recomended this place. There was a patio and they can serve about50 people max. The waitress was very friendly. The food was great. What more can you ask for ? All the food was great

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Nelson Nightlife

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    by Camping_Girl Written Sep 5, 2007

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    The Royal is a friendly little joint and they often have live bands playing. The food is very good here - I'd highly recommend the chicken burger, it's the best I've ever had.

    They have the full selection of beers from the Nelson Brewing Co on tap. Just ask, and they'll let you sample them.

    Dress Code: I think pretty much anything goes at this place!

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Nelson Transportation

  • Kootenay Bay Ferry (40 min. North of...

    The Kootenay Lake Ferry is wonderful experiance and it is the longest free ferry ride in B.C.Kootenay Lake Ferry takes 45 minutes. It is good to arrive at least a half hour early in the summer during peek times. On long weekends I would go at least an hour prior to your desired departure. My cousins had to wait three sailings once. It was the...

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  • Balfour/Crawford Bay Ferry

    This ferry takes you across Kootenay Lake, east of Nelson. It is free and runs every 30 minutes or so. This ferry is part of the #3A highway which runs from Nelson to Crawford Bay and then south to Creston.It doesn't look like much of a distance across the lake, but the ferry actually goes on an angle "up" the lake, so it takes about 15 minutes or...

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  • Needles Ferry

    This ferry shuttles people across Lower Arrow Lake, from Needles to Fauquier. It is part of the #6 highway which runs from Vernon to Nelson. This highway is without a doubt the most beautiful one I have ever been on in British Columbia.The free ferry ride takes about 5 minutes. This ferry runs on cables which are strung across the lake. The ferry...

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Nelson Local Customs

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    by glicko Written Jun 11, 2003

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    The above is actually a trademark from Shaftebury, a small brewery in Vancouver. But it applies everywhere. When travelling, please don't just pound back the same Anheuser-Busch, Molson, Heineken... products. Since the 1970s, the brewing industry in North America has openned up. You needn't settle for mega-market swill brewed in Edmonton, Toronto, Milwaukee or St. Louis and shipped thousands of miles. And a hint to Americans, a draft pint (573 mL) of a locally-brewed beer will generally cost you less than a bottle (355 mL) of Bud Lite.

    In Nelson, the Nelson Brewing Company brews a truly excellent Wild Honey Ale. Most bars and restaurants in the West Kootenays have it on tap.

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Nelson Warnings and Dangers

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    Hwy 93/95 N of Wasa, BC. But applies all over BC.

    by glicko Updated Jul 24, 2003

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    The lush forests that line BC's highways harbour a lot of game. Unfortunately, animals need to cross those highways. Around dusk driving can become downright treacherous. As anyone who has hit a deer and lived to tell the tale (and many do not) will tell you, it's a truly sad scene. A once-majestic animal dead or dying at the side of the road, your vehicle mangled and your passengers injured -- or much worse. Be careful. Hit an elk at 100 km/h and , suffice to say, your trip is ruined.
    This is a problem all across Canada, but Highways 3A and 6 into Nelson are particularly bad. One trip, I counted ten deer eating grass in the ditch beside Highway 6. One dog, cougar, wolf or coyote decides to try for a meal, and you are in big trouble.

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Nelson Off The Beaten Path

  • Chillers Pub

    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 RoadThis little pub has live music on the weekends and they also have a great outdoor patio. Their food is really,...

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  • Kaslo

    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...

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  • Cody Caves

    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...

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Nelson Favorites

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    Going to the beach 2 more images

    by Hermanater Updated Aug 7, 2007

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    Favorite thing: We camped here for a couple nights. It was GREAT. It is close to Nelson and has a nice beach.
    We have never been here before but thought we would try it out. We will be back for longer next time. There is the beach, ferry ride, fishing, hiking, boating, gold panning,hot springs all with in the vacinity.

    Fondest memory: Nice and relaxed time.....

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