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Ski in Nelson, BC, Canada, West Kootenays
Come Ski in Nelson BC!
Located on the east shore of the West Arm of Kootenay Lake, Nelson is one of the best small towns in British Columbia, in one of the most beautiful forested and mountain settings. Life in Nelson is unhurried and friendly, a place where people still smile and greet visitors.
Nelson has many restored heritage buildings and facades, breathtaking views, and it's personable citizens make the city a little oasis of genuine civility. Incorporated in 1897 as a mining town, Nelson has bloomed into a unique community with a thriving year-round tourist trade, diverse economy, and vibrant arts scene.
It's not hard to find a great place to eat or drink in Nelson after your day of skiing. Restaurants, cafés, bakeries and galleries are everywhere, especially on historic Baker Street. Check here for the best restaurants.
Most people who pass through Nelson want to come back, and many even decide to stay permanently. The highway through town was recently upgraded, and a new aquatic center and hockey arena are located near the downtown. If you are planning a visit to Nelson during a busy time, make sure to book early as the number of hotels and motels in Nelson is limited. Check here for the best hotels in Nelson.
Population of Nelson:10,000 (Nelson's population has stayed fairly constant over the years due to the town being bordered by water and mountains, which limits new home building)
Location: Nelson is located at the junction of Highway 6 and Highway 3A at the western tip of the West Arm of Kootenay Lake, 26 miles (41 km) northeast of Castlegar
Distances from major centers to Nelson:
663 km (412 miles) from Vancouver
628 km (390 miles) from Calgary
237 km (147 miles) from Spokane
55 km (34 miles) from U.S. border
Nearest commercial airport: Castlegar (30 minutes by road)