Destination guide

Nelson, BC, Vacation Rentals Offer a Northern Paradise

Located in the Selkirk Mountains along Kootenay Lake, Nelson, British Columbia, is one of the best options for a vacation anywhere. It’s known regionally as the Queen City, and is well regarded for its wide collection of heritage buildings from its days as a silver rush community. These buildings, located particularly along Baker Street, are one of the most breathtaking and charming sights you can imagine, and are the heart of the arts community in the area. Nelson, BC, vacation rentals are available all year around, offering a unique chance to visit this cultural center of the British Columbia region.

Things to do

Popular Local Historic and Cultural Attractions of Nelson

There are literally hundreds of activities available year-round in Nelson, from great museums to bungee jumping, wineries and anything else you can imagine. For outdoor adventures, check out the Bridlewood Riding Centre or the Lardeau River Adventures. One of the best-known family attractions in the area is the EnergyPlex or the Playland Amusement Park. Explore the great history and art museum experiences like the Huble Homestead, the BC Vintage Truck Museum, or the Museum at Campbell River. Finally, there are great opportunities for dining at any of the fantastic breweries, winery halls, cideries, distilleries, or high-class restaurants in town.

Activities

Enjoy a Host of Historic and Cultural Activities in Nelson

As a cultural center of British Columbia, your Nelson, BC vacation rentals will allow you to experience a wealth of arts, history, entertainment, and family fun in a serene northern environment. The downtown area is loaded with outstanding restaurants, coffee houses, small specialty stores, art galleries, and more. If you’re into music, you can even take in a concert or live performance at the restored historic Capitol Theatre or travel just 45 minutes away in August to the Shambhala Music Festival. The town is a hotbed for mountain sports, arts, culture, and history that locals and visitors alike absolutely love.

Weather

Enjoy Nelson's Temperate Weather All Year Round

The climate in Nelson is called humid continental, with cold, snowy winters, warm and dry summers, and mild spring and fall seasons. The average temperature year-round is around 50 degrees with average high temperatures of 62.5 degrees Fahrenheit. At the height of summer, you can expect temperatures between the low 50s and low 80s, while in the depths of winter, temperatures drop to between the low 20s and mid-30s. As with anywhere, the summer months are the height of traveling season, while the spring and fall offer great deals on Nelson, BC, vacation rentals.

Natural features

Outdoor adventures abound in and around the Nelson area

If you’re looking for a natural setting, then Nelson, BC, vacation rentals are the right choice. You can enjoy outdoor markets, or the best in hiking and biking on the Nelson-Salmo Great Northern Trail or the Pulpit Rock Trail, with outstanding vistas from Elephant Mountain. Skiing and snowboarding are highly popular in the winter, and the locals love mountain biking on trails for every experience level. In the summer, rock climbing is huge at places like Kootenay Crag, Hall Siding, and CIC Bluffs. Of course, there’s also the gorgeous Kootenay Lake that borders the town.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Nelson

Fly into Castlegar, BC (YCG), the closest airport, located 20.3 mi (32.7 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you can also fly into Trail, BC (YZZ-Trail Regional), which is 33.3 mi (53.6 km) away.

Where to stay around Nelson?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 115 vacation rentals near Nelson. From 62 Houses to 19 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Nelson for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Nelson?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Nelson. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Nelson & District Community Complex: 124 vacation rentals
  • Whitewater Ski Resort: 131 vacation rentals
  • Lakeside Park: 125 vacation rentals
  • Kokanee Creek Provincial Park: 132 vacation rentals
  • Granite Pointe Golf Club: 125 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Nelson listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Nelson?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 62 Houses in Nelson. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Nelson include:

  • Cabins: 19 rentals available
  • Cottages: 19 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 22 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Nelson?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 20 vacation rentals with pool available in Nelson. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.