Nelson, BC, Canada

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Nelson, BC, Canada

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Nelson: The Queen City

Let Nelson transport you back to the days of the old Canadian silver rush with its redbrick heritage buildings and restored mountain mills. Or, let Nelson soothe your chakras with its New-Age yoga studios, each of them spilling out onto the grassy banks of Kootenay Lake. Or, hit Nelson to unwind with help from the cool highland waters, hydrotherapies, and spa treatments in the shadow of the BC mountains. Skiing and cross-country touring are also within reach during the colder months, while other Nelson vacation rentals are your gateway to the bear-stalked, bobcat-prowled Selkirk Mountains.

Nelson is relaxation and adventure in one

Whether you come to pull yoga poses or dust down the hiking gear for an adventure in the wild, you can rest assured that Nelson has you covered. The town is peppered with meditation studios and mountain spas, while the fringes of the city are quickly given over to the Selkirk Mountains. There, it's all about babbling hot springs at Ainsworth, dank, deep caverns at the Cody Caves, and the wild reaches of the Kokanee Glacier – a mecca for bikers, hikers, and campers. Nelson vacation rentals in the winter also mean powder plumes and groomed ski pistes aplenty.

Discover the silver rush in Nelson

Nelson's not just an adventure destination extraordinaire. It's also famed for its gorgeous heritage buildings, which converge with redbrick facades and half-faded Victorian exteriors all through the handsome Baker Street Historic District. You can unravel more about the golden age of the so-called Queen City at the Nelson Mining Museum, where gem exhibits and dusty prospecting maps evoke the ghosts of long-gone miners. Or, you can ride the restored Streetcar 23 along the lakeside and through the heritage area, wondering at the rising Kootenay peaks as you rumble over the rails.

Hike or carve in Nelson

With the beautiful rises of the Selkirk Mountains dominating the landscapes, and oodles of heritage attractions in the heart of town, Nelson checks all the boxes for a real year-round destination. Between December and March, Nelson vacation rentals offer access to the quality pistes of the Whitewater Ski Resort, while other adventurous folk head off on Catskiing excursions. And when the summer hits, the town magnetizes hikers and bikers, history lovers and yogis, all the way from May to September.

Nelson brims with mountains and lakes

Nelson clutches its own little plain of land on the edge of Kootenay Lake, which pokes into the Selkirk Mountains like thin finger from the east. The setting is undeniably beautiful, with spruce-shrouded trails weaving up Pulpit Rock on the far side of the water. Close to that are the alpine wonders of the Kokanee Creek Provincial Park, where sandy beaches slope into the lake. Excursions from there will get you to the soaring Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park, a land carved by ice floes and trodden by wild bears.