The numerous attractions, sites and sounds in and around Nelson, BC will keep you amused and enthralled during your visit.
Enjoy the heritage buildings in a stroll around town, take in some local theatre, look around our new Touchstones museum, buy a piece of art, tour the Nelson Brewery, take an adventure tour, enjoy nature at the many parks, rent a boat on Kootenay Lake and hear the sounds of music at one of the many music festivals in our area… the list is almost endless.
Whether you are looking for family friendly adventures, or exciting world-class entertainment at a local nightclub, Nelson, BC has something for everyone.
Be sure to bring your camera while you are walking, biking, boating or driving and remember to let others know that you discovered Nelson via!

Art Walk

Phone: (250) 352-2402
Baker St Nelson BC V1L 5R2
Links: Website

Boundary Museum

Phone: 250-442-3737
6145 Reservoir Road Grand Forks BC V0H 1H5
Links: Website

Canada Day Celebrations

Phone: (250) 352 3433
Lakeside Park Nelson BC

Contact Nelson Visitor Info Centre for more information.

Capitol Theatre

Phone: (250) 352-6363
Fax: (250) 352-6303
421 Victoria Street Nelson, BC V1L 5R2
Links: Website

Central Kootenay Regional Parks

Links: Website

Visit this link for information on Cottonwood Lake Regional Park, Taghum Beach Regional Park, Bonnington Regional Park, James Johnstone Regional Park, Sunshine bay Regional Park, and Rosebud Lake Regional Park.

Christmas by the Lake

Phone: 250-358-2129
Silverton, BC
Links: Website

In December in Silverton, BC

CPR Station Museum Castlegar and District Heritage Society

Phone: (250) 365-6440
400 – 13th Ave Castlegar, BC V1N 1G2
Links: Website

CPR Station Museum Castlegar – Zuckerberg Island

Creston Museum

Phone: (250) 428-9262
219 Devon Street Creston, BC V0B 1G3
Links: Website

Cyswognfun Nelson Triathlon

Links: Website

Nelson Athletic Association

Doukhobor Discovery Centre

Phone: (250) 365-5327
112 Heritage Way V1N 4M5 BC - Castlegar
Links: Website

The Doukhobor Discovery Centre is open from May 1st to September 30th every year.

Eco Society Community Markets

Phone: 250 354 1909
#206 - 507 Baker St Nelson, BC V1L 4J2
Links: Website

Cottonwood Market – Saturdays May – October

Full Details and Dates

Nelson Downtown Local Market – Wednesdays – June – September

Full Details and Dates

Market Fest – Full Details and Dates

Garden Fest – Full Details and Dates

Fat Tire Fest

Phone: (250) 352-5335
213 Baker St Nelson BC
Links: Website

The Nelson Cycling Clubs annual festival celebrating all things bike.

Goat Range Provincial Park

Goat Range Provincial Park Meadow Creek, BC V0G 1N0
Links: Website

The park is situated in the Selkirk Mountains, between Slocan and Kootenay lakes at the south end, and between Arrow Lakes and Duncan Lake at the north end.

Grohman Narrows Provincial Park

Grohman Narrows Provincial Park Central Kootenay E, BC
Links: Website

This Park is 5km from the City of Nelson.

Hills Garlic Festival

Phone: (250) 358-2459
Centennial Park New Denver , B.C.
Links: Website

Centennial Park New Denver BC by beautiful Slocan Lake every September

International Selkirk Loop

Phone: (208) 267-0822
Fax: (208) 267-0822
Bonners Ferry Idaho 83805 USA
Links: Website

Kaslo Jazz Etc Society

Phone: (250) 353-7577
Kaslo BC V0G 1M0
Links: Website

Annual Kaslo Jazz Etc. Summer Music Festival – August

Kaslo May Days

Every May in Kaslo BC

Keep the Beat

Lakeside Park Nelson BC

Keep the Beat is a ten hour concert in Nelson BC organized by a group of local youth.

Kianuko Provincial Park

Kianuko Provincial Park, Central Kootenay B, BC
Links: Website

Kianuko Park is situated approximately 40 km north of Creston.

Kokanee Creek Provincial Park

Kokanee Creek Provincial Park, Central Kootenay E, BC
Links: Website

A 20-min drive, 19 km east of Nelson or if you travel west take the Kootenay Lake ferry from Kootenay Bay to Balfour. From Balfour it’s another 12 km to the park.

Kokanee Creek Provincial Park Campground

Phone: 250-825-4212
Links: Website

Only 20 km from Nelson, B.C., Kokanee Creek Provincial Park makes a great starting point for your Kootenay adventure. From here the valleys and mountains are yours to explore. With a large sandy beach, adventure playground, hot showers and a host of other amenities you’re sure to be comfortable and find plenty to do for you and your family.

BC Parks website.

Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park

Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park
Links: Website

Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park is located in the Selkirk Mountains, between Slocan and Kootenay Lakes. From Hwy 3A, 19 km northeast of Nelson, drive up Kokanee Creek for 16 km to Gibson Lake.

Kootenay Coldsmoke Powder Fest

The Kootenay Coldsmoke Powder Fest was created to provide a grass-roots gathering where mountain enthusiasts of all levels can celebrate our local culture with a breathtaking backdrop on world-renowned snow.

Kootenay Festival

Phone: (250) 365 3386 ext. 4105
Castlegar BC
Links: Website

The festival grounds are located on the spacious lands situated adjacent to the Doukhobor Discovery Centre and The Kootenay Gallery of Art.

Kootenay Lake Archives

Phone: (250) 353-9633
Box 537 Kaslo BC V0G 1M0
Links: Website

Kootenay Storytelling Festival

Langham Cultural Center

Phone: 250-353-2661
Fax: 250-353-2671
447 A Avenue Kaslo, B.C.
Links: Website

Lockhart Beach Provincial Park

Lockhart Beach Provincial Park, Central Kootenay A, BC
Links: Website

40 km north of Creston on Highway 3A or 19 km south of Crawford Bay on Highway 3A. Located on the east side of Kootenay Lake with Crawford Bay and Creston being the closest communities.

Nakusp Music Festival

The Nakusp Music Fest is an annual music festival held in the village of Nakusp BC

Nelson City Parks

Links: Website

Visit this link for information on Lakeside Park, Gyro Park, Lion’s Uphill Park, Rosemont Park, Cottonwood Falls Park, and the Queen Elizabeth Park.

Nelson Civic Theatre

Phone: 250-352-5833
719 Vernon Street, Suite 103 Nelson, BC V1L 4G3

Yes, we did raise the necessary amount (over 181.000 dollars) to go digital. Thanks to all of our donors the Civic Theatre is now installing its brand new digital equipment. We will have digital movies with surround sound and will be open over the summer weekly on Tuesdays (Cheap Tuesdays), Thursdays (art house/classics), Friday, Saturday and Sundays (new releases). We plan our Grand Digital Opening mid June, but will fill you in on the exact date later. The Grand Digital Opening will be a Star Trek weekend, featuring a Friday night gala (with costume prizes, 19+) and screenings of the new Star Trek movie throughout the whole weekend! Stay tuned.

Nelson Civic Theatre Website

Nelson Curling Club Bonspiels

Phone: 250-352-7628
302 Cedar Street Nelson, BC V1L 5R2
Links: Website

Nelson Electric Tramway Society

Phone: (250) 825-4346
Box 602 Nelson BC V1L 5R4
Links: Website

Nelson Mining Museum

Phone: (250) 352-5242
215 Hall St Nelson BC
Links: Website

The Nelson Mining Museum (Chamber of Mines of Eastern British Columbia) features one of the best rock and mineral collections in the world.

Nelson Road Kings Car Show

Phone: 250 352-6843
Nelson, BC
Links: Website

Nelson Visitor Centre

Phone: 250-352-3433
Fax: 250-352-6355
225 Hall St Nelson BC V1L 5X4
Links: Website

Oxygen Art Centre

Phone: 250-352-6322
#3- 320 Vernon St. (alley entrance) Nelson, B.C. V1L4E4 Canada
Links: Website

Oxygen Art Centre is an artist run centre operated primarily by volunteers. The centre is open for classes, events and during exhibitions. Gallery hours during the duration of exhibitions are Wed – Sat 1 – 5pm.

Purcell Wilderness Conservancy Provincial Park and Protected Area

Phone: 250 489-8540
Purcell Wilderness Provincial Park and Protected Area
Links: Website

To access the Earl Grey Pass Trail from the Toby Creek Trailhead it is best to park at the trailhead and walk the 2km to the park boundary because the road has been deactivated. Follow the road staying left along the creek to locate where the trail begins. For more information please call 250 489-8540

Rossland Mountain Film Festival

Rossland, BC V0G
Links: Website

Rossland Museum and Goldmine Tour

Phone: 250-362-7722
1 888-448-7444
1100 Highway 3B, Rossland, BC V0G 1Y0
Links: Website

Sandon Museum and Visitors Centre

Phone: (250) 358-7920
Box 52 New Denver BC VOG 1S0
Links: Website


Salmo BC VOG
Links: Website

SS Moyie National Historic Site

Phone: (250) 353-2525
Box 537 Kaslo BC VOG 1M0
Links: Website

SS Moyie is open daily, mid-May through mid-October from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. The Visitor Centre is open 9:00 to 5:00pm

Starbelly Jam Music Festival

Crawford Bay, BC V0B
Links: Website

Starbelly Jam is an annual outdoor music festival held in Crawford Bay, BC on the third full weekend of July.

Touchstones Nelson Museum of Art and History

Phone: (250) 352-9813
502 Vernon St Nelson BC V1L 4E8
Links: Website

Valhalla Provincial Park

Valhalla Provincial Park Slocan, BC V0G 2C0
Links: Website

The park is located on the west shore of Slocan Lake, north of both Slocan and Castlegar, and encompasses most of the Valhalla Range of the Selkirk Mountains. The park can be accessed by water, forest industrial roads or by trail. The nearest community to the park is Slocan and Highway 6 provides access to the town and other population centres in the vicinity. Public boat launches exist in a number of towns, including Slocan, Silverton and New Denver, by which trailheads can be easily reached.

West Arm Provincial Park

Links: Website

This park extends along the shore of Kootenay Lake from Nelson to Harrop and up to the peaks behind. The creek fans and pocket beaches are popular with boaters and there is a historic trail (not maintained) up Lasca Creek. The park is largely undeveloped; there are no facilities or designated campsites.

West Kootenay Motorcycle Tours

616 Vernon St. Nelson BC V1L 4G1
Links: Website