9 Things to Do in Nelson That You Shouldn't Miss

January 21, 2018 Deane Carmody

Discover the best top things to do in Nelson, Canada including Lakeside Park, Whitewater Ski Resort, Baker Street, Touchstones Nelson Museum of Art and History, Gyro Park, Nelson Fire & Rescue Hall, Nelson Visitor Centre, Baldface Lodge, Torchlight Brewing Co..
Restaurants in Nelson

1. Lakeside Park

Nelson, British Columbia, Canada
Excellent
68%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 147 reviews

Lakeside Park

Reviewed By Paul W - Norwich, United Kingdom

Nice walk from the resort near the airport along part of the trans Canada pathway through the park and underneath the orange bridge.
Some nice artwork in the park which is well maintained and has an open gym as well.
Note that there is a big save on food and Wal mart at one end if using the nelson tramway this cuts through here towards the airport.
Save On good for trail mix and nuts

2. Whitewater Ski Resort

602 Lake St, Nelson, British Columbia V1L 4C8, Canada +1 250-354-4944
Excellent
75%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 209 reviews

Whitewater Ski Resort

It's all about the Snow...Cradled in BC’s legendary Selkirk Mountains, renowned for epic winters, Whitewater’s dependable dry snowfall totals over 13.5 meters a season. That’s more than 44 feet. And there’s more. Factor in the 5,400ft/ 1,640m base elevation, world renowned Fresh Tracks Cafe and you have the most reliable ski resort in the west.Come experience True Kootenay Mountain Culture.

Reviewed By Denis M

Most ski hill day lodges we have been to serve oredictable and boring burgers, bacon, toasties, pizza etc. The Whitewater lodge is an exception, serving a wide variety of healthy and spicy alternatives. A friendly local told us that credit for this is probably due to the Nelson cookery school. Apart from the large canteen style eating area, there is a small section with a more pub like atmosphere. The coffee served by the baristas is exceptionally good.

3. Baker Street

Nelson, British Columbia V1L 4G8, Canada
Excellent
58%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 327 reviews

Baker Street

Reviewed By 10000elle - Banff National Park, Canada

Stunning setting this lovely small city has it all. Great skiing fantastic food and restaurants with lots of local and organic choices. Great music and art scene. Lovely vibe scenery is stunning. Plenty of places to hike and Hot Springs to visit. A special place.

4. Touchstones Nelson Museum of Art and History

502 Vernon St, Nelson, British Columbia V1L 4E7, Canada +1 250-352-9813
Excellent
48%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 50 reviews

Touchstones Nelson Museum of Art and History

Touchstones Nelson: Museum of Art and History is a multi-faceted organization with a history museum exhibition, regional archives, two contemporary gallery spaces and a fabulous gift shop. The history museum features an introduction to the Sinixt and Ktunaxa nations, culture and perspectives, the history of European exploration and the challenges of trade and travel routes, and how various industries such mining, transportation, hydroelectricity affected the area and the creation of the Queen City. Our galleries rotate Exhibitions eight times per year and feature everything from contemporary art and pop culture, to fine craft and design, to local architectural and social history – Touchstones’ Exhibitions connect to this area’s creative energy and rich heritage. The gift shop features wares from over 100 local artists and authors. If you are looking for a gift that reflects Nelson and area’s abundant talent and craft, you will certainly find it in our superbly curated Shop.

Reviewed By buhrynuk - Nanaimo, Canada

This museum provided an excellent overview of the people and circumstances that built Nelson into the city it is today. Exhibits were well-presented and interesting. As a bonus, there are two areas with changing art exhibits included in your (very reasonable) admission fee.

5. Gyro Park

Nelson, British Columbia, Canada
Excellent
59%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 31 reviews

Gyro Park

Reviewed By d0ndequiera - Los Angeles

Gyro is up the hill in town in Nelson. Someone recommended that we go watch the sunset from there and it was a good decision. It's a funky little park with an old (in design, not run down) swimming pool and cool Gardens. It's not one of those places you would go to Nelson to see, but it's part of the charm of the town.

6. Nelson Fire & Rescue Hall

919 Ward St, Nelson, British Columbia V1L 1T5, Canada +1 250-352-3103
Excellent
73%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 18 reviews

Nelson Fire & Rescue Hall

Reviewed By Thundanutts - Vancouver, Canada

We popped in to check out the museum. Very cool collection of antique fire fighting tools, trucks, bells, uniforms, etc. We were also shown were there was a geo cache, which my son thought was so cool.

7. Nelson Visitor Centre

91 Baker St, Nelson, British Columbia V1L 4G8, Canada +1 250-352-3433
Excellent
55%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 20 reviews

Nelson Visitor Centre

The Nelson and Kootenay Lake region in the South-east corner of BC is a cultural & adventure travel destination unlike any other in the world. Discover this unique corner of British Columbia and enjoy eclectic fodder for foodies, art-goers, music lovers, history buffs, and adventure seekers. #ExploreKootenayLake Find the Nelson Visitor Centre in the historic CP Station. We are the place to go to find out about everything in the West Kootenay region and beyond.

Reviewed By anonymous44881 - Saint Louis, Missouri

Very nice staff and a pleasant little shop plus all the maps and brochures a tourist might want. The ladies at the desk were most helpful in planning the rest of our drive through the magnificent Kootenay area.Very glad that we were able to help. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your travels through our incredible region!

8. Baldface Lodge

Nelson, British Columbia V1L 6A5, Canada +1 250-352-0006
Excellent
82%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
9%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 11 reviews

Baldface Lodge

Epic snowcat boarding & skiing in the deep powdery Mountains near Nelson, British Columbia, Canada. Massage, sauna, yoga, gourmet food and wine, and comfy luxury lodging.

Reviewed By Jeff L - Ken Caryl

This is the place to go for serious powder. Just got back from a 4 day trip. Huge variety of terrain - open bowls, trees, steeps, logging clear cuts. Fresh tracks every run all 4 days & no shortage of terrain for the next groups to set their own 1st tracks. This place caters to serious powder skiers / boarders with experience in the steep & deep. Not the place to go for the inexperienced (imho) but it rocks if you know what you are doing. 12 persons per cat + lead guide / tail guide. 3 cats running, 36 guests at any time - gives you a good opportunity to meet new people during your visit.
Our snowcat has a Ipod compatible stereo in it - bring your pod & a good play list to keep the cat rocking between runs.
The lodge is in the back-country, near the top of their terrain. Usually only a couple minutes to your 1st run of the day - no long commutes + last run is also usually close to the lodge - again no long commutes - just skiing / boarding. Fly in on a heli if the weather is good - always a blast flying in the heli.
The vibe is much different than heli-ski ops I have been to - younger, more snowboard oriented. Bar in the lodge gets fairly rowdy at night, depending on who is there.
Staff are super-friendly all the way around - guides, cat drivers, bar tenders, etc. Jeff, the owner, was also there on transfer days - super nice guy, really makes all his guests feel welcome. In talking with him, he gets why people come to Baldface - the steep & deep - which seems to be the whole reason he is in the business - his own passion for the steep & deep.
Food is good but not the focus of the trip. Continental breakfasts, lunches are a variety of sandwiches & snacks, which you eat in the cast between runs (no down time, which is appreciated ). Dinners are 3 course (salad, main, dessert) with a different meat each night for the main.

9. Torchlight Brewing Co.

125 Hall St, Nelson, British Columbia V1L 7B4, Canada +1 250-352-0094
Excellent
60%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 5 reviews

Torchlight Brewing Co.

Torchlight Brewing Co. is a microbrewery in Nelson B.C.. We are committed to making high quality and innovative all natural craft beer and sodas using environmentally conscious practices. Our brew pub is fully licenced and we and also serve a light food menu with local ingredients.

Reviewed By JennyLou123 - British Columbia, Canada

We went as a family group and had a great time. The food was very good (small menu of items -- as a group we tried almost all of them and they were all tasty!). Everything was fresh (the buns for the pulled pork are baked in house - everything is made on site with fresh ingredients).
A wide variety of craft beers (all the beer drinkers found a favourite after sampling several different kinds) as well as soft drinks. They also have wine and a full liquor menu.
You can have a tour, or just check things out behind the scenes through the big window in the pub.

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