Finding Awesome

Ainsworth Hot Springs | Balfour | Kaslo | Lardeau | Meadow Creek | Nelson

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Discover our Region

Discover the Nelson and Kootenay Lake region of British Columbia and enjoy eclectic fodder for foodies, art-goers, music lovers, history buffs, and adventure seekers.

The six communities along the west shore of Kootenay Lake are nestled in the southeastern corner of BC surrounded by the Selkirk and Purcell mountain ranges. Come explore and find awesome.



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If a picture is worth 1000 words, how many is a video worth?! Watch our videos to learn and be inspired about the Nelson and Kootenay Lake region.

Get excited by watching videos of our 100km paddle, markets, festivals, Pirate Days, Logger Sports, skiing at Whitewater, and more.

Ski & Snowboard

Discover why our region is the capital for cat skiing, and Nelson is truly North America’s best ski townWhitewater Ski Resort is the area’s best kept secret, with top quality runs and huge snowfalls ensuring the resort competes with the best.

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Music, Arts, & Culture

From large theatres to intimate clubs to rural halls, the region punches above its weight in high-quality musical performances.

The famous “Kootenay vibe” runs through the arts, heritage and culture of our region. With more heritage buildings per capita than anywhere else in British Columbia, Nelson’s and Kaslo’s culture can be seen in our historic and gorgeously-restored homes, shops and buildings.

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World-class skiing, healing hot springs, or a rod and reel on the tranquil lake waters—however you like to spend your time, Nelson and Kootenay Lake is the place to do it!  

Arts & Culture

Our Nelson and Kootenay Lake culture is a culmination of our natural surroundings, arts, and heritage. Delve into our true character by visiting our galleries and museums.

Shop & Dine

With more restaurants per capita than San Francisco or New York, and a diverse collection of artisan and boutique stores, our region is a food and shopping lover’s dream.


From historic downtown hotels and inns to private beachfront campgrounds and resorts, you’ll find accommodations for every taste and budget.


A central hub where visitors and locals alike can find events, classes, activities, and promotions that happen in our region every day. See them all on our events calendar.

Trip Ideas

This region offers a truly unique combination of adventure, beauty, culture and comfort. Get inspired and plan your dream trip. Take the quiz to learn your travelling style.