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17 Best and Fun Things To Do In Nelson, Canada

Set on the picturesque banks of the Kootenay Lake, this historic mining town offers visitors a wealth of opportunities for adventure.

Whether you’re looking for a relaxing getaway, an epic bike ride, or an exciting culinary experience, Nelson has something for everyone!

It’s also a great place to visit if you want to experience the beauty of nature since there are a number of parks and green spaces to explore.

Popular activities here during the summer include hiking, biking, fishing, golfing, and climbing, while the winter brings opportunities for skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing.

For history buffs and those looking for a dose of local culture, the Touchstones Nelson Museum of Art and History is a must-see!

Want to know more? Check out our list of recommendations below for all there is to do in Nelson, Canada

The 17 Most Popular Things To Do In Nelson, Canada

17. Toad Mountain

5.0 ★★★★★ (6 reviews)

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16. Drewry Point Provincial Park

4.3 ★★★★☆ (6 reviews)


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Location: Central Kootenay A BC

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15. Cottonwood Lake

4.7 ★★★★★ (25 reviews)

14. Grohman Narrows Provincial Park

4.1 ★★★★☆ (27 reviews)


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Location: British Columbia

Tel:  250 825 4212

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13. Morning Mountain Regional Park

4.9 ★★★★★ (27 reviews)

Location: Blewett Ski Hill Road Nelson BC

12. Cottonwood Lake Regional Park

4.7 ★★★★★ (27 reviews)

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Location: The Great Northern Rail Trail Nelson BC

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11. Taghum Beach Regional Park

4.6 ★★★★★ (74 reviews)

Location: West Arm of Kootenay Lake approximately kilometres west of Nelson

Tel:  250 352 1510

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10. Gyro Park Lookout

4.7 ★★★★★ (151 reviews)

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Location: Nelson BC

Tel:  250 352 8248

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9. Cottonwood Falls Park

4.6 ★★★★★ (299 reviews)

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Location: 199 Carbonate Street Nelson BC

Tel:  250 352 8238

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8. School District 8 Kootenay Lake

2.6 ★★★☆☆ (7 reviews)

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Location: 811 Streetanley Street Nelson BC

Tel:  250 352 6681

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7. Big Orange Bridge

4.8 ★★★★★ (24 reviews)

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Location: 820 BC 3A Nelson BC

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6. Red sands beach

4.2 ★★★★☆ (26 reviews)

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5. Streetcar #23

4.8 ★★★★★ (49 reviews)

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4. Nelson Visitor Centre

4.9 ★★★★★ (61 reviews)

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Location: 91 Baker Street Nelson BC

Tel:  250 352 3433

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3. Touchstones Nelson Museum of Art and History

4.6 ★★★★★ (65 reviews)

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Location: 502 Vernon Street Nelson BC

Tel:  250 352 9813

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2. Pulpit Rock

4.8 ★★★★★ (109 reviews)

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Location: Nelson BC

Tel:  250 352 7879

1. Rotary Lakeside Park

4.7 ★★★★★ (494 reviews)

Location: 306 Elwyn Street Nelson BC

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Thank you for reading our list of the best things to do in Nelson, Canada! We hope it helped you plan the perfect itinerary for your next trip to this fantastic destination. Happy travels!

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