Nelson sits perched on the side of a hill above the West Arm of Kootenay Lake in southeast British Columbia in the heart of the Selkirk mountains. After leaving Calgary, we stayed for a week just outside of the town of Nelson in a lovely Airbnb apartment. Our home sits above the garage of a beautiful, new, very modern home with phenomenal densely forested mountain and lake views. Looking out from our deck felt like we were high up in a tree house.
Nelson is an old mining town with buildings from the late 1890s and early 1900s. Walking around this quant Victorian town you can see these buildings have been lovingly well-preserved where possible. This town is full of wonderful local coffee roasters, coffee houses, bakeries, and cafes. We even found the perfect coffee hangout at Oso Negro Cafe.
D and I spent some time stocking up on fresh veggies at the weekly farmers market on Baker Street, and a day wandering the streets of Nelson following the heritage walking tour. While we are not normally interested in architecture, we can appreciate what we are looking at when it is pointed out to us. In our travels thus far, we have found free self-guided walking tours in most towns, and they have proven to be a nice way for us to see the downtown and get the lay of the land figured out.
While in Nelson I continued my running and loved being able to run hills again. I hadn't seen any serious hills since we left Sedona, Arizona, back in May. As we had mentioned how wonderful the trail system in Calgary was, we did not find anything close in Nelson. As a matter of fact, we were hard pressed to find shoulders on the smaller roads which made it a bit difficult running or biking at times. Although, we understand there are many off-road trails in the hills for those seeking extreme steeps or for those wanting to run into bears. One morning we took a 5-mile hike on an old rail-to-trail. We had been told to be on the lookout for bears, so I did my best to belt out show tunes as we walked to let any bears in the area know we were there. Since we did not see one bear, I figured my singing did the trick.
Temperatures were in the 90s and nights cooled down nicely. Nelson boasts of being a four season area with nearby hot springs and snow sports, water activities of all kinds, trails for hiking and biking, fall leaf colors, a town full of artists and great food. It’s a laid back place where if you stand in one place very long, one of the locals will ask if there is something they can help you find. Our kind of people, our kind of place. If you have never been to Nelson, BC, we think it’s time to add it to your travel itinerary.
Thanks for joining us on our journey,