Family biking in grasslands (Picture BC photo)
There are hundreds of mountain bike trails cut into these mountains and valleys, and there is one for just about any kind of rider.
Many of the kids here learn to ride early, and locals including Canadian mountain biking freeride athlete Robbie Bourdon have achieved fame and/or notoriety in mountain bike movies that were filmed in and around Nelson.
For 48km/30mi, the Nelson Salmo Great Northern Trail follows the abandoned railbed of the Burlington Northern Railway. This linear park, which is perfect for families, can be easily accessed from the top of Elwyn Street, or at Mountain Station a little further south.
An easy trail ride starts at either point and slowly descends, passing over several trestles, to the Canadian Pacific Railway tracks at Troup Junction. Explore the beach at the end of the downhill ride, but remember to pack some mosquito repellent with the picnic supplies.