Two hikers admiring the views (Picture BC photo)
For Nelson locals, going for a hike starts at the end of the street.
The city is completely surrounded by mountains that are cut with a network of old mining and logging roads. An abandoned rail line (that's 48km/31mi long) provides easy access to it all.
Trails in Nelson
The last trains ran on the Burlington Northern Railway in the 1990s. Today, the Nelson Salmo Great Northern Trail climbs at rail grade from Canadian Pacific Railway tracks at Troup Junction, following the upper boundary of the City of Nelson before turning south towards the village of Salmo. This multipurpose trail, which is shared with runners and mountain bikers, comes complete with some impressive trestles.
Hiking Pulpit Rock
Elephant Mountain reposes on the other side of the West Arm, and Pulpit Rock is a natural outcropping on its trunk. A short but relentless hike leads up through the forest to this popular destination.