Be charmed by Nelson where mountains of fall foliage embrace 350 heritage buildings along the shore of Kootenay Lake in the West Kootenays. Grab a cup of freshly roasted coffee at Oso Negro, a local institution and one of Nelson’s many excellent eating establishments (the town claims to have more restaurants per capita than Manhattan!)
There’s fun to be had in all directions. Head northwest for a day trip through the Slocan Valley. Head east on a free ferry across Kootenay Lake, then drive south to the Creston Valley (an up-and-coming wine area). Head northeast to visit the historic town of Kaslo and enjoy a stroll along the Kaslo River Trail.
- Nelson is a stop along the Mountains and Vineyards Circle Route.