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Nelson, BC


Nestled on a magnificent expanse of glacier-fed lakeshore, midway between Calgary, AB, and Vancouver, BC, lies the historical city of Nelson, BC and its three outlying communities of Kaslo, Balfour, and Ainsworth Hot Springs. Steep evergreen valleys, topped by snowcapped mountains define a breathtaking landscape that attracts outdoor adventurers of every age and taste.

Renowned for its eclectic arts scene, diverse restaurants and boutique shopping Nelson Kootenay Lake boasts year-round recreational activities. In winter, Whitewater Ski Resort and the Selkirk and Purcell mountain ranges feature some of Canada’s best powder alpine skiing, snowboarding and cross country skiing, as well as numerous options for backcountry skiing and cat-skiing. Come spring, summer and fall, the region becomes a Mecca for cycling, mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, fishing, golf, rafting, and much more.

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