Voted as one of the top ten small art towns in North America, the historic mountain Mecca of Nelson offers countless activities and experiences for everyone from families to businesspeople to extreme sport enthusiasts.
Arts and Culture:
Nelson has numerous galleries and boutiques brimming with local talent. Every summer Nelson’s Art Walk invites locals and visitors alike to stroll the downtown and review the very best in local artists and craftspeople.
Check out: the Craft Connection, Mermaid Gallery, Serendipity and Nelson’s new Museum and Art Gallery situated in the old City Hall building on the corner of Vernon and Ward streets.
Wine and Dine:
Nelson’s restaurants are famous for their superb cuisine and diversity. Few small cities in Canada can boast the selection of great eateries found in Nelson. From authentic Mexican and East Indian to sublime Sushi, Chinese and Greek, there are enough tapas bars, pubs, healthy take-outs and 4-star restaurants to make every night a different and supremely enjoyable culinary adventure.
In short, Nelson rocks! Numerous live venues offer a mix of music from House, Folk, Jazz and Rock. Shake it up on the dance floor or watch the game or for a cultural treat, there are numerous theatrical offerings from out-door theater, back alley thespians or take in a night at the historically spectacular Capitol Theater. You can even check out the latest release at the local movie theater.
Check out: Finley’s Irish Pub, the Royal, Spirit Bar, the Library Lounge and the Capitol Theater
No visit to Nelson is complete without a stroll down historic Baker Street. Nelson’s shops are as diverse and interesting as its people. Small boutiques pepper the street with unique offerings and marvelous wares. Choose from eclectic fashions, exotic furnishings and charming gifts. Adventure enthusiasts will enjoy the numerous outdoor gear stores.
Check out: ROAM Shop, Valhalla Pure, Central Bark, Cottonwood Kitchens, Mountain Modern Interior, Pixie Candy Shop, Snowpack, Abacus Beads and the Kootenai Clothing Co.
Nelson is imbed with a cultural history that is evident the moment you arrive. Classic turn of the century buildings line every street and invoke a bygone era of architectural detail not found anywhere else in Canada. Be sure to drop by the Visitors Bureau for a map of Nelson’s historic walking or driving tours or explore its charming homes and buildings on your own.
Check out: Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center, Nelson Mining Museum, Nelson Museum and Art Gallery