For the first time visitor to Nelson, there are so many things to see and do that it’s no wonder people come back again and again – you can’t do it all in one visit. Nelson is surrounded by the rugged Selkirk Mountains and sits on the shores of the West Arm of Kootenay Lake. With some 350 heritage buildings, stunning geography, and a thriving arts community, Nelson has storybook charm combined with cosmopolitan sophistication. Whether gliding through the incredible powder at Whitewater Ski Resort, rafting down class 4 rapids on the Salmo River, catching a twenty-five pound rainbow trout on Kootenay Lake, hiking up to Kokanee Glacier, watching the fabulous live performances at The Capitol Theatre, or simply enjoying a leisurely day of shopping along historic Baker Street (to name but a few), the area has attractions for everyone. But don’t take our word for it, have a look for yourself.