Mountain biking in Nelson is the stuff of legends.
Showcased in many mountain bike films, Nelson trails offer everything from gentle railway grades to steep, rooty technical tracks. For the hard core freestylers there are enough stunts, ladders and big drops to keep the adrenalin pumping long after the last epic ride of the day. With the breathtaking backdrop of the Selkirk Mountains, Nelson’s rides take the West Coast style and crank it up a notch.
There are many great rides within 15 minutes drive from Nelson including Sproule Creek or the Kootenay Canal (beginner/intermediate) to the west of Nelson and Ledges (intermediate) near Kokanee Creek Park. For those looking for a serious workout, most trails are accessible by bike right from town, otherwise you may want to park at Mountain Station and start your climb from there. If the only climbing you like to do is out of bed in the morning, consider a vehicle drop or ask a local bike shop about shuttles.
Tip: Nelson has some great local bike shops to provide support and friendly advice on where to ride. There are several accommodation options from hostels to lake-side hotels and after a day of single track heaven, many a fine eatery where you can swap trail tales over a cold local brew, sample awesome cuisine and enjoy Nelson’s renowned hospitality.
Tip: Many of Nelson’s best rides are unmarked and some traverse private property. Stop in at the local bike shops to be sure you don’t end up in someone’s back yard or miss out on all Nelson mountain biking has to offer.The Nelson Cycling Club has completed a trail map guide which can be purchased in local bike shops. The Club has also posted a large trail map at the Mountain Station parking lot.
Suggested Local Rides:
Beginner:Stanley Loop, SilverKing Loop, BNR railway bed, CIC Loop, Sproule Creek
Intermediate: Shasta, Espresso, Honey, Gravel Pit, Placenta Decenta, Smiling Buddah, Ledges
Advanced: The Vein, Paperbag, The Gimp, 13 Steps to Doom
nelson visitor centre
For more information, tips, or trip ideas come talk to our friendly staff at the Visitor Information Centre and Station Gallery.
91 Baker Street
Phone: (250) 352-3433
Toll Free: 1-877-663-5706
For even more info on things to do in the area visit the Nelson Kootenay Lake Toursim website.