DISTANCES FROM NELSON
|Vancouver||660 km (410 miles||7 hrs 35 mins|
|Kelowna||346 km (215 miles)||4 hrs 10 mins|
|Calgary||622 km (386 miles)||6 hrs 45 mins|
|Edmonton||912 km (567 miles)||9 hrs 20 mins|
|Spokane, Washington||237 km (148 miles)||3 hrs 20 mins|
|Banff||508 km (316 miles)||5 hrs 45 mins|
|Jasper||734 km (456 miles)||8 hr 35 mins|
|Castlegar||44 km (27 miles)||35 mins|
|Trail||69 km (43 miles)||52 mins|
|Rossland||76 km (47 miles)||1 hr 10 mins|
|Kaslo||70 km (43 miles)||1 hr 10 mins|
|Creston||124 km (77 miles)||1 hr 25 mins|
|Revelstoke||250 km (156 miles)||3 hrs 30 mins|
|Balfour||33 km (21 miles)||32 mins|
|Nakusp||146 km (91 miles)||1 hr 50 mins|
|Vernon||339 km (211 miles)||4 hr 30 mins|
|Osoyoos||261 km (162 miles)||3 hrs 5 mins|
|Fernie||326 km (202 miles)||3 hrs 40 mins|
|Christina Lake||116 km (72 miles)||1 hr 20 mins|
|Cranbrook||230 km (143 miles)||2 hrs 35 mins|
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
CHECK ROAD CONDITIONS
Always check DriveBC before heading out on the road to learn about the current conditions along your planned route, including webcams, closures, construction delays, or detours.
PREPARE YOUR CAR
Plan ahead with BCAA’s Ultimate Guide to Safe Road-Tripping in BC, including helpful resources such as the BCAA vehicle checklist, how to pack for an emergency, and more.
CHECK WEATHER CONDITIONS
BC’s mountainous terrain means weather conditions can change rapidly within relatively short distances, and snowfall can happen any month in the higher-elevation mountain passes. Before heading out on the road, always check the current weather conditions and weather alerts along your planned journey. Drive for the conditions. If the weather is bad (i.e. snowfall warning along the Coquihalla), delay your drive until the weather and road conditions improve, or consider an alternate route or a different mode of transportation.
BC’s winter road conditions can include snow and ice. Drivers legally need winter tires from October 1 until April 30 when travelling on all BC highways, even if there’s no snow on the road. Learn all the details about the winter tire requirement from the Government of British Columbia website.
Check BC Wildfire Service for a map of current fires, details on fire bans, tips on wildfire prevention, and more.
For more Know Before You Go info visit hellobc.com/know-before-you-go.
NELSON KOOTENAY LAKE TOURISM
For more travel information visit the region’s official tourism website – nelsonkootenaylake.com.
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.