Nelson is a charming mountain town in southeast British Columbia, Canada. The 1987 film Roxanne starring Steve Martin was filmed in this town.
Nelson is located on hwy 3A about 657 km (a 9 hour drive) from Vancouver and 624 km from Calgary. It is also 237 km from Spokane, WA, 496 km from Banff and 454 km from Kamloops.
Weather in Nelson
Air Canada, Offering daily flights from Vancouver and Calgary to Castlegar Regional Airport, (40 km away), with shuttle service to Nelson provided by Queen City Limo. It is recommended to book shuttle in advance. Budget and National car rentals are also available in the Castlegar Regional Airport.
Greyhound, Offering a daily bus service to towns and cities throughout BC. Buses from Vancouver and Calgary take approximately 12 hours in total, including stops.
BC Transit, Offering a regional bus service throughout BC, apart from the Greater Vancouver region.
Nelson Municipal Airport, offers a 3100×75 asphalt runway for private aircraft only. No commercial flights land here.
The downtown core of Nelson is very compact and walkable. The main streets stretch a few blocks up the hillside away from the lake, and along the contours of the hillside. You don’t need a car to get between downtown businesses, but you might need one to get to housing away from the centre. It’s a ten minute uphill walk from the airport to the heart of downtown, though the railroad track just inland of the airport is a slight obstacle. Budget car rentals are located a block west of the Prestige Lakeside Inn on Lakeside Dr. Rent-a-wreck are located by Nelson Municipal Airport.
Festivals in Nelson, BC
Nelson Queen City Cruise.The Show of Vintage Cars stretches almost the full- length of historic Baker Street in downtown Nelson. With over 200 autos from out of town including many from Washington, Idaho, and Alberta. Each year on the second weekend of September.
Kootenay Spirit Festival is a celebration of yoga, dance, meditation and music held in the natural beauty of Nelson, BC
Shambhala Music Festival is an annual event not to be missed, boasting six uniquely themed stages, each managed by their own Stage Director
Nelson Artwalk, July, August and September mark three months of exhibitions throughout the downtown core. Each month has a separate grand opening which includes refreshments, musicians and lots of wonderful artwork for locals and visitors to enjoy as they stroll through beautiful downtown Nelson
The Capitol Theatre presents live performances, music, theatre and dance almost 365 days a year.
Hostels in the area
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