Hot Springs & Spas
Home of the Kootenay's own Snow Sculpture Team
Whitewater Ski Resort
Stagleap Park at the top of the Kootenay Pass
The Nelson Museum
Ainsworth Hot Springs
Kokanee Creek Provincial Park
The Doukhobor Village Museum
Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area
Things To Bring:
Hiking notice: some trails impeach on private property in the back country and the general rules are - no dogs, avoid disturbing creeks, no littering, stay on the trails and be polite with others.
The Kootenay Indians and their ancestors predate the Aztec cultures. Kootenay is the Indian word meaning "water people". Their summer shelters were teepees built of tule mat-covering and the winter months they dwell in subterranean timber superstructures covered with branches, sods and soil. The harvest of multiple berries and game provided them with ample food sources. Though, when the salmon harvests ran low and the white settlers arrived few of the tribes remained in the area.
It was around 1867, when gold was discovered at Forty-nine Creek, nine miles west of Nelson, that the prospectors and explorers really took notice of the area around Kootenay Lake. A boom began shortly after and Nelson was a supply and camp town for miners and fur traders. This also occurred for other small towns in the area. The two railways which were routed through Nelson also helped with the growth and property of the town. Then the noted architect Francis Rattenbury arrived and design granite-hewn, chateau style civic buildings that set the new look for Nelson. By 1910, Nelson a hydro generating station, numerous street cars, a sewer system, and its own police force.
Summer average 21 degrees Celsius
Winter average -2 degrees Celsius