Nelson is cradled in the Selkirk Mountains, which tower to over 3500 metres.  The Selkirks provide not only a beautiful setting and refuge to an abundance of wildlife (eg. deer, elk, moose and bear), but also many scenic hiking opportunities.  Discover trails in Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park, Valhalla Provincial Park, and  elsewhere in the Kootenays, including easily accessible Pulpit Rock and Pilot Bay Provincial Park.  Guided hikes available too with  Summit Mountain Guides.

Mountain Biking

Surrounding Nelson are some of the most challenging downhill mountain bike tracks found anywhere.

There are also cross-country bike trails accessible from town which offer a more relaxed pace. Bike hire available at Gericks or Sacred Ride.

For a guided bike trip or shuttle service contact Wright Wheels.


There are great climbing opportunities throughout the West Kootenays and the season here can extend from April to October.

Courses, group and private climbing trips can be arranged through Gravity Adventures (who also operate Nelson’s indoor climbing centre) or Summit Mountain Guides who also offer ice climbing and mountaineering.

Parks & Golf

At the foot of the mountains you’ll find Nelson’s lush green parks. Put together a picnic basket and head out to enjoy the gardens, views, walking trails, tennis courts, sculpture, labrynth, outdoor pool, playgrounds, wildlife, sandy beaches, fishing, waterfalls and secret lakes! Read all about them at Kootenays EH. If you’re a golfer try Nelson’s own Granite Point. There are numerous other courses nearby too.