Nelson, British Columbia

A Saturday in Nelson, British Columbia


Nelson, British Columbia

While you’ve traveled to beautiful British Columbia to experience our award-winning program and otherworldly hiking trails, Nelson, a little bohemian town located just 45 minutes away from the Mountain Trek lodge, is well worth a visit before, or after, your stay with us.

Also known as “The Queen City,” Nelson boasts an impressive collection of restored heritage buildings from its glory days in a regional silver rush. The downtown area is packed with good restaurants, coffee houses, one-of-a-kind shops, and small art galleries.

Self-guided walking tours

Should you take the opportunity to explore our lumber-town-turned-thriving-arts-and-mountain-sports-hotbed, here are some suggestions:

  • To view Nelsons many murals and street art, download Nelson’s very own self-guided Tour App or visit the Artwalk Website.
  • Drop your bags off at the Best Western Plus hotel on Baker Street so you can move about clutter free.
  • Walk up one side of Baker Street and down the other, popping into the unique boutiques and eateries. Don’t be afraid to peek in the alleys for treasure troves of unique Nelson-esque shops and hidden gems.
  • Head uphill from Baker Street into neighborhoods showcasing a mixture of classic Craftsman houses to quaint Victorians. You can also book a tour of a local Heritage home.
  • Keep heading uphill to The Great Northern Rail Trail for wonderful views of the city and BOB, our Big Orange Bridge that crosses the lake.

Food to fuel your adventure

  • Pitchfork, a farmer-owned restaurant that forages its ingredients from the surrounding wild Kootenay mountains
  • Marzano, a modern Italian restaurant employing traditional methods to prepare the dough and work the forno
  • Cantina del Centro for seasonal tacos, tortas, soups, market fresh salads and desserts made in-house and from scratch
  • Red Light Ramen, for, you guessed it, ramen, and house-made kombucha
  • Full Circle Café for a hearty brunch, featuring gluten-free and vegan options
  • Kootenay Co-op for their salad bar and snack selection
  • Sprout for flavorful plant-based foods, including burgers and grain bowls
  • Rel-ish for locally-sourced, organic dishes prepared in their open kitchen

Tea & Coffee

Spas to relax and unplug

  • Aura located in the famed Hume hotel and central to everything
  • Tea Garden also centrally located right on Baker Street
  • Mountain Waters located down on the water at the Prestige hotel

Farmers Market

To boot, Saturday hosts Nelson’s Farmers’ Market at Cottonwood Falls Park. From 9:30 to 3:00PM, browse the 40+ vendors selling produce, eggs, honey, local natural meats, home-brewed root beer, a great selection of prepared savory and sweet foods, jewelry, artwork,  bodywear products, hats, scarves, and so much more. There, treat yourself to some fresh juice while listening to live music–the perfect way to start or end your Mountain Trek trip.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out for more suggestions; the list of things to do and see in Nelson is endless.

Nelson’s Saturday Farmer’s Market in Cottonwood Falls Park


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