While you’ve travelled 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.
Should you take the opportunity to explore our lumber-town-turned-thriving-arts-and-mountain-sports-hotbed, here are some suggestions:
- Drop your bags off at the Best Western Plus hotel on Baker Street
- Walk up one side of Baker Street and down the other, popping into the unique boutiques and eateries
- Head uphill from Baker Street into neighborhoods showcasing a mixture of classic Craftsman houses to quaint Victorians
- 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
To fuel your adventure, may we suggest:
- Oso Negro for locally-roasted coffee, enjoyed in their perennial garden
- Pitchfork, a farmer-owned restaurant that forages its ingredients from the surrounding wild Kootenay mountains
- 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
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, body wear 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.