German TranslationTravel Information for Nelson, BC


Driving Times (approx.)

Spokane 3.5 hrs * (International Airport)
Edmonton 11-12 hrs * (International Airport)
Coeur d'Alene 3 hrs
Lethbridge 5 hrs
Kalispell 5 hrs
Vancouver 8 hrs * (International Airport)
Calgary 8 hrs * (International Airport)
Kelowna 4 hrs

When traveling to Nelson via Creston

You may want to head north to Crawford Bay where you can take a free ride on the Osprey 2000. This ferry trip takes about 45 minutes, so add this to your driving time. Also in busy summer times you may have to wait an extra ferry sailing. Having said this there are beaches to walk, sometimes vendors at the parking area and drinks to purchase, plus it can be a relaxing break in your journey. The scenery is absolutely stupendous and this alone is worth making the trip! Ferry Schedule: Ferry Schedule
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Cranbrook airport

is gearing up to offer international flights providing a new portal into the Kootenay region. Castlegar BC is 30 minutes drive to Nelson and our closest commercial airport: Castlegar Airport

If you are traveling during the winter

Please check road conditions for your route. Road closures are common on mountain passes due to avalanche and snow removal. ROAD REPORT


Watch for wildlife on our roads

It is a pleasure to animals but not up close and personal with our vehicles. It is common to see herds of deer, elk or the odd bear on the roads, this becomes particularly more dangerous a after dark so please slow down and take your time.

Enjoy your trip and be sure to contact your home host so they know when to expect you!

Daily service by bus & charter / private service by small aircraft to Nelson Airport are available.


663 km (412 miles) from Vancouver
628 km (390 miles) from Calgary
237 km (147 miles) from Spokane
55 km (34 miles) from U.S. border
Scheduled domestic air service from Castlegar (30 minutes by road) daily.

Selected Activities, Grocery and Dining ideas, Shopping and Entertainment:

Outdoor Recreation
Outdoor Recreation Nestled in the Purcell Mountain Range on the pristine shores of Kootenay Lake, Nelson, British Columbia is situated in a untouched wilderness with unlimited outdoor adventures.

Dining In & Out
Dining See our selection of organic groceries & meats plus fresh baking and fish for the BBQ. There are charming & trendy cafes, fine dining restaurants, ethnic food & award- winning wine lists.

Unique Boutiques & Shopping
Unique Boutiques & Shopping Browsing these shops will be an experience in Nelson and the Kootenay area. Check out our world-class boutiques for treasures and one of a kind souvenirs.

Hotsprings and Spas
Hotsprings and Spas Ahhhh... a holiday is the time to take extra special care of yourself and your family. We make booking as easy as the click of your mouse...right now!

Arts & Entertainment
Arts & Entertainment Nelson boasts its own arts college and fine arts centre, a range of theatres, galleries, festivals and cultural events all born out of the creative genius of Nelsonís innovative population.

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