The region is a hiker’s dream, from shorter family-friendly walks near the towns and villages through to multi-day adventures into the mountains.
Hiking near Nelson
Pulpit Rock is across the lake from Nelson, a fairly steep 1.6km trail offering fantastic views of Nelson and Kootenay Lake. Keep hiking up and you will get to the Flagpole that has the most spectacular view of Nelson.
Rail Trail or Mountain Station, above Nelson, offers a retired railway line that is perfect for easy, flat, and beautiful walks and rides for all ages. Troop Beach, a 1.5 to 2 hour walk to the East end of the rail trail, is a great destination and can also be accessed by boat.
Kokanee Creek Provincial Park is our most popular park in the area. Just 15 minutes from Nelson, it has numerous walking trails which depart from the Kokanee Creek Nature Centre. There are also stunning strolls along the beach at Kootenay Lake.
Kokanee Glacier Park is our beautiful, rich forested area – postcard material. 12km up Kokanee Glacier Road you will see the Old Growth walk that has interpretive signage and massive trees that take 10 people to hug. 16km up Kokanee Glacier Road is Gibson Lake where you can do an easy walk around the lake. This is a great walk for all ages. Kokanee Lake, Garland Lake and Kaslo Lake are located past Gibson Lake. This hike can be done in one day, or you can camp at designated sites or book a spot at the luxurious Kokanee Glacier Cabin, through the Alpine of Club of Canada. Kokanee Creek Provincial Park’s online guide outlines all hiking trails and camping sites.
Morning Mountain is our newest area that caters primarily to mountain biking, but also offers hikes through the lush woods to popular look outs day or night. If you are looking for a photo opportunity, this is the place! Trail maps can be purchased at Gerick Cycle and Ski and the Nelson Visitor Centre.