Nelson Kootenay Lake has terrain and scenery that provides the perfect setting for hiking. Clear streams, lush green scenery and mountainous terrain make this area a hiker’s paradise. The flora and fauna also puts on a show year round and is sure to make any hiking trip an unforgettable experience.
Hiking in Nelson
Nelson is a hiking mecca. Fifteen minutes from town there are eight hiking trails which depart from the information centre in Kokanee Creek Provincial Park, with trails for all levels.
Across the lake from Nelson. hiking trails also lead to local lookouts like Pulpit Rock, a steep 1.6km trail offering fantastic views of Nelson and Kootenay Lake.
For more adventurous hikers, head north on Highway 3A and take Kokanee Glacier Rd to Gibson Lake. Hikers can stop off for a gentle walk, or hike further afield to Kokanee Lake, Garland Lake and Kaslo Lake. Hikers can tackle the trails over one day, camp at designated sites or stop off at the luxurious Kokanee Glacier Cabin. Kokanee Creek Provincial Park has a great online guide outlining all hiking trails and camping sites.
Hiking in Kaslo
Kaslo is a great base for many walking trails and day hikes. Try the Lookout Trail, a 0.8 km switch back trail with a bench at the top and a lovely view over Kaslo Bay. The Kaslo River Walk Trail and the Beach Trail are other great options which have fantastic views of the Kaslo River. Just outside of Kaslo is Fletcher Falls, noted as one of Canada’s top 10 waterfalls.
The Fry Creek Canyon hike near Meadow Creek is a popular 19km trip or further down the road is Duncan Lake, aspectacular peaceful setting. The Kaslo and Area Chamber of Commerce website has details on many local hiking trails and overnight hikes.